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HMCS NEW WATERFORD K321 / 304

 

HMCS New Waterford

K321 jacket crest

HMCS New Waterford K321, as seen from the deck of the Royal Navy escort carrier HMS Fencer D64.

Source: Imperial War Museum, Admiralty Official Collection, A26130.

Photographer: Mason, H.A. (Lt)

Click on the above photo to see a larger image

Post wartime badge

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944

 

 

Laid down: 17 Feb 1943

Launched: 03 Jul 1943

Commissioned: 21 Jan 1944

Paid off: 07 Mar 1946

Re-commissioned: 31 Jan 1958

Paid off: 02 Dec 1966

Fate: Broken up in 1967

 

Built at Esquimalt, she was commissioned on 21 Jan 1944, at Victoria. She arrived at Halifax on 09 Mar 1944 and in Bermuda on 22 Apr 1944 to work up. Returning to Halifax, she was assigned to EG 6 as a replacement for the damaged HMCS Teme. On 16 Oct 1944, while EG 6 was on A/S patrol south of the Faeroes, HMCS Annan engaged and sank U-1006.

 

The following is from New Waterford's Radar Operator, Lawrence Restall. "After depth charges were dropped, the sub surfaced and opened fire. Now evening. We fired star shells and 20mm guns with red tracers. The sub used green tracers. Eight men injured on HMCS Annan. 46 survivors picked up from sub, many injured including the u-boat's commanding officer who was brought to our ship for medical treatment. I had  the opportunity to speak with the CO of the U-boat. He told me that he had the ship in the crosshairs, just aft of the pendant number and was about to fire a torpedo when another ship (HMCS Annan) came out of the fog and forced him to dive. I replied that I was glad he didn't fire as I was in my bunk at the time and it was in that area."

 

New Waterford remained with EG 6 until the end of the European war, detached for short periods to Portsmouth and Plymouth, and in Apr 1945, returned home for tropicalization refit at Liverpool, N.S. This was completed in Nov 1945, and New Waterford left in Jan 1946, for the west coast, where she was paid off to reserve at Esquimalt on 07 Mar 1946. Briefly re-commissioned in 1953, she later underwent conversion to a Prestonian class ocean escort, commissioning as such on 31 Jan 1958. In late 1959 / early 1960 she left Esquimalt for a coast transfer to Halifax. During this coast transfer, she had an unusual cargo - a totem pole carved by BC First nations destined for England. When she arrived in Halifax it was transferred to the gunnery school where it was stored till summer, then transferred to HMCS Kootenay for the voyage to England. During the year 1962 the New Waterford steamed 24,218.3 miles and spent a total of 114 days at sea. It was a full year for one ship-a cruise to Africa, three months in refit at Sydney, Nova Scotia, five weeks of WUPs, anti-submarine exercises off the Nova Scotia coast and· a two-week cruise to Bermuda and Boston. With Christmas and the New Year festivities over, the New Waterford put to sea for a further week of exercises and on January 28 sailed from Halifax as part of the Seventh Escort Squadron, destination Bermuda and Exercise maple Spring '63. She was paid off for the last time on 22 Dec 1966, and broken up the following year at Savona, Italy.

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr Eric Rigby Shaw, RCNR - 21 Jan 1944 - 23 Mar 1944

A/Cdr William Edward Slade Briggs, DSC, RCNR - 24 Mar 1944 - unk

Lt Blyth Alexander Mitchell, RCNR - 09 Jun 1944 - unk

LCdr J.M. Leeming, RCNVR - 12 Nov 1945 - unk

Lt John Charles Payne, RCN - 09 Jan 1953 - 28 Aug 1953

LCdr Walter Stairs Blandy, RCN - 31 Jan 1958 - 26 Oct 1958

LCdr L. Butters, RCN - 27 Oct 1958 - 17 Dec 1959

LCdr F. Lubin, RCN - 18 Dec 1959 - 14 Jan 1960

LCdr Christopher Gratrix Pratt, RCN - 15 Jan 1960 - 22 Jun 1961

LCdr John Hilton Wilkes, RCN - 23 Jun 1961 - 09 Oct 1962

LCdr R.C. Brown, RCN - 10 Oct 1962 - 28 Jun 1964

LCdr Neil St. Clair Norton, RCN - 29 Jun 1964 - 31 Oct 1965

unknown - 01 Nov 1965 - 15 May 1966

LCdr Nigel David Scott-Moncrieff, RCN - 16 May 1966 - 22 Dec 1966

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

JACQUES, Raymond Joseph

OS, 56133-H, RCN

died - 01 Aug 1964 

LEWIS, John Ceredig Lloyd

Paym/Lt, RCNVR

died - 22 Oct 1944   

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Anderson, Thomas Read

1940-2017

Barnes, Jerry T.

