Then HMCS VENTURE II  1943 (March)


Then HMCS VENTURE 1943 (May)



HMCS Venture II

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


Built: 1925 

Commissioned: 07 Dec 1939 as HMS Seaborn

Transferred to RCN: 1941

Commissioned: Sep 1941 as HMCS Sambro

Renamed: 06 Mar 1943 - HMCS Venture II

Renamed: May 1943 - HMCS Venture

Paid off: 14 Jan 1946

Fate: Sold to commercial use. Final disposition unknown 


Formerly the U.S. yacht Seaborn, she had been acquired in 1939 by Northumberland Ferries Ltd. and renamed Charles A. Dunning just in time to be taken over for naval service and revert to her former name. On 07 Dec 1939, she was commissioned as HMS SEABORN, flagship of the Read Admiral, 3rd Battleship Squadron, Halifax. At the end of Sep 1941, she became HMCS SAMBRO, depot ship at Halifax for destroyers and auxiliaries, and on 06 Mar 1943 was again renamed VENTURE II as depot ship for Fairmiles. When the sailing yacht VENTURE was re-designated on 13 May 1943, H.C. 190, the depot ship dropped her Roman suffix and remained plain Venture until paid off on 14 Jan 1946. Sold for commercial purposes, she still existed in 1953 under Panamanian flag.



Photos and Documents



Commanding Officers


A/Cdr Thomas Grant Denny, RCNVR - 20 Dec 1944 - unk



       In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Middleton, Robert Earl, RCN



Photos and Documents


A few sailors on the jetty with what looks like it will be the evening supper with HMCS VENTURE in the background


Photographer: Roy T. Cardy


From the collection of Roy T. Cardy


Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

Fairmiles tied up outboard of HMCS SAMBRO, Halifax, 1941.  Q086 outboard the forward group of 4 ships


From the collection of Laithwood Leigh


Courtesy of Judy Saunders

Capt. M.L.s and Staff on HMCS SAMBRO, Halifax, 1942


From the collection of Laithwood Leigh


Courtesy of Judy Saunders