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HMCS Quinte J166


Laid down: 13 Dec 1940

Launched: 08 Mar 1941

Commissioned: 30 Aug 1941

Paid off: 25 Oct 1946

Fate: Broken up in 1947


Commissioned at Vancouver on 30 Aug 1941, Quinte left Esquimalt 10 Oct 1941 for Halifax, arriving on 14 Nov 1941. She was assigned at first to WLEF, and then, in Jun 1942, to Halifax Force. On 28 Nov 1942, after completing a six-week refit at Lunenburg, she ran aground, causing extensive damage to her bottom, and had to be beached.


In the memoirs of L/Tel George Crewe, the CO had him send a message requesting permission to enter Halifax to oil as the ship was low on oil. Permission was denied and Quinte was ordered to proceed without stopping at Halifax. As a result, she ran out of fuel oil, drifted and was driven ashore in a storm, grounding on 29 Nov 1942. She was towed by Q090 to the entrance of St. Peter's Canal where she was beached - started settling and eventually sank, rolling on her side. 


Salvage work continued throughout most of the winter, and on 25 Apr 1943, she arrived at Pictou in tow for repairs, which were not completed until Jun 1944. She was then sent to HMCS Cornwallis as a training ship, arriving at Digby on 21 Aug 1944, and remained there until the end of 1945. In 1946 she was employed with the Naval Research Establishment at Halifax until paid off on 25 Oct 1946.


While HMCS Quinte was employed with the NRE, Lt Beatrice Helen Worsley, WRCNS (WREN), was assigned to a research project on hull corrosion. In 1946 she spent 150 days at sea, the majority on HMCS Quinte, setting a sea time record for a WREN that was never broken.


In August 1947, Quinte sold to the Steel Co. of Canada, Hamilton, ON and was broken up at Sydney, NS, later that year.


Commanding Officers

Lt Charles Alexander Nicol, RCNR - 30 Aug 1941 - 17 Jan 1943

Lt I.B.B. Morrow, RCN - 10 Nov 1944 - 26 Nov 1944

Skpr/Lt C.C. Clattenburg, RCNR - 27 Nov 1944 - 14 Mar 1945

Lt Douglas Cluny MacPherson, RCNVR - 15 Mar 1945 - 17 Jul 1945

Lt Robert Berkeley Taylor, RCNVR - 20 Jul 1945 - 03 Aug 1945

Lt Lachlan McQuarrie, RCNR - 07 Mar 1946 - 25 Oct 1946


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

HEMSWORTH, Harold Joseph

ERA 5c, V/37509, RCNVR

died - 08 Dec 1942   



died - 19 Apr 1942 


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Bernard, Pierre Yves


Bridgman, Arthur Graham


Drafted to Quinte on 30 Jun 1942 as Slt (E), RCNVR





Crewe, Ernest George


Served in Quinte 29 Aug 1941 - 07 Dec 42 as Ord. Tel / Tel






Lotocki, Myron W.







McLaughlin, Daniel


Nicol, Charles Alexander


1st Commanding Officer

Nordquist, John Herbert





Sampson, Raymond Roy


Somerville, Ross A.






Wolfe, Howarth Lancaster


Worsley, Beatrice Helen


Served in Quinte 1945-1946 as a Lt, WRCNS while doing a study on hull corrosion





Former Crew Members

Handfield, Louis Philippe, Lt (E), RCNVR - 30 May 1944


Loudon, Donald Edward, Slt, RCNVR - 07 Jul 1944


MacLean, Findlay Barnes, Slt, RCNVR - 20 Apr 1942


MacPhee, Finlay Angus, Slt, RCNVR - 08 Feb 1945

McPherson, Douglas Cluny, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jun 1944


Morrow, Ian Bernard Buchanan, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Jun 1944


Ness, George Cairns, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 01 May 1942


Nicol, Donald Basil, Slt, RCNVR - 30 Jun 1944

Oliver, Hubert Galt, Lt, RCN(R) - 18 Feb 1946


Spears, John Walker, Slt, RCNVR - 13 Mar 1942


Valleau, Val (Howard), AB, 1944-1945


Walker, Frank Bibley, Slt, RCNVR - 15 Feb 1942


Photos and Documents



Personal Photo Gallery for George Crewe

Ship's company photos for HMCS Quinte