Flower Class Corvette



HMCS Dawson K104

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell


Laid down: 07 Sep 1940

Launched: 08 Feb 1941

Commissioned: 06 Oct 1941

Paid off: 19 Jun 1945

Fate: Broken up after 1946


Built at Victoria, DAWSON was commissioned on 06 Oct 1941 and, after working up, joined Esquimalt Force for local patrol duty. On 20 Aug 1942, she arrived at Kodiak, Alaska, to take part in the Aleutian campaign under U.S. operational control, returning to Esquimalt 04 Nov 1942. She resumed her duties with Esquimalt Force until Feb 1943, when she again proceeded to Alaskan waters to work with U.S. naval units until the end of May 1943. In Sep 1943 she commenced a major refit, including fo'c's'le extension, at Vancouver, worked up following its completion 29 Jan 1944, and on 14 Feb 1944 left for Halifax. Arriving there 25 Mar 1944, she joined EG W-7, WEF. Early in Jan 1945, she began a refit at Dartmouth, on completion of which in Apr 1945 she went to Bermuda to work up. The European war had ended by the time she returned, and she was paid off 19 Jun 1945 at Sorel. Sold for scrap; she foundered at her moorings on 22 Mar 1946 at Hamilton. She was later raised and broken up.



Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos



Commanding Officers


A/LCdr Anthony Hubert Gleadow Storrs, RCNR - 06 Oct 1941 - 07 Jun 1943


A/LCdr Thomas Philip Ryan, OBE, RCNR - 08 Jun 1943 - 30 Mar 1944


Skpr/Lt Joseph Bernard Cooper, RCNR - 31 Mar 1944 - 19 Jun 1945



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Abbott, Edward John, Radar


Cloke, John Francis, A/Wt (E), RCNVR - 14 Jun 1943 / A/War (E), RCNVR - 27 Jan 1944


Hewat, Donald Brock, Lt, RCNVR - 13 Feb 1945


Hutcheson, James Robert McLeod, Lt, RCNVR - 31 Mar 1944

Lawson, William Powell, Lt, RCNVR - 31 Mar 1944


Mark, James Clarence, Inst/Lt, RCNVR - 01 Jul 1944


Mathewson, Peter Stanton, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Feb 1945


Parker, Arthur William, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Ridley Frederick Neville, Lt, RCNVR - 03 Jul 1943 

Robinson, John Beverley, A/Lt, RCNVR - 04 Jul 1944


Short, Brock Steele, Lt, RCNVR - 31 Mar 1944


Simonton, Joseph Gilliland, Lt, RCNVR - 31 Mar 1943


Swain, Adair Bruce, Slt, RCNVR - 08 Jun 1942 / 10 Jun 1942



Photos and Documents




Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

HMCS DAWSON K104 - Apr 1944


From the collection of François Messier, AB, RCNVR


Courtesy of Denis Messier



DND / RCN Photo



DND / RCN Photo




HMCS Dawson K104 when she foundered at the breaker's yard, United Steel and Metal, at Hamilton, Ontario on 23 Mar 1946


Source: flickr collection of Ron Bell