Battle of the Atlantic Sunday - 02 May 2021


Marc Magee’s painting of HMCS NAPANEE alongside the torpedoed tanker, SS Scottish Heather, during the Battle for Convoy ON-154.



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 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

* 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)

* Ghost Fleet of Bedwell Bay, BC

* Heroes and History Makers of the RCN

* Just for the Hull of It Campaign - HMCS SACKVILLE

* 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 Riots 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.





The Invasion Diaries - by Fred Turnbull, Combined Ops, RCNVR


A personal and historic account of the invasion of Sicily, Normandy, Southern France and the Liberation of Greece. Turnbull was a bowman on a Landing Craft


To order a copy of "The Invasion Diaries" please EMAIL Bill Gard


Webmaster's note:  I've read Fred's book and thoroughly enjoyed it.  It gives a unique insight into the role of Combined Operations from a personal point of view.  A recommended read.


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

06 May 2021 - Documents and Manuals - Opening Doors - Finding Ways To Deal With The Nation’s Maritime Blindness by Robert James Williamson, CD, Cdr, RCNR Ret’d has been added

05 May 2021 - Diesel Boats Forever - Oberon Basic Submarine Course Photo # 47 has been added

02 May 2021 - HMCS ST BONIFACE J332 - Forty-two photos from the collection of Stoker Paul James have been added to her page

02 May 2021 - HMCS CORNWALLIS - Eleven newspaper articles on the opening of HMCS CORNWALLIS in Deep Brook, NS have been added

28 Apr 2021 - A new page - The Halifax V.E. Day Riots has been added

28 Apr 2021 - HMCS BARRIE K138 - Eighty-four photos from the collection of Samuel (Sandy) Sanderson have been added to her page

28 Apr 2021 - HMCS ATHABASKAN 282 - Photos of the names engraved on her Ship's Bells have been added

22 Apr 2021 - HMCS CHARNY S02 - One Hundred Three photos and documents from the collection of CPO Vincent Wesley have been added to her page

22 Apr 2021 - HMCS BEAVER - Thirty-one photos and documents from the collection of CPO Vincent Wesley have been added to her page

22 Apr 2021 - HMCS PRESTONIAN - Forty-one photos and documents from the collection of CPO Vincent Wesley have been added to her page

19 Apr 2021 - Newspapers, Magazines and Shipboard newspaper - The Canadian Geographical Journal Nov 1944 has been added

15 Apr 2021 -  Documents and Manuals -   RCN Barracks, Halifax, NS - Instructions for the Information and Guidance of New Entries has been added

15 Apr 2021 - Documents and Manuals - Damage Control Training for the RCN - Second World War has been added

10 Apr 2021 - HMCS STONE TOWN K531 - 65 photos from the collection of Lt Richard (Dick) Simon have been added to her page

02 Apr 2021 - HMCS CANADA - a ship's company photo - Jun/Jul 1915 has been added

30 Mar 2021 - HMCS LACHINE J266 - A ship's company photo has been added

30 Mar 2021 - HMCS KINGS  - A course photo for G.G. Division - 26 Jun 1943 has been added

17 Mar 2021 - HMCS ORANGEVILLE K491 - Thirty-one photos from the collection of Tom Coyle have been added to her page

16 Mar 2021 - HMCS CAMROSE K154 - Thirty-nine photos from the collection of Harry Brian have been added to her page

03 Mar 2021 - HMCS FERGUS K686 - Thirty-two photos from the collection of Barry Robinson 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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