For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMC Dockyard Esquimalt and HMCS Naden circa 1949-50
From the collection of James Madden
Courtesy of Brian McCormick
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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 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 ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). 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
17 Mar 2018 - A Few Naval Customs, Expressions, Traditions, and Superstitions Second Edition by Cdr W.N.T. Beckett, M.V.O., D.S.C., Royal Navy, has been added
15 Mar 2018 - HMCS ATHABASKAN G07 - Twenty-seven newspaper articles on the sinking of HMCS Athabaskan, from the family of Paul Chamberland, have been added to her photo and document gallery. These articles are from Quebec newspapers and are in French only.
22 Feb 2018 - HMS COURAGEOUS - Thirty photos from the collection of Thomas Carson have been added to her 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 ReadyAyeReady.com
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
10) RCN Fairmiles
11) A History of the West Coast Canadian Forces Auxiliary Fleet by Matthew Chapman
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
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