For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project



"Out of the Dark"

The sinking of HMCS Valleyfield

by Robert E. Daly, Tel, Royal Navy

Courtesy of Sharon Anderson

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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 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 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."


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* 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

* Cuban Missile Crisis and the RCN

* Diesel Boats Forever - Submarines and Submariners of the RCN

* Documents and Manuals (Miscellaneous)

* Ghost Fleet of Bedwell Bay, BC

* Links

* Looking for Lost Wingers

* Looking for information on ....

* Naval Customs and Traditions

* Newspapers, Magazines and Shipboard newspapers

* Odds & Sods

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

* Paying-off of HMC Ships by Colin Darlington, LCdr, RCN, ret'd

* 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

* Trade Badges

* Wartime Diaries

* What happened to HMCS Quesnel's Thunderbird?

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 local (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


They Gave Their All - a 4 volume set on 1,683 Canada Merchant Sailors who died serving on Merchant ships from 1939 to 1947.



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

30 Oct 2019 - HMCS/CFB CORNWALLIS - A course photo for Skeena Division 2/61 has been added

10 Oct 2019 - HMCS/CFB CORNWALLIS - A course photo for Terra Nova Division Jul 1958 has been added

07 Oct 2019 - Documents and Manuals (Misc) - BR 219/38 (Extracts from) - Notes on Gunnery for Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships 1938 - Book 1

07 Oct 2019 - Documents and Manuals (Misc) - BR 219/38 (Extracts from) - Notes on Gunnery for Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships 1938 - Book 2

06 Oct 2019 - Documents and Manuals (Misc) - A booklet for EXERCISE MAPLE SPRING 1969 has been added

03 Oct 2019 - HMCS KOOTENAY - "Volunteers for Kootenay - One pace forward march!" has been added to the Kootenay Memories page


02 Oct 2019 - HMCS/CFB CORNWALLIS - A course photo for Course 6807 has been added

01 Oct 2019 - HMCS ONTARIO - 40 photos from the collection of C2ET Tom Smith have been added to her page

01 Oct 2019 - HMCS/CFB CORNWALLIS - A course photo for St Laurent 1/66 has been added

01 Oct 2019 - HMCS/CFB CORNWALLIS - A course photo for Assiniboine 1/67 has been added

01 Oct 2019 - HMCS/CFB CORNWALLIS - A course photo for Course 7201 has been added

01 Oct 2019 - HMCS/CFB CORNWALLIS - A course photo for Terra Nova 2/64 has been added

01 Oct 2019 - HMCS/CFB CORNWALLIS - A course photo for Skeena 2/67 has been added

29 Sep 2019 - HMCS/CFB CORNWALLIS - A course photo for Terra Nova 3/62 has been added

29 Sep 2019 - HMCS/CFB CORNWALLIS - An Assault Course photo for Ottawa 3/62 has been added

22 Sep 2019 - HMCS FRONTENAC K335 -  37 photos from the collection of Coder Gilbert Smith have been added to her page.

22 Sep 2019 - HMCS ONONDAGA - A Welcome Aboard booklet has been added

21 Sep 2019 - HMCS/CFB CORNWALLIS - Aurora Division 10 Jul 1954 March Past Closing Out Ceremony photo has been added

13 Sep 2019 - a booklet on Canada's Merchant Seamen has been added to the - Misc documents and manuals section

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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