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HMCS YPRES J70

Then Gate Vessel 1

HMCS Ypres

 

Launched: 16 Jun 1917

Commissioned: 10 Nov 1917

Paid off: 1920

Re-commissioned: 01 May 1923

Paid off: Nov 1932

Re-commissioned: 1938

Fate: Sunk after collision with HMS Revenge on 12 May 1940

 

Built by Polson Iron Works, Toronto, Ont. Her specifications were: Displacement: 320 tons, Length: 130 ft, Beam: 23.5 ft, Draught: 13.5 ft, Speed: 10 kts, Armament: 1-12pdr. She was initially in service from 10 Nov 1917 to 1920. Ypres was re-commissioned as a training ship in 01 May 1923. She was placed in reserve in Nov 1923, but emerged from a 1938 refit as Gate Vessel 1 of Halifax boom defence. On 12 May 1940, she was sunk in a collision with HMS Revenge at Halifax, fortunately without loss of life.

 

Photos and Documents          HMCS Ypres - On the Rocks

 

Commanding Officers

Ch/Skpr Henry Hanford Dakin, RCN - 01 May 1918 - unk

Lt Alfred Charles Wurtele, RCN - 01 May 1923 - unk

Lt Colin Degge Donald, RCN - 10 May 1927 - unk

LCdr Frank Llewellyn Houghton, RCN - 1930 - unk

LCdr Maurice Adrian Wood, RCN - 11 Jan 1931 - unk

A/Skpr Howard Garfield Verge

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-F

Bertrand, Laurent J.L.

1911-1944

Bolton, James Howell

____-____

Drafted to Ypres on 02 Jan 1918 as W. Op 4th Cl, RNCVR

Cass, John Inkerman

____-____

Drafted to Ypres on 01 May 1918 as Mate, RNCVR

Dakin, Henry Hanford

1870-1956

Commanding Officer 1918

Donald, Colin Degge

1899-1974

3rd Commanding Officer

G-J

Gagnon, Amedee

1894-1947

Grandy, Phillip

____-____

Drafted to Ypres on 01 May 1918 as Mate, RNCVR

Houghton, Frank L.

Jones, Hugh J.F.

 

 

S-Z

Taylor, Cuthbert Robert Holland

1895-____

Williams, David Anthony

c1909-1982

Wood, Maurice, Adrian

____-____

Commanding Officer

1931

Wurtele, Alfred Charles

1897-2000

Commanding Officer

1923

 

 

Former Crew Members

Cassivi, Remi Joseph, A/Skpr, RCNR - 20 Apr 1940

Creaser, Stuart Kenneth, A/Skpr, RCNR - 27 Apr 1940

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS Ypres

The trawler HMCS Ypres, seen here in Bedford Basin, Nova Scotia, was used as a training ship from 1923 until 1932. Ypres was one of a useful group of 12 trawlers built for local defence and minesweeping during the First World War. It was retained after the war, while most of the other trawlers were sold or transferred to other government departments. For much of the 1920s, trawlers like Ypres formed an appreciable part of the Royal Canadian Navy's fleet

Source: George Metcalf Archival Collection

CWM 19750559-009_p17c

Courtesy of the Canadian War Museum

Stoker H.E. Dowling (left) with friend on HMCS Ypres circa 1929-1933

From the collection of H.E. Dowling

Courtesy of Bill Cummins

Stoker H.E. Dowling (back, centre) with friends on jetty in front of HMCS Ypres circa 1929-1933

From the collection of H.E. Dowling

Courtesy of Bill Cummins

Stoker H.E. Dowling (back, left) with friends on jetty in front of HMCS Ypres circa 1929-1933

From the collection of H.E. Dowling

Courtesy of Bill Cummins

Dakin, Henry Henford, RCN

Courtesy of Richard Daiken

 

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