For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project



Jacket patches from HMCS Athabaskan's 1952-53 Korean War Tour


HMCS ATHABASKAN RASing with USS WISCONSIN during the Gulf War 1990-1991, Persian Gulf

Courtesy of Gerald Doutre, CPO1, RCN


Welcome to "For Posterity's Sake" - a site dedicated to the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Forces (Navy) and the ships they served and lived in. This is a personal website and is not affiliated with the Government of Canada or the Department of National Defence.


The goal of this site is to preserve and share the history of those who have sailed in the ships of the RCN and C.F. The history we all have buried in our basements or closets in boxes and photo albums - photos of grandparents and parents, aunts and uncles who have also taken pictures and told stories of there time in. This is the history you will not find on the government's historical pages - and its these photos and stories that we all have that I'm hoping to preserve here for posterity's sake.


If you would like to submit photos or stories to be posted here, please send me an EMAIL ( )  (Note: the link to initiate/generate an email for a submission may not work for web based email servers such as gmail, hotmail, yahoo, etc - If the auto link does not work, copy and paste the address above into your address line of your email software)


With the help of all sailors past and present and their families this page can be made into a historical site for future generations to learn about our proud past.  May you always have fair winds and following seas!


Don't forget to stop by and sign the Ship's Log (Guestbook)



“Few of their countrymen knew and even fewer now remember the desperate fight waged on the cold and cruel northern seas. But had it failed, the results would have been catastrophic. The clear measure of devotion and courage of these men shall always be that in that dark and bloody winter of crisis they did not fail.” - Captain John Waters Jr. 



"The Canadian Navy … trained men with men who were scarcely trained themselves. It did everything under the pressure of desperate urgency. It learned to fight a war while fighting it. By all the rules, it should have been the most unholy hash to come out of the war. Somehow, things have turned out differently." - The Guelph Mercury 16 Nov 2015



* Index of RCN ships and shore bases

* In Memory of Those Who Have Crossed the Bar

* Personal Photo Galleries

* RCN History Makers

* RCN Memories  //  RCN Memories Part 2

* RCN Warships Lost

* Ship's Bells

* Ship's Books & Booklets - Commissioning, Paying Off, Special Events

* Ship's Company Photos

* Squadron / Fleet Photos

* Standing Naval Force Atlantic Photos

* Trade Badges

* Wartime Diaries

* What happened to HMCS Quesnel's Thunderbird?  

* Arctic Star Medal - Veterans Affairs Canada

* Books

* Capital Iron and Metal - photos of ships being broken up

* CCCP - Our Cold War Opponents

* Diesel Boats Forever - Submarines and Submariners of the RCN

* From The Other Side Of The Scuttle

* Ghost Fleet of Bedwell Bay, BC

* Links

* Looking for Lost Wingers

* Looking for information on ....

* News Articles (Misc)

* Odds & Sods

* Order service records for yourself or family member  // version française

* World War II Navy Photos - The Mary Lannon Collection


   HMCS HAIDA challenge coin  

Pierre's Alley Cat Society  -  "PACS"


Pierre's Alley Cat Society - A local charity caring for the feral cat colonies in HMC Dockyard, Halifax

Home page     Facebook page

CBC News Story     National Post News Story



Miscellaneous Booklets, Magazines, Manuals and other Documents


- A Pictorial Record of HMC Ships Huron and Iroquois Under U.N. Command 1954 - 1955

- A Simple Sailor, by Ray Hunt, Capt (N), ret'd  (autobiography)

- Ambrosia - Scrapbook of the 6th Sub Squadron (Royal Navy) - 1955-1966

- An Album of Modern Naval Craft - by John Player & Sons


- Basic Field Manual - Combined Radiotelegraph (W/T) Procedure - 1943

- Breathing Equipment Training Document (circa 1940s)


- Canada's Battle of the Atlantic - March 1942

- Canada's Navy

- Canadair CL-84-1 V/STOL Aircraft

- Canadian Geographical Journal Nov 1943

- C&POs Mess Dinners

- Careers and Education in the RCN - 1962

- Construction of Fire Tugs - Memo - 1944


- "D" Day on a Canadian Destroyer - 18 Jun 1944 

- Dolphin Code

- Drill Manual for 3-Inch Q.F. Guns on H.A. Mounts


- Education in the RCN


- Falcon Code

- Fleet Composition - 1962

- Fighting Ships

- Fire Fighting Breathing Equipment - 1940s (Training document)

- Force J - Communications Orders and Operational Instructions - D-Day


- Grant Macdonald's Navy - Fresh Water Magazine Vol 6 No. 1, 1991


- Kingston Class Information Pamphlet

- Major Landing Craft - Signal Pamphlet - 1942

- Maritime Forces Pacific Information Booklet - 01 Sep 1976


- Naval Customs and Social Usage

- Neptune's Notes (Venture Training Manual # 1)


