For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS Prince Rupert K324


Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944



Laid down: 01 Aug 1942

Launched: 03 Feb 1943

Commissioned: 30 Aug 1943

Paid off: 15 Jan 1946

Fate: Scuttled as a breakwater in 1948


Commissioned at Esquimalt on 30 Aug 1943, she arrived at Halifax 21 Oct 1943, worked up at Pictou and, in Jan 1944, joined EG C-3 as Senior Officer's ship. Prince Rupert left St. John's on 03 Jan 1944 to join her maiden convoy, SC.150, and was thereafter continuously employed as an ocean escort until late that year. On 13 Mar 1944, with U.S. naval units and U.S. and British aircraft, she assisted in sinking U 575 in the North Atlantic. In Nov 1944, she began a refit at Liverpool, N.S., and on its completion in Mar 1945, joined EG 27, Halifax. In Jun 1945 Prince Rupert sailed for Esquimalt, where she was paid off 15 Jan 1946. She was sold in 1947, and her hull expended as a breakwater at Royston, B.C., the following year.


RCN Memories:    Wartime Memories of George (Red) MacNair


Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos


Gallant HMCS Prince Rupert Served on the Newfie-Derry Run          Sarnia war hero's legacy alive - Joe Egan


Commanding Officers

LCdr Robert William Draney, DSC, RCNR - 30 Aug 1943 - 31 Jul 1944

A/Cdr C.A. King, RCNR - 01 Aug 1944 - 23 Oct 1944

LCdr Robert William Draney, DSC, RCNR - 24 Oct 1944 - 27 Aug 1945

LCdr John Crispo Leckie Annesley, RCN - 24 Sep 1945 - 15 Jan 1946


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Adams, Alan Alexander


Allan, John Neil Murdoch


Annesley, John Crispo Leckie


4th Commanding Officer

Archer, William L.

Brown, John Quentin Harcourt


Burnett, Edward C.






Clarke, Lyle Reginald


Colbert, Kenneth Wilson


DeFrane, Alfred


Déry, Stanislas


Desjardins, Romeo E.


Dickieson, John


Dryden, Henry Norris, II






Edge, William Arthur


English, John Colston


Served in Prince Rupert 1943-1945

Egan, Joseph Martin





Howarth, William

Huget, Roy Elmer


Hundleby, Louis R.




Johnston, Joseph Duncan







Macnab, William McHaffie


MacNair, George Malcolm


McEntee, James Joseph Sr.


McMurray, Leonard Denison


Served in Prince Rupert 1944-1945 as Lt, RCN

Morris, William Frederick



O'Hara, George Dennis







Robertson, James Everett


Rostrup, Gunnar Mauritz


Drafted to Prince Rupert on 21 Mar 1944 as Paym/Lt, RCNVR





Simpson, Gilbert Clark


Stephenson, James N.


Strabel, Norman E.





Vachon, Marcel


Venator, George Frederick






Watson, Hector G.


Whitten, Hallett, J.





U-Boats Sunk

U-575 (Oblt Wolfgang Bohemer) a type VIIC U-boat, sunk on 13 Mar 1944 by VC-95 Trom Bogue (CVE-9); Br. SQNs 172 & 206, USS Haverfield (DE-393), USS Hobson (DD-464), HMCS Prince Rupert K324 & Br. SQN 220 North of the Azores in position 46-18 N, 27-34 W. Of her crew of 55 there were 37 survivors.


Former Crew Members

Butcher, Alan - 1944


DeMerchant, Melville - 1944


Douglas, Alan St. Clair, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 28 Apr 1944


Draney, Robert William, LCDr, RCNR - 15 Jul 1943 (stand by)


Galloway, Frederick Ernest, Lt (E), RCNR - 08 Jul 1943


George, Philip Henry, Slt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1945


Greene, Arthur Henry, Slt, RCNVR - 18 Apr 1945


Irwin, Robert

Isard, John Frederick, Lt, RCNVR - 24 Mar 1944


Johnson, Ernest Edward, Lt, RCNVR


Josey, Aubrey Edward, Lt, RCNVR - 17 Jul 1944


Levy, John Gibson, Lt (El) (R), RCNVR - Jan 1944


MacLennan, John Graham, A/Surg/LCdr, RCNVR - 27 Apr 1945


McCaffrey, Keith Allan, Lt (E), RCNVR - Jan 1945


McMurray, Leonard Denison, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Apr 1944


Medley, Ralph Cyril, Cdr, DSO, RN - 23 Mar 1944

Paddon, Oswald Orr, Lt, RCNVR - 18 May 1945


Robinson, Peter Lewis, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Mar 1945


Simpson, Roy James, Lt, RCNVR - 24 Mar 1944


Thompson, Theo Walter, A/LCdr, RCNVR - 23 Jun 1943 (Stand by)


Townsend, Robert Grant, Surg-Lt, RCNVR - 19 Jul 1944


Warren, Donald Cameron, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Jul 1944


Weir, James, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Photos and Documents


HMCS Prince Rupert K324

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Drawing by a crew member of U 575 in memory of the sailing on HMCS Prince Rupert 1944 after their U-boat was sunk

Source: Homepage for U-575

Hedgehog Crew after their sinking of U-575 off the Azores on 13 Mar 1944

From the collection of George (Red) MacNair

Courtesy of Sandra Lansing

Three New Brunswickers from HMCS Prince Rupert's Hedgehog crew - L-R: Alan Butcher, Melville DeMerchant, and George MacNair

From the collection of George (Red) MacNair

Courtesy of Sandra Lansing

HMCS Prince Rupert as convoy escort

From the collection of Jeffrey Pierce

Courtesy of Jim Pierce

The remains of Prince Rupert at Royston, British Columbia.

Picture from the Flickr collection of Scott

The stern of the Prince Rupert K324 at Royston, British Columbia, 24 Feb 1997

Source: CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum