For Posterity's Sake         

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 Motor Mechanic, V42893, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Jul 1944 

MCMAHON, Jack Bernard

Sto, V54336, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Jul 1944 

GAUTHIER, Joseph Andrew Richard

AB, V43226, RCNVR

killed - 14 Feb 1945 


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Stevens, Rowland Marshall







Varrin, H. Murray








Former Crew Members

Blaiklock, Tim, Gunner


Foote, John Frederick, Slt, RCNVR - 21 Feb 1944

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