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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


MTB 459 


MTB 459



Transferred to the RCN: 26 Jan 1944: 

Fate: Destroyed by fire on 14 Feb 1945


MTB 459 was a  "G" Type MTB, Displacement: 44 tons, Length: 71.75 ft, Beam: 20.6 ft, Draught: 5.6 ft, Speed: 39 kts, Complement: 3 officers, 14 men, Armament: 1-6pdr, 2-20mm(1xII) 4-18in TT. While she flew the White Ensign, she was not commissioned into the RCN but instead was listed as a tender to HMCS Stadacona (tenders were not commissioned vessels). In Jan 1944, MTB 459 was listed as part of the 29th MTB Flotilla. MTB 459 took part in the D-Day landings on 06 Jun 1944. She was destroyed by fire at Ostend, Belgium, on 14 Feb 1945.


Photos and Documents          Crew photos


Commanding Officers

Lt Charles Anthony Law, DSC, RCNVR - 26 Jan 1944 - 11 Sep 1944

Lt John Haddon Shand, RCNVR - 12 Sep 1944 - 14 Feb 1945


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


DAWSON, Charles Edward

PO MM, V42893, RCNVR

killed - 16 Jul 1944

MCMAHON, Jack Bernard

Sto, V54336, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Jul 1944


AB, V43226, RCNVR

killed - 14 Feb 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten



Former Crew Members


Blaiklock, Tim, Gunner

Germaniuk, Peter (Gery)  - The Memory Project - Peter (Gery) Germaniuk

Shand, John Haddon, Lt, RCNVR, 1st Lt - 26 Jan 1944


Photos and Documents


MTB 459

Source: Canadian Coastal Forces Trust

MTB 459 - 1944

From the collection of Murray Varrin

Courtesy of Larry Varrin

MTB 459


DND / RCN Photo