(left) The Halifax-Dartmouth Ferry Governor Cornwallis / (right) The burned out hulk of the Governor Cornwallis by Georges Island, Halifax -  Jan 1945 (Note: The Governor Cornwallis caught fire and burned on 22 Dec 1944)




From the collection of François Messier, AB, RCNVR



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 their 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 ( info@forposterityssake.ca ). 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

Just for the Hull of It Campaign - HMCS SACKVILLE

Just For The Hull Of It Campaign, designed to raise funds for the critical and necessary work to safeguard the ship.

* Arctic Star Medal - Veterans Affairs Canada

* Battle Honours for the RCN

* Books (on the RCN and navy in general)

* CCCP - Our Cold War Opponents

* Codes - Dolphin, Falcon, SNFL and BPC

* Command Chief Petty Officers of the RCN

* 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)

* Flags and Pennants - sometimes official, sometimes not

* Ghost Fleet of Bedwell Bay, BC

* Heroes and History Makers of the RCN

* Links

* Long Service and Good Conduct Medal - RCN, RCNR, RCNVR & RCN(R)

* Looking for Lost Wingers

* Mystery Photos - Unknown sailors of the RCN

* Navy Lists - Canadian   //   British   //   Australian

* Newspapers, Magazines and Shipboard newspapers

* Newfoundlanders of the RNR who served in the RCN

* 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

* Ship's files - Resource guide of ship's files held by Library and Archives of Canada

* Squadron / Fleet Photos

* Standing Naval Force Atlantic Photos

* Trade Badges of the RCN

* Trade Badges of the WRCNS

* V.E. Day in Halifax

* Wartime Diaries

* What happened to HMCS Quesnel's Thunderbird?

* 59 Steps to the Crow's Nest

Photo collections:

Annie Campbell photo collection - photos from the First World War

Capital Iron and Metal - photos of ships from the Second World War 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 the Second World War

Nick's photo collection - from his time on HMCS ONTARIO during the Second World War


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.



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

11 Jul 2021 - HMCS STANDARD COASTER - 579 photos from the collection of AB François Messier, RCNVR have been added to her page 

10 Jul 2021 - HMCS U-889 - Fifteen photos from the collection of AB François Messier, RCNVR have been added to her page

10 Jul 2021 - V.E. Day Halifax - Fifty seven photos and newspaper articles from the collection of AB François Messier, RCNVR have been added to the page

28 Jun 2021 - Flags and Pennants - A page has been added for these sometimes official and sometimes unofficial flags and pennants used on ships of the RCN

19 Jun 2021 - Documents and Manuals - Halifax in Wartime - A collection of drawings by Robert W. Chambers has been added

11 Jun 2021 - HMCS GATINEAU 236 - A ship's company photo for April 1966 has been added

11 Jun 2021 - HMCS CORNWALLIS - A page for Fraser Division 2/59 has been added

09 Jun 2021 - Documents and Manuals - HMC Dockyard Halifax - Employee's Guide Book 1946 (reprint from 2009) has been added

05 Jun 2021 - HMCS FORT WILLIAM J311 - A nominal list for 15 Jan 1945 has been added to her page

26 May 2021 - HMCS FORT WILLIAM J311 - Ten photos from the collection of L/Sig Marcus Fennell, RCNVR have been added to her page

21 May 2021 - HMCS WASKESIU K330 - A ship's company photo page has been added

20 May 2021 - Wartime Diaries - The 1943 Wartime Diary of Amon Horst has been added

Credits / Resources

1)  Sailors - past and present and their families

2)  ReadyAyeReady.com 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



This is a personal website and the website owner is not affiliated with the Government of Canada or Department of National Defence (DND).


The information on this site is for informational purposes only.  This website is a compilation of information from government websites, books 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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