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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 Nova Scotia Virtual Archives H.F. Pullen NSARM accession no. 1984-573 Box 2 F/34

Click on the above photo to view a larger image

 

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 Jun 1953 HMCS Swansea was part of the Canadian Squadron that attended the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Fleet Review at Spithead. 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

Cassidy, William John

1935-2017

Chamberlain, Ivan Edward

1925-2013

Served in Swansea 08 May 1945 - 15 Aug 1945

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

Dyck, Henry Waldemar

____-2018

 

 

E-F

Edgecomb, Frederick Horatio Cochrane

____-2016

Served in Swansea in 1953 as a UNTD

Edwards, Charles William

____-2014

Eldridge, Richard

1924-2005

Served in Swansea in 1960 as XO

Elwood, Thomas Hamilton

1915-1984

Fane, Peter Edward

1925-2013

Served in Swansea in 1950

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

Hanington, Daniel Lionel

1921-1999

Served in Swansea in 1949

Hurtubise, Albert Joseph

1923-2002

Served in Swansea in 1944 as a LS

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

McCandless, John Gilmore

1909-1975

Served in Swansea 1943-1944

MacNeil, Steven Francis

1929-2017

Milburn, John Edwards

1913-2004

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

Middleton, Maurice

1940-2018

Muir, Wilson A.

1918-2002

Murdoch, Robert Denis

1929-2017

Newton, John Douglas

____-2017

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

Swanson, Harry

____-1974

Served in Swansea in 1944 as a Stoker

Timbrell, Robert Walter

1920-2006

Tomlinson, Albert William

1924-2013

 

 

 

W-X

Walker, Thomas Harvey

1920-1981

Served in Swansea 07 Feb 1944 - 03 Jul 1945 as an EA 4c and EA 3c, RCNVR

Wallace, Sidney Robert

1923-2017

Served in Swansea 30 Jun 1945 - 07 Jun 1948 as a L/SBA and S.B. PO, RCNVR/RCN

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., LS.SG2 - 1960

 

Bell, R., AB.SG1 - 1960

 

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

 

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

 

Carlin, D., OS.SGS - 1960

 

Cartier, Sans, Stoker - WW II 

 

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

 

Connolly, (?) - WW II 

 

Cousineau, Leo E., UNTD Cadet - 1953

 

Crabbe, A., LS.RS2 - 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., OS.SGS - 1960

 

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

 

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

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

 

Jones, Norris - WW II

 

Kendall, D., OS.SGS - 1960

 

Knapman, Ronald, AB - 1949

 

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

 

Lalumiere, J., LS.RM2 - 1960

 

Laronde, R., AB.SG1 - 1960

 

LeBlanc, C., AB.RM1 - 1960

 

MacDonald, "Spuds" - WW II

 

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

 

MacPhail, M., AB.SG1 - 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., AB.RS1 - 1960

 

Rusnak, J., P1.RM3 - 1960

 

Ryan, D., AB.RM1 - 1960

 

Sharkey, Jack - WW II 

 

Smith, Thomas J (Snuffy) - 1953

 

Stenton, Ken - WW II 

 

Sullivan, Joe E., Slt, RCN - WW II 

 

Thibault, G., OS.RMS - 1960

 

Waycik, B - WW II 

 

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

 

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

 

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 Harry Swanson

Personal photo gallery of Joseph Alban Waterhouse

Personal photo gallery of Robert E. Pearson

Ship's company photos for HMCS Swansea

Wartime diary of Robert E. Pearson

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

 

The sketches below were drawn by Ken Gray, who was on HMCS Swansea K328 during WW II.  He gave the sketchbook to his friend, Victor Peak, who sailed with him on HMCS Swansea. The sketches are published here with permission of Adriane Wiebe so that this piece of HMCS Swansea's history can be shared.

