For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

RCN WARSHIPS LOST IN WORLD WAR 1 and 2

"We will remember them"

 

The Naval Prayer                         WORLD WAR I                         In Waters Deep

 

  HMCS GALIANO  

30 Oct 1918

 

 

WORLD WAR II

 

 

HMCS ADVERSUS

20 Dec 1941

 

  HMCS ALBERNI K103  

21 Aug 1944

  HMCS ATHABASKAN G07  

29 Apr 1944

  HMCS BRAS D'OR J06 

18-19 Oct 1940

  HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244 

11 Sep 1942

  HMCS CHEDABUCTO J168 

31 Oct 1943

  HMCS CLAYOQUOT J174 

24 Dec 1944

  HMCS ESQUIMALT J272 

16 Apr 1945

  HMCS FRASER H48 

25 Jun 1940

  HMCS GUYSBOROUGH J52 

17 Mar 1945

  HMCS LEVIS K115 

19 Sep 1941

  HMCS LOUISBURG K143 

06 Feb 1943

HMCS MARGAREE H49

22 Oct 1940

MTB 459

14 Feb 1945

MTB 460

02 Jul 1944

No photo available

MTB 461

14 Feb 1945

MTB 462

14 Feb 1945

MTB 463

07 Jul 1944

No photo available

MTB 465

14 Feb 1945

MTB 466

14 Feb 1945

HMCS OTTAWA

13 Sep 1942

HMCS OTTER

26 Mar 1941

HMCS RACCOON

07 Sep 1942

HMCS REGINA

09 Aug 1944

HMCS SHAWINIGAN

25 Nov 1944

HMCS SKEENA

25 Oct 1944

HMCS SPIKENARD

11 Feb 1942

HMCS ST. CROIX

20 Sep 1943

HMCS TRENTONIAN

22 Feb 1945

HMCS VALLEYFIELD

07 May 1944

HMCS WEYBURN

22 Feb 1943

HMCS WINDFLOWER

07 Dec 1941

HMCS YPRES

12 May 1940

 

Memoriam cards honouring Royal Canadian Navy ships lost during World War II

Source: Charles Dobie's Royal Canadian Navy website

Credit: From the collection of Allan Bertelsen

 

 

HMCS Regina, HMCS Alberni

 

HMCS Levis

 

HMCS Ottawa, HMCS Charlottetown

 

HMCS Valleyfield

 

HMCS Shawinigan

 

HMCS St. Croix

 

HMCS Fraser, HMCS Margaree,

HMCS Bras D'Or, HMCS Levis, HMCS Windflower, HMCS Spikenard

 

HMCS Clayoquot

 

HMCS Otter

 

HMCS Weyburn

 

HMCS Fraser

 

HMCS Louisburg

 

HMCS Athabaskan

 

HMCS Margaree, HMCS Fraser

 

HMCS Windflower

                                         

HMCS Raccoon                                                                       HMCS Saguenay

                        

The Naval Prayer

0 eternal Lord God, who alone spreadest out of 
the heavens, and rulest the raging of the sea; 
who has compassed the waters with bounds 
until day and night come to an end; be pleased 
to receive into thy almighty and most gracious 
protection the persons of us thy servants and 
the fleet in which we serve. Preserve us from 
the dangers of the sea, and from the violence of 
the enemy; that we may be a safeguard unto our 
most gracious sovereign lady. Queen Elizabeth 
and her dominions, and security for such as 
pass on the seas upon their lawful occasion; that 
the inhabitants of our commonwealth may in 
peace and quietness serve thee our God; and 
that we may return in safety to enjoy the 
blessings of the land, with the fruits of our 
labours, and with a thankful remembrance of 
thy mercies to praise and glorify thy holy name; 
through Jesus Christ our lord.

Amen

In Waters Deep

In oceans wastes no poppies blow,

No crosses stand in orders row,

There young hearts sleep…beneath the wave…

The spirited, the good, the brave,

But stars a constant vigil keep,

For them who lie beneath the deep.

'Tis true you cannot kneel in prayer

On certain spot and think. "He's there."

But you can to the ocean go…

See whitecaps marching row on row;

Know one for him will always ride…

In and out… with the tide.

And when your span of life is passed,

He'll meet you at the "Captains Mast."

And they who mourn on distant shore

For sailors who'll come home no more,

Can dry their tears and pray for these

Who rest beneath the heaving seas…

For stars that shine and winds that blow

And whitecaps marching row on row.

And they can never lonely be

For when they lived… they chose the sea. 

By Eileen Mahoney

 

 

 

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