HMCS Skeena Besides regular convoy duties, Skeena also participated in Normandy. In response to my request for information on the HMCS PRINCE ROBERT and her sister ships, the PRINCE HENRY AND PRINCE DAVID, Robin sent the following correspondence. The vessels lost included: 22 Oct, 1940-HMCS Margaree (H 49) – Destroyer – D Class. The ship was renamed North Star. Picture orders were taken on board ship during the journey back from Hong Kong. In March 1940, the vessels were purchased outright from CNR: $700,000 for Prince David and Prince Robert, and $800,000 for Prince Henry. You may be researching your family’s history and don’t have a photo of a family member who served in Her (or His) Majesty’s Canadian ships. 1453 x 2111 . 1 Part II HMCS PRINCE ROBERT: Anti-aircraft cruiser, 1943-1945. 1352 x 808. Although they have been acquired and operated at first by the Royal Navy upon completion and transfer, the RCN asked the permission to train personal on board, which was granted, while the HMS Puncher was directly manned by Canadian personal. In the design of Captain Samuel Holland, Royal Navy, for the City of Charlottetown, there is one major central square, Queen's, surrounded by four minor squares. Photos of vessel HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN (MMSI: 316130000) uploaded by the MarineTraffic community de Havilland CC-138 Twin Otter. Prince Henry patrolled off Peru with the British cruiser Diomede through February and early March, before Diomede was called away. SHIP'S COMPANY PHOTOS If you can identify anyone in these photos, please send me an EMAIL HMCS PRINCE HENRY F70. Electric Boat Company. The meta is already broken, just let me play out some real historic battles. All three underwent substantial conversion. H. Freeland, DSO, RCNR). 0000001848 00000 n Their arrival in B.C. Return to the Allied Warships section Of particular interest now were the four large German merchant ships lying at Callao, Peru: München, Hermonthis, Leipzig and Monserrate. Increasing the RCN’s capabilities in the north is one of the key features of the Harry-DeWolf class, and HMCS Harry DeWolf and its sister ships will be at the core of an enhanced Canadian Arctic presence over the coming years. 2528 x 1285. Inspired designs on t-shirts, posters, stickers, home decor, and more by independent artists and designers from around the world. These were mounted on the centre line of the ships, two forward and two aft. HMCS Prince Henry, June 1942. C.T. The three ships were all basically similar, 385 feet in length, capable of 22 knots, and built at considerable expense for the Canadian National Railway in Birkenhead, England in 1929-30. . HMCS Prince Henry (ex-North Star) escapes the St Lawrence before freeze-up 1940 CLARKE SHIPS GO TO WAR - AND WAR COMES TO THE ST LAWRENCE On Friday, September 1, 1939, the North Star, was in the middle of her final cruise of the summer, from New York to Montreal, at Bonne Bay, Newfoundland. The acquisition, arming, activity and disposition of the 3 "prince ships" in the Second World War (WW2).These were: HMCS Prince David; HMCS Prince Henry; HMCS Prince Robert; This is one of the declassified Canadian Forces Headquarters (CFHQ) reports. For hours, both ships laid patterns of depth charges until a huge explosion was heard underwater. 49 HMCS Armentières arrived in Esquimalt, coming from Montreal in 1918 and served as a training ship for the naval reserves. Military History / October 31, 2014 by Bruce Ricketts / Leave a Comment. Royal Canadian Navy of World War II – Ships Lost. Fast Motor Boat. They not tied to the escorts traveling to Europe rather they were initially sent out to search for enemy vessels. Because his mother had to work, he and his brother were taken under the wing of the local YMCA, where they both became excellent competitive swimmers. HMCS Prince David was one of three Canadian National Steamships passenger liners that were converted for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), first to armed merchant cruisers at the beginning of Second World War, then infantry landing ships (medium) or anti-aircraft escort. She was converted to an auxiliary cruiser in 1939–1940. In early 1942, Japanese citizens were stripped of their possessions and removed from the Pacific coast to internment camps, while a massive expansion of the Royal Canadian Air Force was planned to secure the west coast from Japanese aerial assault. Photo of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service. As historian Fraser McKee noted, the combination of the Depression and “criticism of their cost contributed directly to Sir Henry’s resignation in 1932.”