For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


Then DISPINA (1946)

Then Dorothea PAXOS (1947)

Then TANYA (1948)

Then Panamanian Vessel MEDEX (1949)

HMCS Ville de Quebec K242


Battle honours and awards:  Gulf of St. Lawrence  1942,   Atlantic  1942-44,   Mediterranean  1943,   English Channel  1944-45



Laid down: 07 Jun 1941

Launched: 12 Nov 1941

Commissioned: 24 May 1942

Paid off: 06 Jul 1945

Fate: Sold to commercial use, last reported in 1952.


Built by Morton Engineering & Dry Dock Co., Quebec City, Que, she was laid down on 07 Jun 1941 as HMCS Quebec. Renamed in Apr 1942, she was commissioned on 24 May 1942, at Quebec City as HMCS Ville de Quebec K242. She sailed for Halifax on 06 Jun 1942, and arrived there on 12 Jun 1942 having escorted Quebec-Sydney convoy QS.7 en route. After a brief period for final fitting of equipment, she sailed on her first operation cruise on 06 Jul 1942. Late in Jul 1942, after working up at Pictou, she was assigned to WLEF and used almost exclusively as an escort to convoys between Boston and Halifax. In Sep 1942 Ville de Québec was allocated to Operation "Torch." For her Atlantic crossing she was assigned as escort to Convoy HX-212. Not being a regular member of the escort group, she was assigned to pick up survivors. When she arrived in Liverpool on 21 Sep 1942, she landed 172 merchant seamen from some of the six ships that had been torpedoed and sunk. She arrived at Londonderry on 10 Nov 1942, sailing again on 26 Nov 1942 as escort to convoy KMS.4G to Bone, North Africa. For the succeeding four months was employed on U.K.-Mediterranean convoys. On 13 Jan 1943, she sank U 224 west of Algiers. She made one attach with depth-charges and, as she was turning to make another, saw the U-boat break surface in the middle of the depth-charge pattern Ville de Quebec turned and rammed the U-boat, sinking it. She returned to Canada in Apr 1943, carried out brief repairs at Halifax, then arrived at Gaspé on 12 May 1943 to join Quebec Force, escorting Quebec-Sydney and Quebec-Labrador convoys. In Sep 1943 she returned to Halifax and later that month joined EG W-2, WLEF. In mid-Jan 1944, she began an extensive refit at Liverpool, N.S., completing early in May 1944, and on 22 May 1944 left for a month's workups in Bermuda. On her return she joined EG C-4 for one round trip to Londonderry, transferring in Sept 1944 to EG 41, Plymouth. Based at Milford Haven, she served with that group for the balance of the war. On 22 Apr 1945, HMCS Ville de Quebec K242 returned to Halifax with convoy ONS.2, and was later paid off on 06 Jul 1945 at Sorel. Sold for mercantile use in 1946 and renamed Dispina; Dorothea Paxos in 1947; Tanya in 1948; and Medex in 1949. She was listed on Lloyd's Register until 1952.


Commanding Officers

LCdr Douglas George Jeffrey, RCNR - 25 May 1942 - 29 Sep 1942

Lt I.H. Bell, RCNVR - 30 Sep 1942 - 11 Oct 1942

LCdr Albert Robert Ernest Coleman, RCNR - 12 Oct 1942 - 12 Jun 1943

LT John LeMesurier Carter, RCNVR - 13 Jun 1943 - 12 Mar 1944

Lt Colin Stinson Glassco, RCNVR - 13 Mar 1944 - 01 May 1944 

LCdr Henry Clifford Hatch, RCNVR - 02 May 1944 - 06 Jul 1945


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

BRITTIN, Robert Henry

AB, V/41695, RCNVR

MPK - 15 Jul 1944 

NICKERSON, Osborne Charles

AB, A4429, RCNR

Died: 06 Dec 1944 

Drafted to Ville De Quebec 23 Nov 1942


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Dawson, Donald George







Fuller, Bernard George







Harkins, Keith Garnet


Hatch, Henry Clifford






Krehbiel, Richard Merle







McKinnon, Malcolm Hugh


Minkler, Harold Murray






Smith, James Ronald


Tedford, Jack






Watkiss, Charles Marshall


Served in Ville de Quebec as a SD






U-Boats Sunk

U-224 (Oblt Hans-Carl Kosbadt) sunk on 13 Jan 1943 by HMCS Ville de Quebec in position 36-28 N 00-49 E. Of  her crew of 45 there was one survivor, rescued by HMCS Port Arthur K233.


Former Crew Members

Arsenault, Frank


D'Aoust, Percy Roland, Cook, RCN - 12 Aug 1943 -  15 Aug 1944


Donovan, George Robinson, Slt, RCNVR - 14 Feb 1944


Fry, Herbert I. Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Hatrick, R.C., Lt, RCNVR - Mar 1943


Heaslip, W.T., Slt, RCNVR - Mar 1943


Jeffrey, Douglas George, LCdr, RCNR - 28 Apr 1942 (Stand by) CO / 25 May 1942

Leacock, Arthur Murdoch, Slt, RCNVR - 20 Feb 1945


MacLean, Douglas Thistle, Slt, RCNVR - 18 May 1943


McLean, James William, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Apr 1942 (Stand by) / 25 May 1942


McNeil, Alexander, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 22 May 1942 (Stand by) / 25 May 1942


Miller, D.L., Lt, RCNVR - Mar 1943

Mullinger, H.H., Lt, RCNVR - Mar 1943


Nares, P., Slt, RCNVR - Mar 1943


Pruder, Clarence Elgin, A/Wt (E), RCNVR - 14 Apr 1944


Rowland, William John, Lt, RCNVR - 31 May 1943


Wallace, Lawrence James, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Apr 1942 (Stand by) / 25 May 1942


Weston, George Granger, A/Lt, RCNVR - 03 Jul 1944


Photos and Documents



Personal photo gallery of Percy D'Aoust

Report on the interrogation of the sole survivor of U-224

Story of former enemies reconnecting stirs a flurry of media interest in reserved Santa Cruz veteran Frank Arsenault

The Sinking of U-224 - World War II Today