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HMCS STONE TOWN K531

Then CCG Weather Ship STONETOWN (1950)

HMCS Stone Town K531

Source: St. Mary's Museum Photo Collection

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944-45

 

 

Laid down: 17 Nov 1943

Launched: 28 Mar 1944

Commissioned: 21 Jul 1944

Paid off: 13 Nov 1945

Transferred to Dept. of Transport: 1950

Commissioned: as Weather ship CGS Stonetown

Paid off: Oct 1957

Fate: Sold for commercial use. Final disposition unknown

 

Commissioned at Montreal on 21 Jul 1944, Stone Town arrived at Halifax on 13 Aug 1944, and on 03 Sep 1944 commenced a month's workups in Bermuda. On her return to Canada she was assigned to newly formed EG C-8 as Senior Officer's ship, and spent the balance of the war as a mid-ocean escort. She sailed from Londonderry on 12 May 1945, as escort to convoy ONS.50 on her way home, and on 22 Jul 1945 commenced tropicalization refit at Lunenburg. Work was stopped on 24 Aug 1945 and the ship was paid off on 13 Nov 1945 at Lunenburg, to be laid up in reserve at Shelburne. Sold to the Department of Transport for a weather ship, she was modified for the purpose at Halifax in 1950, and sailed that Oct 1950 for Esquimalt. In Oct 1957, after 15 years on station in the North Pacific, she was replaced by CGS Quadra and sold in 1968 to a Vancouver buyer, purportedly for conversion to a fish factory ship.

 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr William Purves Moffat, RCNVR - 21 Jul 1944 - 20 Apr 1945

A/LCdr John Trumbell Band, RCNVR - 21 Apr 1945 - 19 Aug 1945

LCdr G.M. Kaizer, RCNR - 20 Aug 1945 - 13 Nov 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

HARDY, Sydney Arthur

OS, V70922, RCNVR

died - 21 Dec 1944 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Allen, Weldon Warren

1922-2015

Band, John Trumbell

1915-2005

2nd Commanding Officer

Blackwell, Albert Charles

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Bridgman, Arthur Graham

1917-2004

Drafted to Stone Town K531 on 05 May 1944 as Lt (E), RCNVR, Stand by. Commissioning crew as Lt (E), RCNVR

 

C-D

Campbell, John C.

Clark, Welbourne Thomas

____-2010

Clayton, Victor Edward

1926-2014

Coleman, Gerald

Dunbar, Charles Irvine

1925-2014

Dunlop, Byron

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I-J

Johnston, Orval M.

1925-1984

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kearney, George Alfred

1923-2016

 

 

 

 

M-N

Mole, John

1923-2015

Murray, William James F.

1922-1984

Served in Stone Town 23 Aug 1944 - 12 Aug 1945 as an AB.LTO, RCNVR

Musser, Lawrence

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O-P

Pettick, Joseph

1924-2010

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Read, Frederick Holt

____-2008

 

 

 

 

S-T

Shuttleworth, Leonard Martin

1925-2013

Sutton, Clare

1925-2002

 

 

 

W-X

Wilson, Leonard Walter

1913-2006

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Bradley, Vermoid

 

Desjardine, (??)

 

Guite, Jean Paul, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Jun 1945

 

Hannan, Jack

 

Johnson, (??)

 

Johnston, Robert Winchan Squire, Lt, RCNVR - 05 Jun 1944 (Stand by). Commissioning crew as Lt, RCNVR

 

Kinsman, Frederick Blenkhorn, Lt, RCNVR 28 Jun 1944 (Stand by). Commissioning crew as Lt, RCNVR

LaTouche, David Charles Patrick, Lt, RCNVR - 31 Jan 1945

 

Major, Desmond

 

McDowell, Samuel John, War (E), RCNVR - 31 Jan 1945

 

McGaffin, (??)

 

Moffat, William Purves, A/LCdr, RCNVR - 05 Jun 1944 (Stand by)

 

Moxley, Walter Ralph, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1944 (Stand by). Commissioning crew as Slt, RCNVR

 

Nimens, (??)

Patrick, Peter

 

Scully, Hugh Ballard, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1944 (Stand by). Commissioning crew as Lt, RCNVR

 

Simon, Richard Arthur, Slt, RCNVR - 19 Jun 1944 (Stand by). Commissioning crew as Slt, RCNVR

 

Stark, Ray

 

Taylor, John Francis, Cd/Tel, RCN - 31 Jan 1945

 

Wainman-Wood, Thomas Blake Burrill, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1945

 

Werenka, (??)

