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HMCS SWANSEA K328 / 306

 

FLOREAT SWANSEA

 

LET SWANSEA FLOURISH

 

Post-WW 2 ship's badge

HMCS Swansea K328

  Source: Government of Naova Scotia Virtual Archives H.F. Pullen NSARM accession no. 1984-573 Box 2 F/34

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Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1943-44,   Normandy  1944,   English Channel  1944

 

 

Laid down: 15 Jul 1942

Launched: 19 Dec 1942

Commissioned: 04 Oct 1943

Paid off for refit: 19 Nov 1944

Re-commissioned: Jul 1945

Paid off: 02 Nov 1945

Re-commissioned: 12 Apr 1948

Paid off: 10 Nov 1953

Re-commissioned: 14 Nov 1957

Paid off: 14 Oct 1966

Fate: Broken up at Savona, Italy, in 1967

 

Built by Yarrows Ltd., Esquimalt, she was commissioned at Victoria on 04 Oct 1943, Swansea arrived at Halifax on 16 Nov 1943 and worked up off Pictou and in St. Margaret's Bay. Assigned to EG 9, Londonderry, she made her passage there with convoy SC.154, taking part in the sinking of U 845 on 10 Mar 1944. On 14 Apr 1944 she repeated the process in company with HMS Pelican, the victim this time being U 448. Eight days later, on 22 April 1944, this time with Matane, Swansea sank U-311 southwest of Iceland. This kill was only awarded long after the war once the records of German and British intelligence became available. She was present on D-Day, and for the next four months patrolled the Channel in support of the ships supplying the invasion forces. While thus employed, she and Saint John sank U 247 off Land's End on 01 Sep 1944. She left Londonderry on 05 Nov 1944 for a major refit at Liverpool, N.S. from Dec 1944 to Jul 1945. It was the first tropicalization of a frigate for Pacific service, and on VJ-Day Swansea was assessing the results in the Caribbean. She was paid off 02 Nov 1945 to reserve in Bedford Basin, but was twice re-commissioned for training cadets and new entries between Apr 1948, and Nov 1953. In early June, 1949, while the Maingay Commission was still hearing testimony, a group of junior hands in on the Swansea, incensed at poor treatment by their commanding officer, locked themselves in their mess. The response was a forceful entry by armed troops, a rapid court-martial of the senior hands, and their sentencing to 90 days' hard labour and dishonorable discharge from the navy. HMCS Swansea was rebuilt from 1956 to 1957, as a Prestonian class ocean escort. In Apr 1963, 12 RCN ships, Algonquin, Micmac, Cayuga, St. Croix, Terra Nova, Kootenay, Swansea, La Hulloise, Buckingham, Cape Scott, CNAV Bluethroat and CNAV St. Charles, took part in NATO Exercise New Broom Eleven, an exercise designed to test convoy protection tactics (click here to see the newspaper article). She was paid off 14 Oct 1966 and broken up in 1967 at Savona, Italy.

 

Commanding Officers

A/Cdr Clarence Aubrey King, DSC, DSC, RCN - 04 Oct 1943 - 29 Jul 1944 

Cdr Arthur Frank Capel Layard, RN - 30 Jul 1944 - 04 Nov 1944 

Lt John Trumbell Band, RCNVR - 05 Nov 1944 - 15 Apr 1945

LCdr Georges Albert LaRue, RCNVR - 16 Apr 1945 - 02 Nov 1945

Lt Robert Walter Timbrell, DSC, RCN - 12 Apr 1948 - 06 Feb 1949

Lt John Peter Tempest Dawson, RCN - 07 Feb 1949 - 11 Aug 1950

LCdr Joern Eilert Korning, RCN - 12 Aug 1950 - 22 Jan 1951

Lt William Alexander Manfield, RCN - 23 Jan 1951 - 28 Feb 1951

LCdr Joern Eilert Korning, RCN - 01 Mar 1951 - 26 Mar 1952

LCdr James Robert Boardman Coulter, RCN - 27 Mar 1952 - 15 Aug 1952

LCdr William David Falconer Johnston, RCN - 14 Apr 1953 - 06 Nov 1953

LCdr C.H. LaRose, RCN - 07 Nov 1953 - 10 Nov 1953

LCdr J.A. Farquhar, RCN - 14 Nov 1957 - 12 Feb 1959

LCdr Gordon Story Clark, RCN - 18 Feb 1959 - 31 Aug 1960

LCdr W.E. Clayards, RCN - 01 Sep 1960 - 17 Jul 1962

LCdr Brian Alexius Hugh Cartwright, RCN - 18 Jul 1962 - 21 Jan 1964

LCdr Donald Kempton Gamblin, RCN - 24 Jan 1964 - unk

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Allard, James Angus

____-2013

Served in Swansea in WW II

Balfour, James Pascoe

1931-2017

Band, John Trumbell

1915-2005

3rd Commanding Officer

Bennie, Frederick Alexander

____-2001

Burla, Joseph J.

