For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


Then Honduran-flagged Whale-Catcher OLYMPIC WINNER (1951)

Then Japanese Whale-Catcher OTORI MARU NO. 20 (1956)

Then Japanese Whale-Catcher AKITSU MARU (1957)

HMCS Woodstock K238

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell


Laid down: 23 May 1941

Launched: 10 Dec 1941

Commissioned: 01 May 1942

Paid off: 27 Jun 1945

Re-commissioned: 17 May 1945

Paid off: 18 Mar 1946

Fate: Broken up at Etajima, Japan in 1975


Built by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., Collingwood, Ont., HMCS Woodstock was commissioned on 01 May 1942, at Montreal. She arrived at Halifax on 23 May 1942 and, after working up at Pictou, joined WLEF. Assigned to Operation "Torch," she arrived on 23 Sep 1942 at Londonderry from convoy HX.207 and proceeded to the Humber for six weeks' refit, including extra A/A armament. While serving as escort to U.K.-Mediterranean convoys, on 10 Jan 1943, she sank MTB 105, 250 miles northwest of the Azores, after merchant ship carrying it had been sunk. Woodstock returned to Canada arriving in Halifax on 24 Mar 1943 with convoy ON.172, and in Apr 1943, after repairs at Halifax, joined EG C-1 for one round trip to the U.K. In Jun 1943 she was transferred to EG 5, Western Support Force, at St. John's but late that month was reassigned to EG C-4 at Londonderry. She escorted only one convoy as member of that group before commencing refit late in Jun 1943 at Liverpool, N.S. Completed at Halifax in mid-Sep 1943, the refit was followed by three weeks' workups at Pictou, the ship then rejoining C-4. In Apr 1944, while at Londonderry, she was allocated to Western Approaches Command for invasion duties, and was so employed for the next three moths. She left 'Derry for the last time on 03 Aug 1944, for two months' refit at Liverpool, N.S. She left Halifax on 18 Oct 1944 for the west coast, arriving at Esquimalt a month later to join Esquimalt Force. On 27 Jan 1945, she was paid off there for conversion to a loop-layer but upon re-commissioning on 17 May 1945 was employed as a weather ship until finally paid off on 18 Mar 1946. Sold in 1948 for conversion to a whale-catcher, she entered service in 1951 as the Honduran-flag Olympic Winner. She passed into Japanese ownership in 1956, was renamed Otori Maru No. 20, and in 1957, Akitsu Maru. She was broken up at Etajima in 1975.


Commanding Officers

Lt Leslie Perman Denny, RCNR - 01 May 1942 - 18 Oct 1942

Cdr G.H. Griffiths, RCN - 19 Oct 1942 - 19 Jan 1943

Skpr/Lt John Manuel Watson, RCNR - 20 Jan 1943 - 16 Aug 1943

Lt Charles Edmond Wright, RCNVR - 17 Aug 1943 - 05 Oct 1944

Lt William McCombie, RCNR - 06 Oct 1944 - 27 Jan 1945

LCdr John Scudamore Cunningham, RCNVR - 17 May 1945 - 18 Mar 1946


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Bartlett, Robert Stanley


Served in Woodstock 09 Sep 1942 - 11 Mar 1944






Denman, Richard Douglas


Served in Woodstock in 1943 as an OS

Dobson, Thomas Smith


Drafted to Woodstock 25 Apr 1942 as Slt, RCNVR, stand by. Commissioning Crew





Ellis, R. Burns


Esraelian, Dick






Genningham, Roy


Gunson, Richard James


Hainsworth, John Wilfred


Served in Woodstock as a Radar Operator




Janson, Frederick N.







Kirkendale, John

Drafted to HMCS Woodstock on 16 Apr 1945 as Lt, RCNR

Latham, James Oswald


Served in Woodstock in 1944 as an AB

Lindahl, A. Holger


In Jul 1943 ship's company photo. Served in Woodstock as an AB.




Mawhinney, Murray John


McCann, Duncan Scott


Drafted to HMCS Woodstock on 24 Apr 1945 as Slt, RCNVR

McGuire, Keith J.


Murduff, Charles Orville




Perowne, Ronald Herbert







Sidaway, John Francis


Smyth, Sidney Hamilton


Stevenson, Lewis S.


Steward, Donald George


Stewart, Kenneth Grant


Tremayne, James Douglas







Former Crew Members


(SC43) = Ship's Company Photo Jul 1943

Arthurs, Clarence A. 


