HMCS Assiniboine I18 circa 1934-1944 DND/RCN photo


Laid down: 18 October 1930

Launched: 29 October 1931

Commissioned: as HMS Kempenfelt

Transferred to the RCN: 19 October 1939

Commissioned: 19 October 1939 as HMCS Assiniboine I18

Paid off: 8 August 1945

Fate: On 10 November 1945, while being towed to the breakers, her tow broke and she was wrecked near East Point, P.E.I.


Completed in 1932 as HMS Kempenfelt, she was transferred to the RCN at Devonport on October 19, 1939, and arrived in Halifax on November 17. Assigned to the America and West Indies Station, she left for Jamaica on December 5 to carry out Caribbean patrols. While so employed Assiniboine assisted in the capture of the German freighter Hannover in the Mona Passage and towed her into Kingston, Jamaica. She returned to Halifax on March 31, 1940, and was employed there as a local escort until January 15, 1941, when she sailed for the U.K. to join EG 10, Greenock. With the formation of Newfoundland Command in June, 1941, "Bones" was allocated to it for mid-ocean escort service. While thus employed with convoy SC.94, on August 6, 1942, she rammed and sank U 210, necessitating repairs at Halifax from August 29 to December 20. Not long after her return to service, while on passage to Londonderry on March 2, 1943, she attacked a U-boat with depth charges set too shallow, causing serious damage to her stern. Repairs were effected at Liverpool from March 7 to July 13, 1943, when she joined EG C-1 of MOEF. In April, 1944, she returned to Canada for refit at Shelburne, N.S., and on August 1 arrived at Londonderry to become a member of EG 12 and, a few weeks later, EG 11. In December she was loaned to EG 14, Liverpool, and remained with it until VE-Day. She returned to Canada in June, 1945, and, after brief employment as a troop transport, was paid off August 8, 1945. On November 10, 1945, en route for scrapping at Baltimore, Assiniboine broke her tow and was wrecked near East Point, P.E.I. Her remains were broken up in situ in 1952. (Source: The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981 by Ken Macpherson & John Burgess)


Commanding Officers

Cdr E.R. Mainguy, RCN  -  19 Oct 39 - 02 Apr 40

Com G.C. Jones, RCN  -  03 Apr 40 - 15 Sep 40

Capt C.R. Taylor, RCN  -  16 Sep 40 - 29 Oct 40

Com L.W. Murray, RCN  -  30 Oct 40 - 11 Feb 41

A/LCdr J.H. Stubbs, RCN  - 12 Feb 41 - 01 Oct 42

Lt R. Hennessy, DSC, RCN  -  02 Oct 42 - 01 Dec 42

Cdr E.P. Tisdall, RCN  -  02 Dec 42 - 10 Feb 43

Cdr K.F. Adams, RCN  -  11 Feb 43 - 08 Jun 43

A/LCdr R.P. Welland, DSC, RCN  -  09 Jun 43 - 07 Jul 43

Cdr K.F. Adams, RCN  -  08 Jul 43 - 30 Sep 43

A/LCdr R.P. Welland, DSC, RCN  -  01 Oct 43 - 13 Oct 44

A/LCdr R. Hennessy, DSC, RCN  -  14 Oct 44 - 21 Feb 45

Cdr E.L. Armstrong, RCN  -  22 Feb 45 - 08 Aug 45


     In Memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

COUGHLIN, Clifton R F, Lieutenant Commander, RCNVR - See HMCS Iroquois


FORWARD, Albert E, Able Seaman, V/2256 (RCNVR), killed - 16 April 1941

HORNBY, Lloyd K, Ordinary Seaman, V/18423 (RCNVR), DOW - 5 August 1942


WATSON, Kenneth W, Ordinary Seaman, 4354 (RCN), DOW - 6 August 1942


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

Aucoin, Milton A.


Banfield, Nelson Ralph (Nels), Cmdr, RCN, Ret'd


Barron, Ian


Bonney, Charlie Fredrick


Brunet, J.A. David, RCNVR


Budge, Patrick David, Rear Admiral, RCN, Ret'd


Bushen, Lee Palmer, RCNR


Campbell, William F, Lieutenant Commander, RCNVR ( see HMCS Louisburg)


Derbyshire, William Stephen, Star, CD, RCN


Dickson, Stanley Philip


Evans, Harold William


Ferguson, John Rolfe, RCNVR

Forsythe, Arthur, PO, ON3488


Gray, Ernest


Green, Allan Miles


Harrietha, John Clarence, MWO


Hennessy, Ralph Lucien, Vice-Admiral, RCN, Ret'd


Ireland, Alexander Doug, Telegraphist, CPO1, Ret'd RCN


McKee, William (Bill)


Rhydderch, Rhys


Rolston, Keith


Tisdall, Ernest Patrick, Rear-Admiral, Ret'd, RCN


Welland, Robert Philip, Rear-Admiral, RCN


Nelson Ralph Banfield


Ian Barron


Charlie Freddick Bonney


J.A. David Brunet


Patrick David Budge


William F. Campbell

Killed - 6 Feb 1943

(see HMCS Louisburg)

Stanley Dickson


Harold William Evans


John Rolfe Ferguson


Ernest Lawrence Gray



Allan Miles Green


Ralph Lucien Hennessy


Alexander (Doug) Ireland


William McKee


Keith Rolston


Ernest Patrick Tisdall


Robert Philip Welland




U-Boats Sunk

U-210 sunk on 06 Aug 1942 by HMCS Assiniboine I18 in position 54-25 N, 39-37 W




(Photos and Documents)

Gallery # 1     Gallery # 2

RCN Memories:


Former Crew Members

Birch, Trevor, Electrical Artificer, RCNVR