Canada's Naval Memorial


"Just For the Hull of It" campaign - to raise funds for repairs to Canada's Last Corvette


Click here for more information about the campaign on the Canada's Naval Memorial website



Welcome to "For Posterity's Sake" - a site dedicated to the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy and the ships they lived and served in. This is a personal website and is not affiliated with the Government of Canada nor 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. 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 Ships and Shore Establishments

* In Memory of Those Who Have Crossed the Bar

* Gunshield and shipboard artwork

* Surname Index

* Arctic Star Medal - Veterans Affairs Canada

* Books (on the RCN and navy in general)

* CCCP - Our Cold War Opponents

* Codes - Dolphin, Falcon, SNFL and BPC

* Cuban Missile Crisis and the RCN

* Customs and Traditions of the RCN

* Diesel Boats Forever - Submarines and Submariners of the RCN

* Documents and Manuals (Miscellaneous)

* Ghost Fleet of Bedwell Bay, BC

* Heroes and History Makers of the RCN

* Links

* Looking for Lost Wingers

* Looking for information on ....

* Newspapers, Magazines and Shipboard newspapers

* Odds & Sods

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

* 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

* Trade Badges of the RCN

* Trade Badges of the WRCNS

* Wartime Diaries

* What happened to HMCS Quesnel's Thunderbird?

* 59 Steps to the Crow's Nest

Photo collections:

Capital Iron and Metal - photos of ships being broken up

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

Mary Lannon collection - photos of sailors during WW2

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


Commemorative coins


Pierre's Alley Cat Society  -  "PACS"

Pierre's Alley Cat Society

A Halifax charity caring for the feral cat colonies in HMC Dockyard.

Mike's Militaria - RCN / RN memorabilia




Ultimate Sacrifice by Robert P. "Bob" D'Aoust


Those who made the Ultimate Sacrifice in the Royal Canadian Navy, The Royal Canadian Naval Reserve, and the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve 1939-1947 - a 3 volume 4 book set.



They Gave Their All - by Robert P. "Bob" D'Aoust


A 4 volume set on Canada's Merchant Sailors who died serving on Merchant ships from 1939 to 1947.




The Invasion Diaries


by Fred Turnbull, Combined Ops, RCNVR


A personal and historic account of the invasion of Sicily, Normandy, Southern France and the Liberation of Greece. Turnbull was a bowman on a Landing Craft


Webmaster's note:  I've read Fred's book and thoroughly enjoyed it.  It gives a unique insight into the role of Combined Operations from a personal point of view.  A recommended read.


*****   To order a copy of "The Invasion Diaries" please EMAIL Bill Gard   *****


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

04 Dec 2020 - MONTREAL DIVISION RCNVR - A photo of her 1940-1941 Hockey Team has been added to her page

04 Dec 2020 - Westdale Technical School, Hamilton, ON - A page has been added for Westdale Schools - which conducted trades training during the Second World War under the Emergency War Measures Act.

03 Dec 2020 - HMCS NIAGARA I57 - Forty-nine photos from the collection of Doug Newman have been added to her page

03 Dec 2020 - HMCS THUNDER J156 - Nineteen photos from the collection of Doug Newman have been added to her page

03 Dec 2020 - HMCS EDMUNDSTON K106 - Twenty-three photos from the collection of Doug Newman have been added to her page

26 Nov 2020 - HMCS ST CROIX 256 - A ship's company photo from the collection of William (Bill) McNair has been added

26 Nov 2020 - HMCS SIOUX 225 - Two ship's company photos from the collection of William (Bill) McNair have been added

26 Nov 2020 - HMCS JAMES BAY 152 - A ship's company photo from the collection of William (Bill) McNair has been added

25 Nov 2020 - HMCS STE THERESE 309  - A Crossing the Line - Equator - 1959 booklet has been added 

25 Nov 2020 - HMCS ST CROIX 256 - a Crossing the Line - Equator - 1966 booklet has been added

25 Nov 2020 - HMCS ONTARIO - Fifty-three photos from the collection of William (Bill) McNair have been added to her page

23 Nov 2020 - HMCS QUATSINO J152 - A ship's company photo from the collection of Dan Frank has been added

19 Nov 2020 - HMCS GATINEAU 236 - A 1981 Crossing the Line (Equator) booklet has been added

19 Nov 2020 - Presentation of Ceremonial Drums to Atlantic Command of The Royal Canadian Navy by The Province of Nova Scotia October 1st, 1960 has been added to the Document and Manuals section

17 Nov 2020 - HMCS CORNWALLIS - A New Entry photo page has been added for Fraser Division 2/61

17 Nov 2020 - HMCS PRINCE DAVID - A record of ship's movements 20 Dec 1943 - 01 Mar 1945 has been added to her photo and document gallery

12 Nov 2020 - HMCS UNGAVA J149 - A ship's company photo page has been added

05 Nov 2020 - HMCS CHARNY Z26 - A ship's company photo page has been added

Credits / Resources

1)  Sailors - past and present and their families

2) for ship's badges post 1949

3)  The Naval History Net - Ship Histories, Convoy Escort Movements for Casualty Lists 1939-1947

4)  Naval Museum of Manitoba - Crew photos and names for MTBs

5)  THE FAIRMILES - CANADA'S LITTLE SHIPS by Spud Roscoe VE1BC Edited by Jerry Proc

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

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)  Arnold Hague Convoy Database

16)  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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