 

 

 

HMCS Swansea K328

Source: Naval Museum of Manitoba

HMCS Swansea K328 Circa 1943-44

"This photo is from a box of 110 square format negatives from an antique store on 22 Jan 2015. The dates are from 1943-1945"

Courtesy of John Newton, Rear-Admiral, RCN

Lieutenant (E) John (Jock) Morrison, R.C.N.R., Engineer Officer, HMCS Swansea K328, at sea, ca. Dec 1943-Jan 1944

Source: Lt Gilbert A. Milne / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-191231

Petty Officer G. Ardy, of London, Ontario, standing by the gun-shield on which are painted symbols indicating Swanea's U-boat kills

Source: IWM Official Admiralty Collection A24332

Commander Clarence A. King, D.S.O., D.S.C., Commanding Officer, on the bridge of the frigate HMCS SWANSEA at sea, Feb 1944

Naval personnel checking the stowage of depth charges on the quarterdeck of the frigate HMCS Swansea in rough seas off Bermuda, Jan 1944

Source: Lt Gilbert Alexander Milne / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-116839

HMCS Swansea K328

An unidentified sailor removing a shell from its stowage in the 4-inch magazine of HMCS Swansea, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Jan 1944

Source: Lt Gilbert A. Milne / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-191222

 

Note: The sailor in this photo has been identified as Frederick Alexander Bennie. He has been identified by his daughter.

Messdeck of the frigate HMCS Swansea, Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada, 01 Nov 1943

Source: PO Garnet R. Lunney / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-150437

HMCS Swansea's seaboat alongside as U-boat survivors are helped out of the sea and on board the frigate

Source: IWM Official Admiralty Collection A24329

 

Click here to read the newspaper article from the Crow's Nest newspaper - Aug 1945

Norris Jones, a sailor aboard HMCS Swansea, kept a record of his experiences, including the sinking of U-448 in European waters. Jones's entries for 14 and 15 April describe the attack and subsequent rescue of German crew members from the submarine. His identification of U-448 and the details of its eight-week patrol were presumably gleaned from survivors rescued by Swansea. Most notably, Jones obtained the signatures and addresses of a number of U-448's crew, which take up much of the page.

 

George Metcalf Archival Collection, CWM 19830257-001_apr12-15, Courtesy of the Canadian War Museum

HMCS Swansea Takes Nazi Prisoners In Second Encounter With Submarine

Crow's Nest newspaper - Jul 1944

Survivor from a German U-boat sunk by HMCS Swansea

Crow's Nest newspaper - Aug 1944

 

The photos in this section are from the World War II collection of Albert Tomlinson, Telegraphist, RCN, HMCS Swansea K328

Courtesy of Stephen Tomlinson, Lt, RCN

"A Wee Bit of Ice"

HMCS Swansea K328

HMCS Swansea "Oiling"

"This is an official photo credited to J McFerran/J Campbell in Fraser McKee's "HMCS SWANSEA Life and Time of a Frigate".  It does not have the stamp that other official ones do and there are a few other "official" or J McFerran shots he has here that also don't have stamps.  However given that there are a few pictures of John McFerran, a Leading Telegraphist with Papa skiving together I can make a guess that he received copied directly from him since they were very likely friends."

"Converted Merchant Ship"

This picture shows what appears to be a merchant carrier converted to an aircraft carrier (possibly HMS BITER as they were part of the same group for a while. Photo taken from HMCS Swansea K328

"Depth Charge"

Photo taken from HMCS Swansea K328

SS Pasteur, a liner converted to a troopship

Photo taken from HMCS Swansea K328

"A Tribal Class destroyer off Pasteur STBD Beam"

Photo taken from HMCS Swansea

Quarterdeck of HMCS Swansea K328

Photo taken from Swansea's crow's nest

Quarterdeck of HMCS Swansea K328

Note the depth charge rack just to the left of the centre of the photo

Fo'c's'le of HMCS Swansea K328

Photo taken from Swansea's crow's nest

HMCS Swansea K328

"A shot from the Weather Deck facing forward from the STBD beam"

Empty shell casing on HMCS Swansea after sinking a U-boat

Two unknown sailors boxing on HMCS Swansea K328

Ken Stenton (Chatham ON), John McFerran (Calgary AB), Richard Gibson (Toronto ON) on HMCS Swansea K328

"Warmer than usual"

 

           

 

