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HMCS EASTVIEW K665

HMCS Eastview K665

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944-45

 

 

Laid down: 26 Aug 1943

Launched: 17 Nov 1943

Commissioned: 03 Jun 1944

Paid off: 17 Jan 1946

Fate: Sunk as a breakwater in 1948

 

Commissioned at Montreal on 03 Jun 1944, Eastview arrived at Halifax on 26 Jun 1944 and proceeded to Bermuda to work up. On her return in Aug 1944 she was attached to EG C-6 as Senior Officer's ship, and on 18 Sep 1944 left St. John's with her first convoy, HXF.308. For the balance of the European war she was continuously on Atlantic convoy duty, and was one of the escorts of HX.358, the last HX convoy of the war, leaving St. John's 27 May 1945. She arrived in Londonderry (at the head of Lough Foyle) on 6 or 7 Jun 1945 and departed for Canada on 13 Jun 1945.  In Jul 1945 she transferred to the west coast and had barely commenced tropicalization refit when work was stopped and the ship laid up in reserve at Esquimalt. She was paid off on 17 Jan 1946, and sold in 1947, and her hull made part of a breakwater at Oyster Bay, B.C., the following year.

 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          The Ship's Bell

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Archibald Miller Kirkpatrick, RCNVR - 03 Jun 1944 - 16 Sep 1944

Lt W.D.M. Gardiner, RCNVR - 17 Sep 1944 - 26 Oct 1944

Lt R.E. Pare, RCNVR - 27 Oct 1944 - 28 Nov 1944

Lt F.W. Bogardus, RCNVR - 29 Nov 1944 - 03 Dec 1944

Lt R.E. Pare, RCNVR - 04 Dec 1944 - 07 Dec 1944

A/LCdr Ronald Charles Grigg Merriam, RCNVR - 08 Dec 1944 - 11 Aug 1945

LCdr J. Morrison, RCNR - 24 Oct 1945 - unk

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

WOODMAN, Donald Frank

Tel, V11980, RCNVR

died - 13 Jul 1945 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Barker, Stan

____-2001

 

 

 

 

C-D

Dixon, C.G. MacKenzie

1925-2013

Dowler, James McLean

____-1998

Drafted to Eastview 10 Apr 1944 as Lt, RCNVR, standby. Commissioning crew

 

 

 

E-F

Fagan, Alvin Harland

____-2005

 

 

 

 

M-N

MacNeil, Archibald Alexander

1925-2008

McComb, William H.

McGuigan, Roland L.

1923-2017

Merriam, Ronald Charles Grigg

____-____

6th Commanding Officer

Milliken, William Robert

1919-2015

Q-R

Reid, Charles K.

1925-2012

 

 

 

 

S-T

Scott, Douglas

1926-2012

Sears, Robert J.

 

 

 

W-X

Weston, Russell Robert

1924-2008

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Caron, Maurice Charles, Slt (El), RCNVR - 12 Jul 1944 

 

Catherwood, William Lorne, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 15 Jul 1944

 

Callender, John

 

Graham, Roscoe Barry, Lt(E), RCNVR - 01 May 1944 (Stand by) / 03 Jun 1944

 

Hodgson, Frank Dupont, A/Lt, RCNVR - 10 May 1944 (Stand by) / 03 Jun 1944

 

Kirkpatrick, Archibald Miller, Lt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944 (Stand by) CO / 03 Jun 1944

 

MacLean, Murdock MacKay, A/Lt, RCNVR - 26 Jun 1944

Ladd, Donald McLeod, Slt, RCNVR - 14 Apr 1945

 

MacRae, Gordon, Coder

 

McMillan, Norm 

 

McPherson, William Cameron, Lt, RCNVR - 27 May 1945

 

Mill, Bob, Cox'n - 1944-45

 

Moore, Edward Clayton, Slt, RCNVR - 03 Mar 1945

 

Morris, James Logie, Slt, RCNVR - 03 Jun 1944 / A/Lt, RCNVR - 04 Jun 1944

 

Parks, Thomas, Lt, RCNVR - 26 May 1945

Plumpton, Robert Neil, RCNVR

 

Schildemeyer, Robert Frederick, Slt, RCNVR - 06 Mar 1945

 

Snair, Walter Douglas, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 11 Apr 1945

 

Thomson, Grame Evans, Lt, RCNVR - 27 May 1945

 

Woodcock, William Arthur, Lt, RCNVR - 10 May 1944 (Stand by) / 03 Jun 1944

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

  

 

A convoy as seen from HMCS Eastview K665.  HMCS Lauzon K671 steaming towards HMCS Eastview K665

From the collection of Robert Plumpton

Courtesy of Joan Currie

Whaler coming alongside HMCS Eastview K665.  Its not known if this is Eastview's boat returning of if its from HMCS Lauzon K671

From the collection of Robert Plumpton

Courtesy of Joan Currie

Unknown Merchant Aircraft Carrier seen from HMCS Eastview K665

From the collection of Robert Plumpton

Courtesy of Joan Currie

 

