For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project



HMCS MONCTON 708 (2nd of name) passing George's Island as she returns to Halifax under tow from refit in Shelburne - 14 Sep 2019.  Moncton is sporting her new camouflage paint scheme in honour of the ships that fought in the Battle of the Atlantic during WW2.

Courtesy of Mike Edwards


Click here to view a photo of HMCS MONCTON K139 (1st of name) with her WW2 paint scheme


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."


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

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

* Books, Documents and Manuals (Miscellaneous)

* 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

* Ghost Fleet of Bedwell Bay, BC

* Heraldry on the High Seas

* 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

* What happened to HMCS Quesnel's Thunderbird?

* 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

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

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

06 Sep 2019 - CFRS CORNWALLIS - Course 8247 course photos have been added

05 Sep 2019 - Ship's Bells - the ship's bell page has been updated / reformatted.  There are 167 entries to date.

01 Sep 2019 - HMCS CORNWALLIS - A new entry course photo for Terra Nova 1-66 has been added

19 Aug 2019 - HMCS WASAGA J162 - 32 Photos from the collection of Len Burton have been added to her page

18 Aug 2019 - HMCS WINDSOR 877 - The Naming Ceremony booklet for HMCS Windsor has been added

18 Aug 2019 - HMCS VICTORIA 876 - The Naming Ceremony booklet and Commissioning book for HMCS Victoria have been added

18 Aug 2019 - HMCS CORNER BROOK 878 - The Naming Ceremony booklet and Commissioning book for HMCS Corner Brook have been added

18 Aug 2019 - HMCS CHICOUTIMI 879 - The Naming Ceremony booklet and Commissioning book for HMCS Chicoutimi have been added

18 Aug 2019 - MTB 735 / MTB 744 - A MTB crew photo has been added - but it is not known if it is the crew of MTB 735 or MTB 744

15 Aug 2019 - HMCS GATINEAU 236 / HMCS HURON 281 - The Gatineau / Huron coast transfer 1987 booklet has been added

13 Aug 2019 - HMCS CAYUGA 218 - 34 photos from the collection of Bob Theriault have been added to her page

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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