Swansea's crew enjoying some relax time either off Bermuda or in the Mediterranean

Unknown sailor smoking next to the depth charges on HMCS Swansea

Senior Telegraphist Petty Officer "Spike" Marlin on HMCS Swansea

Spuds MacDonald on HMCS Swansea

Richard Gibson on HMCS Swansea

Ken Stenton and Richard Gibson on the Fo'c's'le of HMCS Swansea

Richard Gibson and Ken Stenton skiving in what was labelled "The Battle of the Atlantic"

"The boys storing fruit in Gibraltar"

Unknown sailor holding a flying fish

(Left to Right) Ken Stenton (Chatham ON), Albert Tomlinson (Montreal QC), Richard Gibson (Toronto, ON). Last man on right and man sitting are unknown

Albert Tomlinson on left. Unknown sailor holding ship's mascot Herman

Albert Tomlinson is on left, Richard Gibson, centre (with white shirt). Ken Stenton is on the bottom right

"Skiving"

Albert Tomlinson is on the left, Ken Stenton is on the far right

Painting of HMCS Swansea

Artists last name possibly Groul. Dated 1944

VE celebration parade in Halifax NS in 1945.  Albert Tomlinson is visible, second back in the middle rank

RCN Photo

 

                    

 

(1) Message from HMS Pelican to HMS Biter re sinking of U-448

(2) Message from HMS Biter to C-in-C Western Approaches re sinking of U-448 by HMCS Swansea and HMS Pelican

(3) Message from HMS Biter to C-in-C Western Approaches re sinking of U-448 by HMCS Swansea and HMS Pelican

(4) Message from C-in-C Western Approaches congratulating HMCS Swansea and HMS Pelican on sinking U-448

5) Message from HMS Biter to C-in-C Western Approaches re sinking of U-448 (Part 1)

6) Message from HMS Biter to C-in-C Western Approaches re sinking of U-448 (Part 2)

(7) Message from HMS Bitter to HMCS Swansea - poem on sinking of U-448

(8) Message from HMCS Swansea to HMS Biter - re: poem on sinking of U-448

 

 

Autographs of survivors from U-448

Newspaper article on the sinking of U-247 by HMCS Saint John K456 and HMCS Swansea K328

Statistics from HMCS Swansea's first commissioning.  She was paid off on 19 Nov 44 for refit

 

The photos in this section are from the collection of Robert (Bob)  E. Pearson who served on HMCS Swansea K328 from launching until the end of hostilities in Europe.  They are published here, courtesy of his son-in-law, Howard Grant.  The photos were taken by Robert Pearson or with his camera, unless otherwise stated. The drawing to the left is a caricature sketch of Robert Pearson, by Ken Gray.

"American fighter pilot we picked up in Bay of Biscay after he had crashed. Poor chap was dead when we got to him."

Webmaster's note: The pilot was Lt SE Hausard

HMCS Swansea's seaboat

Lowering the seaboat on HMCS Swansea

German survivor in water in carley float (in centre of photo)

The seaboat of HMCS Swansea bringing in survivors of U-448

More Jerry survivors

German survivors on the quarterdeck of HMCS Swansea after having been pulled out of the water

 

Survivors of U-845 on the upper deck of HMCS Swansea for fresh air

British sloop as seen from HMCS Swansea

Webmaster's note: Possibly HMS Pelican

A few empty shell casings on HMCS Swansea after the battle with U-845

A few of the boys at #2 gun - HMCS Swansea K328

Back row (L-R): Jim, unknown.

Middle row (L-R): unknown, W.Waycik, Bob?

Front row (L-R): unknown, unknown, Vince Mahoney, unknown.

