For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS Kokanee K419 - Aug/Sep 1944 off Bermuda

DND / RCN photo

From the collection of George Burton

Courtesy of Len Burton

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Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944-45,   Gulf of St. Lawrence  1944



Laid down: 25 Aug 1943

Launched: 27 Nov 1943

Commissioned: 06 Jun 1944

Paid off: 21 Dec 1945

Sold: 1947 for scrap

Re-sold in 1948 to India.

Renamed: 1950 as Pilot Vessel Bengal 

Fate: Final disposition unknown


Commissioned at Esquimalt on 06 Jun 1944, Kokanee arrived at Halifax on 24 Jul 1944 and left for Bermuda in Aug 1944 to work up. On arrival at St. John's in Sep 1944 she was assigned to EG C-3 as Senior Officer's ship, and spent the rest of the European war on Atlantic convoy duty. She left Londonderry for the last time on 24 May 1945, with convoy ON.304, and soon after arriving left for the west coast. On 04 Oct 1945 she completed tropicalization refit, but as VJ-Day had intervened she was paid off into reserve on 21 Dec 1945. She was sold to Capital Iron for breaking up in 1947, but re-sold in 1948 to the government of India for conversion to a pilot vessel for the Hooghly River and re-named Bengal in 1950. 


RCN Memories:  Hands to Dinner


Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos


Commanding Officers

LCdr Jordan Hamilton Marshall, RCNVR - 06 Jun 1944 - 14 Dec 1944

LCdr F.W. Lucas, RCNVR - 15 Dec 1944 - 31 Jan 1945

A/LCdr Walter Juchereau Kingsmill, RCNVR - 01 Feb 1945 - 14 Mar 1945

LCdr Francis William Lucas, RCNVR - 15 Mar 1945 - 19 Aug 1945

Lt L.H. Reid, RCNVR - 03 Nov 1945 - 21 Dec 1945


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

REID, Melville James

Sto 1c, V69990, RCNVR

died - 07 Aug 1944 


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Brockie, William Glenn


Drafted to Kokanee 22 May 1944 as Lt, RCNVR (Standby).

Commissioning Crew

Served in Kokanee as XO

Burton, George Robert


Served in Kokanee as Sto PO, RCNVR

Embury, Phillip

Emslie, William D.



Grant, Kenneth Edward


Drafted to Kokanee 10 May 1944 as Lt, RCNVR, XO, Standby

Commissioning crew

Guest, Frank

1900 - late 60s/early 70s

Hardy, Stewart Walter


Lutz, Willard H.G.




McEachern, Gregory E.


Mann, Cyril F.

Matthews, Herb N.


Neumann, Larry Lawrence




Parton, Philip


Ross, Ian Sutherland


Smith, Norman Turner


Talbot, Douglas W.

Wilson, James H.



Former Crew Members

Anderson, Charles, AB, Torpedoman, RCNVR


Anderson, John Burton, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jan 1945


Bean, Bill, Sto


Campbell, Scotty, L/Sto


Cosburn, Ronald Thomas, Slt, RCNVR - 15 Mar 1945


Findlay, William Geldart, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Apr 1945


MacDonald, Michael, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 10 Jun 1944

Marshall, Jordan Hamilton, LCdr, RCNVR - 10 May 1944 (Stand by) CO / 06 Jun 1944


Mason, Thomas Henry, Slt, RCNVR - 15 Mar 1945


Mills, Edmund Laurence, CD (E), RCNR - 21 Mar 1944 (Stand by)


Reid, Charles Percival, A/Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jul 1944 / 02 Jun 1945


Rooney, Roderick Samuel, Lt, RCNVR - 02 Jun 1945


Stark (Stary??), David Berkeley, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 22 May 1944 (Stand by)  / 06 Jun 1944

Stevens, Frank Stewart, Lt, RCNVR - 15 May 194 (Stand by) / 06 Jun 1944


Stevenson, Karl Franklyn, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1945


Taylor, Jim, Sto


Wallington, Robert (Bob), Sto, Commissioning Crew 06 Jun 1944


Ward, George, L/Sto


Wilkinson, Cliff, Sto


Wilkinson, Fred, Sto PO


Photos and Documents


Ian S. Ross, Shipwright, RCN


HMCS Kokanee


For most of 1944 until March 1945, I was aboard HMCS Kokanee. The Kokanee was a River Class Frigate and I served as the second shipwright under a chief shipwright. Kokanee was senior ship in EG-C3 Group.

Courtesy of David Ross