1932-2017

Berryman, Bryan John

____-2014

Blandy, Walter Stairs

1924-2014

Blosser, Frank E.

1924-2016

C-D

Callaghan, Brian

1934-2013

Callow, Charles William

1917-1993

Served in New Waterford during WW2 as an Electrical Artificer

Caton, William Morrison

1924-2012

Served in New Waterford during WW 2

Clarke, Robert

1938-2017

Colclough, Frederick John

1931-2003

Cowell, Stephen

1924-2018

Served in New Waterford during WW 2 as an ERA 5c, RCNVR

Cox, Clarence Edward

____-2017

Served in New Waterford during WW 2

Crossley, Sidney Ross

1920-2008

Cruickshank, Robert Douglas

1927-2014

Doutaz, George E.

1922-2017

E-F

Edwards, Gordon Lewis

1931-2011

Fahey, Robert Gary

1940-2013

Fuller, William Richard

1915-2008

 

 

G-H

Gallant, Ronald E.

1940-2009

Galpin, Richard Robinson

1915-2007

Drafted to New Waterford 25 Jan 1944 as a Surg/Lt

Gouldie, Gordon Charles

1925-2015

Greer, James Alexander Thomas

1922-2017

 

K-L

Krywy, Marcel

____-2018

LaRose, Denton

____-2017

Leonard, Anthony Evlyn

1924-2018

Served in New Waterford in the 1950s

 

 

M-N

Maddever, William John

____-1996

Matthews, Douglas Colton

1924-2014

Drafted to New Waterford 30 Jul 1945 as Slt, RCNVR

Moir, Harvey R.

1928-2014

Morrison, William Duff

1919-2017

Served in New Waterford 1944-1945 as a Writer.

Mullett, Cyril

1928-2011

Norton, Neil St. Clair

1928-2010

12th Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Restall, Lawrence Alexander

1922-2006

Russell, James

1925-2018

 

 

 

S-T

Sawyer, Thomas Anthony

1926-2013

Seabourn, Ernest Frederick

____-2005

Slor, John

1945-2017

Sophonow, ________

1940-2017

Spickett, Ronald John

1926-2018

Served in New Waterford during WW2

Tarves, Terrance John

1921-2007

Tobias, James J.

____-2006

Trafford, Gerald Raymond

1940-2018

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

 

Fall 1965 = Crew members in ship's company photo taken on completion of "Ocean IV" Autumn 1965

Anderson, Donald Edward, Slt, RCNVR - 14 May 1945

 

Anderson, Ivor, RCNVR - 1944 (of Vancouver)

 

Arnold, P2NS - Fall 1965

 

Bakody, David, RCNR, LSBN, RCNR - 1966 

 

Ballentine, Patrick Blake, Slt, RCNVR - 10 May 1945


Belzile, LSVS - Fall 1965


Benson, ABEM - Fall 1965

 

Berry, Herby, R.A. - 1944-1945


Blue, ABAF - Fall 1965


Branscombe, OSCK - Fall 1965


Brault, ABLM - Fall 1965


Brook, Clive, CMDO - Fall 1965


Brown, P1LT - Fall 1965


Brown, P2ER - Fall 1965

 

Burton, Len, RCNR 

 

Butchart, James, RCNVR - 1944 (of Vancouver)


Campbell, P1ER - Fall 1965


Carter, LSNS - Fall 1965

 

Childs, Kenneth, AB, RCNVR - 1944 (of Peterborough, ON)


Clarke, Ritchie, Lt - Fall 1965

 

Code, Clark B. - WW II 


Cooper, OSBM - Fall 1965

 

Cooper, Bob, Yeoman of Signals - WW 2


DeChamplain, OSRP - Fall 1965


Dogherty, LSRP - Fall 1965


Dole, ABWU - Fall 1965


Estabrooks, ABAR - Fall 1965


Farrell, Lou, Lt - Fall 1965


Ferguson, ABVS - Fall 1965

 

Fladgate, David Frederick Gauntlet, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944


Forbes, LSWS - Fall 1965

 

Gibbons, Frank, PO, RCNVR - 1944 (of Montreal)


Goodine, OSAR - Fall 1965

 

Gotell, George, PO.QR2 - WW 2

 

Gray, George, SPO.SHPT - WW 2


Hall, LSAW - Fall 1965


Hamilton, ABAR - Fall 1965

Hancock, P2SW - Fall 1965

 

Hanington, Daniel (Dan) Lionel, Lt, RCNVR - 13 Mar 1944

 

