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HMCS WASKESIU K330

Then Indian Pilot Vessel HOOGHLY (1950)

HMCS Waskesiu K330

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1943-45,   Arctic  1944,    Normandy  1944

 

 

Laid down: 02 May 1942

Launched: 03 Apr 1942

Commissioned: 16 Jun 1943

Paid off: 29 Jan 1946

Sold: 1947 to India

Re-named: Pilot Vessel Hooghley in 1950

Fate: Unknown

 

The first frigate completed on the west coast, Waskesiu was commissioned at Victoria on 16 Jun 1943, and left for Halifax on 08 Jul. She worked up in Bermuda the following month, returning to Halifax on 11 Sep 1943, and late in Oct 1943 left for Londonderry to join EG 5, re-numbered EG 6 on 21 Nov 1943. Waskesiu severed chiefly in U.K. waters, but early in 1944 supported Gibraltar and Sierra Leone convoys. On 24 Feb 1944, while escort to SC.153, she sank U 257, and in Apr 1944 made a trip to North Russia to bring back convoy RA.59. On 28 Apr 1944, Waskesiu , Grou K518, Outremont K322 and Cape Breton K350 departed Kola Inlet with Convoy RA.59; arriving at Loch Ewe on 06 May 1944. She was present on D-Day. On 14 Sep 1944 she left 'Derry with ONF.253 for Canada, and soon after arriving began an extensive refit at Shelburne. On its completion in Mar 1945, she proceeded to Bermuda to work up, following which she sailed for Londonderry via Horta. She left 'Derry for Canada late in May 1945, proceeding to Esquimalt in Jun 1945 to commence tropicalization refit, but work suspended in Aug 1945 and she was paid off into reserve on 29 Jan 1946. She was sold to the Indian government in 1947 for conversion to a pilot vessel, and re-named Hooghly in 1950. 

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr John Hubert Smith MacDonald, RCNR - 16 Jun 1943 - 04 Feb 1944

LCdr James Philip Fraser, RCNR - 05 Feb 1944 - 13 Dec 1944

A/LCdr Lewis Denis Quick, RCNR - 14 Dec 1944 - 22 Oct 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Adams, Clifford Leslie

1923-2013

 

 

 

 

C-D

Devonshire, George Arthur

1923-2012

Served in Waskesiu 1943-1944. Drafted off while in refit Sep 44 - Mar 45

 

 

 

 

E-F

Esraelian, Dick

____-2009

 

Fogg, Walter A.

1921-2014

 

 

 

G-H

Gibb, William

1920-2004

Green, C. Ross

____-2016

Served in Waskesiu Jan - Aug 1945 

 

 

 

I-J

Joyal, Claude Edouard Roland

1920-2014

Commissioning Crew. Served in Waskesiu until Jun 1945

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kaija, Andrew V.

1923-2002

Served in Waskesiu as a SD when HMS Tweed was sunk and later U-257

Kirchin, Clifford William

____-2007

Knox, William Michael Victor

1923-2004

Oerlikon gunner during sinking of U-257

Leahy, Gerry Joseph

1913-2007

Served in Waskesiu during sinking of U-257

 

Lear, Walter

1931-201

M-N

McFarlane, Ronald Hugh

____-2002

Miniely, Lawrence E.

1923-2014

 

Nash, Frank T.W.

1919-2010

 

 

O-P

Oldland, Gordon Robert

____-____

Power, Edmund Lawrence

1914-2009

 

 

 

Q-R

Quick, Lewis Dennis

1912-2001

3rd Commanding Officer

Reid, John McCammon

____-2013

Robinson, Charles Ernest

____-2011

Served in Waskesiu during her transfer from Esquimalt to Halifax

 

Rushton, Harry A.

____-2006

 

S-T

Taylor, George Wilfred

1920-2016

Thompson, C.H.

