For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS Trail K174


Laid down: 20 Jul 1940

Launched: 16 Oct 1940

Commissioned: 30 Apr 1941

Paid off: 17 Jul 1945

Fate: Broken up at Hamilton, Ont., in 1950


Commissioned at Vancouver on 31 Apr 1941, she left Esquimalt 31 May 1941 for the east coast, arriving at Halifax on 27 Jun 1941. In Aug 1941 she joined Newfoundland Command, departing St. John's on 23 Aug 1941 to escort convoy HX.146 as far as Iceland. During the year she made four round trips there, and on 20 Jan 1942, left St. John's to join SC.65 for the first of two round trips to Londonderry. She returned to Halifax on 02 Apr 1942 and, after a brief refit at Liverpool, N.S., joined Halifax Force for Northern Waters in June. Between Jul and Nov 1942 she was employed escorting convoys between Labrador and Quebec City, also calling at Gaspé and Hamilton Inlet. She arrived at Halifax in Nov 1942 to join WLEF for the balance of the war, as a member successively of escort groups W-6 (from Jun 1943); W-5 (from Apr 1944) and W-4 (from Dec 1944). She underwent a refit at Lunenburg from mid-Jul to 03 Sep 1943, followed by workups at Pictou, and a further refit at Liverpool, N.S., between mid-Jul and 23 Oct 1944. Following the latter, which included extension of her fo'c's'le, she underwent additional repairs at Halifax and then proceeded to Bermuda to work up in Dec 1944. She left there on 07 Jan 1945, for Boston to resume service with WLEF until paid off on 17 Jul 1945 at Sorel. In August 1950, Trail was sold to the Steel Co. of Canada, Hamilton, ON, and was ship was broken up at Hamilton.


Commanding Officers

Lt George Stanley Hall, RCNR - 30 Apr 1941 - 08 Oct 1943

Lt G.M. Hope, RCNVR - 09 Oct 1943 - 20 Aug 1944

Lt D.G.B. Hueston, RCNVR - 21 Aug 1944 - 09 Oct 1944

Lt Donald James Lawson, RCNVR - 10 Oct 1944 - 17 Jul 1945


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

ROGERSON, George Stanley

S.B.A., V/23287, RCNVR

killed - 12 Dec 1942 (at St. John's, NFLD)


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Cornell, Alan Richard John







Hunter, Donald Fraser







Lamb, James Barrett


Drafted to Trail on 30 Apr 1941 as Slt, RCNVR






Taylor, John A.







Vondette, Henry William


Served in Trail as a Visual Signalman, RCNVR






Walsh, Donald E.







Former Crew Members

Adey, Kenneth (Gordon), ADSIC


Cowan, Russell F., Slt, RCNVR - 11 Feb 1945


Davey, James Wilkie, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1943


Falconer, James Alexander, Lt, RCNVR - 30 Apr 1941


Gain, Howard Francis, Lt, RCNVR - 12 May 1945

Harden, Harold


Merriam, Ronald Charles Grigg, Lt, RCNVR - 25 Jan 43


Nash, Thomas Raymond, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1943


Palmer, Hugh Mallogh, Slt, RCNVR - 18 Feb 1942

Ranson, Herbert Samuel, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Jul 1944


Schmeisser, Chester James, Slt, RCNVR - 02 Jul 1942


Stevens, Allan Wilday, Slt, RCNVR - 02 Apr 1942


Wallace, Mathew Howard, Mate, RCNR - 30 Apr 1941



Photos and Documents



Stories We Remember - Kenneth (Gord) Adey RCN

The Memory Project - Harold Harden