RCN photo # H-142

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Launched: 1911

Commissioned: 24 Sep 1940

Paid off: 18 Aug 1945

Fate: Sank enroute to Sydney, NS on 27 Oct 1964


Prior to the Second World War, the SANKATY was used as a passenger ferry in New Jersey, USA.  Partially gutted by fire, she was scuttled and sunk. After laying on the harbour bed for a number of years, the hull was raised and purchased by Mr. MacDonald of Sydney, NS, to be repaired and used as a ferry in NS waters.


At the outbreak of the Second World War, she was requisitioned by the RCN and converted into a Mine Layer and Anti-Submarine Cable Layer. Based at Halifax, she operated in NS and Newfoundland waters until Aug 1945.


After being paid off, she was returned to Mr. MacDoanld and was converted into a passenger and car ferry being re-named "The Charles Dunning". He sold her to the Department of Highways.


Sold for scrap in 1964, she sank on 27 Oct 1964 while enroute to Syndey, NS.



Photos and Documents



Commanding Officers


Skpr/Lt John McLeod, RCNR - 01 May 1943 - unk



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Brissenden, Barry Samuel, SLt, RCNVR - 26 May 1941


Jemmett, Bruce Gregg, A/LCdr, RCNVR - 14 Apr 1944



Photos and Documents


Stoker Archie Hicks on HMCS SANKATY - 1942


From the collection of Sto PO Archie Hicks


Courtesy of Steve Hicks

Unidentified sailors aboard minelayer HMCS SANKATY, Mar 1941

Source: Library and Archives of Canada / Dept. of National Defence / PA 105292

Postcard of the Steamer SANKATY

Steamer SANKATY at Union Wharf, Vineyard Haven, MA