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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS West York K369


Laid down: 23 Jul 1943

Launched: 25 Jan 1944

Commissioned: 06 Oct 1944

Paid off: 09 Jul 1945

Fate: Sold to commercial use in 1945, she sank in harbour at Montreal on 05 May 1960


Built by Midland Shipyards, Ltd., Midland, Ont., she was commissioned at Collingwood, Ont., on 06 Oct 1944. West York arrived at Halifax in mid-Nov 1944 and left a month later for Bermuda to work up. In Feb 1945, she joined EG C-5 at St. John's, leaving 16 Feb 1945 to rendezvous with her maiden convoy, HX.338. She made three round trips across the Atlantic before the end of her career, the last one as escort to ON.305, which she joined from Londonderry at the end of May 1945. Paid off on 09 Jul 1945, and laid up at Sorel, she was sold later that year for commercial use. As SS West York, she was towing the decommissioned HMCS Assiniboine when the towline parted and the destroyer was wrecked on Prince Edward Island, 07 Nov 1945. The former West York sailed under a variety of names and flags, returning to Canadian registry in 1960 as Federal Express. On 05 May 1960 she was rammed by Polaris (Swedish vessel) while moored at Montreal. She broke free from her moorings and rammed into Thorshope (Norwegian vessel) and sank within 30 minutes. Later partly raised and scrapped.


Ship's company photos


Commanding Officers

Lt Murdo Smith, RCNR - 06 Oct 1944 - 23 Dec 1944

LCdr William Frederick Wood, RCNR - 30 Dec 1944 - 09 Jul 1945


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

SMITH, Murdo

Lt, O-68310, RCNR

died - 23 Dec 1944

1st Commanding Officer - HMCS West York


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Kolbeinson, Ivor


Lloyd, Paul Somerville






Sproxton, Douglas







York, Andrew W.







Former Crew Members

Carter, Douglas Claude, Slt, RCNVR - 11 Feb 1945


Colsen, Chad


McLeod, Henry Learmonth, Wt (E), RCNR - 23 May 1944


Miller, Jack, A/Wt (E), RCN - 01 May 1944 (Stand by)

Moskowy, Laurence John, AB, AA gunner - The Memory Project


Scott, Edward Graham, Lt, RCNVR - 25 Jul 1944


Service, Ronald George, A/War (E), RCNVR - 12 Feb 1945

Smith, Donald Jesse


Smith, John Dunbrack, Lt (El) (R) - 14 Jan 1945


Stewart, Frederick Roy, AB - Commissioning / Paying Off Crew


Vassey, Bud


Wilson, William Edward, Slt, RCNVR - 13 Feb 1945