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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS Thiepval


Launched: 1917

Commissioned: 24 Jul 1918

Paid off: 19 Mar 1920

Re-commissioned: 01 Apr 1923

Paid off:

Sunk: 27 Feb 1930


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.


Commanding Officers

Lt, William James Robert Beech, RCN - 11 Feb 1924 - unk

LCdr Harold Reed Tingley, RCN - ?? - 27 Feb 1930 


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Beech, William James Robert


Drafted to Thiepval 11 Feb 1924 as Lt, RCN






Shirley, Robert


Drafted to Thiepval 22 Feb 1924 as Lt, RCNVR

Tingley, Harold Reed







Photos and Documents





HMCS Thiepval - The accidental tourist destination