For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

 

"Drip"

Mascot of HMCS ST FRANCIS I93

From the collection of Robert V. Richmond

Courtesy of Bob Richmond

 

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 ( info@forposterityssake.ca )  (Note: the link to initiate/generate an email for a submission may not work for web based email servers such as gmail, hotmail, yahoo, etc - If the auto link does not work, copy and paste the address above into your address line of your email software)

 

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

 

 

* Index of RCN ships and shore bases

* In Memory of Those Who Have Crossed the Bar

* Personal Photo Galleries

* RCN History Makers

* RCN Memories  //  RCN Memories Part 2

* 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

* What happened to HMCS Quesnel's Thunderbird?  

* Arctic Star Medal - Veterans Affairs Canada

* 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

* Links

* Looking for Lost Wingers

* Looking for information on ....

* News Articles (Misc)

* Odds & Sods

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

* World War II Navy Photos - The Mary Lannon Collection

 

   HMCS HAIDA challenge 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

 

 

Miscellaneous Booklets, Magazines, Manuals and other Documents

 

- 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)

- Ambrosia - Scrapbook of the 6th Sub Squadron (Royal Navy) - 1955-1966

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

 

- Basic Field Manual - Combined Radiotelegraph (W/T) Procedure - 1943

- Breathing Equipment Training Document (circa 1940s)

 

- Canada's Battle of the Atlantic - March 1942

- Canada's Navy

- Canadair CL-84-1 V/STOL Aircraft

- Canadian Geographical Journal Nov 1943

- C&POs Mess Dinners

- Careers and Education in the RCN - 1962

- Construction of Fire Tugs - Memo - 1944

 

- "D" Day on a Canadian Destroyer - 18 Jun 1944 

- Dolphin Code

- Drill Manual for 3-Inch Q.F. Guns on H.A. Mounts

 

- Education in the RCN

 

- Falcon Code

- Fleet Composition - 1962

- Fighting Ships

- Fire Fighting Breathing Equipment - 1940s (Training document)

- Force J - Communications Orders and Operational Instructions - D-Day

 

- Grant Macdonald's Navy - Fresh Water Magazine Vol 6 No. 1, 1991

 

- Kingston Class Information Pamphlet

- Major Landing Craft - Signal Pamphlet - 1942

- Maritime Forces Pacific Information Booklet - 01 Sep 1976

 

- Naval Customs and Social Usage

- Neptune's Notes (Venture Training Manual # 1)

 

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

 

- Pay and Allowances

 

- RCN Commandments

- RCN Naval Assembly 1967

- RCN Naval Assembly 1967 Sketch - Image 1 (1 Meg)  Image 2  (14 Megs) - Courtesy of Neil Kenny

- RCN Naval Assembly 2010

- RCN Navy Day - 26 Jul 1952

- RCN Recipe Manual

 

- Sentinel Magazine - Oct 1966

- Signal Card 1937

- Signal Card 1951

- SNFL Code

 

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

- The MONNOWLOG - HMCS Monnow's shipboard newspaper

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

- The RCN 1910-1960 - A Brief Histroy

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

 

- Wartime Co-operative Shipbuilding

- Welcome Aboard - A RCN public relations booklet - 1963

 

- 1st Canadian Training Squadron - Welcome Aboard Booklet

- 4th Canadian Destroyer Squadron - Welcome Aboard Booklet

 

 

What's New

 

 

24 Sep 2017 - Peesta - The story of how a German "sailor" escaped internment during WW2 has been added to the photo and document gallery of HMCS Prince Henry

 

23 Sep 2017 - HMCS INUVIK - A page for HMCS Inuvik has been added

 

23 Sep 2017 - HMCS OKANAGAN SS74 - Her Rededication booklet 18 Apr 1986 has been added

 

22 Sep 2017 - HTSM OLYMPUS - A Welcome Aboard pamphlet has been added to her photo and document gallery

 

22 Sep 2017 - HMCS ONONDAGA SS73 - Her Rededication booklet 16 May 1984 has been added

 

22 Sep 2017 - HMCS ONONDAGA SS73 - A rededication crew photo dated 16 May 1984 has been added

 

15 Sep 2017 - Minesweeping Trawler TR 9 - A photo of TR 9 has been added

 

13 Sep 2017 - HMCS KAMLOOPS  K176 - A track chart for Nov 1943 has been added to her photo and document gallery

 

13 Sep 2017 - HMCS WALLACEBURG J336 - A ship's company photo has been added

 

09 Sep 2017 - A crew photo for an unknown Fairmile ML has been added

 

09 Sep 2017 - ML Q106 - A crew photo circa 1945 has been added

 

06 Sep 2017 - A new link has been added - - Paul W. Collins, Historian - Author and Speaker on Newfoundland during the Second World War

 

01 Sep 2017 - HMCS HURON 281 - a crew photo circa 1974 has been added

 

01 Sep 2017 - HMCS PRESERVER 510 - a crew photo circa 1998 has been added

 

01 Sep 2017 - FAIRMILE CLASS MLs - Thirty-seven photos from the collection of George Schmidt have been added to the Fairmile Class photo and document gallery

 

29 Aug 2017 - A very short sail with a lifetime of memories (HMCS Ojibwa) - has been added to the RCN Memories 2 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

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)  Ship Building History

14)  A List of the Ships Scrapped or Broken Up By Capital Iron & Metals Ltd. in Victoria BC.

15)  The Bosun's Watch - The Fleetwood Steam and Sailing Trawler website

16)  Lists of convoys that RCN ships were escorts for are from Arnold Hague Convoy Database

17)  The Ultimate Sacrifice by Robert D'Aoust

18)  Designs of Distinction - Unofficial Insignia of the RCN 1910 - 1948 by David J. Freeman

 

 

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