HMCS VICTORIAVILLE K684 / 320

 

River Class / Prestonian Class Frigate

 


 

HMCS GRANBY 180 (1966)

 

Diving Tender

 


 

 

HMCS VICTORIAVILLE

Post wartime badge

HMCS VICTORIAVILLE K684

HMCS GRANBY

 

Laid down: 01 Feb 1943

Launched: 23 Jun 1944

Commissioned: 11 Nov 1944

Paid off: 17 Nov 1945

Re-commissioned: 25 Sep 1959

Re-named / Reclassified: 21 Dec 1966

Paid off: 31 Dec 1973

Fate: Sold for scrap in 1974

 

Commissioned on 11 Nov 1944, at Quebec City, she arrived at Halifax on 03 Dec 1944 and late that month proceeded to Bermuda to work up. In Feb 1945, she was assigned to EG C-9, leaving Halifax on 27 Feb 1945 to join convoy SC.168 for her passage to Londonderry, where the group was based. VICTORIAVILLE spent the balance of the war on North Atlantic convoy duty. She left Barry, Wales, on 02 May 1945 to pick up convoy ON.300 on her way home to Canada, and on 12 May 1945 escorted the surrendered U 190 into Bay Bulls, Nfld. She began tropicalization refit at Saint John, N.B., on 24 May 1945, but work was stopped on 20 Aug 1945, and on 17 Nov 1945 the ship was paid off at Sydney and laid up at Shelburne. Subsequently sold to Marine Industries Ltd., she was re-acquired by the RCN and re-commissioned on 25 Sep 1959, following conversion to a Prestonian class ocean escort. On 21 Dec 1966, she assumed the name and duties of the retiring diving tender Granby, but was paid off 31 Dec 1973, and sold for scrap the following year.

 


 

RCN Memories:     My Time On The Vicky

 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          The Ship's Bell          History of HMCS VICTORIAVILLE

 

The capture of U-190's Enigma machine by HMCS THORLOCK and HMCS VICTORIAVILLE

 


 

Commanding Officers - HMCS VICTORIAVILLE

 

A/LCdr Lester Alton Hickey, MBE, RCNR - 11 Nov 1944 - 17 Nov 1945

LCdr G.B. Wither, RCN - 25 Sep 1959 - 04 May 1961

LCdr William P. Rikely, RCN - 05 May 19 61 - 10 Mar 19 63

LCdr A.J. Norman, RCN - 12 Dec 1964 - 08 Jan 1965

 

Commanding Officers - HMCS Granby 180

 

LCdr E.A. Makin, RCN - 21 Dec 1966 - unk

 


 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

Benjamin, Gordon

Benson, George F. A.

Bertuzzi, Peo

Bockus, Donald R.

Bourgie, Marcel

Boyd, Robert E.

Brown, Kenneth F.

Burbidge, Frederick S.

Carnahan, George B.

Christie, Robert W.

Curts, Alexander

Dohan, John C.

Farrell, Laurence P.

Fenn, Frank

Ferroni, Armand

Gerrior, Marshall J.

Graham, Donald V.

Hamm, Charles F.

Hatherley, Peter

Hickey, Lester A.

Hyatt, Randall E.

McCann, Robert J.

MacEachern, Allister J.

MacMillan, Hugh D.

McInnes, D. Glenson

Morison, Allen I.

Munroe, Frank C.

Myers, Alexander J.

Nichol, John L.

Nickerson, Augustus

Oxholm, Bendt A. O'N.

Paradis, Clement

Power, John K.

Rikely, William P.

Ross, James D.

Ruckle, William G.

Russell, Harold B.A.

Stanger, E.T. Peter

Stegen, James W.

Stone, Robert P.

Swim, Minard G.

Turner, Edward J.

Vermunt, Charles E.

Walsh, Gerald F.

Walsh, Michael

Wilwand, Robert E.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Former Crew Members

 

Ashton, Cliff J.

 

Cleough, Doug B., OS.BN, 35285-H, RCN - Sep 1959 - May 1961 

 

Dean, William Patterson, Lt (E), RCNVR - 08 Apr 1945

 

Graham, Donald Vye, Surg Lt, RCNVR - 21 Feb 1945

 

Hopkins, Ted (HMCS GRANBY)

 

Hyatt, Randall Everett - WW2

 

James, Richard Spencer, A/Lt, RCNVR - 04 Jun 1945

 

Kimber, Norman, AB.WU, RCN  - 1961-1962

 

LeMoine, Robert Edward Earle, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Apr 1945

McDonald, Bob 

 

Metcalfe, Harold Roy (Hal), AB, V75909, RCNVR - HMCS VICTORIAVILLE during Second World War

 

Pearson, Don

 

Pittendrigh, Jim, Signalman - 1962

 

Power, George  (HMCS GRANBY)

 

Reid, Andrew, Stoker - HMCS VICTORIAVILLE during Second World War

 

Reid, John, AB.RM1 - 1963 - 1965

 

Winterburn, Nelson, AB.VS1 - 09 Oct 1961 - 19 Sep 1963 

 


 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS VICTORIAVILLE K684 conducting a stern fueling

From the collection of Joseph Edward Turner

Courtesy of Adam Gaines

HMCS VICTORIAVILLE alongside .....

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Bob Macklem

 

Webmaster's Note:  Robert Macklem served in Chilliwack, St Boniface and Penetang - this photo could have been taken from any of those 3 ships.

 

Believed to be members of the boarding party of U-190 from HMCS VICTORIAVILLE

 

From the collection of Douglas Glendon McInnes

 

Courtesy of Lorna Tamura

 

HMCS VICTORIAVILLE K320 - undated

 

DND / RCN photo

 

Roland Plante (HMCS DONNACONA) on his Ship's Team Diver course, summer 1972 on HMCS GRANBY 180 (former VICTORIAVILLE 320)

 

Courtesy of Roland Plante

Roland Plante (HMCS DONNACONA) with HMCS GRANBY 180 (former VICTORIAVILLE 320) in the background

Courtesy of Roland Plante

HMCS GRANBY 180 (former VICTORIAVILLE 320) at French Cable Wharf, Dartmouth, NS - late 1960s early 1970s

Courtesy of Dan Delong

 


 

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(PS01) HMCS VICTORIAVILLE k684 passing under the Reversing Falls bridge, Saint John, NB  (PS02) German U-boat U-190 flying the black flag of surrender. Photo taken from HMCS VICTORIAVILLE K684

 

From the collection of E.T. Peter Stanger, Lt, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of Maurice Eldridge


 

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RS11

RS12

RS13

RS14

(RS10-RS14) Sailors on HMCS VICTORIAVILLE K684

 

(RS10) Marcel Bourgie, 2nd front right   (RS14) Marcel Bourgie - top row

 

From the collection of AB Radar III Robert Stone, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of Julia Payne 

 


 

Post Second World War

 

 

Roland Plante (HMCS DONNACONA) on his Ship's Team Diver course, summer 1972 on HMCS GRANBY 180 (former VICTORIAVILLE 320)

 

Courtesy of Roland Plante

Roland Plante (HMCS DONNACONA) with HMCS GRANBY 180 (former VICTORIAVILLE 320) in the background

Courtesy of Roland Plante

HMCS GRANBY 180 (former VICTORIAVILLE 320) at French Cable Wharf, Dartmouth, NS - late 1960s early 1970s

Courtesy of Dan Delong

 

 

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