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HMCS Nanaimo K101

Source: Ships and Harbours Photos / Lorne Norman


Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1941-44,   Gulf of St. Lawrence  1944



Laid down: 27 Apr 1940

Launched: 28 Oct 1940

Commissioned: 26 Apr 1941

Paid off: 28 Sep 1945

Fate: Sold for commercial use in 1953. Broken up in 1966


Commissioned at Esquimalt on 26 Apr 1941, Nanaimo arrived at Halifax on 27 Jun 1941 and for the next three months carried out local duties. In Oct 1941 she was assigned to Newfoundland Command, leaving Halifax on 11 Oct 1941 to join convoy SC.49 for Iceland, her first trip as an ocean escort. After three round trips to Iceland, she escorted SC.68 to Londonderry in Feb 1942. Her return trip with ON.68 was to be her last Atlantic crossing, for in Mar 1942 she was reassigned to WLEF. 


16 Jun 1942 - The sinking of the SS Port Nicholson: The Port Nicholson formed part of convoy XB 25, one of the coastal convoy routes between Halifax Harbour and Boston. She was under the command of her master, Harold Charles Jeffrey, and was carrying a cargo of 1,600 tons of automobile parts and 4,000 tons of military stores. The convoy was tracked by the German submarine U-87, commanded by Joachim Berger. At 4.17 hours on the morning of 16 June 1942 he fired a torpedo at the convoy, which was then 100 miles (160 km) off Portland, Maine. He fired a second torpedo a minute later, but the gale conditions at the time prevented him from observing the results accurately, and he recorded that while one torpedo had hit a ship, the other seemed to have missed. In fact, both torpedoes struck the Port Nicholson, the first in the engine room, the second in the stern. Two men in the engine room were killed immediately, and as the Port Nicholson began to settle by the stern, the remaining crew abandoned ship and were picked up by the Royal Canadian Navy corvette HMCS Nanaimo. The Port Nicholson did not sink immediately, and by dawn was still afloat. Her master returned to the ship, accompanied by the chief engineer, and Lieutenant John Molson Walkley and three ratings from Nanaimo, to see if the ship could be salvaged. While they were aboard, worsening weather caused the ship to suddenly start to sink. The party abandoned her, but their boat was overturned in the suction as Port Nicholson went down, drowning Jeffrey, Walkley, the chief engineer and a rating. The two surviving ratings were rescued by Nanaimo, which landed the survivors from Port Nicholson at Boston.


With the formation of escort groups in Jun 1943, Nanaimo became a member of EG W-9, transferring to W-7 in Apr 1944. In Nov 1944, she was allocated to Pacific Coast Command, arriving at Esquimalt on 07 Dec 1944. There she underwent a refit that lasted until 21 Feb 1945 but left her one of the few corvettes to survive the war with a short fo'c's'le. She was paid off for disposal at Esquimalt on 28 Sep 1945, and subsequently sold for mercantile use. Converted to a whale-catcher at Kiel in 1953, she entered service as the Dutch-flag Rene W. Vinke, finally being broken up in South Africa in 1966.


Ship's company photos


Commanding Officers

LCdr Hugh Charles Campbell Daubney, RCNR - 26 Apr 1941 - 07 Oct 1941

Lt Thomas James Bellas, RCNR - 08 Oct 1941 - 20 Aug 1942

Lt E.U. Jones, RCNR - 21 Aug 1942 - 10 Oct 1943

Lt J.E. Hastings, RCNR - 11 Oct 1943 - 09 Oct 1944

Lt Reginald Curren Eaton, RCNVR - 10 Oct 1944 - 02 Mar 1945

LCdr Walter Redford, RCNR - 23 Mar 1945 - 28 Sep 1945


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

HOOPER, Frederick

OS, V23338, RCNVR

died - 30 Oct 1942

HORNE, Leslie, M.I.D.

AB, V9632, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Jun 1942

WALKLEY, John Molson


Drafted to Nanaimo 02 Feb 1942

MPK - 16 Jun 1942


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Berthelet, Alfred Zebriski


Boicey, Orville


Brodie John Casimer





Caton, William Morrison







Ferguson, William Irwin







Hulbert, John Adrian







Lazich, Samuel J.


Lowe, James E.





Mathers, George


McFarland, Walter


McNevin, Sydney Raymond


Norman, Lewis


Served in Nanaimo 25 Apr 1941 - 16 Apr 1944

Norman, Raymond



Pickles, Aubrey Ravening







Sherienko, William P.


Sommerville, Wilfred J.


Served in Nanaimo Mar 1942 - Nov 1943

Sunnus, Cyril Anthony


Swimm, Waldo G.


Tedford, Jack



Former Crew Members

Bridgman, Montague Arthur Weaver, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Apr 1941


Brodie, John


Curran, James Maurice, Lt, RCNVR - 18 Mar 1944


Fletcher, Duncan Arthur, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1943


Fowler, William Horace, Lt, RCNVR - 21 Jun 1943


Garven, Alexander Smith, Lt, RCNVR - 22 Jul 1943


Harvey, William Grant, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Jun 1942

Hodgkins, Arthur Moulton Heathcote, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Apr 1942


Humphries, James Gordon, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Jun 1944


Hunter, Roderick Oliver, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1943


Jones, William James, Lt, RCNR - Jan 1944


Kightly, Arthur Victor, Mate, RCNR - 26 Apr 1941


Lefebvre, Pierre Adolphe, Lt, RCNVR - 02 May 1945

Lillis, Albert Melville, Slt, RCNR - Jan 1944


Lort, Roger Anthony Hutton, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Apr 1941


Ostler, William Leonard, Lt, RCNVR - 22 Mar 1943


Turner, John Hyde (Haig??), Lt, RCNVR - 20 Mar 1944 / 02 May 1945


HMCS Nanaimo K101

HMCS Nanaimo K101

From the collection of James Lowe

Courtesy of Kathleen Lowe

HMCS Nanaimo K101 in rough seas

From the collection of James Lowe

Courtesy of Kathleen Lowe

HMCS Nanaimo K101 in rough seas

From the collection of James Lowe

Courtesy of Kathleen Lowe

Sailors by the gun mount on HMCS Nanaimo K101

Note the gunshield art

DND/RCN photos

Convoy seen from HMCS Nanaimo K101

From the collection of John Brodie

Courtesy of Bill Brodie

Unknown merchantman - convoy 1941

From the collection of John Brodie

Courtesy of Bill Brodie

SS Port Nicholson sinking after being torpedoed by U-87 16 Jun 1942 while part of convoy XB.25, Halifax to Boston

From the collection of John Brodie

Courtesy of Bill Brodie


HMCS Nanaimo K101 on the slips in Halifax, NS for refit - Jul-Aug 1942

From the collection of John Brodie

Courtesy of Bill Brodie


Depth charge exploding astern of HMCS Nanaimo K101 - 1942

From the collection of John Brodie

Courtesy of Bill Brodie

SBA John Brodie on HMCS Nanaimo K101 wearing a Mae West life belt - 1942

From the collection of John Brodie

Courtesy of Bill Brodie