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HMCS LANARK K669 / 321

 

Post wartime bade

HMCS Lanark K669

From the collection of Nicholas Vukson

Courtesy of John Vukson

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Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944-1945

 

 

Laid down: 25 Sep 1943

Launched: 10 Dec 1943

Commissioned: 06 Jul 1944

Paid off: 24 Oct 1945

Re-commissioned: 26 Apr 1956

Paid off: 19 Mar 1965

Fate: Broken up in 1966

 

Commissioned on 06 Jul 1944, at Montreal, Lanark arrived at Halifax on 28 Jul 1944. She carried out workups in Bermuda in September and, returning to Halifax in Oct 1944, was assigned to the newly formed EG C-7, Londonderry. She spent the balance of the European war on convoy duty, most of that time as Senior Officer's ship, and early in Jun 1945, sailed for home. In mid-Jul 1945 she began tropicalization refit at Liverpool, N.S., but that was called off on 31 Aug 1945 and the ship was paid off at Sydney on 24 Oct 1945. She was then placed in reserve at Shelburne, but was sold to Marine Industries Ltd., in 1946. Later repurchased by the RCN, she was converted to a Prestonian class ocean escort, 1954-55, and on 26 Apr 1956, commissioned for training purposed on the east coast. She was paid off the last time on 16 Mar 1965, and broken up at La Spezia, Italy in 1966.

 

RCN Memories:     Wartime Memories of Nicholas Vukson

 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr John Fitzwilliam Stairs, RCNVR - 06 Jul 1944 - 05 Apr 1945

A/Cdr Bernard Dodds Leitch Johnson, OBE, RCNR - 06 Apr 1945 - 09 May 1945

LCdr John Fitzwilliam Stairs, RCNVR - 10 May 1945 - 20 Oct 1945

Cdr William Moncur Kidd, RCN - 26 Apr 1956 - 09 Nov 1956

LCdr P.H. Cayley, RCN - 10 Nov 1956 - 11 Jun 1958

LCdr William Douglas Farrell, RCN - 12 Jun 1958 - 11 Jul 1948

LCdr William Van Arnam Lesslie, RCN - 12 Jul 1958 - 15 Sep 1960

LCdr Colin Heggerston Purves Shaw, RCN - 16 Sep 1960 - 28 Aug 1962

LCdr John Maxwell Reid, RCN - 29 Aug 1962 - 22 Apr 1964

LCdr Francis John Poyntz French, RCN - 23 Apr 1964 - 26 Nov 1964

Lt R.L. Clarke, RCN - 27 Nov 1964 - 15 Dec 1964

Lt D.M. Swim, RCN - 16 Dec 1964 - 15 Jan 1965

Lt J.T. Stuart, RCN (OIC) - 16 Jan 1965 - 19 Mar 1965

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Banman, Lawrence

1941-2015

Brown, Wilbur Andrew

____-2004

Drafted to Lanark on 07 Jul 1944 as Paym/Lt, RCNVR

 

 

 

C-D

Dagert, Lorne Elmer

1925-2016

de Ste. Croix, Dennis John

1923-2006

deRosenroll, Glen Michael

1926-2006

Dubois, Thomas Earl

1922-1990

Served in Lanark during WW II

 

E-F

Eldridge, Gareth J.

1931-2017

 

 

 

 

G-H

Giles, Douglas Herbert

1923-2018

Served in Lanark 1956-1957

Greer, Gerald Eugene

____-2016

Guy, Allan Ross

1925-2016

 

 

K-L

Kirk, I. Glen

____-2005

 

 

 

 

M-N

MacCullough, Harold Allan

____-2014

McGeachy, Duncan Donald Cameron 

1918-2009

Drafted to Lanark on 23 Jun 1944 as Slt (E), RCNVR

Middleton, Maurice

1940-2018

Murray, Walter David Rowe

1925-2007

 

O-P

Pearce, Harvey C.

1941-2017

Peters, Joseph Henry

1923-2009

Puckett, Danny Clark

1925-2005

 

 

Q-R

Reid, John M.

Rhymes, Reginald Heber

1926-2006

Served in Lanark 24 Apr 1956 - 03 Sep 1957 as a P2TD3, RCN and 21 Oct 1957 - 10 Jul 1958 as a P1TD3, RCN

Russell, Harold Barry A.

