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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS ST. BONIFACE J332

HMCS St. Boniface J332

Source: Naval Museum of Manitoba

 

Battle honours and awards;  Atlantic  1944-45

 

 

Laid down: 21 May 1942

Launched: 05 Nov 1942

Commissioned: 09 Oct 1943

Paid off: 25 Sep 1946

Fate: Unknown

 

Built at Port Arthur, Ont., she was commissioned there on 10 Sep 1943, St. Boniface arrived at Halifax late in Oct 1943, and worked up at Pictou from Nov to Dec 1943. She was then assigned as Senior Officer's ship to EG W-5 of Western Escort Force until mid-Apr 1944. She then transferred to W-4, again as S.O., until early Dec 1944 when, following minor repairs at Halifax, proceed to Bermuda to work up. Upon returning to Canada, she rejoined W-4 until the group was disbanded in Jun 1945. On 18 Apr 1945, St. Boniface was in collision with SS Empire Chamois in the Halifax approaches, as the freighter's convoy, SC.173, was forming up for passage to the U.K. St. Boniface suffered extensive damage to her bows, but made Halifax under her own power and was under repair there for three months. In Aug 1945, she became a training ship at HMCS Cornwallis until Jan 1946, when she was placed in reserve at Halifax. She was finally paid off on 25 Sep 1946, and sold for mercantile use. She was last noted under Panamanian flag as Bess Barry M. in 1954.

 

The wedding ceremony of Kathleen (Kitty) Keen and Russell Daniels, Stoker 1st Class, took place on board HMCS St. Boniface while the ship was at Port Arthur, Ontario

 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          The Ship's Bell

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr John James Hodgkinson, RCNR - 10 Sep 1943 - 12 May 1944

A/LCdr John de la Fosse Frewer, RCNVR - 13 May 1944 - 14 Apr 1945

LCdr John Manuel Watson, RCNR - 15 Apr 1945 - 25 Jun 1945

Lt Charles William King, RCNVR - 26 Jun 1945 - 19 Aug 1945

LCdr R.N. Smillie, RCNVR - 20 Aug 1945 - 29 Jan 1946

Lt Harold Richard Tilley, RCN - 21 Mar 1946 - 26 Apr 1946

Skpr/Lt Paul Perrault, RCNR - 27 Apr 1946 - 25 Sep 1946

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Beckner, Floyd Wayne

1920-2009

Boyce, Hugh Edward

1924-2007

 

 

 

C-D

Connor, William

____-____

Daniels, Russell

____-____

Desjardins, Laurent Louis

1924-2012

 

 

E-F

Frewer, John de la Fosse

____-2003

2nd Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

G-H

Gates, George P.

Gilbert, William Vernon

1924-____

Hampson, Lawrence G.

Hicks, James Gordon MacLennan

1922-1957

Drafted to St. Boniface on 01 Feb 1944, as Slt, RCNVR

Hill, William McCulloch

1924-2013

Drafted to St. Boniface J332 on 30 Apr 1945 as Slt, RCNVR

K-L

Killoran, Clarence

1922-2012

Kirby, Douglas Ernest

1925-2007

Lane, William Victor

1923-2006

Leeder, Henry George

____-2007

 

M-N

Macklem, Robert J.

____-2014

Mason, Eric B.

Newman, John J.

____-2001

 

 

O-P

Patterson, Donald Morley

1925-2008

Patterson, Thomas Malcolm

1924-2008

 

 

 

S-T

Sweeney, Francis James Dennis

____-2008

Tilley, Harold R.

 

 

 

W-X

Wilcox, John Fredrick

1925-2006

Wonnacott, Frank

1924-2015

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Apple, Barnabas William Nixon, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Jul 1944

 

Cordes, James

 

Dickson, Robert Hamilton, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Feb 1944

 

Dougall, Allen Thomas, Lt (E), RCNVR - 24 May 1943

Harrison, John Ross, Lt, RCNVR - 05 Feb 1945

 

Jackson, George Alexander, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 16 Mar 1945

 

Kirby, Charles Douglas, A/Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jul 1944

 

MacKenzie, Donald Allan, Lt, RCNVR - 02 Feb 1943 / 02 Feb 1944

Montgomery, Richard Alan, Slt (SB) (R), RCNVR - 03 Feb 1944

 

Moreton, Alan Winsford, Lt, RCNVR - 18 May 1944

 

Photos and Documents

 

LCdr John James Hodgkinson, RCNR

1st Commanding Officer, HMCS St Boniface J333

10 Sep 1943 - 12 May 1944

HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown crew on the bridge wing of HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown crew on the bridge wing of HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

 

William (Bill) Connor on HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

William Gilbert on HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown sailor on HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown sailors on HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

William (Bill) Connor (holding a stuffed toy rabbit) on HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown sailor (holding a stuffed toy rabbit) on HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown sailor (holding a stuffed toy rabbit) on HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown sailor (seen in photo above holding stuffed rabbit)

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown sailors on the Quarterdeck of HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Jacking around for the camera.  Unknown sailors on the Quarterdeck of HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown sailors on the Quarterdeck of HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown Petty Officer on HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown ship astern of HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown sailor on the Quarterdeck of HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown sailor sitting on the breakwater on HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown sailor by the air vents / carley float rack on HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

HMCS St. Boniface J332 transiting the locks at Sault Ste Marie

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Minesweepers in formation - altering course - HMCS St. Boniface lead ship

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Blow Gentle Breeze"

White Ensign flying on HMCS St. Boniface J332

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

 

"Boys on the St. Boniface"

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

 

The two men in the photo with beard are (left) Al Barker and (right) Sam

 

    

Al Barker (left), and Sam (right)

"Dhobying on Blue Monday"

HMCS St. Boniface J332

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Gone to Bed"

Machine guns on HMCS St. Boniface J332 covered up

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"the Haystack"

Storage rack for depth charges on HMCS St. Boniface J332

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Two sailors standing behind the breakwater of HMCS St. Boniface J332 - unknown River class destroyer off port beam

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Hello again!"

Unknown River class destroyer off Starboard quarter of HMCS St. Boniface J332

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Unknown sailors on the quarterdeck of HMCS St. Boniface J332

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"In the Gates"

Convoy astern of HMCS St. Boniface J332

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Looking astern on HMCS St. Boniface J332

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Results Nil"

Depth charge explodes astern of HMCS St. Boniface J332

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Our better half"

Looking after from the crows nest of HMCS St. Boniface J332

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Unknown corvette, seen from HMCS St. Boniface J332, rolling heavily in the seas

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Skyward Bound"

Looking up towards the mast from the quarterdeck of HMCS St. Boniface J332

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Twin machine gun mounts on HMCS St. Boniface J332

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Looking up the mast on HMCS St. Boniface J332

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Newspaper article on HMCS St Boniface's Basketball undefeated team

The Crow's Nest newspaper - Apr 1945

HMCS St Boniface with a damaged bow after her collision with SS Empire Chamois in the Halifax approaches - 18 Apr 1945

 

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