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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project



Then Fishers Patrol Vessel HOWAY

HMCS Macdonald Z07


Commissioned: 11 Oct 1939

Paid off: 28 Jan 1945

Fate: Registry closed in 2013. Last seen as derelict vessel near Mission, BC.


MacDonald and her sister Laurier were built by Morton Engineering and Dry Dock Co. Ltd, Quebec. Launched there on 20 Aug 1936 she was assigned for use to the RCMP. She transferred to the West Coast and patrolled out of Vancouver until 11 Oct 1939 when she was transferred to the RCN and was renamed HMCS Macdonald with pendant number Z07 and P07. She was initially stationed at the Ucuelet BC Air Station as a rescue boat until 1940 when she was transferred to the East Coast. She was employed as a patrol boat and operated out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 1945 she was returned to the RCMP but she was not put into service. She was transferred to the Department of Fisheries, and on 20 Feb 1947, renamed Fisheries Protection Vessel Howay and transferred to the West Coast. Howay had wheelhouse was replaced in 1949. On 24 Jul 1981 her engines were run off for the final time. In 1982 she was sold out of government service and re-named Jenny Marcel. Her registry was closed n 07 Jan 2013. Last seen, she was a derelict vessel laying in the mud on the banks of the Fraser River near Mission, BC. 


Photos and Documents


Commanding Officers

Lt Albert Rudolph Ascah, RCNR - 11 Oct 1939 - 01 Mar 1943

Ch/Skpr George Billard, RCNR - 02 Mar 1942 - 04 Nov 1942

Ch/Skpr E.W. Suffield, RCNR - 05 Nov 1942 - 17 Dec 1943

Skpr/Lt K. Bennett, RCNR - 18 Dec 1943 - 26 May 1944

Ch/Skpr Reginald Whitbourne Sparkes, RCNR - 27 May 1944 - 28 Jan 1945


As Fisheries Vessel

Ship's Master W. Redford - 01 Aug 1947


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Bond, James







Collins, James Clayton


Cowan, Hugh






Maguire, Ben







Pentney, Richard







 Former Crew Members

Isnor, John William, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 27 May 1944


Lessel, John Raymond, Slt, RCNVR - 09 Jun 1941


MacIntosh, Marshall, Skpr, RCNR - 27 Mar 1943

MacLeod, Neil Campbell A/War (E), RCNR


McCombe, William, Skpr, RCNR - 27 Mar 1943


McKinnon, Donald Wellwood, Slt, RCNVR - 01 Apr 1942

Tough, Robert Linton, Skpr, RCNR - 12 Jun 1944


Wootton, George Edward, Skpr, RCNR - 26 Feb 1942



Photos and Documents


The launching of Laurier and Macdonald in 1936

Courtesy of Rod McNairnay

HMCS Macdonald near Bella Coola BC

Courtesy of Rod McNairnay

FPC Howay

Courtesy of Rod McNairnay

FPC Howay, Victoria, BC

Courtesy of Rod McNairnay

Chief Officer (1st Mate) Dave Sinclair, Capt Roger Myerscoff and Harold Sloman on FPC Howay

Courtesy of Rod McNairnay 

Harold Sloman on the helm and Capt Roger Myerscoff on FPC Howay

Courtesy of Rod McNairnay

Chief Engineer Kevin Delaney and Capt Roger Myerscoff on FPC Howay after her engines were run off for the final time, 24 Jul 1981

Courtesy of Rod McNairnay