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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.


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     


- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

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 


Former Crew Members

Blaiklock, Tim, Gunner


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

Germaniuk, Peter (Gery) 

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


Photos and Documents



Crew photos for MTB 459

The Memory Project - Peter (Gery) Germaniuk