For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
Built at Kingston Shipbuilding Co., Kingston, Ont, she was launched in 1917 at Kingston, Thiepval was in commission between 24 Jul 1918 and 19 Mar 1920, when she was turned over to the Department of Marine and Fisheries as a patrol vessel. Taken back into the RCN, she was commissioned 02 Apr 1923, for service on the west coast. In Feb 1924, one of the few ships in the post-First World War Royal Canadian Navy, Thiepval became the first Canadian warship to visit the Soviet Union and Japan when it provided support for a British attempt to fly around the world. She was detailed to proceed across the north Pacific to Hakodate, Japan, to deposit fuel and lube "dumps" for the round-the-world flight of Maj. Stuart MacLaren. Travelling over 11,000 miles in the process, Thiepval also salvaged what remained of the aircraft after it was wrecked at Nikolski, USSR, on 03 Aug 1924. Thiepval was wrecked on an uncharted rock in Barkley Sound, B.C., on 27 Feb 1930.