For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS Trentonain K368

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum


Laid down: 19 Feb 1943

Launched: 01 Sep 1943

Commissioned: 01 Dec 1943

Fate: Sunk on 22 Feb 1945 by  U-1004


Commissioned at Kingston on 01 Dec 1943. She departed for Halifax on 26 Dec 1943. The following is an excerpt from her logs "26 Dec 1943 (1415 Zulu) Now with Christmas over, we slipped our lines and are now heading for Halifax, in company with HMCS NORSYD and HMC Tug NORTON. Soon after, we were met by some choppy seas. For most of the crew this is their first time in a ship and their first taste of seasickness. Unfortunately, the cooks seem to be the hardest hit. One cook is completely incapacitated. Those of the crew that have not succumbed, are taking turns in the galley to lend a hand. Unfortunately, the shipboard cuisine of these amateurs, could not be palatable even in fair weather." Trentonian arrived at Halifax late in Dec 1943 and, after further fitting-out at Liverpool, N.S., and Halifax, left the latter port for Bermuda on 18 Feb 1944, to work up. Returning at the beginning of Mar 1944, she was assigned to Western Approaches Command and left for Londonderry on 23 Apr 1944 to join. For three months she carried out escort duty in connection with the invasion and on 13 Jun 1944, while escorting the cable vessel Monarch off Normandy, she was shelled in error by a U.S. destroyer. The Monarch was hit several times resulting in numerous casualties, luckily however, the Trentonian was not hit during this incident. Late in Aug 1944 she transferred to EG 41 (RN) and, based at different times at Plymouth and at Milford Haven, escorted Channel convoys. While so engaged on 22 Feb 1945, she was torpedoed and sunk near Falmouth by U-1004, with the loss of six lives. The U-boat that sank Trentonian, U-1004 was eventually scuttled in Operation Deadlight. Operation Deadlight was the code name for the scuttling of unwanted German U-boats which the allies got their hands on after the end of World War II. Most of these (if not all) operations took place from Lisahally, Northern Ireland or Loch Ryan, Scotland.


Commanding Officers

A/LCdr William Edward Harrison, RCNR - 01 Dec 1943 - 30 Jan 1945

Lt Colin Stinson Glassco, RCNVR - 31 Jan 1945 - 22 Feb 1945 


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

BECK, Moyle Kitchener

LS, V/61565, RCNVR

MPK - 22 Feb 1945 

CATHRINE, Robert Thomas

AB, V/61656, RCNVR

MPK - 22 Feb 1945 

FOURNIER, John Alfred

LS, V/19311, RCNVR

MPK - 22 Feb 1945 

HARVEY, Colin Bancroft

LS, A/1898, RCNR

MPK - 22 Feb 1945 


Stoker, V/64232, RCNVR

MPK - 22 Feb 1945 

STEPHEN, Gordon Kent


MPK - 22 Feb 1945 

Drafted to HMCS Trentonian on 17 Jul 1944 as Slt, RCNVR

WELLS, Aubrey Calland

LS, A/4742, RCNR

killed - 16 Nov 1944 



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Bennett, Rupert Stanley







Coates, John Sidney


Survived the sinking of HMCS Tentonian






MacIver, Alexander John







Rickard, James


Russell, Gerald Richard


Survived the sinking of HMCS Trentonian





Sargeant, William James







Yakowenko, Joseph William






Ship's Mascots

AB O'Brian







Former Crew Members


(*S) = Survivor of ship's sinking on 22 Feb 1945

Abbott, Pat, Lt, NavO - 20 Jul 1944 (*S)


Baker, E. - 1944


Baril, Dick - 1945


Barrn, Frank (*S) 


Beaumont, D. - 1944


Chadbolt, George, L/Tel (*S)


Clark, Henry, Tel (*S)


Goar, George, ERA (*S)

Gray, Robert, AB (*S)


Harley, Gordon, LS (*S) 


Hindle, Harry, Wt (E)  (*S) 


Keir, Bruce, Sto (*S)


Meyer, Barrie, Coder (*S)


Majors, Leslie, Stoker (*S) 


Muff, Eric, AB (*S)

Salmon, Harold, AB (*S) 


Shields, William, Stoker (*S) 


Simpson, Gordon, AB (*S)


Stephen, Gordon Kent, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1944


Straw, Jack, L/Sig, RCNVR (*S) 


Terrell, Jack, Sig (*S)


Photos and Documents



HMCS Trentonian - Ship`s Log 1943

HMCS Trentonian - Ship`s Log 1944

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