. Canadian Warplanes 5: de Havilland CC-138 Twin Otter. 0 Robert Irwin. Brooks-Hill, RCNVR), HMCS Waskesiu (Lt.Cdr. Technically the HMS Nabob and HMS Puncher of the Ruler class escort aircraft carriers of the Attacker class, based on the Type C3 design. The Canadian government purchase of three small west coast liners for conversion to Armed Merchant Cruisers (AMCs) was intended in part to address this problem. 0000005221 00000 n As AA Ship (PRINCE ROBERT): Radar: Sonar: none Fire Control: EW: none Armament: 5 4" dual AA, 2 2 Pdr AA, 6 20mm AA guns Ships: Name: Pendant: Commissioned: Paid Off: PRINCE ROBERT: F56: 31/7/40: 10/12/45: PRINCE HENRY: F70: 4/12/40: 15/4/45: PRINCE DAVID: F89: 28/12/40: 11/6/45: Photos: HMCS PRINCE ROBERT before her 1943 conversion. . Bangor Class Minesweeper. SEE Details. (new missions too) 11 1 1 Share this post. Also shown is a King George the 5th Class battleship, either HMS Anson or HMS Duke of York. HMCS Prince Robert, April 1941. C $33.07. 0000004329 00000 n Hmcs Prince Robert F70 Juno Beach. This included extensive cruises along the Atlantic seaboard and in the Caribbean, cruises to South America and Hawaii, as well as the Seattle and Alaskan routes. Graham Goodall's ship, HMCS St. Thomas in dry dock, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She left in mid-September for patrol off Mexico and Peru, and on September 25 intercepted and captured the German freighter Weser. startxref 87 … Ten postcards which were probably bought at the canteen in Cornwallis. From United States. Mar 1943. HMCS Prince David Mail ships RMS Connaught RMS Leinster RMS Mauretania RMS Windsor Castle Oil rigs Sovereign Explorer AV.1 (British Gas) Oil tankers MV Empire MacColl SS San Flaviano SS San Fortunato Merchant Navy Vessels SS City of Pretoria SS Manistee SS … HMCS Prince Rupert (K 324) Frigate of the River class. So, over the next week Beard kept Prince Robert just beyond the horizon in daylight and then slipped inshore at night to watch the harbour entrance. HMCS RAINBOW. She spent three months in the spring and summer assigned to the New Zealand Station patrolling the south Pacific. waters. Medley, DSO, RN), HMCS Bittersweet (T/A/Lt.Cdr. THE PRINCE SHIPS 1940-1945 CFHQ REPORT NUMBER 5 31 Oct 65 CONTENTS PAGE Part I Acquisition and arming of HMC Ships PRINCE DAVID, PRINCE HENRY AND PRINCE ROBERT. Beard, RCN, as her captain. Work continued on her over the summer while the RCN and the Royal Navy discussed her employment. HMCS PRINCE ROBERT (F56) The History of the PRINCE ROBERT The third of the C.N. But Sir Henry’s namesake steamed on as she and her siblings travelled far and wide in the 1930s to earn their keep. 25,538 posts. Various brightly painted relief commemorative metal ship badges on wooden plaques, all with nautical themes. HMCS ANNAPOLIS. 1 Part II HMCS PRINCE ROBERT: Anti-aircraft cruiser, 1943-1945. Equipped with new landing craft and in the company of Prince Henry, Prince David, sailed on 24 July for Naples to take part in Operation Dragoon, the invasion of southern France by the US 7th Army and troops from Canada, France and Britain. Weser was commissioned into the merchant fleet as Vancouver Island and made several crossings of the Atlantic before being sunk—ironically—by a U-boat in October 1941. Ernie MacAulay. Accepting the inevitable, Agnew cast off to collect the remaining German crew, who had set sail for Peru, before returning to sink Hermonthis by gunfire. . 2. Captain For A Day, Christmas, 1943. J.P. Fraser, RCNR) and HMCS Outremont (T/A/Lt.Cdr. Weser carried little to offer a merchant raider other than coke and peat moss. 990 likes. As one British official observed ruefully of the Canadian request for scores of aircraft for home defence, “Vancouver is fighting with its back to the wall!”, The naval establishment on the west coast had been tiny since the war began in September 1939, but it had not been idle. 0000001629 00000 n HMCS THIEPVAL (1918) was a Battle-class naval trawler that served in the Royal Canadian Navy from July 24, 1918 to February 28, 1930. Practice torpedo leaving the tube aboard HMCS Annapolis. She was one of three Prince Class ships in the RCN. 1 April 1941 -HMCS PRINCE HENRY intercepted freighters München and Hermonthisoff the coast of Peru. Captain W.B. Naval Service Headquarters agreed. On the eve of war, Canada had but six modern destroyers, with no prospect of additional ships for some time. Weser was known to be making preparations to depart, and so on Sept. 7, 1940, Prince Robert was ordered south to watch for her escape. Agnew was nonetheless determined to salvage this prize, and ordered some of the German crew back aboard and sent his own fire fighting crew onto Hermonthis. The ship's arrival during the Great Depression led to the vessel's financial failure and by 1935, the ship was in limited use. The second German ship was sighted at 1225 hours. Armed Merchant Cruiser HMCS Prince Robert HMCS Anticosti HMCS Uganda-The light cruiser of the Ceylon class. One is of the whole crew on the foc'sle, others are of morning inspection and gun crews. She metamorphosed more times than a butterfly. 