Canadian Vessels

Reflections on HMCS Prince Robert 1941–1942HMCS Prince Robert

On her voyage to Hong Kong to carry Canadian troops to defend against the Japanese Army, HMCS Prince Robert was run like no other ship in the Royal Canadian Navy. One of her crew members at the time reflects on the organization of the ship and the day to day life for the crew.

HMCS Thiepval and the Race Around the World 1924HMCS Thiepval and the Race Around the World 1924

HMCS Thiepval was commissioned into the RCN in 1917. In 1923 and one of her first tasks on her re–commissioning in the RCN was to be the support vessel for a daring and first–ever attempt by the RAF to fly around the world. Arrangements were made for Thiepval to rendezvous with the Vickers Vulture in Petropavlovsk. Unfortunately the aircraft was forced to ditch after encountering heavy fog and crashed at sea. Thiepval rushed to their rescue and was able to recover the men and remains of the aircraft and return them to Vancouver aboard the vessel.

The Wreck of HMCS Galiano October 1918Wreck of HMCS Galiano

This story recounts the story of the sinking of HMCS Galiano on the British Columbia coast in October 1918. This was the only loss of a Royal Canadian Navy ship during the First World War and was a major marine tragedy on the Pacific Coast.

The Official Record of the Enquiry Into the Wreck of HMCS Galiano October 1918.Enquiry Into Wreck of HMCS Galiano

View the official report of the proceedings of the official enquiry into the loss of HMCS Galiano in October 1918.


Vessels Owned or Operated by the Canadian Army Canadian Army

The Canadian Army operated a fleet of vessels during the Second World War in support of its operational needs. Here is list of the vessels in the fleet.

Western Canada’s Maritime War Dividend – The Military Vessels Converted for Civilian Use CN No. 2

Contributor George Duddy has substantially and extensively updated and re–written an earlier article by the late John Henderson on Converted Military Vessels. An influx of high quality military surplus vessels propelled the towing and transportation industry, and the forest and fishing industries and other commerce to a level that might not otherwise have been possible in British Columbia. Some of the vessels became private yachts. The vessels came mainly from the UK and USA with a few provided by the Canadian forces after the Second World War. Their purchase at low cost was indeed a small war dividend to the economy of a country that had contributed much in terms of lives and cost to war effort.

Vessels Owned and Operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) IMAGE

A list of vessels owned and operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force, particularly those of the Second World War era.


Where Did All the WW II RCN Motor Launches Get To? RCN MLs

Here is Commander Fraser McKee’s updated list of all the RCN MLs and a detailed discussion of their ultimate fates and disposition.


The Last Days of the RCN Gate Vessels Gate Vessels

Many current and past personnel of the RCN share a common sea–time training experience in Gate Vessels. Contributor LCDR Eric Dufresne RCN shares a personal encounter of the very last day of their Canadian incarnation, with surprising details.


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