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HMCS SACKVILLE K181

HMCS Sackville K181 after being restored to her wartime configuration

 

Laid Down: 28 May 1940

Launched 15 May 1941 at Saint John, NB

Commissioned: 30 Dec 1941

Paid off: 08 Apr 1946

Re-commissioned: 04 Aug 1950 (as a depot ship)

Re-classed: 1953 as CNAV (later CFAV)

Fate: Paid off and transferred to The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in 1983 to be restored to her wartime configuration.

 

Built by Saint John Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Saint John, NB, she was launched on 15 May 1941. Commissioned on 30 Dec 1941, at Saint John, N.B., Sackville arrived at Halifax on 12 Jan 1942. She joined NEF after working up, and on 26 May 1942 left St. John's to escort HX.191 as part of the newly formed EG C-3. In Apr 1943, she transferred to C-1, and in Sep 1943 briefly joined EG 9 in support of the beleaguered combined convoy ONS.18 / ON.202, which lost six merchant vessels and three escorts. In Oct 1943 Sackville transferred to C-2 for the balance of her war career. She underwent two major refits: at Liverpool, N.S., and Halifax, from 14 Jan to 02 May 1943; and at Galveston, Texas, from late Feb to 07 May 1944, when her fo'c's'le was extended. Upon her return from working up in Bermuda, in Jun 1944, she made a crossing to Londonderry. Soon after leaving for the westward journey she split a boiler and had to return to 'Derry for repairs. She left again on 11 Aug 1944, to limp home as escort to ONS.248, refitted at Halifax and, in Sep 1944, briefly became a training ship at HMCS Kings. In Oct 1944 she began, at Halifax, refit and reconstruction to a loop-laying vessel, and work was still in progress by VE-Day. The ship was paid off on 08 Apr 1946, but re-commissioned 04 Aug 1950, as depot ship, reserve fleet. She was refitted in 1950 but remained inactive until 1953, when, as a Canadian Naval Auxiliary Vessel (CNAV), she began a survey of the Gulf of St. Lawrence that was to last several years. She also carried out a number of cruises to the Baffin Island-Greenland area. Extensive modification in 1968 reflected Sackville's new status as a research vessel, and she is currently operated by the Department of National defence on behalf of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography. In 1983, as the sole surviving corvette, she was transferred to the Canadian Naval Corvette Trust (now Canadian Naval Memorial Trust) and restored to her wartime appearance.

 

Ship's company photos          Photos and Documents

 

My Life Aboard HMCS Sackville - by Patrick Onions A/B RCNVR Ret.          WW II veteran Larry Hartman visits HMCS Sackville 71 years later

 

Commanding Officers

Lt William Reid Kirkland, RCNR - 30 Dec 1941 - 05 Apr 1942

Lt Alan Herbert Easton, DSC, RCNR - 06 Apr 1942 - 09 Apr 1943

A/LCdr Angus Hetherington Rankin, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1943 - 17 May 1944

Lt Anthony Rivers Hicks, RCNVR - 18 May 1944 - 17 Sep 1944

Lt C.C. Love, RCNVR - 18 Sep 1944 - 05 Nov 1944

Lt John Alfred McKenna, RCNVR - 06 Nov 1944 - 08 Apr 1946

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

CARTWRIGHT, Gordon David

AB, V/24087, RCNVR

MPK -14 Oct 1942 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Alward, Calvin James

1923-2017

Andrews, William Lorne

1927-2016

Atherley, James Joseph

1920-2008

Blain, James

1920-2007

Byatt, Archie

1920-2017

Served in Sackville in 1942

Byers, Kenneth

____-2010

 

 

 

 

C-D

Campbell, Emile

____-2011

Canning, Kevin Michael

1930-2012

Clow, Claude

____-2009

Cox, Peter S.

1921-2014

Darling, David

____-2006

E-F

Easton, Alan Herbert

1902-2001

 

 

 

 

G-H

Garceau, Paul

____-2005

Gregoroschuk, Dan

____-____

Hallett, Abraham Richard

1905-1961

Harrington, Walter

1922-1970

Served in Sackville 1942-1943

Harris, John F.

