HMCS YPRES J70  /  Gate Vessel 1


Battle Class Trawler





Launched: 16 Jun 1917

Commissioned: 10 Nov 1917

Paid off: 1920

Re-commissioned: 01 May 1923

Paid off: Nov 1932

Re-commissioned: 1938

Fate: Sunk after collision with HMS Revenge on 12 May 1940


Built by Polson Iron Works, Toronto, Ont. Her specifications were: Displacement: 320 tons, Length: 130 ft, Beam: 23.5 ft, Draught: 13.5 ft, Speed: 10 kts, Armament: 1-12pdr. She was initially in service from 10 Nov 1917 to 1920. YPRES was re-commissioned as a training ship in 01 May 1923. She was placed in reserve in Nov 1923 and used as a training ship from 1923 until 1932. In 1938 she merged from refit as Gate Vessel 1 of Halifax boom defence. On 12 May 1940, she was sunk in a collision with HMS REVENGE at Halifax, fortunately without loss of life.



Photos and Documents          HMCS YPRES - On the Rocks



Commanding Officers


Ch/Skpr Henry Hanford Dakin, RCN - 01 May 1918 - unk

Lt Alfred Charles Wurtele, RCN - 01 May 1923 - unk

Lt Colin Degge Donald, RCN - 10 May 1927 - unk

LCdr Frank Llewellyn Houghton, RCN - 1930 - unk

LCdr Maurice Adrian Wood, RCN - 11 Jan 1931 - unk

A/Skpr Howard Garfield Verge



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Cassivi, Remi Joseph, A/Skpr, RCNR - 20 Apr 1940


Creaser, Stuart Kenneth, A/Skpr, RCNR - 27 Apr 1940



Photos and Documents





(HD31) Stoker Herbert E. Dowling (left) with friend on HMCS YPRES circa 1929-1933

(HD32) Stoker Herbert E. Dowling (back, centre) with friends on jetty in front of HMCS YPRES circa 1929-1933

(HD33) Stoker Herbert E. Dowling (back, left) with friends on jetty in front of HMCS YPRES circa 1929-1933

From the collection of Herbert E. Dowling, Leading Stoker, RCN

Courtesy of Bill Cummins




HMCS YPRES in the approaches to Halifax Harbour

RCN photo

Source: Canadian Virtual Military Museum on Facebook