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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS BEAVER S10 / Z10

HMCS Beaver S10

 

Launched: 1902

Entered into service: 06 May 1940 

Paid off: 17 Oct 1944

Fate: Sold in 1946. Resold and broken up 1956

 

The former AZTEC, she was built by Crescent Shipyard, Elizabeth, NJ, and was the oldest ship of her type when she was commissioned at Halifax and assigned to Halifax Local Defence Force.  She was employed much of the time as a radar training ship but served briefly, first with Saint John, N.B. Force and then with Sydney Force, toward the end of 1942, returning to Halifax on 27 Dec 1942 to refit.  On 29 Jul 1943, she arrived at Digby to become a training ship for DEMS (Defensively Equipped Merchant Ship) gunners, and was later used for seamanship training.  Beaver was paid off on 17 Oct 1944, sold in 1946, and resold ten years late for scrap.

 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos

 

Commanding Officers

A/Lt (E) Henry S. Salt, RCNR - 28 May 1940 - unk

Skpr Ernest L. Thompson, RCNR - 17 Sep 1940 - unk

LCdr G.H. Griffiths, RCN - 17 Mar 1941 - 31 Jul 1941

LCdr Robert Irwin Swansburg, RCNR - 01 Aug 1941 - 15 Oct 1942 *A/Cdr eff 01 Jul 1942

Lt J.F. Watson, RCNR - 16 Oct 1942 - 04 Dec 1942

LCdr J.S. Wilson, RCNR - 05 Dec 1942 - 28 Dec 1942

Lt James Fraser Watson, RCNR - 29 Dec 1942 - 03 Jan 1943

Lt Donald Davis, RCNVR - 04 Jan 1943 - 16 Jan 1943

Lt J.F. Watson, RCNVR - 17 Mar 1943 - 19 Sep 1943

A/LCdr H.C. Walmseley, RCNR - 20 Sep 1943 - 05 Mar 1944

LCdr Clifford George Williams, RCNR - 06 Mar 1944 - 07 Aug 1944

LCdr C.G. Williams, RCNR - 23 Sep 1944 - 13 Mar 1945

Skpr/Lt Ira Elmer Abbott, RCNR - 14 Mar 1945 - Sep 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

Berard, John Raymond

1924-2012

Served in Beaver 04 Dec 1943 - 10 Dec 1943 while in training at Cornwallis

Berkeley, Alfred George

1924-1944

Campbell, Cyril Francis

____-2008

Served in Beaver c1941-42

Carriere, Robert Herve

1923-2009

Christopher, John Leonard

____-____

Coates, John Jeffrey

1919-2010

Harris, Edward

1924-____

Kent, Donald A.

MacKenzie, John Gordon William

1921-2008

Drafted to Beaver in Jan 1942 as a Slt, RCNVR

Mascioli, Joseph

Ralph, George

____-1944

Salt, Henry S.

Swansburg, Robert Irwin

____-1955

3rd Commanding Officer

Tepper, Bennie

____-2007

Watson, Wilfred

1921- 1944

 

Wesley, Vincent J.

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Abbott, Samuel Frederick, Slt, RCNVR - 17 May 1943

 

Adamic, Arthur, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1943

 

Andrews, Wilbur Francis, Lt, RCNVR - 11 Apr 1941

 

Boxer, Richard John, Lt, RCNVR - 25 May 1945

 

Buisson, Joseph Paul Edouard, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1943

 

Cairns, Thomas Gillone Shipley, Lt, RCNR - 18 Apr 1942

 

Cantrill, Frederick Earl John, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Carruthers, Colin Mackenzie, Slt, RCNVR - 07 May 1941

 

Cassels, Ernest Sidney, Mate, RCNR - 08 Apr 1941

Chaffey, Frank Joseph, Skpr, RCNR - 08 Mar 1944

 

Chandler, William Ralph, Skpr/Lt, RCNR - 08 Mar 1944

 

Childs, Walter Alywyn, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Apr 1941

 

Duffy, Joseph Arthur, Skpr, RCNR - 03 Feb 1942

 

Griffiths, George Humphry, LCdr, RCN - 17 Mar 1941

 

McKenzie, Norman, Cd (E), RNR - 29 Jun 1942

 

Moore, Charles, PO - crew photo 07 Sep 1941

 

Nesbitt, Wallace Bickford, Slt, RCNVR - 13 Mar 1943

Orton, William Henry Green, Skpr/Lt, RCNR - 03 Apr 1945

 

Roberts, Manual, A/Mate, RCNVR - 04 Jun 1940

 

Seale, Wesley Alleyne, Lt, RCNVR - 13 Mar 1944

 

Vezina, Joseph Eudore Napoleon, Skpr, RCNVR - 03 May 1941

 

Wilkens, George Arthur, Lt (E), RCNR - 25 May 1942

 

Wood, Berton Montgomery, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 


 

Photos and Documents

 

JVW159

JVW160

JVW161

(JVW159) HMCS BEAVER Canteen card dated 13 Oct 1944  (JVW160) Blank HMCS BEAVER Station Card  (JVW161) HMCS BEAVER S10

 

The photos below are of a visit by what appears to be WRENS aboard HMCS BEAVER.  There are is no information with the photos other than the RCN Negative number which is listed below the photos.  The photos are sorted by negative number.

 

A suggestion has been made that this is possibly the Cast and Crew of "Meet the Navy" going from Halifax to St. John's.

 

Z447

Z450

Z451

Z452

Z454

 

Z455

Z458

Z459

Z460

Z461

 

Z463

Z465

Z466

Z466

Z468

 

Z470

Z471

Z472

Z473

Z474

 

Z476

Z478

Z479

Z480

Z481

 

 

No Neg # (1)

No Neg # (2)

No Neg # (#)

 

 

From the collection of J. Vincent Wesley, CPO Shipwright, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of Marilynn Taylor

 


 

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