HMCS ARVIDA K113
Flower Class Corvette
Built at Quebec City, she was commissioned there on 22 May 1941 and arrived at Halifax on 06 Jun 1941. She joined Sydney Force in Jul 1941 acting as escort to local sections of transatlantic convoys until Sep 1941, when she joined Newfoundland Command. She left Sydney on 05 Sep 1941 to join her maiden ocean convoy, SC.43, and was thereafter in almost continuous service as an ocean escort until the end of 1943. In Jun 1942, she became a member of EG C-4 and, in May 1943, of C-5. While escorting convoy ON.188 in mid-Jun, 1943, she was damaged by her own depth charges and arrived at Iceland on 16 Jun 1943 for repairs that took a week to complete. Three of ARVIDA's convoys received particularly rough handling by U-boats: ONS.92 (May 1942), ON.127 (Sep 1942), and SC.107 (Nov 1942). While with ON.127 she rescued survivors of the torpedoed HMCS OTTAWA H60 on 13 Sep 1942. She had major refits at Saint John (Jan - Apr 1942); Lunenburg/Saint John (Dec 1942 - Mar 1943); and Baltimore, Md. (Jan - Apr 1944). While at Baltimore she was given her extended fo'c's'le, afterward joining EG W-7 of WLEF. In mid-May, 1944, she was sent to Bermuda to work up, returned to Halifax on 09 Jun 1944, and in Aug 1944 joined EG W-2. In Dec 1944 she transferred to W-8, remaining with that group until the end of the war. ARVIDA was paid off on 14 Jun 1945, at Sorel and later sold for commercial use, entering service in 1950 as the Spanish-flag La Ceiba.
In memory of those who have crossed the bar
They shall not be forgotten
Former Crew Members
Photos and Documents
(JL01) Sailors on HMCS ARVIDA K113 with mascot. Joseph Lees 2nd from left (JL02) Joseph Lees on HMCS ARVIDA K113 (JL03) Joseph Lees on HMCS ARVIDA K113 (JL04) HMCS ARVIDA K113 in rough seas. JL05) Survivors on the upper deck of HMCS ARVIDA K113 (JL06) Survivors from sunken ship rescued by HMCS ARVIDA's work boat crew (JL07) Survivors aboard HMCS ARVIDA
From the collection of Jospeh Ambrose Lees
Courtesy of Richard Lees
HMCS ARVIDA K113 - 13 Feb 1943 - 08 Feb 1944
(HA048) Howard Abbott posing on gun mount on HMCS ARVIDA, St. John's, NFLD, 1943 (HA059) HMCS KOOTENAY alongside HMCS ARVIDA. Note the funnel artwork on HMCS KOOTENAY (HA060) Unknown RN destroyer, Londonderry, 1942. (HA061-HA062) MAC in convoy - 1943. (HA063) Merchant ships in column. South Atlantic convoy - 1943 (HA064) HMCS KOOTENAY (right) with HMCS WETASKIWIN following astern in the Irish Sea - 1943
(HA065) HMCS LA MALBAIE in the Irish Sea - Jul 1943 (HA066) HMCS WETASKIWIN (HA067) North Atlantic Convoy (HA06840) Oil Tanker in Convoy - 1943 (HA069) HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS KITCHENER and HMCS ARVIDA in the Irish Sea - Jul 1943 (HA070) HMCS OTTAWA and HMCS ARVIDA, Larne, Northern Ireland - Aug 1943 (HA071) Convoy in the North Atlantic - Jun 1943
(HA072) HMCS ST CROIX - 1943. Photos taken from HMCS ARVIDA not long before ST CROIX was lost in Sep 1943. (HA073) Capt D's yacht, HMS PHILANTE, Larne, Northern Ireland - Aug 1943 (HA074) HMCS LA MALBAIE - 1943 (HA075) HMS DIANTHUS, convoy escort seen from HMCS ARVIDA - 1943 (HA078) HMCS WASKESIU alongside HMCS ARVIDA c1943/44 (HA081) "Catalina aircraft scaring off submarines. North Atlantic 16 Sep 1943" Webmaster's note: Catalina Patrol aircraft dropping a depth charge - believed to be while escorting convoy HX256, NYC to Liverpool 09 Sep -21 Sep 1943 (HA085) Guss Flinn and Stoker Parkins, both from Montreal, on HMCS ARVIDA - 1943
(HA088) HMCS ARVIDA takes on fuel from a tanker in the convoy in North Atlantic - Aug 1943 (HA091) HMCS ARVIDA conducting a stern fueling from ship in convoy in the North Atlantic - Aug 1943 (HA096) LS Roger J. Oulette painting the rope covers on one of ARVIDA's ladders - 1943 (HA098) Howard Abbott on duty as Quartermaster on HMCS ARVIDA - 1943 (HA100) George Boynett from Toronto in HMCS ST CLAIR, St. John's, NFLD - 1943 (HA102) AB Thomas Riley from Hamilton, ON on HMCS ARVIDA - 1943 (HA104) HMCS ARVIDA's sea boat crew 1943. Front to back: Peter De Beck, Bud Briggs, Ivan Bennett, Jim Fraser, and Bob Langraff.
