For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

Tug GLENDYNE W68 / YTB 503


standing by to assist HMCS HAIDA

Photo taken during the Second World War


Entered Service: 1945

Removed from service: 1979 

Fate: Scuttled at Eastern Passage, NS as a training site for RCN divers.


Glendyne was built in 1945 by Russel Bros., Owen Sound, Ont. She was one of the Glen Class tugs that assisted ships of the RCN in entering and leaving harbour. Glendyne sank in 1957 while towing the aircraft carrier HMCS Magnificent - having been pulled over by the carrier's mooring lines. One man, the tugs cook, was trapped inside and drowned. Another sailor died later in hospital. A Board of Inquiry blamed communication problems between the carrier and tugs. Glendyne was raised a few days later and was repaired and continued service in the East Coast Auxiliary Fleet until 1979. After being paid off she was sunk as a training site for Navy Divers at Eastern Passage. He wheelhouse was saved and installed on the wharf of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and is used as a ticket booth for Bluenose II when she is in port.


Commanding Officers

Lt James William Howey, RCNR - 02 Apr 1945 - unk



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Oram, William E., RCNVR







Rankin, Robert F.






Former Crew Members

Brown, John Greenfield, Skpr/Lt, RCNR - 02 Apr 1945





CFAV Glendyne - date unknown