For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


Then Chilean Navy Vessel PAPUDO (1946)

HMCS Thorlock K394


Laid down: 25 Sep 1943

Launched: 15 May 1944

Commissioned: 13 Nov 1944

Paid off: 15 Jul 1945

Sold: 1946 to Chilean Navy

Paid off:

Fate: Sold for scrap in 1967


Built at Midland, Ont., Thorlock was commissioned there on 13 Nov 1944, and arrived at Halifax on 16 Dec 1944. On 07 Jan 1945, she left for Bermuda to work up, setting out on 01 Feb 1945 for the return journey northward. Later that month she was allocated to EG C-9 and on 26 Feb 1945 left Halifax to pick up her first convoy, SC.168. She served for the remainder of the war as an ocean escort, making five transatlantic trips. On 12 May 1945, when on the final leg of an Atlantic crossing with convoy ON.300 from the U.K., she was diverted, along with HMCS Victoriaville, to accept the surrender of U 190 and escort the U-boat to Bay Bulls, Nfld. She was paid off on 15 Jul 1945, and placed in reserve at Sorel. Sold in 1946, she served in the Chilean Navy as Papudo until disposed of for scrap in 1967.


Commanding Officers

A/LCdr John Eugene Francois, RCNR - 13 Nov 1944 - 15 Jul 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Choppe, Nicholas


Courage, William Ronald Benjamin


DeLancey, Arthur Langley


Digou, Raymond Frederick




Economides, John Nicholas


Farnham, Charles Wilfred






Haigh, James Dawson


Hulbert, John Adrian





Ship's Mascot








Former Crew Members

Blachford, Robert Oswald, Lt, X.O.


Boisvert, Gerald


Charles, E.D., RCN, RCAF 

Hancock, John


Huculak, Walter, Lt (El) (R), RCNVR - 07 Apr 1945

Leard, Ralph, L/Stwd from Borden, PEI


Miller, Jack, A/Wt (E), RCN - 24 May 1944 (Stand by)


Photos and Documents


RCN Memories

Surrender of U-190 to HMCS Thorlock



Bill Ronald Benjamin Courage - The Memory Project

Ship's company photos for HMCS Thorlock