 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS Stone Town's bell

From the collection of John (Jack) Campbell

Courtesy of Spencer Campbell

Canadian Coast Guard ocean weather ship Stone Town, British Columbia 1962

Courtesy / Ken Waston RCN

Canadian Coast Guard Weathership Stonetown circa 1960s

Courtesy of Frank Statham

Flags from HMCS Stone Town K531

From the collection of John (Jack) Campbell

Courtesy of Spencer Campbell

 

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(1) The 1915 Lea Francis racing car that was strapped to the HMCS Stone Town and hauled back and forth across the Atlantic for fun and frolic in Ireland or the Maritimes  (2) HMCS Stone Town crew on at the wheel of their 1915 Lea Francis Racing Car. 'C8' was the name of their Atlantic convoy group  (3) The 1915 Lea Francis racing car that was strapped to the HMCS Stone Town and hauled back and forth across the Atlantic for fun and frolic in Ireland or the Maritimes  (4) HMCS Stone Town's mascot "Stoney"  (5) Weather research ship Stone Town (left)

 

From the collection of John (Jack) Campbell

Courtesy of Spencer Campbell

 

 

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(1) Lead ship - HMCS Stone Town, then HMCS Leaside. Photo taken from HMCS Humberstone  (2) HMCS Stone Town jacket crest  (3) Unknown sailor on the after mast of HMCS Stone Town  (4) HMCS Stone Town in Quebec City  (5) Quarterdeck of HMCS Stone Town  (6) HMCS Stone Town - place unknown  (7) Lawrence (Larry) Musser on lookout, HMCS Stone Town  (8) Vermoid Bradley by a depth charge thrower on HMCS Stone Town

 

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(9) Vermoid Bradley (left) and Thomas on the 12 pound gun deck, HMCS Stone Town  (10) HMCS Stone Town, looking forward from between the depth charge rails  (11) HMCS Stone Town, Starboard side looking forward  (12) Ray Stark, Desmond Major and Clare Sutton on the gun shield on HMCS Stone Town  (13) Ray Stark, Desmond Major, Clare Sutton (back row, right), Johnson, Nimens, Desjardine on HMCS Stone Town - Note the heavy roll of the ship  (14) Ray Stark - "Starkie beside the Boom-Boom, HMCS Stone Town"  (15) HMCS Stone Town's mascot, Stoney, beside the gun mount  (16) Stokers Werenka and McGaffin on the 12 pound gun deck, HMCS Stone Town

 

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(17) Jack Hannan from Windsor sitting behind the which on the fo'c's'le of HMCS Stone Town  (18) HMCS Stone Town, looking after from the 12 pound gun deck

Courtesy of Avril Sutton

 

The following was prepared by John C Campbell, LT, HMCS Stone Town, Ret'd, for a reunion/commemoration of HMCS Stone Town and her crew at St. Mary's, Ontario in 2009.  He passed away beforehand and this was read by his son.


Sir Winston Churchill said: "Never have so many owed so much to so few".


Today to the crew, families and friends of the HMCS Stone Town I say - that is so very true. May each of us reflect on what we are really talking about - millions risking - millions giving - their lives in order to defeat the dark forces of WWII.


To them I say thank you for your courage, for your sacrifice, for your commitment to freedom so that all that are here today can share with you the liberties of this great country called Canada.


Liberties are never guaranteed. They are a privilege worth guarding - sometimes at great cost as was the case during WWII and, in the Stone Town's forum, the Battle of the Atlantic.


Thank you to all with whom I served. I owe a great debt to them. All of us here salute those that served - for all of us. Thank you for your valor so long ago in order that we can enjoy freedom today.


Through perilous times - with all of us wondering if we would come home each time we sailed from port - some did not - it was a privilege to work with the young boys asked to be men who made up the Stone Town and Royal Navy crews.


Life has moved each of us along but I have never forgotten the camaraderie, the fun, the terror/fear and the adventure of those dark - but illuminating - days of WWII. I hope the lessons learned will be well understood for generations to come.


To the people of St Mary's - thank you. To the crew of Stone Town I salute you now as I proudly saluted you then.


It was my honor and privilege to serve with you.


John C Campbell

Presentation being made to CO of HMCS Stone Town - location either in Halifax or Montreal

John Campbell is behind the woman and the padre, facing forward

From the collection of John (Jack) Campbell

Courtesy of Spencer Campbell

 

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