From the collection of AB Howard Charles Abbott, RCNVR
Courtesy of Roger Litwiller
* The photos from the Howard Abbott collection were scanned and cataloged by Roger Litwiller. The numbers below the photos are the reference numbers from Roger's collection.
HMCS ARVIDA - Feb 1943 - Jan 1944
(IB02) Ivan Bennet on duty on ARVIDA's after gun tub (bandstand) (IB03) Ivan's shipmates and his brother (Army) at Trafalgar Square, London, Sept 1943 - Top left to right: Jones, Morrison, unknown, Ken Bennett (Army), Webb, unknown. Bottom L-R: Briggs, Parkin, Ivan Bennett (IB04) HMCS ARVIDA and HMCS OTTAWA H31 - with notes (IB05) HMCS ARVIDA conducting a light-line transfer with ship in foreground - Winter 1942. Webmaster's comment - photo description says the Barber pole was C5 EG - however in Winter 1942 it was C3 EG. It became the symbol of C5 in 1943. (IB06) "Fearless Fraser" on HMCS ARVIDA (IB07) "Toot" Naish on HMCS ARVIDA
Photos IB06 and IB07 - "Wicker hampers are what we received bread in (black) when in Ireland"
(IB08) Unidentified sailor on HMCS ARVIDA (IB09) L/Tel "Mac" MacDermid on HMCS ARVIDA (IB10) Ivan Bennett on HMCS ARVIDA, Southside Jetty, St. John's, NFLD (IB11) Danny Kitchen on HMCS ARVIDA (IB12) Parkin and Danny Kitchen on HMCS ARVIDA (IB13) Bob Langraff, Webb, Bennett and unknown on HMCS ARVIDA. Bob survived the torpedoing of HMCS SAGUENAY in 1940 and the later ramming by a freighter (IB14) "The Happy Gang" - Gus Flynn, Chris Christopher, Art Leblanc on HMCS ARVIDA
(IB15) Bob Weir on HMCS ARVIDA - 1943 (IB16) Gus Flynn on HMCS ARVIDA (IB17) Unidentified sailor on HMCS ARVIDA, Southside Jetty, St. John's, NFLD -The kid in behind the sailor came down to docks regularly to sell ice cream to the crew (IB18) Bob Langraff on HMCS ARVIDA wearing his new life belt with flashing head lamp (IB19) "After the Storm". Three ARVIDA sailors on the jetty in St. John's, NFLD. Note the missing searchlight, port sea boat, floats, etc. (IB20) Note on Ray Scalzo becoming a ship's cook (IB21) HMCS ARVIDA (foreground) conducting a transfer at sea with unknown ship
(IB22) ASDIC Operators (Submarine Detectors) on HMCS ARVIDA (IB23) "Fearless" Fraser painting the gremlin (logo) on the funnel (IB24) Pinder and Gus Flynn on HMCS ARVIDA (IB24-IB26) HMCS ARVIDA rendezvous with HMCS ST CROIX Aug 1943. ARVIDA's seaboat fetches the doctor from HMCS ST CROIX for treatment of a storm casualty. The doctor was Prime Minister MacKenzie King's nephew who later died in the sinking of HMS ITCHEN on 23 Sep 1943 - having been rescued by ITCHEN after HMCS ST CROIX was sunk by U-305 on 20 Sep 1943 (IB27) RN destroyer HMS BURNHAM departing Londonderry
(IB29) American "C.B." Base, Londonderry, Northern Ireland - outboard to inboard - HMCS KOOTENAY, HMCS SASKATCHEWAN, HMS NENE, unknown corvette (IB30) "The White Watch" skylarking with our new issue life jackets." L-R (standing) Jones, Morrison, Naish, Bennett, (kneeling) Riley and Abbott (IB31-IB33) HMCS ARVIDA oiling from ship in convoy (IB33) CO of HMCS ARVIDA looking over rail to check on oil lines while fueling (IB34) HMCS ARVIDA replenishing her supply of depth chards from ship in convoy (IB35) Fraser and Moe on HMCS ARVIDA
(IB36) "Toot" Naish by the port bridge wing 20mm Oerlikon on HMCS ARVIDA (IB37) Bob Weir, McLeland and Ivan Bennett working on the port bridge wing 20 MM Oerlikon gun on HMCS ARVIDA. This was my (Ivan Bennett) action station gun with Toot Naish (IB38) Sunning and resting on the "Fiddly" deck aft of the funnel on HMCS ARVIDA (IB39) Off watch and sunning on the starboard boat deck on HMCS ARVIDA (IB40) Mo and Riley on the Quarterdeck of HMCS ARVIDA. Depth charge rails with smoke floats on top. Hatches lead to Stores and Tiller flats (IB41) Tom Riley (right) and Ivan Bennett splicing wire on HMCS ARVIDA (IB42) Unidentified sailor in the window of the compass house on HMCS ARVIDA
(IB43) Morrison and a Stoker PO enjoying a smoke on the depth charge storage racks on HMCS ARVIDA (IB44) Jim Simpson (left) and Bobby Weir on HMCS ARVIDA - 1943 (IB45) Note on Jim Simpson becoming ill at sea
From the collection of Ivan Bennett, RCNVR
Courtesy of Ivan Bennett