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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS NORSAL Z12

HMCS Norsal, Jan 1941

Source: The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981 by Ken Macpherson and John Burgess

 

Built: 1921

Acquired by RCN: 1939

Paid off: 1945

Fate: Returned to previous owners in 1945. Sank on 07 Dec 1990 in the Hecate Strait

 

Norsal was hired from the Powell River Co. for miscellaneous duties, being returned to commercial service after the war. She was renamed Maui Lu in 1973. She sank in Hecate Strait on 07 Dec 1990. Her specifications were: Length: 122.3 ft, Beam: 19 ft, Draught: 10.5 ft, Speed: 10 knots, Complement: 3 officers, 17 men, Armament: 1 x .303 machine gun.

 

Photos and Documents

 

Commanding Officers

A/Lt Ronald Jackson, RCNR - 12 Apr 1940 - unk

Ch/Skpr George Billard, RCN - 20 May 1941 - unk

Ch/Skpr James Edwin Moore, RCNR - 29 Jul 1941 - unk

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 C-D

Cowan, Hugh McQuilli

1907-2007

Served in Norsal during WW II

 

 

 

 

E-F

Ford, Douglas John

1917-1987

Served in Norsal during WW II

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Boden, John Allen, Skpr, RCNR - 11 Mar 1941

 

Chaster, Walter Raymond, A/Mate, RCNR - 22 Apr 1940

 

Leigh-Spencer, Oliph, Lt, RCNVR - 22 Apr 1940

Lloyd, Douglas, Skpr, RCNR - 20 Jul 1940

 

McClocklin, Osborne Kindersley, Slt, RCNVR - 01 Apr 1942

 

Miller, Gordon George, Skpr, RCNR - 02 Mar 1942

Shaver, Clare Edward, Slt, RCNVR - 29 Apr 1942

 

Smith, Graham John, Skpr, RCNR - 27 Mar 1943

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

HMCS Norsal

From the collection of Douglas J. Ford

Courtesy of J.D. Ford

HMCS Norsal

From the collection of Douglas J. Ford

Courtesy of J.D. Ford

Laundry day on HMCS Norsal

From the collection of Douglas J. Ford

Courtesy of J.D. Ford

Unknown sailor on HMCS Norsal

From the collection of Douglas J. Ford

Courtesy of J.D. Ford

Officer (Slt) on HMCS Norsal

Written on back of photo - Stenning

Note that the ship's bell has been removed from the mast

From the collection of Douglas J. Ford

Courtesy of J.D. Ford

Fishing vessels or possibly the Fisherman's Reserve

Photo taken from HMCS Norsal

From the collection of Douglas J. Ford

Courtesy of J.D. Ford

Unknown vessel in BC coastal waters

Photo taken from HMCS Norsal

From the collection of Douglas J. Ford

Courtesy of J.D. Ford

Unknown vessel - in the right foreground is HMCS Norsal

Written on back of photo - Stenning

From the collection of Douglas J. Ford

Courtesy of J.D. Ford

 

Links

Personal photo gallery of Douglas John Ford

 

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