For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS Vison S11

Source: Flickr photo collection of Don Gorham


Launched: 1931

Commissioned: 05 Oct 1940

Paid off: 04 Aug 1945

Fate: Final disposition unknown


Built by Pusey & Jones Corp., Wilmington, Del. in 1931. Vison left Halifax on 23 Jun 1940, for Pictou, where she was to be converted and armed. She returned to Halifax on 02 Oct 1940 and was commissioned three days later. She was then assigned to the base at Gaspé, but returned to Halifax in Nov 1940 when the base was closed for the winter. In Dec 1940, she was sent southward, operating out of Trinidad and Bermuda until her return to Halifax on 13 May 1941. In Jul 1942 she became a member of Gaspé Force, proceeding to Halifax for passage to Trinidad in Dec 1941.  She rejoined Halifax Local Defence Force in Apr 1942, but was transferred to Sydney Force in Jul 1942. In Feb 1943, Vison returned to Halifax as a training ship attached to HMCS Cornwallis and moved with the establishment to Digby in Apr 1943. She remained there until the end of the war as a seamen's training ship, exercising with RN submarines in the Bay of Fundy, and was paid off for disposal on 04 Aug 1945.


RCN Memories - Remembrance


Photos and Documents          The Ship's Bell


Commanding Officers

LCdr Robert Irving Swansburg, RCNVR - 05 Oct 1940 - 31 Jul 1941

LCdr F.A. Price, RCNVR - 01 Aug 1941 - 21 Nov 1941

Cdr W.G. Sheddon, RCNR - 22 Nov 1941 - 14 Apr 1942

Lt William Ernest Nicholson, RCNR - 15 Apr 1942 - 04 Aug 1945


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

LUCAS, William Eldon

Stwd, V19180, RCNVR

MPK - 19 Jan 1942

SHELLEY, Ralph Thomas

AB, V13261, RCNVR

died - 21 Dec 1940

SHIBLEY, Francis Roy

Supply Assistant, V32049, RCNVR

killed - 30 Jun 1943


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Anderson, Kenneth Wingfield


Bond, James






DARRACH, Ronald Murray

1916- 1941






Fotheringham, James Brant


Drafted to Vison 02 Jun 1942 as Slt, RCNVR

French, Donald Frederick


Served in Vison for various appointments in 1943 & 1944.

MPK - 25 Nov 1944

while serving in

HMCS Shawinigan K136





Howatt, John F.

Hurst, Howard, R.










Mahoney, John Elliott


Drafted to Vison 20 Jun 1940 as Skpr, RCNR (stand by)

Murza, John Andrew






Richmond, Robert V.


Drafted to Vison 14 Oct 1942 - 15 Nov 1942






Seafoot, Ken

Sheehan, Michael J.


Swansburg, Robert Irwin


Appointed to Vison 08 Jul 1940 as LCdr, RCN(R), (standby).

1st Commanding Officer




Young, Breen Philip


Served in Vison as XO






Former Crew Members

Allen, Lofuts Havilland, Slt, RCNVR - 01 Mar 1944


Angus, Ian, Slt, RCNR - 20 Jun 1940 (Stand by)


Bovey, John Henry, Lt, RCNVR - 01 May 1942


Carr, Edward Franklin, Slt, RCNVR - 21 Feb 1944


Ferguson, Graham Wilson, Slt, RCNVR - 03 May 1942

McEwan, Maynard David Wesley, Lt, RCNVR - 14 May 1944


McKee, Fraser, OS, RCNVR - 1944


Nickerson, Martin, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 23 May 1940 (Stand by)

Noonan, John Russell, Lt, RCNVR - 03 May 1943


Rutherford, William Ritchie, Lt, RCNVR - 04 May 1944


Tangye, Walter Addy, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Mar 1945


William, Stafford Manning, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Feb 1945


Photos and Documents


HMCS Vison

Courtesy of Fraser Mckee

HMCS Vison S11 undergoing refit / repairs at the Thomson Brothers yard in Liverpool, NS

From the collection of Hector Dunlop

Courtesy of Jane Dunlop Stevenson, Liverpool, NS