1919-2011

Hirtle, Richard Daniel

1920-2013

 

 

 

 

K-L

King, John Lloyd MacKenzie

1919-2017

 

 

 

 

M-N

MacDonald, Frank Joseph

1914-2006

Margison, John Eric

____-2010

Medford, Kenneth Alleyne

1917-2010

Served in Sackville 06 Apr 1942 - 03 Mar 1943 as A/LS Layer Rating 3rd class, RCNVR

Morris, Ashley Harl

1918-2007

Murray, Arthur William

1920-2014

Drafted to Sackville on 26 Apr 1944 as Lt, RCNVR

O-P

Olsen, John Hans

____-____

Osburn, Anthony George

____-2003

Drafted to Sackville 06 Apr 1942 as Lt, RCNVR, XO

Patterson, Roy

1925-2015

 

 

Q-R

Rolland, Joseph W.

1921-2011

Round, Gilbert

____-2003

 

 

 

S-T

Savas, James Diamond

1922-2008

Sawchuk, William

____-2010

Sheppard, Bruce Richard

1925-2014

Stone, George Alfred

1921-2007

 

U-V-W-X-Y-Z

Van Allen, William G.

1923-2001

Wilkinson, Horace Edward

Served in Sackville 16 Feb 1944 - 19 Apr 1944 as a L/Sto, RN

MPK - 21 Aug 1944

while serving in

HMCS Alberni K103

 

 

 

Ship's Mascots

Corky

____-____

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Aickens, Cliff, SBA - 1942

 

Binmore, David Armstrong, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Jun 1943

 

Brinacomb, Gordon

 

Carruthers, Colin Mackenzie, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1942

 

Chapman, Neil Henley, Slt, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1942

 

Chenard, Napoleon

 

Geldard, Alf

 

Graham, George Keith

Harrington, Walter

 

Hartman, Larry

 

Hickox, Jack, Leading Hand - 1942

 

Jollife, William Ernest, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1943

 

Jones, William Howard, Lt (El), RCNVR - 05 Mar 1945

 

Kent, William Gerald, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 06 Apr 1942

 

Onions, Patrick, AB, RCNVR

 

Ransom, Claude - 1942

Saunders, George - 1942

 

Schmeisser, Chester James, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Feb 1945 NavO

 

Steele, James J. (Jim) - 1942

 

Stephenson, Tom

 

Stevenson, Jim - 1942

 

Tyler, Peter Jeffrey, A/Lt, RCNVR - 22 May 1944

 

Wheatley, Clifford Astley, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Jan 1943

 

Wilcox, Jack - 1942

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

HMCS Sackville - Summer 1942

From the collection of Joseph Henri Lionel Forget

Courtesy of Johnny Forget

HMCS Sackville K181 at sea - 1942

From the collection of Peter Cox

Courtesy of Gary Medford

HMCS Sackville alongside in St. John's, Newfoundland - 1942

From the collection of Peter Cox

Courtesy of Gary Medford

The White Ensign flying on HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Gunshield art on HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford 

HMCS Sackville K181

Photo taken from HMCS Kamloops K176 while convoy escort for ONS.18 & ON.202, Sep 1943

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford 

HMCS Sackville K181

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford 

Floating mine seen just off HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford 

A flock of seagulls over HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford 

North Atlantic convoy seen from HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Unknown corvette seen from HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford 

Kenneth Medford on the twin Lewis machine gun on HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford 

Jetty 3 Halifax circa 1942

The bow and forward gun of HMCS Ottawa H60 seen on the right of the photo.

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford


HMCS Galt K163 seen from HMCS Sackville K181 (foreground) circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

HMCS Skeena I59 seen from HMCS Sackville K181 (foreground) circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford


HMCS Sackville's whaler turned out and ready for use circa 1942

Note convoy in the distance

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Rough seas in the North Atlantic circa 1942

HMCS Sackville's whaler turned out and ready for use 

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

HMCS Sackville K181, looking aft along the port side circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

North Atlantic convoy seen from HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Paddy's Milestone (Ailsa Craig), seen from HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

 

Ailsa Craig or in Scots Gaelic, Creag Ealasaid, is an island of 99 hectares (240 acres) in the outer Firth of Clyde, 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) from mainland Scotland which was formed from the volcanic plug of an extinct volcano.

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

 

RMS Queen Elizabeth, seen from HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

HMS Bramham L51, seen from HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Seaplane base on the way to Greenock, Scotland circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Depth charge thrower on HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Two unknown aircraft carriers and a County class cruiser on the River Clyde - photos taken from HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

 

     

 

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Catapult Aircraft Merchant Ship (CAM ship) seen from HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

The planes on these ships were one launch planes.  Once launched, the pilot had to ditch the plane and hope he would be able to be picked up.