1925-2009

 

Tough, William Francis

1924-2015

 

 

U-V

Vachon, Marcel

____-____

Venner, Leslie Roy

____-2014

 

 

 

W-X

Ward, Tommy

____-2007

 

 

 

 

 

U-Boats Sunk

U-257 (Kptlt Heinz Rahe) sunk on 24 Feb 1944 by HMCS Waskesiu K330 in position 47-19 N, 26-00 W. Of her crew of 51, there were 19 survivors. U-257 was a VIIC type U-boat built by Vegesacker Werft, Vegesack, launched 19 Nov 41, commissioned 14 Jan 42, in service 25 months, with no record of sinking any ships, operated with the Wolfpacks in 1942 with the "Luchs" group (1-7 Oct) & attacked convoy HX 209, the "Falke" group (31 Dec-22 Jan 43). Some survivors were picked up by HMCS Nene.

 

Former Crew Members

Agnew, Irving - 1943

 

Booth, William, AB from Windsor, ON. - 1944

 

Burns, William, Sto PO - 1944 

 

Dunnam, Roderick, AB - 1944 

 

Farmer, James, Lt, (MID for actions during battle with U-257 - "For good service in the destruction of an enemy submarine.")

 

Fortune, M.G.T., PO - 1944 (MID for actions during battle with U-257 - "For good service in the destruction of an enemy submarine.")

 

Extence, Alan Barr, Lt (E), RCNVR - 17 May 1944

 

Glennon, Bill -  1944 - 1946

 

Gordon, Arnold - 1944

 

Hartley, Bill - 1943

 

Hatch, Carr, Lt, RCNVR - 10 May 1943 (Stand by) / 16 Jun 1943

 

Hodding, Aubrey Vyvyan, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 16 Jun 1943

 

Holms, John Edward Vandeleur, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Jun 1943

 

Irven, Leonard Manley, Slt, RCNVR - 03 Mar 1945

Klayh, Arnold B. 

 

Lanigan, Clarence Hamilton, A/Lt, RCNVR - 01 Mar 1944

 

Lincoln, John Hobart, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Jun 1943 (DSC for actions during battle with U-257)

 

MacAulay, Beverley Francis, Lt (El), RCNVR - 28 Jun 1943

 

MacDonald, John Hubert Smith, LCdr, RCNR - 10 May 1943 (Stand by) / 16 Jun 1943

 

MacFarlane, Robert Murray, A/Lt, RCNVR - 20 Feb 1945

 

Manson, Lt - 1944

 

McGee, A.F., PO - 1944 (MID for actions during battle with U-257- "For good service in the destruction of an enemy submarine.")

 

McLeod, Lt - 1944

 

McPhee, Lt - 1944

 

Meznies, Bruce, ASDIC operator during sinking of U-257 - 1944

 

Montgomery, Lt - 1944

 

Nares, George Peter, Slt, RCNVR - 10 May 1943 (Stand by) / 16 Jun 1943 (Commissioning crew).

O'Brien, J.G. - 1944 (MID for actions during battle with U-257 - "For good service in the destruction of an enemy submarine.")

 

Paterson, Lt - 1944

 

Ravis, Don

 

Rennie, Fred, Lt - 1944

 

Rickard, John H., LS - 1944 (DSM for actions during battle with U-257)

 

Ritchie, Walter - 1943

 

Russell, John Leslie, Surg/Lt, RCNVR -30 Jun 1943

 

Saint Louis, Joseph Albert, A/Lt, RCNVR - 01 Feb 1945

 

Stanley, James D. (Jim), AB, ASDIC Operator

 

Stevenson (??Stephanson), Thomas, AB, Gunner during sinking of U-257 - 1944 (DSM for actions during battle with U-257)

 

Stoner, B.M., AB (DSM for actions during battle with U-257)

 

Taylor, Gord - 1944

 

Tustian, Allan - 1944

 

Wall, Art, Gunner during sinking of U-257 - 1944

 

White, Arthur, AB, from South Lancaster, ON - 1944

 

Williams, William Edward, Lt, RCNR - 16 Jun 1943

 

Worsencroft, Ken, Sig - 1944

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

RCN Memories

Life on a WW 2 Frigate

 

Links

An Extract from MS of White Ensign, Black Pit - By Gary McGregor, LL.B.

George Devonshire's Diary and Comments - 1942 to 1945

Waskesiu - Canada's First Frigate

 

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