1921-2006

Served in Swansea during WW 2

C-D

Campbell, James Russell

1924-2009

Clark, F. Gordon

1932-2016

Coulter, James Robert Boardman

1920-2004

10th Commanding Officer

Crosby, Boyd Templer

1923-2008

Drafted to Swansea K328 on 19 Apr 1944 as Lt, RCNVR

Crossley, Sidney Ross

1920-2008

Curry, Victor S.

1919-1996

Daley, Charles Gregory

1921-2010

Daniels, Robert Hugh

1934-2016

Davey, William Arthur

1933-2012

Served in Swansea in 1963 as Lt, RCN

Draibye, Mark

1930-2014

E-F

Edgecomb, Frederick Horatio Cochrane

____-2016

Served in Swansea in 1953 as a UNTD

Edwards, Charles William

____-2014

Elwood, Thomas Hamilton

1915-1984

Foy, Ronald Joseph

____-2002

Served in Swansea during WW 2

 

G-H

Gamblin, Donald Kempton, Sr

1925-2007

Gibson, Richard Matthew

____-2011

Graham, Ron J.

1924-2010

 

 

I-J

Johnston, William David Falconer

____-1992

11th Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kelly, Robert Louis

____-____

Served in Swansea during WW II

Kilbride, Gerald

1931-2006

Lewis, Keith Dunham

1926-2011

Served in Swansea in 1948 as A/Slt, RCN

Love, Alan Tannahill

____-1995

 

M-N

Marcoux, Joseph Victor

____-1985

MacFadyen, Steven Ellis

____-2009

MacNair, George Malcolm

1924-2013

MacNeil, Steven Francis

1929-2017

Milburn, John Edwards

1913-2004

Served in Swansea during WW 2 as Lt, RCNVR,  XO

Muir, Wilson A.

1918-2002

Nieforth, Angus Walter

1938-2010

Noyes, Joseph Leslie

1921-2005

 

 

O-P

Pallett, Roger Albert Frank

1924-1999

Pearson, Robert Elwood

1921-2016

Served in Swansea 05 Oct 1943 - 12 May 1945 as an ASDIC Operator

 

 

 

Q-R

Rhymes, Reginald Heber

1926-2006

Served in Swansea 20 Mar 1949 - 14 Apr 1950 as an ABTDS, RCN

Rusk, Harry

1928-2012

Served in Swansea in 1950 as Slt, RCN

 

 

 

S-T

Sawyer, Thomas Anthony

1926-2013

Sellers, Edward Alexander

____-1985

Drafted to Swansea on 21 Jun 1945 as Surg/LCdr, RCNVR

Spalding, James Dixon

1938-2016

Served in Swansea in 1958 as AA/Slt (S) (SSA), RCN

Sullivan, George Dennis

1945-2012

Timbrell, Robert Walter

1920-2006

Tomlinson, Albert William

1924-2013

 

 

 

 

W-X

Waterhouse, Joseph Alban

1911-1991

Served in Swansea Sep 1943 - Jun 1945

Woodhouse, Allen Keith

1925-2006

Served in Swansea 1943-1945 as a stoker

Wright, Gordon Henderson

1924-2013

 

 

 

U-Boats Sunk

U-845 (Korvkpt Werner Weber) a type IXC-40 U-boat, sunk on 10 Mar 1944 by HMCS St. Laurent H83, HMCS Owen Sound K340, HMCS Swansea K328 and HMS Forester in the North Atlantic at position 48-20N 20-33W. Of her crew of 56 there were 45 survivors.

U-448 (Oblt Helmet Dauter) a type VIIC U-boat, sunk on 14 Apr 1944 by HMCS Swansea K328 and HMS Pelican in position 46-22 N, 19-35 W.  HMCS Swansea (K328) gained sonar contact, while screening for the escort Carrier HMS Biter (D97), & immediately attacked. U- 448 went deep & HMS Pelican (U86) joined Swansea following 4 hours of  creeping attacks and having fired 56 depth charges, U-448 with her diesels, batteries damaged & depth gauge broken, as well as a 6-inch hole in the after part of the pressure hull, surfaced into heavy fire from both ships. U-448 was sunk. Of her crew of 51, 42 were rescued.

