For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS SAMBRO (1941)

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

 

 

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Budge, Patrick David

1904-1998

Served in HMCS Sambro in 1941

 

 

 

 

G-H

Hibbard, James Calcutt

1908-1996

Served in Sambro in 1942

 

 

 

 

K-L

Leigh, Laithwood Lewis

1914-1972

Served in Venture 06 May 1943 - 07 Nov 1943 and 20 Dec 1944 - 23 Jun 1945

 

 

 

 

O-P

Powell, Robert Montagu

1914-2004

Drafted to Venture 14 May 1943 as A/Cdr (Temp), RCNVR

 

 

 

 

S-T

Streisel, John Christian

1923-1989

Served in Venture 09 Mar 1944 - 12 Mar 1944 as a Sto 1c

 

 

 

 

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

A few sailors on the jetty with what looks like it will be the evening supper

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

 

 

HOME PAGE     SHIP INDEX      CONTACT