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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS PROTECTOR / PROTECTOR I

AND HMCS PROTECTOR II

HMCS Protector / Protector I - 1943

Courtesy of Donald (Bud) Rose

 

Royal Canadian Navy base HMCS Protector, also known as the Point Edward Naval Base, was located next to Sydney Harbour, on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island. It was stood up on 22 Jul 1940 and used by the navy during the Second World War. It was mainly used to provision, protect and repair the various merchant marine convoys to Quebec, Halifax, and the United Kingdom. HMCS Protector was initially stationed on the Sydney waterfront and used commercial wharves and buildings along Esplanade Street, where the present armouries and marine terminal are located. On 15 March 1943, a new custom-built shore facility and extensive piers was opened at Point Edward on the opposite western shore of the harbour, and was named HMCS Protector II, while the original was then renamed HMCS Protector I

 

It continued to be utilized during the Cold War's early stages. It was decommissioned in 1964 and became the initial facility to house the Canadian Coast Guard College that same year. Currently, the Sydport Industrial Park utilizes the base's former piers and land.

 

Photos and Documents (Below)

 

AB Chuck Scullion, Cape Breton Light-Heavy Champ, working out at HMCS Protector

The Crow's Nest newspaper - Feb 1944

Newspaper article on HMCS Protector's hockey team

The Crow's Nest newspaper - Apr 1944

Nurses and patients on the surgical ward of HMCS PROTECTOR, Christmas 1944

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

Ships at HMCS Protector (Point Edward Naval Station) circa 1945

HMCS Galt K163  and HMCS Sorel K153 visible

From the collection of Robert David Masters

Courtesy of Cathy Masters

Ships at HMCS Protector (Point Edward Naval Station) circa 1945

HMCS Wetaskiwin K175 and HMCS Chambly K116 visible. Note the Chambly has her forward gun mount removed.

From the collection of Robert David Masters

Courtesy of Cathy Masters

Ships at HMCS Protector (Point Edward Naval Station) circa 1945

From the collection of Robert David Masters

Courtesy of Cathy Masters

Ships at HMCS Protector (Point Edward Naval Station) circa 1945

From the collection of Robert David Masters

Courtesy of Cathy Masters

Ships at HMCS Protector (Point Edward Naval Station) circa 1945

HMCS Asbestos K358 visible

From the collection of Robert David Masters

Courtesy of Cathy Masters

Ships at HMCS Protector (Point Edward Naval Station) circa 1945

HMCS Barrie K138 visible

From the collection of Robert David Masters

Courtesy of Cathy Masters

 

 

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