For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
This was one of six U.S. PT boats acquired by the RN under Lend Lease in 1941. Number PT-3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9, they were subsequently lent by the RN to the RCN. PT-9 was re-designated S-09, while her five sisters served the RCAF as crash boats from 1941 to 1945. Alone of the group, S-09 was built in Britain, by the British Power Boat Co. at Hythe, in 1939, for the Elco Boat Co. of new Jersey. She was handed over to the RCN without engines, arriving in tow at Montreal on 23 Aug 1941. There the Canadian Power Boat Co. fitted her with two 500 HP engines that enabled her to make only 22 knots. Delivered to the RCN on 25 Sep 1942, she served out of Halifax, Gaspé and Quebec before proceeding to Toronto in May, 1944, to serve as firing range patrol vessel off Frenchman's Bay. On 15 Jun 1944, HMCS York was the D/S for S09. She was turned over to the British Naval Liaison Officer at New York in late Jun 1945.