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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS JOLIETTE K418

HMCS Joliette K418 with German U-boat that surrendered May 1945

Source: Flickr photo collection of Brian Westhouse

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944

 

 

Laid down: 19 Jul 1943

Launched: 11 Dec 1943

Commissioned: 14 Jun 1944

Paid off: 19 Nov 1945

Sold: 03 Jan 1946 to the Chilean navy. Commissioned as Iquique

Paid off: 1968

Fate: Unknown

 

Laid down at Morton Engineering & Dry Dock Co., Quebec City on 19 Jul 1943, she was commissioned there on 14 Jun 1944. Joliette left Quebec City on 01 Jul 1944 for Halifax, whence she proceeded to Bermuda to work up. Returning to St. John's in Aug 1944, she became a member of EG C-1 but on reaching Londonderry the following month was re-assigned to EG 25. Returning to 'Derry on 22 Nov 1944  from her first round trip to Halifax, she ran aground in Lough Foyle, receiving extensive bottom damage. (Click here to read Jim Priel's account of the grounding) Repairs were effected at Belfast from 05 Dec 1944 to 05 Apr 1945, after which Joliette went to Tobermory to work up. She then returned to Londonderry, but sailed for Canada in Jun 1945. On 19 Nov 1945, she was paid off at Sydney and laid up at Shelburne. In 1946 she was sold to the Chilean Navy, to serve as Iquique. Interestingly, she led the mission to establish the Chileans first station on Antarctica. Today, RCN personnel serve with the Armada de Chile and some are lucky enough to get to visit the Arturo Prat Base on Greenwich Island. Iquique was disposed of in 1968.

 

RCN Memories:     A Good Deed Remembered

 

Ship's company photos          Photos and Documents          The Grounding of HMCS Joliette

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr George Norval Downey, RCNR - 14 Jun 1944 - 02 Feb 1945

LCdr William Edward Harrison, RCNR - 03 Feb 1945 - 19 Jun 1945

A/LCdr Kenneth William Newman Hall, RCNR - 20 Jun 1945 04 jUL 1945

Lt Victor Charles Blackhall, RCNVR - 04 Jul 1945 - 19 Nov 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Baird, Eric

____-____

Bell, James Murray

1922-2008

 

 

 

C-D

Cochrane, Ian William

1925-2014

Dancey, John Frederick

1926-2009

Donaghue, Kenneth S.

____-____

 

 

K-L

Le Blanc, Russell Wilfred

1921-____

 

 

 

 

M-N

McDougall, John Murray

____-____

Melanson, Edward G.

1921-2006

Milne, Gordon Raymond

1920-2015

Served in Joliette as an SD

Newman, William R.

____-1999

 

O-P

Oliver, Glendon Austin

1925-1995

Priel, James Daniel

1925-2011

 

 

 

S-T

Sadler, James

____-2012

Skinner, Leslie

1924-2004

 

 

 

U-V

Valcke, Andrew Joseph

1924-1980

 

 

 

 

W-X

Wasylow, Walter Julian

1922-2011

Williams, J.T.

1923-1981

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Barlow, James Edward Mason, Lt, RCNVR - 14 Jun 1944

 

Blackhall, Victor Chalres, Lt, RCNVR - 29 May 1944 (Stand by) / 14 Jun 1944

 

Bricault, Fernand Joseph, Slt (E), RCNVR - 22 Jun 1944

 

Campbell, Roger Lorne, Lt (E), RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 14 Jun 1944

Dafoe, William Allan Van Dussan, Lt (El) (R), RCNVR - 23 Apr 1945

 

Gifford, Norman Marston, Slt, RCNVR - 05 Jun 1944 (Stand by) / 14 Jun 1944

 

Laurence, Robert Simpson, Lt, RCNVR - 12 May 1944 (Stand by) / 14 Jun 1944

 

Mackintosh, Ian Ashley, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 13 Jun 1944 (Stand by) / 14 Jun 1944

McComb, William Henry

 

Milne, Gordon R.

