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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS VICTORIAVILLE K684 / 320

Then HMCS GRANBY 180 (1966)

 

HMCS Victoriaville 320

Post wartime badge

HMCS Victoriaville K684

HMCS Granby 180

 

Laid down: 01 Feb 1943

Launched: 23 Jun 1944

Commissioned: 11 Nov 1944

Paid off: 17 Nov 1945

Re-commissioned: 25 Sep 1959

Re-named / Reclassified: 21 Dec 1966

Paid off: 31 Dec 1973

Fate: Sold for scrap in 1974

 

Commissioned on 11 Nov 1944, at Quebec City, she arrived at Halifax on 03 Dec 1944 and late that month proceeded to Bermuda to work up. In Feb 1945, she was assigned to EG C-9, leaving Halifax on 27 Feb 1945 to join convoy SC.168 for her passage to Londonderry, where the group was based. Victoriaville spent the balance of the war on North Atlantic convoy duty. She left Barry, Wales, on 02 May 1945 to pick up convoy ON.300 on her way home to Canada, and on 12 May 1945 escorted the surrendered U 190 into Bay Bulls, Nfld. She began tropicalization refit at Saint John, N.B., on 24 May 1945, but work was stopped on 20 Aug 1945, and on 17 Nov 1945 the ship was paid off at Sydney and laid up at Shelburne. Subsequently sold to Marine Industries Ltd., she was re-acquired by the RCN and re-commissioned on 25 Sep 1959, following conversion to a Prestonian class ocean escort. On 21 Dec 1966, she assumed the name and duties of the retiring diving tender Granby, but was paid off 31 Dec 1973, and sold for scrap the following year.

 

RCN Memories:     My Time On The Vicky

 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          WWII Veteran Bob McDonald: A Life of Service

 

Commanding Officers - HMCS Victoriaville

A/LCdr Lester Alton Hickey, MBE, RCNR - 11 Nov 1944 - 17 Nov 1945

LCdr G.B. Wither, RCN - 25 Sep 1959 - 04 May 1961

LCdr William P. Rikely, RCN - 05 May 19 61 - 10 Mar 19 63

LCdr A.J. Norman, RCN - 12 Dec 1964 - 08 Jan 1965

 

Commanding Officers - HMCS Granby 180

LCdr E.A. Makin, RCN - 21 Dec 1966 - unk

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Benjamin, Gordon

1937-2013

Benson, George Floyd A.

1935-2007

Bertuzzi, Peo

1920-2001

Bockus, Donald Roland

____-2002

Served in Victoriaville during WW 2

Boyd, Robert Elmer

____-2009

Brown, Kenneth Frederick

1933-2019

Served in Victoriaville in 1961 as OpsO

Burbidge, Frederick Stewart

1918-2013

 

 

 

C-D

Carnahan, George Burton

1939-2016

Served in Granby as a Clearance Diver

Christie, Robert William

1937-2006

Served in Victoriaville in 1964

Curts, Alexander

1916-1946

Served in Victoriaville 12 Oct 1944 - 31 Jul 1945 as a A/Sto PO

Dohan, John Chester

____-2018

 

E-F

Ferroni, Armand

1928-1979

 

 

 

 

G-H

Gerrior, Marshall James

1927-2004

Hyatt, Randall Everett

 

 

 

M-N

MacEachern, Allister Joseph

____-2016

MacMillan, Hugh Dale

1926-2006

Morison, Allen Irwin

1918-2013

Munroe, Frank Charles

1922-2014

Myers, Alexander James

1924-2009

Nickerson, Augustus

____-2002

 

 

 

 

O-P

Oxholm, Bendt A. O'N.

1930-2019

Paradis, Clement

1923-2005

Power, John Kevin

1922-2017

Commissioning crew as Lt (S), RCNVR, Supply Officer

 

 

Q-R

Rikely, William Paul

1925-2012

3rd Commanding Officer

Ross, James Douglas

1933-2016

Served in Granby as a Clearance Diver

Ruckle, William George

____-1990

Served in Victoriaville 1944 - 1945

Russell, Harold Barry A.

____-2009

 

S-T

Stanger, Edgar Thorne

1923-2017

Stegen, James William

1933-2017

Served in Victoriaville in 1962

Swim, Minard George

1925-2017

Served in Victoriaville in 1943

Turner, Edward Joseph

1924-1995

Served in Victoriaville 11 Nov 1944 - 17 May 1945

Commissioning crew

 

U-V

Vermunt, Charles Edward

1926-2002

 

 

 

 

W-X

Walsh, Gerald Francis

1937-2017

Walsh, Michael

1938-1983

Served in Granby in the 1960s & 1970S as a clearance diver

Wilwand, Robert E.

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Cleough, Doug B., OS.BN, 35285-H, RCN - Sep 1959 - May 1961 

 

Dean, William Patterson, Lt (E), RCNVR - 08 Apr 1945

 

Graham, Donald Vye, Surg Lt, RCNVR - 21 Feb 1945

 

Hyatt, Randall Everett - WW2

 

James, Richard Spencer, A/Lt, RCNVR - 04 Jun 1945

 

Kimber, Norman, AB.WU, RCN  - 1961-1962

LeMoine, Robert Edward Earle, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Apr 1945

 

McDonald, Bob 

 

Metcalfe, Harold Roy (Hal), AB, V75909, RCNVR (served in Victoriaville during WW2)

 

Nichol, John Lang, SLt, O-55300, RCNVR - 30 Oct 1944 (Navy List Nov 1944).  Appointed Lt, RCNVR 15 Feb 1945 (Navy List Mar 1945)

 

Pearson, Don

Pittendrigh, Jim, Signalman - 1962

 

Reid, Andrew, Stoker - WW 2

 

Reid, John, AB.RM1 - 1963 - 1965

 

Winterburn, Nelson, AB.VS1 - 09 Oct 1961 - 19 Sep 1963 

 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS Victoriaville K684 conducting a stern fueling

From the collection of Joseph Edward Turner

Courtesy of Adam Gaines

HMCS Victoriaville alongside .....

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Bob Macklem

 

Webmaster's Note:  Robert Macklem served in Chilliwack, St Boniface and Penetang - this photo would have been taken from any of those 3 ships.

HMCS Victoriaville 320

 

Roland Plante (HMCS Donnacona) on his Ship's Team Diver course, summer 1972 on HMCS Granby 180 (former HMCS Victoriaville 320)

Courtesy of Roland Plante

Roland Plante (HMCS Donnacona) with HMCS Granby 180 (former HMCS Victoriaville 320) in the background

Courtesy of Roland Plante

HMCS Granby 180 (former HMCS Victoriaville 320) at French Cable Wharf, Dartmouth, NS - late 1960s early 1970s

Courtesy of Dan Delong

 

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