- Oberon Class Sub - Training Notebook, Chapter 11 - Electrical


- Pay and Allowances


- RCN Commandments

- RCN Naval Assembly 1967

- RCN Naval Assembly 2010

- RCN Navy Day - 26 Jul 1952

- RCN Recipe Manual


- Sentinel Magazine - Oct 1966

- Signal Card 1937

- Signal Card 1951

- SNFL Code


- TG 301.0 Visit to New Orleans, Louisiana 01 - 07 Mar 1968

- The MONNOWLOG - HMCS Monnow's shipboard newspaper

- The Prince Ships 1940-45 - CFHQ Report Number 5 - 31 Oct 1965

- The RCN 1910-1960 - A Brief Histroy

- The RCN 1910-1960 - The Royal Canadian Navy (Reserve)


- Wartime Co-operative Shipbuilding

- Welcome Aboard - A RCN public relations booklet - 1963


- 1st Canadian Training Squadron - Welcome Aboard Booklet

- 4th Canadian Destroyer Squadron - Welcome Aboard Booklet



What's New


21 Aug 2017 - HMCS Fraser 233 - photos of on of HMCS Fraser's bells have been added to the ship's bells page and Fraser's photo and document gallery


20 Aug 2017 - D-Day on LCI(L)-295 - has been added to the RCN Memories 2 page


11 Aug 2017 - Jenny of Jenny's Side Party - A History Maker of the RCN - an entry on Ng Muk Kah, B.E.M., has been added


09 Aug 2017 - Mama Camille - A History Maker of the RCN - an entry on Rachel Dube, affectionately known to the RCN as Mama Camille, has been added


04 Aug 2017 - Two documents - The Royal Canadian Navy 1910-1960 - A Brief History  and  The Royal Canadian Navy 1910-1960 - The Royal Canadian Navy (Reserve) have been added


02 Aug 2017 - HMCS OJIBWA SS72 - Her Commissioning book has been added


01 Aug 2017 - A photo of  ERA George Arthur Crites Forrest, V/33125, RCNVR, killed - 06 Feb 1943 has been added to the Ultimate Sacrifice section on the page of HMCS LOUISBURG K143


31 Jul 2017 - A photo of OS Gordon Brown, V66555, RCNVR MPK - 25 Nov 1944 has been added to the Ultimate Sacrifice section on the page of HMCS SHAWINIGAN K136


30 Jul 2017 - HMCS ALGONQUIN 283 - Fourteen photos of HMCS Algonquin being broken up at Liverpool NS have been added to her photo and document gallery


25 Jul 2017 - HMCS PEREGRINE - Sixteen photos from the collection of Joe Clulow have been added to her photo and document gallery


20 Jul 2017 - SHIP'S COMPANY PHOTOS - the ship's company photo section has been updated and each ship's company photo page has been linked to it's respective ship and visa versa. As part of the update, all the URLs for this section have been changed.  If you have previously bookmarked or linked to any page in this section, you will need to updated your bookmarks / links.


16 Jul 2017 - HMCS MARGAREE H49 - a photo of David Baker Smithson, AB, 3279, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940 has been added to her ultimate sacrifice section.


11 Jul 2017 - A Final Visit (to HMCS Haida) - has been added to the RCN Memories 2 page


11 Jul 2017 - Last Man On Board (HMCS Quebec) - has been added to the RCN Memories 2 page


10 Jul 2017 - HMCS SAULT STE MARIE J334 - A Nominal Roll, Ratings, dated 15 Nov 1943 has been added to her photo and document gallery


09 Jul 2017 - The MONNOWLOG - 25 Issues of HMCS Monnow's weekly shipboard newspaper have been added


Credits / Resources


1)  The image of the poppy throughout this site was obtained from a site dedicated to the Diggers, 42 Battalion AIF

2)  Ship's Badges (post 1949) - Unless otherwise specified, pictures of ships badges are from the website

3)  Casualty Lists - Unless otherwise specified, casualty lists are from The Naval History Net - Ship Histories, Convoy Escort Movements, Casualty Lists 1939-1947 by Don Kindell and Lt-Cdr Geoff Mason RN, Rtd

4)  MTB Flotillas - Crew photos and crew names listed for the photos are from the the MTB Gallery of the Naval Museum of Manitoba

5)  Fairmiles Motor Launches - Jerry Proc's website was the main source of information found on the Fairmiles.  The research posted on his site is:  THE FAIRMILES - CANADA'S LITTLE SHIPS by Spud Roscoe VE1BC Edited by Jerry Proc

6)  Information on U-Boats sunk by Canadian ships is from German U-Boat Casualties in World War 2

7)  The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981 by Ken Macpherson and John Burgess

8)  The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-2002 by Ken Macpherson and Ron Barrie

9)  Veterans of World War II, Langruth, Manitoba

10)  RCN Fairmiles

11)  A History of the West Coast Canadian Forces Auxiliary Fleet by Matthew Chapman

12)  Clyde Built Ships

13)  Ship Building History

14)  A List of the Ships Scrapped or Broken Up By Capital Iron & Metals Ltd. in Victoria BC.

15)  The Bosun's Watch - The Fleetwood Steam and Sailing Trawler website

16)  Lists of convoys that RCN ships were escorts for are from Arnold Hague Convoy Database

17)  The Ultimate Sacrifice by Robert D'Aoust

18)  Designs of Distinction - Unofficial Insignia of the RCN 1910 - 1948 by David J. Freeman



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