 

Molson, Leslie Cavendish, Slt, RCNVR - 29 May 1944 (Stand by) / 14 Jun 1944

 

Smith, Edwin Hubert

 

Stinson, Frederick Montague, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Mar 1945

 

Photos and Documents

 

"Bermuda Rig of the Day"

Unknown sailor by 4-inch gun on HMCS Joliette K418

Photographer: Charles James Sadler, V4963, Sto 1st Class, RCNVR

Source: The U-Boat net

Allied sub alongside HMCS Joliette K418

Photographer: Charles James Sadler, V4963, Sto 1st Class, RCNVR

Source: The U-Boat net

Allied sub alongside HMCS Joliette K418

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

Unknown sailor by 4-Inch gun on HMCS Joliette K418

Photographer: Charles James Sadler, V4963, Sto 1st Class, RCNVR

Source: The U-Boat net

HMCS Joliette K418 aground at Mobile on the North Cost of Ireland

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

HMCS Joliette K418 in drydock at Belfast, Ireland for repairs

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

HMCS Joliette K418 in drydock at Belfast, Ireland for repairs

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

The underside of HMCS Joliette K418 while in drydock at Belfast, Ireland for repairs

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

Looking forward from the Quarterdeck of HMCS Joliette K418

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

Training sub at Tobie Moorie (Tobermory) Scotland as seen from HMCS Joliette K418

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

Tobie Moorie (Tobermory) Scotland as seen from the after gun deck of HMCS Joliette K418

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

HMCS Joliette K418 in drydock at Belfast

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

Ship's bell of HMCS Joliette K418. Photo taken from the 4" gun

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

Tobie Moorie (Tobermory) as seen from HMCS Joliette K418

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

Training sub off the coast of Scotland

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

Our crew being towed back from the canoe race - we lost.

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

HMS Blackswan as see from HMCS Joliette K418

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

Allied sub off the coast of Scotland

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

Allied ships. Photo taken from the bridge of HMCS Joliette K418

The ships in the centre are HMCS Gatineau (left) and HMS Tarbert K431

Tobermory Mar/Apr 1945

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

Depth charge exploding astern of HMCS Joliette K418

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

HMCS Joliette K418 conducting a night shoot

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

HMCS Joliette K418 4" guns

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

HMCS Joliette K418. Photo taken looking foward from the radar cabin

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

SPLICE THE MAINBRACE

VE Day on HMCS Joliette K418 at Moville, Loch Foyle

From the collection of J.T. Williams

Courtesy of Jim Williams

 

J.T. Williams standing against the guard rail holding a white mug in his right hand

SPLICE THE MAINBRACE

VE Day on HMCS Joliette K418 at Moville, Loch Foyle

From the collection of J.T. Williams

Courtesy of Jim Williams

 

J.T. Williams at the front of the photo, first man on left

Surrendered German U-boats at Lisahally, near Londonderry, Ireland May 1945

 

                 

 

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

 

A related link:  The U-Boats that Surrendered - U-Boats at Lisahally in Lough Foyle, near Londonderry, N. Ireland 1945 to 1949

Manning the sea boat on HMCS Joliette K418

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

Up Spirits on HMCS Joliette K418 at Londonderry

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

Jim Preal on the quarterdeck of HMCS Joliette. Photo taken from the 12PDR

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

Looking at an oil tanker at Moville from HMCS Joliette after VE-day - note the oil tanker is "dressed".

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

A sub off Scotland

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

Porpoises following the ship

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

"A Convoy"

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

Unknown ship. Photo taken during 5 day cruise out of Bermuda. Possibly a work-ups consort. Jul/Aug 1944

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

HMCS Joliette K418, possibly in Mahone Bay, NS

"This photo is from a box of 110 square format negatives from an antique store purchased 22 Jan 2015. From the dates of the images in the box, this is probably summer of 1944 or 1945, and it looks to be in Mahone Bay, NS because that is where the gentleman photographer had his elegant sailboat."

Courtesy of John Newton, Rear-Admiral, RCN

HMCS Joliette, STBD side looking foward

From the collection of Eric Baird

Courtesy of Roger Clarke

Sailors on HMCS Joliette K418

 

J.T. Williams, front row, 2nd from left.

 

Names on back of photo - no particular order. Nine sailors in photo - eight names on the back of the photo.

J.T. Williams, E. Overstrud, Frenchie Dalke, Bill Newman, Fred Haslan, Ray Belliveau, B. Simpson and W. Bowes

 

Courtesy of Jim Williams

HMCS Joliette K418 in Bermuda

From the collection of J.T. Williams

Courtesy of Jim Williams

Watch and Station booklet for James Murray Bell

From the collection of James Murray Bell

Courtesy of Margaret Bell 

Leave Ticket for AB J.M. Bell

From the collection of James Murray Bell

Courtesy of Margaret Bell

James Murray Bell (left) and shipmate on HMCS Joliette K418

From the collection of James Murray Bell

Courtesy of Margaret Bell

Sailors on HMCS Joliette K418

 

James Murray Bell - back row 3rd from left

 

From the collection of James Murray Bell

Courtesy of Margaret Bell

 

Christmas card from James Murray Bell - HMCS Joliette K418

Courtesy of Margaret Bell

 

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