HMCS LEASIDE K492

 

Castle Class Corvette

 


 

HMCS LEASIDE K492

 

Laid down: 23 Sep 1943

Launched: 10 Mar 1944

Transferred to the RCN: 21 Aug 1944

Commissioned: 21 Aug 1944

Paid off: 16 Nov 1945

Fate: Scuttled in Jan 1979

 

Laid down and launched as HMS Walmer Castle K460, she was transferred to the RCN and commissioned on 21 Aug 1944, at Middlesbrough as HMCS LEASIDE K492. Following workups at Tobermory in Sep 1944 LEASIDE arrived at Londonderry early in Oct 1944 to join EG C-8, then forming. She sailed on 22 Oct 1944 to meet ON.261, her first convoy, and served the rest of the war as an ocean escort. On 11 May 1945, HMCS LEASIDE K492, HMCS Edmundston K106 and HMCS Poundmaker K675 departed Londonderry for the last time as escort for convoy ONS.50. LEASIDE left St. John's in Jun 1945 for Esquimalt, where she was paid off for disposal on 16 Nov 1945. Sold in 1946 to the Union Steamship Co., Vancouver, she was converted to a coastal passenger vessel and renamed Coquitlam. In 1950 she was renamed Glacier Queen. In 1970 she stripped in anticipation of becoming a floating restaurant but the plans for the restaurant fell thought and she was left as a hulk. The hulk sank in Cook Inlet, Alaska, on 08 Nov 1978, but was raised and towed to sea and scuttled in Jan 1979.

 


 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          The Ship's Bell          Convoys escorted during WW2

 


 

Commanding Officers

 

Lt Gordon Guthrie Keith Holder, RCNVR - 21 Aug 1944 - 15 Jun 1945

 

Lt Harold Brynolfson, RCNVR - 16 Jun 1945 - 30 Aug 1945

 

LCdr Charles Patrick Balfry, RCNR - 01 Sep 1945 - 16 Nov 1945 

 


 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

PATERSON, John A.

SBA, RCNVR

died - 08 May 1945

 


 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

 


 

Former Crew Members

 

Brennen, Pete

 

Brine, Bill, Sto PO - 1945 (of Springhill, NS)

 

Brockhurst, Norman William, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Jun 1944 (Stand by)

 

Cahill, Arthur Patrick - Commissioning crew

 

Crout, Leslie Eden, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Apr 1945

 

Dupre, Yvon A., Lt, RCNVR - 26 Jun 1944 (Stand by)

Galarneau, Andre, AB - 1945 (of Montreal, QC)

 

Lemon, Kenneth Armstrong, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 30 May 1945

 

Mitchell, Arthur, A/CPO - 1945 (of Calgary, AB)

 

Mulley, John Wallace, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Jun 1945

 

Rainboth, SBA - circa 1945/46

Reid, William Charles, Slt, RCNVR - 10 Mar 1945

 

Stechyson - 1945

 

Strackhan, Hugh, C.E.R.A. - 1945 (of Cumberland, BC)

 

Tanner, John James, A/Wt (E), RCN - 29 May 1945

 

Young, Paul, Ch/Sto - 1945 (of Halifax)

 


 

Photos and Documents

 


 

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(GZ13) HMCS LEASIDE K492 on her commissioning day  (GZ14) Newspaper article on the commissioning of HMCS LEASIDE K492. Officers mentioned in the article: Lt G.G.K. Holder, CO; Lt T.H. Burdon, 1st Lt (XO); Lt G.A. Southee, Navo  (GZ15) HMCS LEASIDE - Dedication pamphlet (cover)  (GZ16) Two officers by ship's badge in the wardroom of HMCS LEASIDE K492  (GZ17) Sing-a-long in the Wardroom on HMCS LEASIDE K492

 

  

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(GZ18) HMCS LEASIDE Christmas Card - 1944

 

From the collection of Gerald (Gerry) Zaphe

 

Courtesy of Robert Cooke

 


 

 

 

HMCS LEASIDE K492 jacket patch

 

From the collection of Grant E. Goodbrand, Tel, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of Ken turner

Newspaper article on a sing-along on HMCS LEASIDE

 

Crow's Nest Newspaper - Apr 1945

HMCS LEASIDE - location unknown

 

From the collection of Jean Lariviere

 

Courtesy of Danielle Lariviere

"Tiffie Rainboth - on what is believed to be HMCS LEASIDE, Bedwell Bay, BC circa late1945 early 1946.

 

This photo was found in an antique store in BC.  If you have any info on Sick Berth Assistant Rainboth, please contact the Webmaster

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Gorley

Pete Brennen on HMCS LEASIDE K492

 

This photo was found in an antique store in BC.  If you have any info on Pete Brennen, please contact the Webmaster

 

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Gorley

HMCS LEASIDE K492

 

From the collection of Lt Richard (Dick) Simon

 

Courtesy of Rick Simon

 


 

Convoys escorted during WW2

 

Convoy Desig.

Convoy Departs from

Arrives at

Join as escort

Depart Convoy 

ON.261

Southend (20 Oct 1944)

New York City (05 Nov 1944)

22 Oct 1944

31 Oct 1944

HX.318

New York City (04 Nov 1944)

Liverpool (19 Dec 1944)

10 Nov 1944

19 Nov 1944

ON.269

Liverpool (29 Nov 1944)

New York City (15 Dec 1944)

29 Nov 1944

09 Dec 1944

SC.163

Halifax (17 Dec 1944)

Liverpool (31 Dec 1944)

20 Dec 1944

30 Dec 1944

ONS.40

Liverpool (12 Jan 1945)

Halifax (30 Jan 1945)

13 Jan 1945

25 Jan 1945

HX.335

New York City (28 Jan 1945)

Liverpool (10 Feb 1945)

02 Feb 1945

10 Feb 1945

ON.286

Liverpool (21 Feb 1945)

New York City (09 Mar 1945)

21 Feb 1945

04 Mar 1945

HX.343

New York City (09 Mar 1945)

Liverpool (24 Mar 1945)

14 Mar 1945

24 Mar 1945

ONS.46

Liverpool (02 Apr 1945)

Halifax (20 Apr 1945)

02 Apr 1945

16 Apr 1945

HX.351

New York City (18 Apr 1945)

Liverpool (03 May 1945)

23 Apr 1945

03 May 1945

ONS.50

Liverpool (11 May 1945)

Halifax (29 May 1945)

12 May 1945

23 May 1945

 


 

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