Vessels of the Royal Canadian Navy Fishermen’s Reserve

compiled by John M. MacFarlane 2012 (Updated in 2018 with additional information from Bryon Taylor)

HMCS Mitchell Bay

The fish boat Mitchell Bay (formerly HMCS Mitchell Bay) (Photo from the John MacFarlane Collection)

The Accepted List of Vessels of the RCN Fishermen’s Reserve

There is no ‘official’ list of vessels that comprised the RCN Fishermen’s Reserve. This is the list of vessels generally considered to be part of that organization. It is based on research of official records over many years. (Click on the individual links to see the vessel histories.)

Some Vessels Which May Have Been Part of the RCN Fishermen’s Reserve

(Author’s Note): The following vessels have been reported, on a speculative basis, by some writers, as being part of the Fishermen’s Reserve. The speculation on their inclusion in the list is sometimes based on the fact that they were manned by Fishermen’s Reserve personnel or if the vessel carried a pendant number with the Fisheries Pendant superior to the number. Another line of thought is that they were operated prior to the Second World War by members of the RCNR Fishermen’s Reserve Section. They may also have operated as tenders to naval bases or as auxiliary vessels. (Readers should note that there has been a lot of inaccurate or misleading speculation on this branch of the Navy which is frequently repeated by casual writers. It is poorly documented in the public sector and are advised not to propagate these unproven reports.)

Some Vessels Incorrectly Reported to Have Been Part of the RCN Fishermen’s Reserve

(Author’s Note): These vessels are sometimes erroneously reported as being Fisheries Reserve vessels or RCN vessels. Through research carried out at the National Archives of Canada we can find no evidence of their wartime or peacetime service.

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Compiled by John M. MacFarlane 2012 (Updated in 2018 with additional information from Bryon Taylor) Vessels of the Royal Canadian Navy Fishermen’s Reserve. Nauticapedia.ca 2012. http://nauticapedia.ca/Articles/RCN_Fishermens_Reserve_Vessels.php

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