HMCS VENTURE / Harbour Craft 90


Sail training Vessel


Accommodation Vessel / Harbour Craft





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 - 19 Sep 1939


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


Adamson, Selwyn A.

Allen, John H.

Allison, Albert E.

Anderson, James C.

Anthony, James A. D.

Barrett, Arthur E.

Brown, Paul A.

Canavan, Lloyd F.

Coggins, Ellsworth T.

Curr, Stanley R.

Currie, George H.

DeWolf, Henry G.

Dillon, Charles J.

Doiron, Elmer J.

Freeman, Dexter E.

Gilbert, William M.

Hare, Harvey W.

Hibbard, Godfrey M.

Holmes, Arthur G.

Horley, Wallace C.

Hughes, David A.

Kynman, Albert

Laflamme, Joseph W. G.

Latreille, Theodore J.

Le Drew, Frederick

MacLeod, Gordon I.

MacPhail, John A.

McCarthy, John M.

McGrath, Donald K.

McMurdo, Stephen B.

Merriam, Ronald C. G.

Moore, Albert A.

Ninian, Thomas M.

Paterson, Robert L.

Powell, Robert M.

Powell, Stephen B.

Priske, Sydney R.

Richards, Donald P.

Redden, C. Aubrey

Regimbal, Daniel J. J.

Reid, Daniel M. M.

Robertson, Robert G.

Robinson, Edmund C.

Robinson, Elwin

Rolland, Joseph W.

Sharpe, John W.

Sheflin, John E.

Sheppard, Henry J.

Smardon, Walter E.

Smith, Arthur J.

Stevenson, James C. R.

Thibodeau, Simon J.

Walkley, John M.

Wells, Edgar H.

Wheeler, Thomas K.

Wilson, Ernest







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



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