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HMCS TRILLIUM K172

Former HMS TRILLIUM K172

Then Honduran Whale-Catcher OLYMPIC RUNNER (1950)

Then Japanese Whale-Catcher  OTORI MARU No. 10 (1956)

Then Japanese Whale-Catcher KYO MARU No. 16 (1959)

 

Unofficial wartime badge

painted by Glen Mofford

HMCS Trillium K172, Halifax, NS, 1941

Credit: Library and Archives of Canada - PA105713/ RCN photo

 

Laid down: 20 Feb 1940

Launched: 26 Jun 1940

Commissioned: 31 Oct 1940

Transferred to RCN: 15 May 1941

Commissioned: 15 May 1941

Paid off: 27 June 1945

Returned to RN: 27 Jun 1945

Fate: Sold in 1947 for commercial use. Final disposition unknown

 

Built at Montreal for the RN, she was commissioned at there on 31 Oct 1940 as HMS Trillium. Trillium arrived at Halifax on 14 Nov 1940 and in the Clyde on 20 Dec 1940 for final fitting out at Greenock, which was completed on 03 Mar 1941. In Apr 1941, after three weeks' workups at Tobermory, she joined EG 4 (RN), Greenock, for outbound North American convoys. On 15 May 1941, Trillium was transferred to the RCN and commissioned as HMCS Trillium. She left Aultbea on 10 Jun 1941 with OB.332 for St. John's to join Newfoundland Command. After two round trips to Iceland she arrived at Halifax on 28 Aug 1941 for three months' refit there and at Lunenburg. On completion of the refit in Dec 1941 she made one further round trip to Iceland and, on 20 Jan 1942, left St. John's for convoy SC.65 to Londonderry. After two return trips on the "Newfie-Derry" run she went to Galveston, Texas, for refit from 16 Apr to 23 Jun 1942. Following workups at Pictou, she resumed mid-ocean service with EG A-3 from Aug 1942 until Apr 1943, when she arrived at Boston for a refit that included the extension of her fo'c's'le. This was completed on 27 Jun 1943, after which she worked up at Pictou before joining EG C-4. Late in Apr 1944 she returned to Pictou for a two-month refit, followed by additional repairs at Halifax, and early in Aug 1944 went to Bermuda to work up. She arrived at St. John's 02 Sep 1944, to join EG C-3. On 14 Jan 1945, while escorting the Milford Haven section of ON.278, she sank a coaster in collision and required five weeks' repairs, afterward resuming mid-ocean service until the end of the war. This ship was unique in that she spent her entire career as a mid-ocean escort, participating in three major convoy battles: SC.100 (Sep 1942); ON.166 (Feb 1943); and SC.121 (Mar 1943). She left St. John's on 27 May 1945, for the U.K., where she was returned to the RN at Milford Haven on 27 Jun 1945. Sold in 1947 for conversion to a whale-catcher, she entered service as the Honduran-registered Olympic Runner in 1950, Otori Maru 10 in 1956 and Kyo Maru No. 16 in 1959. Last in Lloyd's Register for 1972 / 1973. 

 

(Note: Although the place & date of foc'sle extension for HMCS Trillium K172 as listed on 27 Jun 43, at Boston, Mass, was obtained from official records, photographic evidence seems to prove this wrong. It is more likely that Trilliums Fo'c's'le extension was completed between Apr-Jun 42 Galveston TX. source: RCN news magazine)

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Ronald Fraser Harris, DSC, RCNVR - 31 Oct 1940 - 13 Nov 1941

Lt H.D. Campsie, RCNR - 15 Nov 1941 - 08 Dec 1941

Skpr/Lt George Edward Gaudreau, RCNR - 09 Dec 1941 - 25 Feb 1942

A/LCdr Philip Caball Evans, RCNR - 26 Feb 1942 - 24 Mar 1943

Lt Ralph Marcus Wallace, RCNVR - 25 Mar 1943 - 17 Apr 1943

A/LCdr Philip Caball Evans, RCNVR - 18 Apr 1943 - 21 May 1944

Lt Kenneth Elliott Meredith, RCNVR - 22 May 1944 - 27 Jun 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

GREENWOOD, Clifford Hindle

Ord. Tel, V/9888, RCNVR

killed - 12 Apr 1941   

PETTIGREW, Jack R.

Sto, A/2383, RCNR

killed - 12 Apr 1941   

ROBERTSON, Donald Morrison

AB, 3302, RCN

killed - 12 Apr 1941   

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Bond, James

1888-1962

Brodie, Arnold Malcolm

____-____

Drafted to Trillium 16 Apr 1943 as Lt, RCNVR

 

 

 

C-D

Cottrell, Sydney Alexander

See: HMCS Athabaskan G07

Cleveland, Norman John

1923-2006

Duckett, Jack M.

____-____

 

 

G-H

Hogg, Malcolm

1925-2006

 

 

 

 

K-L

Keeler, Morton

____-1995

Kitney, Paul W.

____-1998

 

Loewen, Leslie John

1925-2014

 

 

M-N

Meredith, Kenneth Elliott

1922-2012

 

 

 

 

O-P

Pickrell, George Robert

1925-2006

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Reid, John McCammon

____-2013

 

 

 

 

S-T

Sweeney, Chevalier Richard Patrick Fortier Mingo

1922-2015

 

 

 

 

U-V

Ursaki, Frank Joseph

1921-2010

Vondette, Henry William

1924-2006

Drafted to Trillium, Mar 1943 as a Visual Signalman, RCNVR

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Hayes, Godfrey Harry, Slt, RCN - 06 Jun 1941

 

Miller, Donald Campbell, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Pickering, William, CPO - Jan 1945

Seldon, William Frank, A/Lt, RCNVR - 31 Jan 1944

 

Smibert, James Melrose, Lt, RCNVR - 14 Mar 1944

 

Stone, Kennedy Albert, Slt, RCNVR - 12 Apr 1943

Sweeney, Richard Patrick Fortier, Slt, RCNVR - 25 Jun 1943

 

Webber, Donald Graham, Slt, RCNVR - 03 Jun 1944

 

Wickett, William Percy, Slt, RCNVR - 22 Jun 1941

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Personal photo gallery of Arnold Malcolm Brodie

Personal photo gallery of James Bond

 

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