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Catalina Flying Boat seen from HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

HMCS Sackville K181 Iced-up, Winter 1942-1943

(Note her gunshield art in photos 4 and 5)

 

           

 

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

At sea on HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

 

"The Rev" Morris holding the ship's mascot Corky. Others in the picture ... Gordie Cartwright, Jim Stevenson, Claude Clow

 

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Jim Steele from Toronto, ON on HMCS Sackville K181 circ 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Jack Wilcox from PEI and Kenneth Medford on HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Claude Ransom from Windsor, ON on HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Kenneth Medford on HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

HMCS Sackville K181, St. John's, NFLD circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford


Unknown sub alongside HMCS Sackville K181 at St. John's NFLD circa 1942

Kenneth Medford standing on sub in top photo

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Kenneth Medford on HMCS Sackville K181 at St. John's NFLD circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Belgian Soldier (4th ship 9th column of ON 115), torpedoed but still afloat, under tow by unknown corvette (not in photo).

Convoy ON 115 departed Liverpool, England 24 Jul 1942, arrived Boston, Mass, 08 Aug 1942

Belgian Soldier was torpedoed and damaged by U-553. She straggled and was later sunk by U-607 on 4 Aug. 21 dead

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

G S Waldren, ON 115, torpedoed but still afloat, under tow by HMCS Agassiz (not in photo)

Convoy ON 115 departed Liverpool, England 24 Jul 1942, arrived Boston, Mass, 08 Aug 1942

G.S. Waldren was a tanker. She was torpedoed by U-552 on 03 Aug 1942, East of Cape Race. She was towed into St. John’s, NFLD. 1 Dead

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Line ahead in Conception Bay, NFLD circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Entering St. John's, NFLD circa 1942

 

     

 

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Unknown freighter near St. John's, NFLD circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Kenneth Medford on HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Jim Stevenson of Toronto, ON on HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Claude Ransom (with rifle) on the jetty by HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Cliff Aickens, SBA, HMCS Sackville K181 at Trafalgar Square, London circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Transiting the River Foyle enroute to Londonderry, Ireland

Photos taken from HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

 

              

 

        

 

2nd Row, 2nd photo is the WREN's quarters

 

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford


Blue Watch, HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

 

Top photo: L-R: Jim Stevenson, Toronto, ON;  Ashely Harl “The Rev” Morris, Chester,  NS;  Jim Steele, Toronto, ON;  Hunter, Alberta;  Claude Clow, Shelbourne, NS;  Medford, Kenneth, Leading hand

 

Bottom photo:  Back Row: L-R:  Kenneth Medford, Leading Hand; Ashely Harl "The Rev" Morris;  Unknown   Front Row: L-R:  Jim Steele;  Claude Clow; Jim Stevenson

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Ashley Harl "The Rev" Morris on a train in Scotland circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Blue Watch, HMCS Sackville K181, in Newfoundland circa 1942

 

Front: Kenneth Medford - Back Row: L-R:  Jim Stevensen , Jim Steele, Hunter, Ashley Harl "The”Rev” Morris, Claude Clow

 

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

White Watch, HMCS Sackville K181, in Newfoundland circa 1942

 

L-R: unknown; unknown; Jack Hickox, Leading Hand, Charlottetown, PEI; unknown; George Saunders, Montreal; unknown

 

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

An overturned lifeboat near HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Unknown freighter in convoy carrying trucks circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Unknown freighter in convoy circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford


HMCS Sackville biting in to a wave circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Kenneth Medford standing by the port Engineroom air intakes on HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

HMCS Sackville K181, starboard Engineroom air intakes (foreground), starboard Boiler room air intake (background) circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford


Fo'c's'le and 4-inch gun on HMCS Sackville icing up - circa 1942

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Iceberg near HMCS Sackville K181 - circa 1942

 

     

 

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Liverpool NS, during refit of HMCS Sackville, K181 - Jan-Feb 1943

Photos taken from HMCS Sackville

 

        

 

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

HMCS Sackville K181 circa 1943-1944

Photo taken from HMCS Kamloops K176

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Convoy seen from HMCS Sackville K181

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

HMCS Rosthern K169 and (likely) HMCS Galt K163. Photo taken from HMCS Sackville K181

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

US gunboat arriving in Halifax. Photo taken from HMCS Sackville K181. HMCS Galt K163 outboard of HMCS Sackville.