Akey, H., AB  (SC43)

Auton, A., Stwd  (SC43)

Benini, L., Tel  (SC43)


Bolduc, Joseph Luzariate, Cd (E), RCNR - 18 Apr 1942 / 01 May 1942


Bouvier, T., Sig  (SC43)

Brickles, A., Sto PO  (SC43)

Campbell, C., Sto PO  (SC43)

Carrier, J., AB  (SC43)

Clarke, C., AB  (SC43)

Clayden, R., LS  (SC43)

Coleman, W., AB  (SC43)

Cook, C., AB  (SC43)

Cousineau, A., Sto1  (SC43)


Cunningham, J., Sig  (SC43)


Cunningham, John Scudamore, LCdr, RCNVR - 19 Apr 1945


Denny, Leslie Perman, Lt, RCNVR - 30 Mar 1942 (Stand by) CO / 01 May 1942


Dokupil, A., Sto1  (SC43)


Dondaneau, L/Sto  (SC43)

Drouin, G., Cook  (SC43)

Durdle, G., AB  (SC43)

Egleston, J., Sto2  (SC43)

Elliott, A., CERA  (SC43)

Elvins, F., AB  (SC43)

Fitzgibbon, D., OS  (SC43)


Foster, H., AB  (SC43)


Gagnon, Maurice, Lt, RCNVR, XO - 25 May 1943  (SC43)


Groombridge, R., Sto1  (SC43)

Haggett, B., Stwd  (SC43)


Heater, Allan Randolph, Skpr/Lt, RCNR - 27 Apr 1945


Hudgin, D., PO  (SC43)

Jackson, A., PO  (SC43)

James, K., CPO  (SC43)

Jones, G., OS  (SC43)

Kirby, G., Coder  (SC43)

Knowlton, D., AB  (SC43)

Kooker, G., AB  (SC43)

Koster, I., VA  (SC43)


La Fontaine, Jacques Francois, Slt, RCNVR - 14 Mar 1944


Larue, P., Sto1  (SC43)

Latimer, G., L/Sig  (SC43)

Laursson, J., Sto1  (SC43)

Leathem, K., Tel  (SC43)

Letterick, K., OS  (SC43)

Linecar, H., SBA  (SC43)

Livingston, R., AB  (SC43)


MacIntyre, John Fleming, Slt, RCNVR - 25 Apr 1942 (Stand by) / 01 May 1942  (SC43)


MacLachlan, D., AB  (SC43)

Mason, R., Sto1  (SC43)

Matson, L., Coder  (SC43)

McCubbrey, D., ERA  (SC43)

McGinnis, G., AB  (SC43)


McKenzie, Gordon Booth, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 16 Apr 1945


McLaughlin, CK  (SC43)

McLeod, A., Sto PO  (SC43)


Morton, E., Coder  (SC43)

Murdy, L., AB  (SC43)

Osburn, G., AB  (SC43)

Oxford, H., PO  (SC43)


Park, Alexander Wardman, Lt, RCNVR - 02 Jun 1942


Park, R., Sto1  (SC43)


Patterson, W., Sto1  (SC43)


Pike, Francis Rodney, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Mar 1942 (Stand by) / 01 May 1942


Poirier, E., AB  (SC43)

Potts, W., AB  (SC43)

Proulx, R., AB  (SC43)

Richards, D., ERA  (SC43)

Roberts, E., AB  (SC43)

Rowe, L., AB  (SC43)

Ryan, G., AB  (SC43)


Scott, George Smith, Mate, RCNR - 18 Apr 1942 (Stand by) / 01 May 1942


Scott, K., AB  (SC43)


Shewchuck, J., Sto PO  (SC43)

Smibert, J.M., Lt  (SC43)

Smith, F.C., Ch Skpr  (SC43)

Stoutenburg, G., Sig  (SC43)

Thayer, F., ERA  (SC43)

Thayer, G., LS  (SC43)

Turcot, J., AB  (SC43)

Vanevery, AB  (SC43)

Ward, J., OS  (SC43)


Williams, John Samuel, Skpr/Lt, RCNR - 16 Apr 1945


Williams, P., AB  (SC43)

Willimont, A., L/R.M.  (SC43)

Wood, V., PO  (SC43)


Photos and Documents



Personal photo gallery of Robert Bartlett

Ship's company photos for HMCS Woodstock