For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS VICTORIAVILLE K684 / 320

Then HMCS GRANBY 180 (1966)

 

Post wartime badge

HMCS Victoriaville K684

 

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.

 

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

Boyd, Robert Elmer

____-2009

Burbidge, Frederick Stewart

1918-2013

 

 

 

C-D

Carnahan, George Burton

1939-2016

Served in Granby as a Clearance Diver

Christie, Robert William

1937-2006 

 

 

 

G-H

Gerrior, Marshall James

1927-2004

 

 

 

 

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

Paradis, Clement

1923-2005

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Ross, James Douglas

1933-2016

Served in Grandby as a Clearance Diver

 

 

 

 

U-V

Vermunt, Charles Edward

1926-2002

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

McDonald, Bob 

 

Pearson, Don

Pittendrigh, Jim, Signalman - 1962

 

Reid, John, ABRM1 - 1963 - 1965

 

Winterburn, Nelson, ABVS1 - 09 Oct 1961 - 19 Sep 1963 

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

RCN Memories

My Time On The Vicky

 

Links

WWII Veteran Bob McDonald: A Life of Service

 

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