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HMCS VANCOUVER F6A

HMCS Vancouver F6A

Credit: Credit Ken Macpherson / Naval Museum of Alberta

 

Launched: 07 Dec 1918

Commissioned: 1919

Paid off: 1928

Transferred to RCN: 01 Mar 1928

Commissioned: 01 Mar 1928

Paid off: 25 Nov 1936

Fate: Sold for scrap in 1937

 

Initially named Toreador, Vancouver was originally commissioned in the RN in 1919.  She was leant to the RCN while replacements were being built for Patrician and Patriot.  She was transferred to the RCN on 01 Mar 1928.  In May 1928, she arrived in Esquimalt to provide reserve training.  On 24 Jan 1932 HMCS Skeena and HMCS Vancouver provided protection to British assets and civilians in El Salvador at the request of the British Consul in San Salvador following the outbreak of a peasant uprising. A landing party was briefly sent ashore at Acajutla, but the situation there improved and the sailors saw no combat, although the two ships remained in the area until the end of the month. On 05 Jan 1935, HMCS Skeena and HMCS Vancouver  departed Esquimalt for exercises in the Kingston, Jamaica area with HMCS Champlain and HMCS Saguenay. She was paid off on 25 Nov 1936 and sold for scrap in 1937.

 

Ship's company photos          Photos and Documents

 

Commanding Officers

Lt William Boyd Love Holms, RCN - 13 Feb 1928 - 29 Feb 1928

LCdr Ronald Ian Agnew, RCN - 01 Mar 1928 - 14 Aug 1928

LCdr Rupert Wainman Wood, RCN - 15 Aug 1928 - 30 Apr 1930

LCdr Godfrey Musgrove Hibbard, RCN - 01 May 1930 - 19 Jan 1931

LCdr Frederick Gordon Hart, RCN - 20 Jan 1931 - 14 Dec 1932

LCdr L.J.M. Gauvreau, RCN - 15 Dec 1932 - 19 Dec 1933

LCdr Frank Llewellyn Houghton, RCN - 20 Dec 1933 - 30 Nov 1934

LCdr Colin Degge Donald, RCN - 01 Dec 1934 - 14 May 1936

LCdr Edmont Rollo Mainguy, RCN - 15 May 1936 - 25 Nov 1936

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

C-D

Carson, Thomas Hastings

____-1999

Corbin, William Harold

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Crisp, Nelson William

____-1983

Davey, Arthur Cecil Montague

1902-____

Drafted to Vancouver on 10 Feb 1928 as Lt (E), RCN

Déry, Stanislas

1912-2001

DeWolf, Henry George

1903-2000

Drafted to Vancouver on 27 Apr 1932 as Lt (N), RCN

Donald, Colin Degge

1899-1974

8th Commanding Officer

 

 

 

E-F

Fee, Roland Alonzo Burr

1911-1995

Served in Vancouver 02 Sep 1931 - 19 Nov 1931; 01 Oct 1932 14 May 1934 as a V.A., RCN and 01 Oct 1936 - 25 Nov 1936 as a L/V.A., RCN

Finch-Noyes, Edward William

1909-1982

Served in Vancouver in 1934 as 1st Lt.

Ford, Malgwyn Charles

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

while serving in

HMCS FRASER

Served in Vancouver 03 Jan 1935 - 25 Nov 1936 an an OS and AB, RCN

 

 

G-H

Groos, Harold Victor William

1912-1987

Drafted to Vancouver 01 Jun 1936 as Lt, RCN

Grubb, Frederic Ernest

1910-1985

Drafted to Vancouver 14 May 1934 as Slt, RCN

Hart, Frederick Gordon

____-____

5th Commanding Officer

Hewitt, Arthur Robert

1909-1999

Served in Vancouver in 1930 as a Tel, RCN

Hibbard, James Calcutt

1908-1996

Served in Vancouver in 1931

Holms, William Boyd Love

____-1989

1st Commanding Officer

Houghton, Frank Llewellyn

1897-1981

7th Commanding Officer

Hutton, Jack

Served in Vancouver 16 May 1929 - 31 Dec 1929 and 10 Jan 1936 - 09 Oct 1936 as a Sig, RCN

killed - 20 Sep 1943

while serving in

HMCS St Croix I81

 

 

K-L

Lay, Horatio Nelson

1903-1988

Lipscombe, George

1899-1979

 

 

 

M-N

Mainguy, Edmond Rollo

1901-1979

9th Commanding Officer

Mann, Clement Cecil Wallace

1911-2005

 

 

 

O-P

Paige, Leslie Arthur Coope

____-1952

Porteous, William Walter

1902-1969

Drafted to Vancouver 21 May 1931 as Lt (E), RCN, Engineering Officer

Powell, Joseph Henry

____-1950

 

 

S-T

Seabrook, Archibald William

____-____

Tisdall, Ernest Patrick

1906-1965

Drafted to Vancouver 15 May 1929 as Slt, RCN

 

 

 

W-X

Wood, Rupert Wainman

____-____

3rd Commanding Officer

Wurtele, Alfred Charles

1897-2000

Drafted to Vancouver on 03 Jul 1933 as LCdr, RCN, XO

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Bidwell, Roger Edward Shelford, LCdr (T), RCN - 15 Apr 1931

 

Bragg, Percival Dean, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Apr 1945

Budden, Alfred Henry, Gnr (T), RN - 27 Jun 1931

 

Evans, Thomas Henry, Lt (E), RCN - 28 Jul 1933

Guppy, Samuel James Clark, Gnr (T), RCN - 09 Jul 1933

 

Lewis, Bernard Arthur, Gnr (T), RN - 07 Apr 1935

 

Photos and Documents

 

LCdr Frank Houghton, commanding officer of HMCS Vancouver, poses aboard his ship in the early 1930s.

Courtesy of Cluny Nichols

HMCS Vancouver F6A entering Willemstad Harbour, Netherlands Antilles, 1934

In the winder of 1934, HMCS Skeena, HMCS Saguenay, HMCS Champlain and HMCS Vancouver took part in Winter exercises off South America.

From the collection of James A. Senior

Courtesy of Bob Senior

 

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