For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS Sudbury K162

From the collection of J.T. Williams

Courtesy of Jim Williams

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Laid down: 25 Jan 1941

Launched: 31 May 1941

Commissioned: 15 Oct 1941

Paid off: 28 Aug 1945

Fate: Broken up at Victoria, B.C., in 1967


Built at Kingston, Ont., she was commissioned on 15 Oct 1941, at Montreal. Sudbury arrived at Halifax on 26 Oct 1941. She joined Sydney Force as local escort to ocean convoys but in Jan 1942, joined Newfoundland Command, making one round trip to Londonderry. On her return she transferred to the newly formed WLEF and in June 1942 to Halifax Tanker Escort Force. In the following three months she made two round trips to Trinidad and one to Aruba, escorting tankers both ways. In Sep 1942 Sudbury was placed under U.S. control, escorting New York-Guantanamo convoys. She arrived at Liverpool, N.S., on 26 Dec 1942, for two months' refit, worked up at Halifax and then joined WLEF, in Jun 1943, becoming a member of EG W-9. In Sep 1943 she was lent to EG C-5 for her second transatlantic trip, afterward resuming service with W-9 until New Year's Day, 1944, when she left for the west coast. She arrived at Esquimalt on 03 Feb 1944, and later that month commenced refit, including fo'c's'le extension, at Vancouver. On completion on 10 May 1944, she joined Esquimalt Force for the duration of the war, being paid off on 28 Aug 1945, at Esquimalt. After the war Sudbury was sold and converted for use as a salvage tug, entering service in 1949 under her original name. She was broken up at Victoria in 1967.


Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          The Ship's Bell


Greater Sudbury and the RCN - HMCS COPPER CLIFF and HMCS SUDBURY


Commanding Officers

LCdr A.M. McLarnon, RCNR - 15 Oct 1941 - 03 May 1943

Lt Douglas Sutherland Martin, RCNR - 04 May 1943 - 09 Jan 1944

Lt Gordon Leslie Mackay, RCNR - 10 Jan 1944 - 19 Mar 1944

A/LCdr James Wake Golby, DSC, RCNVR - 20 Mar 1944 - 19 Jun 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Burton, George Robert


Billinger, Edward Jackson

Served in Sudbury 15 Oct 1941 - 19 Jun 1942

Killed - 23 Feb 1944

while serving in HMS Excellent





Feesey, Arthur Henry


Fincham, George Edward






Hantelmann, Norman Allen


Hill, W. Clayton






Ireland, Alexander Doug


Jones, Walter


Judges, Ronald Alfred


Langille, Ernest Gordon




Martin, Douglas S.

Menzies, Hugh C.

Norbury, Horace Linton





Former Crew Members

Armstrong, Frank, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jul 1943


Beaton, William Neal, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Burns, Walter, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - Jan 1945


Campbell, John Scott, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1943


Crowhurst, Kenneth Guy, Lt, RCNVR - 25 May 1945

Evans, Clifford, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Griffin, Thomas Francis, Lt, RCNVR - 06 May 1944


Hacking, Norman Robert, Lt, RCNVR - 08 Feb 1943


Hyland, Robert Tait, A/Lt, RCNVR - 09 May 1944


Kaye, Joseph, A/Lt, RCNVR - 19 Mar 1945


McCombe, William, Skpr, RCNR - 06 May 1944

McRae (MacRae??), John Monte, Lt, RCNVR - 05 May 1943 (Stand by) / 30 Apr 1944


Rodwell, Frank Ernest Reid, Wt/Mech, RCN - 14 Jun 1944


Sim, Duncan Alexandr, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Thompson, Earl Douglas, A/War (E), RCN - 14 Feb 1944


Photos and Documents


Petty Officers' Mess, HMCS Sudbury, St. Johnís, Newfoundland, 18 June 1943

Source: PO Jack Hawes / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-190808

Merchant ship Sudbury


The End


Island Tug's salvage vessel Sudbury (former HMCS Sudbury) being cut up at Capital Iron and Metal, Victoria, BC, 09 Aug 1967

© / Courtesy of Ron Green, Capital Iron and Metal