Hill, Roy, Tel, RCNVR - 1944 (of Oshawa, ON)

 

Hood, P1ER - Fall 1965

 

Horseman, OSRP - Fall 1965


Hubbard, OSRP - Fall 1965


Hynes, OSEM - Fall 1965

 

Jenkins, Raymond, RCNVR - 1944 (of Vancouver)

 

Johnston, ABSM - Fall 1965

 

King, Ken, ABLM - 1960


Knighton, OSHM - Fall 1965


Latham, P1CM - Fall 1965

 

Lewis, John Ceredig, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 03 Apr 1944


LeBarron, OSEM - Fall 1965

 

Littlefire, W.K., PO Tel - WW 2


Mace, Peter, Slt - Fall 1965


Maloney, ABEM - Fall 1965


Marchand, OSBN - Fall 1965


Mason, ABWU - Fall 1965


Mason, Lynn, Slt - Fall 1965


McCausland, P1WS - Fall 1965


McGibbon, ABWS - Fall 1965


McGregor, ABSW - Fall 1965


McKay, LSNS - Fall 1965

 

McKenzie, Norman Lt (E), RCNR - 07 Jul 1943 (Stand by)  / Jan 1944


McLeod, OSRP - Fall 1965


McMullin, P2ER - Fall 1965


McPherson, ABRM - Fall 1965

 

Mitchell, Lt - 1944


Mitchell, PSPW - Fall 1965

 

Newman, George, P2BN - Fall 1965


Niell, LSWU - Fall 1965

 

Olney, George, PO.QR2 - WW 2

 

Orr, Bob, CMDO - Fall 1965

 

Partridge, William Edward - WW2


Pimm (?), OSEM - Fall 1965

Pond, P1VS - Fall 1965

 

Richard, LSCK - Fall 1965

 

Richards, "Doc" - 1944-1945

 

Roed, Botha, Mate, RCNR - Jan 1944


Roy, OSRP - Fall 1965

 

Ruddle-Browne, Herbert William, Lt, RCNR - 24 Mar 1944


Ryan, P2SG - Fall 1965

 

Scougal, Gordy, (pING), PO.HSD - WW 2

Shaver, ABRP - Fall 1965

 

Sleeth, Bert, PO.LTC - WW 2

 

Smith, Thomas J (Snuffy) - 1964


Smithson, LSEM - Fall 1965

 

Southam, Gordon Thomas, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Apr 1944


Sovie, P1ER - Fall 1965


Sparkes, OSRP - Fall 1965


Starkey, P2ER - Fall 1965


Stevens, ABCK - Fall 1965


Storey, C2ER - Fall 1965

 

Sweeny, Charles Henry, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944


Sweline, LSEM - Fall 1965


Tarry, LSSG - Fall 1965

 

Taylor, James, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Thomson, John Lt (E), RCNVR - Jan 1944


Todd, Fred, Lt - Fall 1965


Twyman, ABWS - Fall 1965


Waal, Eric, Slt - Fall 1965


Wales, P1HT - Fall 1965

 

Walters, Ken, PO.EA - WW 2


Watt, P1ER - Fall 1965

 

Wheelock, Sidney Prince, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944 - 1945


Whiteley, Nigel, Lt - Sep 1963 - Jan 1965

 

Wilkins, Neil Merton, Skpr, RCNVR - 13 Mar 1944


Williams, ABAR - Fall 1965


Willis, ABWS - Fall 1965

 

Yoeger, John Sheldon, Lt (S), RCNVR - 13 May 1945


Zwicker, LSEM - Fall 1965

 

RCN Memories - Slow ahead on Port, Sir

 

Links

Ship's company photos for HMCS New Waterford

Wartime Diary of Charles Callow

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

HMCS NEW WATERFORD K321

 

HMCS New Waterford K321 - pages from the ship's logs

 

        

 

Instruction pages

 


 

                    

 

01 Jun 1944 - 08 Jun 1944

 


 

              

 

20 Oct 1944 - 25 Oct 1944

 


 

            

13 Apr 1945 - 16 Apr 1945

 

Research by / Courtesy of Anne Gafiuk

Claude Kimble on the 4-inch guns of HMCS New Waterford K321, 15 Sep 1941.  HMCS Sea Cliff K344 in the background

Source: City of Kawartha Lakes digital archives

Larry Restall by the 4-inch guns on HMCS New Waterford K321

From the collection of Larry Restall

Courtesy of Clay Restall

Larry Restall on HMCS New Waterford K321

From the collection of Larry Restall

Courtesy of Clay Restall


Larry Restall on HMCS New Waterford K321, Chatham, England

From the collection of Larry Restall

Courtesy of Clay Restall

Larry Restall in London, while serving in HMCS New Waterford, 1944

From the collection of Larry Restall

Courtesy of Clay Restall

Painting by Larry Restall of HMCS New Waterford in the sites of U-1006

Courtesy of Clay Restall

Petty Officer's Mess, HMCS New Waterford K321

 

