For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project



From the collection of Robert Berbeck 


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 ( ). 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)



Capt John Waters Jr. - “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.” 


The Guelph Mercury 16 Nov 2015 - "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."


Seaman Campbell, HMCS Kootenay H75 - "There was nothing glorious or romantic about watching bodies and gear float to the surface after sinking a U-boat."


Click here to see What's New


* Index of RCN ships and shore bases

* In Memory of Those Who Have Crossed the Bar

* Misc Books, Documents and Manuals

* Naval Customs and Traditions

* Newspapers, Magazines and Shipboard newspapers

* RCN History Makers

* RCN Memories

* 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

* Surname Index

* Trade Badges

* Wartime Diaries

* Arctic Star Medal - Veterans Affairs Canada

* Badges or Crests - a definitive answer by RUSI(NS)

* Books

* CCCP - Our Cold War Opponents

* Cuban Missile Crisis and the RCN

* Diesel Boats Forever - Submarines and Submariners of the RCN

* Ghost Fleet of Bedwell Bay, BC

* Gunshield and shipboard artwork

* Heraldry on the High Seas

* Links

* Looking for Lost Wingers

* Looking for information on ....

* Odds & Sods

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

* What happened to HMCS Quesnel's Thunderbird?


Photo collections

The Mary Lannon collection - photos of sailors during WW2

Nick's photo collection - from his time on HMCS ONTARIO during WW2

The Joseph Barr Champion Collection - A historical collection of photos and documents from the life of Joseph Barr Champion, RNCVR, RCN, RAN(R), Merchant Mariner

Capital Iron and Metal - photos of ships being broken up



Commemorative coins


Pierre's Alley Cat Society  -  "PACS"


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


Mike's Militaria - RCN / RN memorabilia


My Battle of the Atlantic by Donald A. Bowman, Lt, RCNVR

The ships are gone but the stories remain...  A military memoir of humour, horror and honour, My Battle of the Atlantic chronicles daily life aboard a corvette in the Canadian Navy during the Second World War. While escorting convoys across the Atlantic Ocean from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Londonderry, Ireland, the HMCS Edmundston encountered many dangers: U-boats, icebergs and adventurous WRENs!


Webmaster's note:  Donald's book was a recent acquisition for my library that I thoroughly enjoyed. In a short 114 pages, Donald managed to cover many aspects of the Battle of the Atlantic from a personal view.


My Battle of the Atlantic - available on Indego



What's New  -  back to the top of the page

16 Jun 2019 - HMCS STE THERESE K366 - a crew photo has been added

14 Jun 2019 - HMCS SUDBURY K162 - a crew photo has been added

13 Jun 2019 - HMCS VANCOUVER K240 - a crew photo has been added 

10 Jun 2019 - GUNSHIELD ART - HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC's gunshield art has been added

10 Jun 2019 - HMCS KINGS - A new course photo - M.M. Div - Sep 43 - Jan 44 - has been added

04 Jun 2019 - HMCS ST LAURENT H83 - Excerpts from a sailor's diary: 01 - 13 Jun 1944 - HMCS St Laurent off Normandie

27 May 2019 - HMCS MARGAREE H49 - a poem "The H.M.C.S. Margaree" has been added to her page.  This poem was written by the brother of a sailor who died when HMCS Margaree was lost on 22 Oct 1940

26 May 2019 - HMCS STORMONT K327 - A crew photo has been added

26 May 2019 - HMCS ST LAURENT H83 - A crew photo c1942-43 has been added

25 May 2019 - HMCS KENTVILLE J312 -  A crew photo has been added

03 May 2019 - HMCS ST LAURENT 205 - Her commissioning booklet has been added

30 Apr 2019 - HMCS ONTARIO - 58 photos from the collection of Bob Theriault have been added to her page

29 Apr 2019 - HMCS OKANAGAN 74 - A crew photo from 1969 has been added 

19 Apr 2019 - The Cuban Missile Crisis and the RCN - A general information page with links on the RCN's participation in the Cuban Missile Crisis has been added

12 Apr 2019 - HMCS BEACON HILL K407 - 19 photos from he collection of Kenneth Dawson were added to the page for HMCS Beacon Hill

11 Apr 2019 - A Brief History of the Ships of the Royal Newfoundland Navy has been added to the Misc Books, Documents and Manuals page

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 are from The Naval History Net - Ship Histories, Convoy Escort Movements, Casualty Lists 1939-1947

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

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

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

16)  The Ultimate Sacrifice by Robert D'Aoust

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

18) The Nauticapedia - Celebrating the stories of the maritime heritage of British Columbia, western and northern Canada, and Canada's Naval Forces



The information on this site is for informational purposes only.  This website is a compilation of information from many government website, books and and other resources such as wartime diaries and stories from the memories of those who served and may contain historical inaccuracies. For Posterity's Sake and those who submit information to this site are not responsible for any historical inaccuracies and accepts no responsibility for any costs / expenditures by those using this information. Anyone using information from this site should exercise due diligence and verify any information used. 


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