For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMS PUNCHER D79

Then British Muncaster Castle (1949)

Then SS Bardic (1954)

Then SS Bennevis (1959)

 

ARISE AND DESTROY

HMS Puncher

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1939-45

 

 

Laid down: 21 May 1943

Launched: 08 Nov 1943

Commissioned: 05 Feb 1944

Paid off: 16 Jan 1946. Returned to the USN at Norfolk

Fate: Sold to commercial service. Broken up in 1973

 

Begun as MV Willapa, she was commissioned HMS Puncher at Tacoma, Wash., on 05 Feb 1944, and arrived at Vancouver on 15 Mar for modification to RN standards. She left Esquimalt in Jun for Norfolk, Va., en route ferrying motor launches from New Orleans to New York. In Jul she left Norfolk for Casablanca with a cargo of 40 USAAF aircraft, returning to Norfolk to load the Corsairs of 845 (RN) Squadron and a deck load of U.S. aircraft for the U.K. On 01 Feb 1945, she joined the Home Fleet, and following VE-Day was used for several months for deck landing training. In Sep she was partially converted to serve as a troop carrier and employed the rest of the year repatriating Canadian troops from Britain. In 1946 she left Halifax for Norfolk and was paid off there 16 Jan for return to the USN. Converted for merchant service, she became the British Muncaster Castle in 1949, later to be renamed Bardic in 1954 and Bennevis in 1959. She was broken up in Taiwan in 1973.

 

Commanding Officers

Capt. Roger Edward Shelford Bidwell, RCN - 15 March 1944 - 16 Jan 1946

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Adam, Charles J,

____-2000

Armstrong, Reginald Lloyd

____-2002

Bold, Frederick

____-2012

Brock, Nicholas

____-2001

 

C-D

Cairns, Peter

1925-2010

Dennison, Foster Keith

1922-2008

Dycha, Steve

____-2014

 

 

E-F

Ewatski, John

1924-2002

Ford, Donald Eugene

____-2012

 

 

 

G-H

Guile, Eric

____-2016

Home, Robert

____-____

 

 

 

K-L

Logan, Bill

1925-2014

Lowe, James Edward

1920-1995

 

 

 

M-N

MacDonald, Angus Allan

____-2006

Served in Puncher as CPO MAA, RCNVR

MacLachlan, Peter

1923-2003

Male, Ronald

____-2016

Marcoux, Raymond

1923-2007

McCallum, Alexander

1924-2010

McGhee, Robert

____-____

Muir, John Stobie

1922-2008

 

 

 

O-P

Spark, Gerald Gibson

1920-2000

Served in Puncher as PO (S), RCN

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Robinson, Hugh James

1924-2012

 

 

 

 

S-T

Sawatzky, Donald E.

1924-2008

Serafin, Paul

1918-2005

Sproxton, Douglas

1927-2003

Steel, John Neilson

1924-2006

Sturch, Douglas Haig

1918-2007

Tait, Gordon

1924-2005

Thordarson, John Freeman

1925-2006

Thorgeirson, Fridfinnur Kernested

____-1986

 Turner, David Ronald

____-____

Served in Puncher 10 May 1944 - 18 Feb 1945, Royal Navy

 

W-X

White, Cliffor Hubert

1916-2010

Williams, Norman Haydn

1924-2013

Williston, Archibald W.C.

1917-2005

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Allison, Ken, AB, Dhobey Worker (front Saint John, NB)


Allison, Ted, CPO


Amundsen, James, AB, RCNR


Armit, G.G, Cdr, RCNR


Barker, Kenneth, AB, Bugler, RCNR


Brown, (Winger)


Calder, James, LCdr, RCNVR


Chorlton, Ron, AB, Met

 

Cooper, Cecil Ross, V60196  - 

 

Cooper, Rupert, ABSM, Dryer Machine Worker (from Windsor, ON)


Copland, Robert, ABSM


De Wolfe, Leo, CPO


Dirrado, Albert, AB, Dhobey Firm Steam Presser (from Montreal, QC)


Doyle, (Mother)


Duck, Vernon, AB, Dhobey Firm President (from York, PEI)


Fraser, E.B., Lt (S), C.O.'s Secretary / LCdr (S), RCNVR


Fraser, Joseph A., AB, RCNR

 

Gomeroy, George, PO (S), Dhobey Firm Book keeper (from Victoria,BC)


Hart, W.J., Surg-Lt, RCN


Hope, Keith, AB, RCNVR


Horne, Robert, AB, Laundry Sleeve Ironer (from Ottawa, ON)

 

Humphreys, Cyril, PO, Yeoman of Signals

Hutcheson, C., Capt, Dental


Koughan, W.H.. LCdr, RCNR


Latreille, Roger, AB, Laundry Steam Presser (from Montreal, QC)


Legatt


Logan, Jim


MacAskill, D., Lt (E), RCNVR


Macdonald, William, CPO


Macdonald, A.A., Lt, RCNVR


Malone, Maurice Charlie, Surg-Lt


McDonnel, J.A., RCNVR


McKenzie, Red, PO


McRae, J.D.J., Lt, RCNVR


Midleton, Charles, AB, RCNR


Morris, Sgt, Dental

 

Muise, A.O.

 

Munn, Gordon, Lt. (SB), RCNVR


Nelson, Crisp, CPO, MAA, RCN


Nichols, Edward, PO


Nicholson, LSM


Nott, John, AB, Met


Oneil, Lt, RCNVR


Outerbridge, L.M., Chaplain, RCN

Piere, C.F., LCdr, RCNVR

 

Price, F.A., Cdr, RCNR


Reid, Stanley Park, CPO, MAA, RCN


Shoup, H.R.W., Lt, RCNVR

 

Siawk, Roman

 

Slater, Oliver Kenneth, RCNVR 

 

Snelling, S.D.L., Lt, RCNVR


Spidell, Jack, CPO


Starkey, PO

 

Teepoorten, Sgt, Dentral


Thorpe, W.J., Lt (S), COs Secretary, RCNVR


Tregaskes, Stuart, Lt (S), RCNVR


Tucker, J.L., Lt, RCNVR


Tullidge, G., A/Cdr (S), RCNVR


Wadsworth, G.B., Lt (S), RCN


Wallace, Dixon, Cdr, XO, RCNR


Waskett, PO


Whitson, Norman, PO SBA


Woods, A.B.W., Reverand, RCN


Woods, Albert, CPO


Yawney, William, AB, Laundry Checker (from Sudbury, ON)


Zelionka, Albert, RCNR

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

HMS Puncher - Royal Navy Research Archives

Personal photo gallery of James Lowe

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