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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project



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!


In memory of Lt Donald Bowman, RCNVR


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



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


* Naval Customs and Traditions


* 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


* Wartime photos - Halifax


* What happened to HMCS Quesnel's Thunderbird?



* Arctic Star Medal - Veterans Affairs Canada


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


* 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


* Gunshield and shipboard artwork


* Heraldry on the High Seas


* Links


* Looking for Lost Wingers


* Looking for information on ....


* News Articles about the RCN and it's sailors


* Newspapers, Magazines and Shipboard newspapers


* Odds & Sods


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



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




HMCS HAIDA commemorative 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


Mike's Militaria (on facebook)

RCN / RN memorabilia




Miscellaneous Booklets, Magazines, Manuals and other Documents


- 1st Canadian Training Squadron - Welcome Aboard Booklet

- 4th Canadian Destroyer Squadron - Welcome Aboard Booklet

- 7th Canadian Escort Squadron information booklet- 1968


- 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)

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


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

- BRCN 108 - Uniform Instructions for the RCN (1951)

- BRCN 3029 - Seaman's Handbook (1960)

- BRCN 3058 - Manual of Ceremonial Drill (1964)


- Canada's Navy

- Canadair CL-84-1 V/STOL Aircraft

- Careers and Education in the RCN - 1962

- Carrier Air Traffic Control Procedures - HMCS Bonaventure


- DDH 205 Class Structural Integrity History 1951-1994


- Education in the RCN


- Falcon Code

- Fleet Composition - 1962


- Kingston Class Information Pamphlet


- Land of the Morning Calm - A summary of the Korean conflict


- Mainguy Report (The)

- Maritime Forces Pacific Information Booklet - 01 Sep 1976

- Newspaper column stories by Don Lory, Sig, RCN


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

- Operation Torch - The Invasion of North Africa (credit: The Northern Mariner)


- Pay and Allowances


- RCN Naval Assembly 1967

- RCN Naval Assembly 1967

       Image 1 (1 Meg)  Image 2  (14 Megs) - Courtesy of Neil Kenny

- RCN Naval Assembly 2010

- RCN Navy Day - 26 Jul 1952

- Recipe Manual for the RCN

- Recipe Manual For Navy, Army, Air Force, Munitions Plants, Camps and Schools


- Signal Card 1937

- Signal Card 1951

- SNFL Change of Command Ceremony, Norfolk, VA - 01 Apr 1982

- SNFL Code


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


- The Gumboot Navy : Securing or Sundering British Columbia by Gregory David Kier

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

- The RCN 1910-1960 - A Brief History

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


- Wartime Co-operative Shipbuilding by Fraser McKee, Cdr, RCN(R), Ret’d

- Welcome Aboard - A RCN public relations booklet - 1963


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

14 Mar 2019 - HMCS MILLTOWN J317 - a ship's company photo page has been added

07 Mar 2019 - HMCS LEVIS K400 - 2 photos of her C&POs has been added to her ship's company photo page

06 Mar 2019 - HMCS CORNWALLIS - course photos for St Laurent Division 2/62 have been added

05 Mar 2019 - HMCS SHEDIAC K110 - A mess deck photo of the Seaman and Sparkers has been added

26 Jan 2019 - Diesel Boats Forever - The history of the submariner's dolphins and the history of the Dolphin Code has been added to the DBF page.

21 Jan 2019 - A page for Gunshield and Shipboard artwork has been added

21 Jan 2019 - HMCS CAPE SCOTT 101 - In search of HMCS Cape Scott's missing flags (ensigns)

08 Jan 2019 - HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 - a crew photo from the collection of Wilson Reginald McMurdo has 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)  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



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