For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS TIMMINS K223

Then Honduran-Flagged Merchant Vessel Guayaquil (1948)

HMCS Timmins K223

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

 

Laid down: 14 Jun 1940

Launched: 26 Jun 1941

Commissioned: 10 Feb 1942

Paid off: 15 Jul 1945

Fate: Foundered on 03 Aug 1960

 

Built at Esquimalt, she was commissioned there on 10 Feb 1942. Timmins served with Esquimalt Force until transferred to the east coast. Upon arrival at Halifax on 13 Oct 1942 she was assigned to WLEF. With its division into escort groups in Jun 1943, she became a member of EG W-6, transferring to W-2 in Apr 1944. She commenced a two-month refit at Liverpool, N.S., late in Jun 1943, followed by workups at Pictou. A second refit, again at Liverpool, was carried out between late Jun and mid-Oct 1944. It included the extension of her fo'c's'le and three weeks' working-up in Bermuda followed. Timmins was paid off on 15 Jul 1945, at Sorel, and sold later that year for commercial use. She entered service in 1948 as the Honduran-flag Guayaquil and, ironically, foundered at Guayaquil, Ecuador, on 03 Aug 1960.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt James Albert Brown, RCNR - 10 Feb 1942 - 18 Aug 1942

LCdr A.T. Morrell, RCNR - 19 Aug 1942 - 30 Aug 1942

Lt J.M. Gillison, RCNR - 31 Aug 1942 - 11 Jan 1943

Lt Neville Spencer Charles Dickinson, RCNVR - 12 Jan 1943 - 19 Mar 1943

LCdr J.H.S. MacDonald, RCNR - 20 Mar 1943 - 18 Apr 1943

A/LCdr Herries Stirling Maxwell, RCNVR - 19 Apr 1943 - 29 Jun 1944

Lt R.G. James, RCNVR - 02 Sep 1944 - 15 Dec 1944

Lt John Kincaid, RCNR - 16 Dec 1944 - 15 Jul 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Barwis, Dewey Ira Charles

1924-2008

 

 

 

 

C-D

Chanter, Charles Edward

____-2014

Clark, James

1922-2013

Devey, Ronald Joseph

____-2006

 

 

G-H

Hulley, Kenneth

____-1948

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Ryder, Lawrence

____-____

 

 

 

 

S-T

Smith, Jack Newton

1919-2003

Sobkow, Walter J.

1921-2012

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Alcock, William Gordon, A/Wt (E), RCNVR - 19 Jul 1944

 

Beharriell, Stanley Ross, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Gilmore, Robert Hugh, Stoker

 

Jones, Archibald Roy Campbell, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1943

Lovell, William Ashton, Slt, RCNVR - 01 May 1942 / 21 Jun 1942

 

Newton, John Amyas, Slt, RCNVR - 10 Feb 1942

 

Parker, Richard Allan, Slt, RCNVR - 10 Feb 1942

 

Samis, John Clouston, Slt, RCNVR - 31 Jul 1944

Taylor, William Robertson, Slt, RCNVR - 19 May 1943

 

Thompson, Frederick Stafford, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Ward, James Barlow, Mate, RCNR - 11 Feb 1942 / 06 Jul 1942

 

Wilson, Milton Thomas, A/Lt, RCNVR - 01 May 1944

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

Links

 

Robert Hugh Gilmore - The Memory Project

 

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