Webmaster's note: This Merchant Aircraft Carrier may be one of the Rapana Class converted oil tankers - 8,000 tons standard, 16,000 tons deep load, 12 knots, 3 aircraft, crew 118 (64 RN plus 54 MN), converted 1942-44. Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Company tankers. No hangar and lift; aircraft maintained and stored on deck. Armament: 1 x single 4 in (102 mm) QF MK IV, 2 x single 40 mm Bofors, 6 x single 20 mm Oerlikon cannons

 

MV Acavus,  MV Adula,  MV Alexia,  MV Amastra,  MV Ancylus,  MV Gadila,  MV Macoma,  MV Miralda,  MV Rapana

 

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HMCS EASTVIEW - Bermuda for Work-ups - Jul-Aug 1944

Note: HMCS EASTVIEW and HMCS JOLIETTE were conducting Work-ups in Bermuda at the same time

 

(WM19) Coming into harbour at Bermuda - unknown corvette astern  (WM20) "Lt. Commander Kirkpatrick from Windsor. Our Captain HMCS EASTVIEW at Bermuda"  (WM21) "Fellow on right is Lt. Woodcock our Navigator. Good looking, eh?" - Note: Lt Woodcock was the Navigator of HMCS EASTVIEW   (WM22) "Cal sitting down"  (WM23) Shark with Gunner's Mate PO Winters, RCN and L/Sea Gauthier  (WM24) Sailors posing with a shark that was caught.  2nd to left from shark is McComb

 

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HMCS EASTVIEW - Bermuda for Work-ups - Jul-Aug 1944

 

(WM25) Bermuda  (WM26) Eyetye (Italian) sub off Bermuda (Historical note: After Italy surrendered in 1943, its subs were turned over to the Allied forces. One sub, ONICE, was refitted and sent to Bermuda to be used as a training sub for anti-submarine exercises. ONICE arrived in Bermuda 16 Jul 1944 and remained there until Jan 1945.)  (WM27) St. George's Island, Bermuda - "We are moored to a buoy. You can see another ship astern of us, just coming in."  (WM28) "Bermuda. Even the locals stay in the shade."  (WM29) During Work-ups  (WM30) Departing Bermuda for Halifax

 

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(WM31) "Joliette, taken from Eastview, never thought I'd be on her in them days."  (WM32-35) "A 50 foot setting on that charge. They go off pretty close to you." HMCS EASTVIEW dropping a depth charge from the after rails  (WM36) Guns being cleared on HMCS EASTVIEW. Captain wearing dark glasses

 

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(WM37) HMCS EASTVIEW firing her guns  (WM38) Coxswain Bob Miller  (WM39) HMCS COPPER CLIFF K495  (WM40) HMCS MATAPEDIA K112  (WM41)  HMS CELADINE K75  (WM42) Merchant Aircraft Carrier (MAC)

 

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(43) "A plane of a merchant carrier in the convoy, returning from a routine patrol from the convoy out from the port wing" of HMCS EASTVIEW  (WM44-WM46) "A bit rough 600 west of L'derry"  (WM47) "Seaboats crew away"  HMCS EASTVIEW preparing to lower sea boat  (WM48) "See convoy astern? Another picture after the storm. M.O. going to corvette"

 

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(WM49) "M.O. going aboard a corvette from our ship. Depth charge broke loose and rolled around and broke a mans arm when he tried to secure it. (Mid Ocean)" Note: Wm. McComb is 3rd from the left in sea boat. Just a wee bit taller than the rest.  (WM50-WM51) "Bringing an injured man from corvette in the background aboard our ship for treatment after the hurricane. (I think.)"  (WM52) Sea boat returning to HMCS EASTVIEW - "Capt. of this ship went mad 6 days out of Derry. We sent a boarding party over and put the mate in charge and put the Capt. in a straight jacket, some fun. He was a bit violent."  (WM53) Sunset at sea - can you see the convoy on the horizon  (WM54) Sunset at sea

 

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(WM55) "EG-C-6 That’s our group. Taken off the Quarterdeck on the Eastview, Tillsonburg astern, a castle class corvette & 3 more corvettes are behind her. We just left the convoy about 150 miles out and we just changed formation to line ahead to enter the gates of Newfie, Mid winter.  (WM56) "Full-ahead for Newfie after leaving the convoy to the local escort. That is our group in line ahead, behind us. See the wash, astern? We really have her tail up over her back there eh?"  (WM57) Surrendered German Type XX1 U-boat (possibly U-2502). Webmaster’s note: photo taken in Lough Foyle, N. Ireland between 6 and 13 June 1945 before HMCS EASTVIEW made her final departure from Londonderry for Canada (via Greenock in Scotland).

 

From the collection of William Henry McComb

 

Courtesy of Sanda McComb

 

 

Surrendered Type XXI U-boat (possibly U-2502) seen from HMCS Eastview K665

From the collection of Robert Plumpton

Courtesy of Joan Currie

 

These photos are of the Senior Officer Pennant and White Ensign from HMCS Eastview's last convoy escort.  They were lowered (and kept) by Signalman Douglas Scott at the end of the convoy after it arrived in England.  The Senior Officer on board was Commodore Jeffrey Brock, RCN. The above flag and pennant are in the possession of Doug's grandson, Joseph Fogarty, PO2, RCN.

Photos courtesy of Joseph Fogarty

 

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