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Newspaper article on how sailors (on HMCS Sackville) pass time at sea

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

HMCS Sackville K181

HMCS Sackville K181 - 1942

Source: Archives.org

Christmas card from HMCS Sackville

Courtesy of Peter Manninen

Gun crew HMCS Sackville - 1942

From the collection of Larry Hartman

Courtesy of Ray Hartman

HMCS Sackville

From the collection of Larry Hartman

Courtesy of Ray Hartman

HMCS Sackville

From the collection of Larry Hartman

Courtesy of Ray Hartman

Larry Hartman on HMCS Sackville - 1942

From the collection of Larry Hartman

Courtesy of Ray Hartman

Larry Hartman on HMCS Sackville

From the collection of Larry Hartman

Courtesy of Ray Hartman

Larry Hartman on the signal light on HMCS Sackville

From the collection of Larry Hartman

Courtesy of Ray Hartman


Depth charge launched ......

 

Depth charge detonated

 

From the collection of Larry Hartman

Courtesy of Ray Hartman

 

Sackville at sea

From the collection of Larry Hartman

Courtesy of Ray Hartman

Larry Hartman (left) and Arf Geldard on HMCS Sackville

From the collection of Larry Hartman

Courtesy of Ray Hartman

HMCS Sackville as part of the 5th Escort Squadron - as designated by the barber pole on her funnel

From the collection of Larry Hartman

Courtesy of Ray Hartman

Gordon Brinacomb on HMCS Sackville

From the collection of Larry Hartman

Courtesy of Ray Hartman

Alf Geldard on HMCS Sackville

From the collection of Larry Hartman

Courtesy of Ray Hartman

Alf Geldard, Larry Hartman, "Hot Dog", Phil and Eric on HMCS Sackville, Greenock, Scotland, 1942. The gun shield of HMCS Agassiz is in the background

From the collection of Larry Hartman

Courtesy of Ray Hartman

HMCS Sackville's crows nest

From the collection of Larry Hartman

Courtesy of Ray Hartman

Boarding party from HMCS Sackville preparing to go to a tanker

From the collection of Larry Hartman

Courtesy of Ray Hartman

Depth charger thrower on HMCS Sackville

From the collection of Larry Hartman

Courtesy of Ray Hartman

HMC Sackville rescuing U-boat survivors

From the collection of Larry Hartman

Courtesy of Ray Hartman

Larry Hartman on HMCS Sackville, his first trip arriving in Ireland

From the collection of Larry Hartman

Courtesy of Ray Hartman

Various newspaper articles on HMCS Sackville action with U-boats

 

    

 

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

This photo shows a mess deck on HMCS Sackville, the last corvette, restored to her wartime configuration by the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust.

The oilskin on the mannequin was donated by Catherine Crewe, daughter of the late George Crewe, RCN

CFAV Sackville

Courtesy of Gary Medford

 

     

 

Newspaper articles on the preservation and restoration of HMCS Sackville K181

From the collection of Leonard Hare

Courtesy of Debbie King

 

HMCS Sackville K181, Halifax 2014

Photographer: John Floyd

© John Floyd 2014 / all rights reserved

Published here with permission of John Floyd. Do not reproduce, re-use or republish without permission of John Floyd

Larry Hartman on HMCS Sackville in 1944 and again, 71 years later, on HMCS Sackville in Halifax

 

Click here to view Larry's personal photo and document gallery

Legion Newspaper Article mentioning Claude Clow, Sep 1995

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Ken Medford visits HMCS Sackville 60 years later

Source: the Trident magazine

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

 

11 Feb 2018 - HMCS SACKVILLE is moved to the Syncrolift in Halifax for a refit. Her hull will be cleaned of algae and then there will be extensive plate repair/replacement done in the submarine shed.

 

              

 

                 

 

Photographer / © 2018 Carl Anderson (1 - 4) and Bill Gard (5 - 13)

Courtesy of Bill Gard

 

 

HMCS SACKVILLE on the syncrolift in Halifax - 11 Feb 2018 - being prepared for refit

 

     

 

Photographer / © 2018 - Doug Struthers

Courtesy of Bill Gard

 

 

 

HMCS SACKVILLE's refit is progressing.  Her hull has been scraped/sandblasted and primed.

 

Photographer / © 2018 - Bill Gard

Courtesy of Bill Gard

 

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