A few of the gang - HMCS Swansea K328

Back row (L-R): Bob ?, unknown

Front row (L-R): Jack Sharkey, W. Waycik, Vince Maloney, Jim

Skylarking a bit -  A few crew members of HMCS Swansea K328

Back row (L-R): Tel. Edwards, Bob Pearson, unknown

Front row (L-R): unknown, Frederick Alexander Bennie, Beckner, Ferrier

Crew members of HMCS Swansea K328

Back row (L-R): Edwards, Connolly, unknown

Front row (L-R): Bennie, Beckner, Ferrier

"U-448 under fire from our guns"

Doug Angus and Townie on HMCS Swansea K328

"Cookie" Couart (might be Gouart) on HMCS Swansea K328

Robert (Bob) Pearson on HMCS Swansea K328

Robert (Bob) Pearson with Townie on HMCS Swansea K328

"Blowing up"

HMCS Swansea K328 in the Atlantic in rough seas

Ted Edwards with a hangover on HMCS Swansea K328

Robert (Bob) Pearson on HMCS Swansea K328

Jack Sharkey on watch as lookout on HMCS Swansea K328

"A Q-boat"  (Fairmile motor launch)

Training sub

Old French battleship Paris, used a barracks in Plymouth

HMCS Swansea investigating Spanish trawlers in the Bay of Biscay

Robert (Bob) Pearson on HMCS Swansea K328

Maloney on HMCS Swansea K328

Hurtubise, Waycik, and Allard on HMCS Swansea K328

Connolly on HMCS Swansea K328

"Pooped"

Looking astern on from HMCS Swansea K328

Robert (Bob) Pearson on HMCS Swansea K328

Jack Sharkey on HMCS Swansea K328

"Our seaboat doing a little visiting"

The seaboat of HMCS Swansea K328 rowing towards another warship

Robert (Bob) Pearson on HMCS Swansea K328

"A Limey Sloop"

Robert (Bob) Pearson and Maloney on HMCS Swansea K328

Sea boat of HMCS Swansea K328 coming alongside

RCN photo

American destroyer in Plymouth

Spanish trawlers in the Bay of Biscay

"Pooped again"

Looking after from HMCS Swansea K328

Quarterdeck of HMCS Swansea K328

Battleship HMS Rodney

"Sort of rough out today"

HMCS Swansea in the North Atlantic

Allied warship as seen from HMCS Swansea K328

Allied warship as seen from HMCS Swansea K328

Robert (Bob Pearson looking grim in a snowstorm while on HMCS Swansea K328

"Some boys in the mess. Robert Pearson with a cigarette"

Medical Officer Surgeon Lt Mathisen and Sick Bay Attendant (SBA) Boisseau with Ordinary Seaman Higgins

RCN photo

#2 gun at work on HMCS Swansea K328

RCN photo

Depth charge from HMCS Swansea K328 exploding astern of ship

RCN photo

Another ship's seaboat alongside HMCS Swansea K328

RCN photo

Swansea's Officers

 

                 

 

(1) Lt Anderson  (2 & 3) Lt John T. Band  (4) Lt Millburn  (5) Officers on Swansea's bridge  (6) Officer shooting the sun  (7) Lt Joe E. Sullivan

 

DND / RCN photo

A rescue at sea from cement caisson destined for Cherbourg

 

                 

 

DND / RCN Photos

"Bob Pearson. Notice the three Nazi flags painted on gun shield representing three U-boats accounted for"

Newspaper article on the sinking of a 2nd U-boat by HMCS Swansea K328

Newspaper article on the sinking of a 2nd U-boat by HMCS Swansea K328

"A glider bomb exploding in the water. Too close!"

A glider bomb explodes near HMCS Swansea K328

British cruiser HMS Mauritius

Photo taken from HMCS Swansea K328

 

Townie - HMCS Swansea's Mascot

 

           

 

(1) Townie - best mascot a ship ever had  (2) Townie (left) the ship's mascot and Herman, the stowaway on HMCS Swansea K328   (3) Townie's pups on HMCS Swansea K328   (4) Feeding time for Townie's pups  (5) Burial at sea for Townie (Photographer: J. McFerran)

 

"Higgins resting easy in sick bay", HMCS Swansea K328

RCN Photo

Stoker Sans Cartier working in the machine shop, HMCS Swansea K328

RCN photo

"Baking Bread" HMCS Swansea K328

RCN Photo

 

HMCS Swansea passing the Rock of Gibraltar

DND/RCN photos

The battleship HMS Malaya, photographed from HMCS Swansea K328

"Commander Layard. A good captain"