U-311 (Kptlt Joachim Zander) sunk on 22 Apr 1944 by HMCS Swansea K328 and HMCS Matane K444 in position 52-09 N, 19-07 W. Of her crew of 51 there were no survivors.

U-247 sunk on 01 Sep 1944 by HMCS Saint John K456 and HMCS Swansea K328 in position 49-54 N, 05-49 W

 

Former Crew Members

Anderson, Lt, RCN - WW II 

 

Angus, Doug - WW II 

 

Ardy, G., PO - WW II 

 

Bain, J., LSSG2 - 1960

 

Bell, R., ABSG1 - 1960

 

Browne, Hugh Joseph, Lt, RCNVr - 30 Jul 1944

 

Buckley, William Barron, A/Lt, RCNVR - 26 May 1945

 

Carlin, D., OSSGS - 1960

 

Cartier, Sans, Stoker - WW II 

 

Conn, Herbert Murray Keith, Slt, RCNVR - 23 Apr 1945

 

Connolly, (?) - WW II 

 

Crabbe, A., LSRS2 - 1960

 

DeNevers, Roy Olaf, Lt (P) (O), RCN - 28 Jul 1950

 

Dunham, R., OSRMS - 1960

 

Edwards, David Charles, Lt, RCN - 23 Jul 1949

 

Edwards, Ted - WW II

 

Godfrey, C., OSSGS - 1960

 

Haney, William Leon, Slt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1945

 

Holdforth, Alvert Edward, Lt (E), RCN - 02 Jul 1951

Hurtubise, (?) - WW II 

 

Jennings, Davidson Cumming, Lt (E), RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Jones, Norris - WW II

 

Kendall, D., OSSGS - 1960

 

Knapman, Ronald, AB - 1949

 

Kummen, Harold Thorvold, Lt (El), RCNVR - 20 May 1945

 

Lalumiere, J., LSRM2 - 1960

 

Laronde, R., ABSG1 - 1960

 

LeBlanc, C., ABRM1 - 1960

 

MacDonald, "Spuds" - WW II

 

MacLeod, Frederick James Gordon, Lt/Constructor, RCNVR - 02 Jun 1945

 

MacPhail, M., ABSG1 - 1960

 

Maloney, Vince - WW II 

 

Manfield, William Alexander, Lt, RCN, XO - 25 Jul 1949

 

Marlin, "Spike", PO Tel. - WW II 

 

Marsh, D., P2SG3 - 1960

 

Maxwell, John Wright, LS (S), RCNVR - 11 Jun 1945

 

McFarren, John - WW II

 

Miller, Eldon C., PO - 1949

Montgomery, Mortimer Andrew, Lt (SB) (E), RCNVR - 12 Jun 1945

 

Morrison, John (Jock), Lt (E), RCNR, Engineering Officer - Dec 1943 - Jan 1944 

 

Okros, Richard Dennis

 

Parker, John Mulvin, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 21 Jun 1945

 

Pearson, Donald Edward Thomas, A/Lt, RCNVR - 02 May 1945

 

Roscoe, S., ABRS1 - 1960

 

Rusnak, J., P1RM3 - 1960

 

Ryan, D., ABRM1 - 1960

 

Sharkey, Jack - WW II 

 

Smith, Thomas J (Snuffy) - 1953

 

Stenton, Ken - WW II 

 

Sullivan, Joe E., Slt, RCN - WW II 

 

Thibault, G., OSRMS - 1960

 

Waycik, B - WW II 

 

Watson, Herbert Jack, Slt, RCNVR - 12 Apr 1945

 

Welsford, William Dodge, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Apr 1945

 

Photos and Documents

 

RCN Memories

Memories of my Time in the Navy

Wartime memories from a sailors daughter

Wartime Memories on HMCS Swansea K328

 

Links

Interrogation of Survivors - U-845

Personal photo gallery of George Malcolm MacNair

Personal photo gallery of Joseph Alban Waterhouse

Personal photo gallery of Reginald Heber (Smokey) Rhymes

Personal photo gallery of Robert E. Pearson

Ship's company photos for HMCS Swansea

Wartime diary of Robert E. Pearson

 

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