Then Weather Ship CCG ST. CATHARINES 324 (1952)

HMCS St. Catharines K325  Source:


Laid down: 2 May 1942 at Esquimalt, BC

Launched: 5 December 1942

Commissioned: 31 July 1943

Paid off: 18 November 1945

Re-Acquired by RCN: 1950

Transferred to Dept. of Transport as a weather ship

Broken up in Japan in 1968


Commissioned on July 31, 1943, at Esquimalt, St. Catharines arrived at Halifax on October 4 and in November sailed for the U.K. as a member of EG C-2. She was continuously employed on convoy duty until October, 1944, and from February to September of that year was Senior Officer's ship. With six other escorts of convoy HX.280, she took part in the destruction of U 744 on March 6, 1944. After refitting at Shelburne from October to December, 1944, she went to Bermuda to work up and, on her return to Halifax, commenced tropicalization refit there. By the time this was completed in August, 1945, the war was over and the ship was paid off on November 18. In 1947 she was sold to Marine Industries Ltd. and laid up at Sorel, but was re-acquired in 1950 and converted to a weather ship. Transferred to the Department of Transport, she was taken round to the west coast to be stationed in the North Pacific as of July, 1952. Replaced in March, 1967, by CGS Vancouver, she was broken Japan in 1968.


HMCS St Catharines was built by Yarrows Ltd., Esquimalt, BC. She was sold in 1947 to Morton Engineering & Dry Dock Co., Quebec city. Re-acquired in 1950.


Commanding Officers

LCdr Herbert Coates Reynard Davis, RCNR - 31 Jul 43 - 14 Mar 44

LCdr Anthony Fenwick Pickard, OBE, RCNR - 15 Mar 44 - 13 Dec 44

LCdr J.P. Fraser - 14 Dec 44 - 24 May 45

Lt Adair Bruce Swain, RCNVR - 25 May 45 - 03 Aug 45

LCdr L.C. Audette, RCNVR - 04 Aug 45 - 18 Nov 45


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

Atchison, Hugh, RCNVR


Leach, Kenneth

O'Connor, Harold R.


Taylor, Hugh, LS


U-Boats Sunk

U-744 (Oblt Heinz Blischke) a type VIIC U-boat, sunk on 06 Mar 1944 by HMCS St. Catharine K325, HMCS Chilliwack K131, HMCS Gatineau H61, HMCS Fennel K194, HMCS Chaudiere H99, HMS Icarus and HMS Keniworth Castle in position 52-01 N, 22-37 W. Of her crew of 51, there were 40 survivors


Former Crew Members:

Annear, Ernest Arthur, Lt, RCNVR - 31 May 1945

Burnett, Philip Whitworth, Cdr, RN

Conlin, Ralph Herbert, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 15 Apr 1944

Davis, Herbert Coates Reynard, LCdr, RCNR - 19 Apr 1943

Freeman, John Edward, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

Lawson, Thomas Duncan, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 03 Feb 1945

McKee, George Eugene, Mate, RCNVR - 28 Apr 1943 (Stand by)

Munro, John Thomas, Lt(E), RCNVR - 10 Mar 1945

Parker, Rex Clement, Lt(E), RCNVR (Stand by) - 13 Jan 1943

Robertson, John M., Lt, RCNVR - 22 May 1944

Rowland, William John, Lt, RCNVR - 31 May 1945

Spicer, William Wright, Lt, RCNVR - 10 Jun 1943


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