Webmaster's note: Cdr A.F.C. Layard was commanding officer of HMCS Swansea from 30 Jul 1944 - 04 Nov 1944

A Spanish fishing trawler

Barrage balloons over an unknown harbour

Trafalgar Square, London during WW II

Bombed out building in London during WW II

Outside Buckingham Palace during WW II

HMCS Swansea crew members at the Cloisters at Westminster Abby

Bombed out buildings in Plymouth, England

A Swansea sailor

Maloney and Haddow with a friend in Northern Ireland

A couple of clowns - Maloney and Haddow

Christmas in the Mess on HMCS Swansea K328

Christmas in the Mess on HMCS Swansea K328 in 1943

 

# 2 gun in action

DND / RCN photo

From the collection Harry Swanson

Courtesy of Jason Belanger

Newspaper article on HMCS St. Laurent H83, HMCS Owen Sound K340, HMCS Swansea K328 and HMS Forester sinking U-845

From the collection Harry Swanson

Courtesy of Jason Belanger

Newspaper article on HMCS Swansea K328 and HMCS Pelican sinking U-448

From the collection Harry Swanson

Courtesy of Jason Belanger

Survivor from U-448 being searched 

 

         

 

(1) HMCS Swansea's sea boat returning with survivors from German U-boat  (2 & 3) U-boat survivors on float by HMCS Swansea's sea boat   (4) U-boat survivors being rescued.

Note:  it is not known which U-boat rescue that these photos were taken of.

From the collection Harry Swanson

Courtesy of Jason Belanger

U-845 survivors / prisoners getting some air and having a smoke

From the collection Harry Swanson

Courtesy of Jason Belanger

"Smoke Screen"

Crew members on HMCS Swansea smoking while being fired on by German coastal guns in Aug 1944

Photographer/Credit: J. Campbell

From the collection Harry Swanson

Courtesy of Jason Belanger

HMCS Matane K444 seen from HMCS Swansea K328

From the collection Harry Swanson

Courtesy of Jason Belanger

Unknown aircraft carriers seen astern of HMCS Swansea K328

From the collection Harry Swanson

Courtesy of Jason Belanger

 

Townie - HMCS Swansea's Mascot

 

     

 

(1) Townie (left) the ship's mascot and Herman, the stowaway on HMCS Swansea K328   (2) Townie's pups   (3) Burial at sea for Townie (Photographer: J. McFerran)

 

An American pilot (Lt SE Hausard) was recovered from the bay of Biscay after his plane crashed.

Photographer: J. McFerran

From the collection Harry Swanson

Courtesy of Jason Belanger

The bridge of HMCS Swansea K328

From the collection Harry Swanson

Courtesy of Jason Belanger

Depth charge explodes astern of HMCS Swansea. Sailor by rack ready to release another

From the collection Harry Swanson

Courtesy of Jason Belanger

HMCS Swansea conducting a stern fueling

From the collection Harry Swanson

Courtesy of Jason Belanger

Unknown sailor on HMCS Swansea K328.  It is not know if this is a German prisoner or a Canadian sailor who has a German cap as a souvenir

From the collection Harry Swanson

Courtesy of Jason Belanger

Unknown sailors on HMCS Swansea K328

From the collection Harry Swanson

Courtesy of Jason Belanger

Unknown sailors on HMCS Swansea K328

From the collection Harry Swanson

Courtesy of Jason Belanger

Unknown sailor on HMCS Swansea K328

From the collection Harry Swanson

Courtesy of Jason Belanger

 

HMCS Swansea 306

HMCS Swansea 306

"If you look close (just above the gun) you will see the moose antlers she carried for years."

Courtesy of Jim Steel

Thomas Hamilton Elwood on HMCS Swansea, Bermuda - 1952

Courtesy of Marcia Sagadore

Newspaper article on HMCS Swansea's Northern Cruise circa 1949

Form the collection of Reg (Smokey) Rhymes

Courtesy of Gordon Rhymes

 

Sailors in the photos:  AB Ronald Knapman, AB Reg Rhymes, PO Eldon C. Miller.

 

 

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