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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS The Pas K168


Laid down: 07 Jan 1941

Launched: 16 Aug 1941

Commissioned: 21 Oct 1941

Paid off: 24 Jul 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1946


Commissioned at Montreal on 21 Oct 1941, The Pas arrived at Halifax on 04 Nov 1941. She joined Halifax Force as a local escort, but in Mar 1942, was reassigned to WLEF, then forming. In Jun 1942 she was transferred to Halifax Tanker Escort Force, and during the next three months made three round trips between Halifax and Trinidad-Aruba. In Sep 1942 she came under U.S. control as escort to New York-Guantanamo convoys but arrived at Liverpool, N.S., on 29 Nov 1942, for two months' refit. Following workups locally, she rejoined WLEF and, on its division into escort groups in Jun 1943, became a member of EG W-4. The ship was badly damaged in collision with the American SS Medina in the western Atlantic on 21 Jul 1943, while escorting convoy ON.192, and was under repair at Halifax and Shelburne until early Oct 1943. She then returned to her duties with WLEF until Sep 1944 (from Apr 1944 as a member of EG W-3), when she underwent a refit at Sydney and, on completion of this late in Nov 1944, joined HMCS Cornwallis as a training ship for the balance of the war. The Pas never did receive an extended fo'c's'le. She was paid off on 24 Jul 1945, at Sorel and broken up at Hamilton the following year.


Commanding Officers

LCdr A.R.E. Coleman, RCNR - 21 Oct 1941 - 28 Oct 1941

LCdr Ernest George Old, RCNR - 29 Oct 1941 - 19 Jan 1943

LCdr John Hubert Smith MacDonald, RCNR - 20 Jan 1943 - 14 Apr 1944

Lt Roy Howard Sylvester, RCNVR - 15 Apr 1944 - 09 Oct 1944

Lt John Hamilton Ewart, RCNVR - 10 Oct 1944 - 24 Jul 1945


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


- Book of Remembrance entry

DRAPER, Herbert Lorimer

PO, 3261, RCN

killed - 21 Jul 1943 

FARNSWORTH, James Glendon

PO, A/1743, RCNR

killed - 21 Jul 1943 

PATTERSON, Robert Douglas Masterman

ERA, V 37614, RCNVR

killed - 21 Jul 1943 


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Ewart, John Hamilton


5th Commanding Officer






Greig, Robert Wallace


Hamer, Thomas W.


Hassim, William Fisher


Howarth, William


Hulbert, John Adrian



McLean, William Randall


Served in The Pas 20 Oct 1944 - 18 Jul 1945 as a LSA, RCNVR

McLennan, Donald Roy


Served in The Pas 18-28 Nov 1944 for training while at HMCS Cornwallis





Pickford, Reginald John


Served in HMCS The Pas in 1941-1942






Stables, John Stirling


Sylvester, Roy Howard






Whitby, James Collin


Served in The Pas 08 Dec 1943 - 02 Oct 1944 as a SD






Former Crew Members

Biggar, Francis Lyons, Lt, RCNVR - 14 Jul 1943


Burns, Donald Gardiner, Slt, RCNVR - 20 Jul 1942


Hay, Graydon David, Slt, RCNVR - 03 Jun 1944

Flavelle, Bud


Mathewson, Peter Stanton, Slt, RCNVR - 21 Feb 1944


Mitchell, Graham William, Slt, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1943

Mofford, Cuthbert L., Lt, RCNVR - 30 Apr 1945


Smith, George Herbert, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1944


Photos and Documents



HMCS The Pas - The Toronto Observer

Personal Photo Gallery of William Randall McLean

Ship's company photos for HMCS The Pas