____-2009

 

 

S-T

Saunders, Russell Grimes

1923-2017

Served in Lanark during WW 2

Savage, Robert Leslie

1925-2018

Served in Lanark in 1960 as XO

Shaw, Colin Heggerston Purves

1925-2009

8th Commanding Officer

Sigut, Charles Richard

1925-1990

Smith, David Albert

1937-2018

St. Germain, Jean Joseph D.

1932-2011

Stegen, James William

1933-2017

Served in Lanark in 1961

Stitt, Don M.

1924-____

Served in Lanark post WW2

Thibault, Joseph Theophile L.

1927-2016

 

U-V-W-X

Vukson, Nicholas

1925-2018

Served in Lanark during WW2

Wert, Lorne Earl

1924-2007

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Burch, Bob, 54117, ABRM1 - 1962-1964

 

Carlile, James Sim, Lt (E), RCNVR - 27 Mar 1944 (Stand by) / 06 Jul 1944

 

Carrigan, Harry 54334-H

 

Cleough, Doug, LS.SN - 1963-1965 

 

Connolly, Robert Edward, Slt, RCNVR - 12 May 1945

 

Croshaw, Bill

 

Jones, Brithen, P2 Stoker, RCN - 1962

 

Kramer, C1ERA, RCN - 1962

 

Leclair, Dick, P1ERA, RCN - 1962

 

Lefevre, Fernand, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Jul 1944

Lowe, Arthur Frederick, Slt, RCNVR - 29 May 1944 (Stand by) / 06 Jul 1944

 

McGeachey, Duncan Donald Campbell, Slt (E), RCNVR - 06 Jul 1944

 

Murrell, Herbert Charles James, Slt, RCNVR - 1945

 

Robertson, William, P2ERA / P1ERA4, 36716-E, RCN - Jan 1960 - Mar 1963

 

Rowbotham, Henry Slater, Slt, RCNVR - 12 Mar 1945

 

Schram, Edison Lloyd Russell, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1945

 

Sheppard, Henry Campbell, Lt, RCNVR - 30 Jun 1944 (Stand by) / 06 Jul 1944

 

Simpson, P1ERA, RCN - 1962

Slaven, Jock, P1ERA, RCN - 1962

 

Stairs, John Fitzwilliam, LCdr, RCNVR - 12 May 1944 (Stand by) CO / 06 Jul 1944

 

Stevenson,  Steve, 54429-H - 1964

 

Thomas, Peter, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jul 1944

 

Wilkinson, Alvin Wilfred, Slt, RCNVR - 29 May 1944 (Stand by) / 06 Ju 1944

 

Williamson, Charles Francis - WW2

 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS Lanark K669

DND/RCN photo

From the collection Nicholas Vukson

Courtesy of John Vukson

HMCS Lanark K669 jacket patch

From the collection Nicholas Vukson

Courtesy of John Vukson

HMCS Lanark K669 alongside the Victoria Pier, in the Old Port of Montreal, Quebec.

From the collection Nicholas Vukson

Courtesy of John Vukson

HMCS Lanark K669

Photo taken from HMCS Copper Cliff

From the collection Nicholas Vukson

Courtesy of John Vukson

HMCS Lanark K669

From the collection Nicholas Vukson

Courtesy of John Vukson

Gun crew at work - believed to be on HMCS Lanark K669

From the collection Nicholas Vukson

Courtesy of John Vukson

 

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(1) Bermuda - possibly Hamilton  (2) Sailor from HMCS Lanark K669  ashore in Bermuda  (3) Sailors from HMCS Lanark K669 ashore in Bermuda  (4) Unknown officer and CPO on HMCS Lanark K669 (5) Nick Vukson (left) and shipmate on HMCS Lanark K669  (6) Hands fallen in on the quarterdeck of HMCS Lanark K669  (7) Hands fallen in on the quarterdeck of HMCS Lanark K669 - 2nd row, 1st on right (with the peak of a POs cap just visible above him) is Nick Vukson

 

HMCS Lanark K669 in Bermuda on Work-Ups (WUPS)

From the collection of Nickolas Vukson

Courtesy of John Vukson

 

 

