HMCS VENTURE / HC 190

 

Accommodation Vessel / Harbour Craft

 


 

HMCS VENTURE

 

Launched: 09 Jun 1937

Commissioned: 25 Oct 1937

Paid off: 01 Sep 1939

Fate: Sold 10 Sep 1945.  Destroyed by fire at sea on 03 Oct 1951

 

The only sailing vessel among the thirteen ships serving in the RCN on the eve of the Second World War, this three-masted schooner was designed by W. J. Roue at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Mr. Roue was the one who designed the famous fishing vessel BLUENOSE.  She was 143 feet overall in length and was built at Meteghan River, Nova Scotia. She was rigged as a tern schooner with three masts. Painted with a royal blue hull, gold stripe, varnished spars and a white boot topping, she commissioned on 25 Oct 1937 as a training ship. 

 

With war imminent, VENTURE was paid off on 01 Sep 1939 to become an accommodation vessel at Halifax for ratings on the staff of the Rear Admiral, 3rd Battleship Squadron, RN. In Nov 1941, she was commissioned as guard ship at Tuft’s Cove, at the entrance to Bedford Basin. She gave up her name on 13 May 1943 to the former yacht Seaborn and thereafter was known as Harbour Craft 190. She served as Harbour Hopper 190 until she was sold to a Halifax firm on 10 Dec 1945. Upon being sold she was renamed to Alfred & Emily and served as a sealing vessel and a coal carrier, which she served as until she was lost in an explosion/fire off of Bellburns, Newfoundland on 03 Oct 1951.

 


 

Photos and Documents

 


 

Commanding Officers

 

Cdr Godfrey Musgrave Hibbard - 08 Jun 1938 - unk

 

Lt John Campbell McCarty, RCNR - 13 May 1943 - unk

 

Skpr/Lt Dexter Elisha Freeman, RCNR - 01 Jul 1945 - unk

 


 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

 


 

Former Crew Members

 

Anderson, Charles, AB, Torpedoman, RCNVR

 

Bragg, Percival Dean, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jun 1945

 

Smith, Alexander, Skpr/Lt, RCNR - 29 Mar 1943 / 13 May 1943

 


 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS VENTURE under construction

Source: Flicker photo collection of Ron Bell

Launching of HMCS VENTURE

Source: Flicker photo collection of Ron Bell

HMCS VENTURE

 

DND / RCN Photo - Crown Copyright

Stan "Dusty" Rhodes, Lloyd Finter, C. Aubrey Redden (right) - HMCS VENTURE Winter Cruise 1937-38

 

From the collection of C. Aubrey Redden, CPO1, RCN

 

Courtesy of Sherri Redden

 (CR02) Aubrey Redden on HMCS VENTURE

 

From the collection of C. Aubrey Redden, CPO1, RCN

 

Courtesy of Sherri Redden

 


 

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