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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


Then NRP BENGO (1948)

Then Mozambique Pilot Vessel BENGO (1948)

HMCS Whitby K346

Source: Whitby Online Historic Photographs Collections


Laid down: 01 Apr 1943

Launched: 18 Sep 1943

Commissioned: 06 Jun 1944

Paid off: 16 Jul 1945


Built at Midland, Ont, she was commissioned at there on 06 Jun 1944, she did not arrive at Halifax until 16 Aug 1944, owing to a layover en route at Shelburne for repairs. Following workups in Bermuda in Sep 1944 she sailed direct to St. John's, arriving on 30 Sep 1944, and was assigned to EG C-4. She left St. John's on 05 Oct 1944 for Londonderry to join the group, with which she was to serve for the balance of the war. Whitby left Londonderry for Canada in mid-Jun 1945, and was paid off on 16 Jul 1945 and placed in reserve at Sorel. She was sold in 1946 for merchant service. Whitby was acquired by Portuguese Navy from the USA, and renamed NRP Bengo on 29 Apr 1948, probably for the delivery voyage to Mozambique, and on 01 Oct 1948 converted to pilot tender and renamed Bengo. She was still in service as the pilot vessel BENGO at Lourenco Marques (now Maputo) in Mozambique in Aug 1977.


Commanding Officers

A/LCdr Richard Kingsley Lester, RCNVR - 06 Jun 1944 - 16 Jul 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Avery, Ainslie (Ibbs)







Lester, Richard Kingsley


1st (only) Commanding Officer






Savas, James Diamond







Former Crew Members

Dale, Stephen Holmes, A/Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Parker, George Leycaster, Lt, RCNVR - 10 May 1944 (Stand by) / 06 Jun 1944


Petrie, Henry William, A/War (E), RCNVR - Jan 1945

Ryan, Lorne Ernest, Slt, RCNVR - 10 May 1944 (Stand by) / 06 Jun 1944


Smith, James Young, A/Wt (E), RCNVR - 28 Mar 1944 (Stand by) / 06 Jun 1944


Turner, Archie Campbell, Slt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 06 Jun 1944

Turner, Franklin Joseph Ewart, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Apr 1945


Walker, Harry Norman, Lt, RCNVR - 24 Mar 1944 (Stand by) / 06 Jun 1944


West, Russell Keith, Slt, RCNVR - 03 Jul 1944


Photos and Documents



Ship's company photos for HMCS Whitby