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(1) Officers and lookout on the bridge of HMCS Lanark K669  (2) Charles Sigut (right) and shipmate on the after gun platform of HMCS Lanark K669  (3) Two unknown sailors on after gun platform of HMCS Lanark K669  (4) Sailors on the quarterdeck of HMCS Lanark K669  (5) Sailors on the quarterdeck of HMCS Lanark K669 - weather seems to be a bit cooler than that in photo # 4  (6) Looking down at the bridge of HMCS Lanark K669 from the crow's nest  (7) HMCS Lanark K669 in refit  (8) Quarterdeck of HMCS Lanark K669. Note the safety wires for the crew to secure to in rough weather.  Photos dated 1944

 

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Look down the port side of HMCS Lanark K669 - rough seas  (10) Bridge of HMCS Lanark K669  (11) Sailors on the quarterdeck of HMCS Lanark K669 in tropical rig  (12) Charles Sigut ashore - location unknown - while serving in HMCS Lanark K669.  Photos dated 1944  (13) Charles Sigut ashore, date and location unknown, while serving in HMCS Lanark K669 

 

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(14-19) HMCS Lanark approaching torpedoed oil tanker that is on fire.  (19) Survivor from the tanker being rescued.

 

Note: (1)  Photos 14  through 18 have been submitted by families of sailors on Lanark and Merrittonia and appear to be official RCN photos.  Written on the back of those from the collection of Charles Sigut HMCS Lanark K669 - "Taken from the bridge of Lanark 18 04 1945" 

 

Note: (2) Convoy HX.348.  Departed New York City on 03 Apr 1945 and arrived in Liverpool on 20 Apr 1945.  The tanker Empire Gold, which was carrying petrol, was torpedoed and sunk by U-1107 on 18 Apr 1945.

 

From the collection of Charles Sigut

Courtesy of Chauncey Sigut

 

 

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(1-6) Tanker in convoy, torpedoed and burning - believed to be tanker EMPIRE GOLD

Photos taken from HMCS Lanark K669

From the collection Nicholas Vukson

Courtesy of John Vukson

 

Note: Convoy HX.348.  Departed New York City on 03 Apr 1945 and arrived in Liverpool on 20 Apr 1945.  The tanker EMPIRE GOLD, which was carrying petrol, was torpedoed and sunk by U-1107 on 18 Apr 1945.

 

Unknown island - seen from HMCS Lanark K669

From the collection Nicholas Vukson

Courtesy of John Vukson

HMCS Lanark K669

From the collection of Dalton Kaye, Tel, RCNVR

Courtesy of Steve Kaye

A few of HMCS Lanark's crew

Reg Rhymes is in the back row, 1st on left

From the collection of Reg (Smokey) Rhymes

Courtesy of Gordon Rhymes

Ship's bell for HMCS Lanark K669, located at the Navy League Building, Carleton Place, Ont.

 

 

Note: There are no names engraved on this bell

Courtesy of Dan Denief

HMCS Lanark's bell located at the RCL Perth-Upon-Tay, 26 Beckwith Street East, Perth, Ontario

 

   

 

Photos 1 and 2 courtesy of Terry O'Hearn, Photo 3 courtesy of Peter Magwood

 

Names engraved on this bell

 

Sandra Elizabeth Thomas - 22 Mar 1959

Robert Brian MacCullough - 22 Mar 1959

Stephen Andrew Douglas Woodward - 25 Jul 1961

Deborah Anna Davy - 06 Sep 1961

Elizabeth Joanne Hodgson - 18 Oct 1961

Mary Ann Donna Allen - 31 Mar 1963

Vicki Lynda Duncanson - 06 Dec 1964

Alistair Thomas Duncanson - 06 Dec 1964

Robyn Marie Webb - 06 Dec 1964

Gary Vincent Thomas - 06 Dec 1964

Bonnie Lynn Thomas - 06 Dec 1964

Timothy Robert John Gibb - 06 Dec 1964

 

HMCS Lanark 321, Montreal circa 1964

From the collection of Kenneth Medford

Courtesy of Gary Medford 

HMCS Lanark

From the collection of Laurent Thibault

Courtesy of Lewis Thibault

HMCS Lanark 321 in 1956

Courtesy of / Ken Watson, RCN, 1956

 

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