L-R:  W.K. Littlefair, TEL,  Geo. Gotell, QR2,  Geo. Gray, SHIPT,  Gordy Scougal. PING,   Bob Cooper, YEO,  Bert Sleeth, LTC,   Ken Walters, EA,  Larry Restall, RADS,  Geo Olney, QR2

 

From the collection of Larry Restall

Courtesy of Clay Restall

Charles Callow relaxing getting some sun on HMCS New Waterford K321

"Charles was burned severely when the coffee urn broke loose in rough seas. Here he's taking some sun. Shorty after the photo was taken the ship was strafed by a German fighter, and Charles was forgotten on deck for a short period."

From the collection of Charles Callow

Courtesy of Gord Callow

Shipmates in Liverpool, NS, Sep 1945

HMCS New Waterford K321 at Liverpool for tropicalization refit.

L-R:  "Doc" Richards, Herby Berry (R.A.), Duff Morrison (Writer), Charles Callow

From the collection of Charles Callow

Courtesy of Gord Callow

HMCS New Wateford K321 gun crew

From the collection of Charles Callow

Courtesy of Gord Callow

Stern/Quarterdeck area of HMCS New Wateford

From the collection of Charles Callow

Courtesy of Gord Callow

Mess deck pals

HMCS New Waterford K321

From the collection of Charles Callow

Courtesy of Gord Callow

Rescuing survivors of U-1006 - 16 Oct 1944

From the collection of Charles Callow

Courtesy of Gord Callow

Off-loading survivors of U-1006

From the collection of Charles Callow

Courtesy of Gord Callow

Glace Bay Gazette reporter visits HMCS New Waterford K321

Crow's Nest Magazine - May 1944

 

War Diary of Charles Callow, HMCS New Waterford K321

 

Below are photos of the the war diary of Charles Callow, HMCS New Waterford K321.  It was against regulations to keep a diary on ship in the event the ship was sunk or captured and the diary recovered it could provide information on ships movements and/or confirm events, providing propaganda for the enemy.  However, like many, Charles Callow kept a diary and now it provides an insight into some of the day to day life on HMCS New Waterford K321 during WW II.  My thanks to his son, Gord Callow, for sharing his father's diary here for posterity's sake.

 

 

 

Due to the number of pages, only the first two images from the diary are shown here.

 

Click here to read the transcription of Charles Callow's HMCS New Waterford Wartime Diary

HMCS NEW WATERFORD 304

HMCS New Waterford 304 entering Punta Delgada (sp) Azores on one of the UNTD cruises which was the way lucky frigates spent their summers

From the collection of  Nigel Whiteley, LCdr, MARS, LOG, RCN, C.A.F.

HMCS New Waterford 304 at dock in British Columbia

RCN/DND Photo

From the collection of  Nigel Whiteley, LCdr, MARS, LOG, RCN, C.A.F.

HMCS New Waterford Mug Shots

 

These photos are of a few officers who had served in HMCS New Waterford circa Sep 1964

 

"NDHQ and the Depot used to cycle people through our almost 60 ships with enthusiasm. Pier head jumping was an Olympic sport, with many participants. I think these might have been taken Sept ’64. Might explain the mix of rigs. I was in her for 26 months (Sept 63 to Jan 65); I had 2 Captains, 3 XOs, a total of 18 LTs, SLTs and CMDOs, a Nigerian Navy Trainee and two Pilots borne for their WK training as messmates. The old Dymo Tape Machine was very busy changing the Mail slots and the Napkin racks! "

 

LCdr Gordon L. Edwards

Later Rear-Admiral Edwards

Lt G.O. Mike Hurford

Lt John Fyffe

Lt Nigel Whiteley

Later LCdr Whiteley

Lt (E) Francis (Frank) J. Zareski

Lt (P) Arnold

Lt (S) George Harvey

Slt Bert Okoye, Nigerian Navy

Slt Eric B. Waal

Later Cdr Waal

Slt Robert Price

 

From the collection of  Nigel Whiteley, LCdr, MARS, LOG, RCN, C.A.F.

HMCS New Waterford awaiting repairs after hitting the jetty at the USN Naval Base, Argentia, NFLD, 1964

 

Click here to read the story that was submitted with the photo in RCN Memories

 

Courtesy of Nigel Whitely

 

 

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