13808), being flown in UN service. Beard, RCN) intercepts and captures the German merchant Weser (9472 GRT) off Manzanillo, Mexico. Postcards of Cornwallis, 1944/45. The ship was ordered in 2011, laid down in … Beard moved his AMC in behind the target and the harbour entrance, so Weser could not re-enter, and then waited until they were both in international waters. Our sincere thanks go out to him for the time and effort he has put into collating the following information: LETTER ONE: Dear Mr Hillman, With regard to your current project H.M.C.S. The List of Royal Canadian Navy ships of the Second World War lists over 1,140 surface warships, submarines and auxiliary vessels in service during the war. Prince Robert’s gunners then burst a star shell over Weser. However, her capture—the RCN’s first-ever solo capture at sea (the German ship Hanover was captured in the Caribbean by Assiniboine and HMS Dunedin in March 1940)—was a considerable public relations coup for Canada and its navy. She searched the area for three hours and found nothing: the Japanese submarine I 26 had sunk the transport with all hands. The RCN wanted to keep Prince Robert home, guarding the shores of B.C. Ken Bowie was the youngest crew­member on HMCS Prince Robert on Christmas Day, 1943, so he was made ship's Captain. HMCS Prince Robert was built in 1930 by CN Steamships, to serve as a small luxury liner serving the tourist trade on Canada's west coast. HMCS Prince Robert as seen during the war. The Crowsnest was no place to be," says Ch ... 1019 x 1526. 2972 x 2155. Ongoing work, including the need to fire her guns for the first time, which constituted her entire shakedown cruise, delayed Prince Robert’s departure until the early hours of Sept. 12. Contracts were let to convert David and Henry—at 5,700 tons slightly larger than their sibling—on the east coast, with the intent that they would serve in the Atlantic. (DND Photo via Mike Kaehler) de Havilland CC-138 Twin Otter (Serial No. When Prince Henry passed within a kilometre of her at 0730 there was little to be done. FLOWERS, DND/LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA104531, Operation Chuckle: No Laughing Matter: Army, Part 87, The Problems With Vampires: Air Force, Part 38. In early 1942, Japanese citizens were stripped of their possessions and […] HMCS Prince David was one of three Canadian National Steamships passenger liners that were converted for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), first to armed merchant cruisers at the beginning of Second World War, then infantry landing ships (medium) … … The ship began service as the ocean liner SS Prince Henry for the Canadian National Steamship Company servicing ports along the Canadian British Columbia Coast and cities in t 0000004091 00000 n Charles Gaal aboard HMCS Chaudiére, 1944. HMCS Prince Robert was the first of three refrigerated passenger and cargo ships constructed at Birkenhead for Canadian National for operation along the British Columbia Coast during the 1930s. All I want for 2021 is more REAL ships De ruyter HMCS Ontario Prince of Whales New Jersey (miss back) Greek ships ETC Add more, but I always prefer playing with ships that are real. German submariner in HMCS Prince David sick bay Aug 1944 LAC 3209434.jpg 600 × 760; 76 KB. 25 May 1941-Seven Royal Canadian Navy corvettes under the command of Commander J. D. ‘Chummy’ Prentice, RCN, arrive in St. John’s Newfoundland as the first units of the Ne… Section revised August 10, 2020. According to the RCN’s recent official history, “taken by surprise, the German crew proved co-operative and the boarding party was able to secure the ship with little difficulty.”. That appearance probably saved Prince David in the spring of 1941 during an Atlantic patrol, when the heavy mast and upper works of a major warship loomed over the horizon in the morning gloom. Ships Shown: HMS Bleasdale, HMCS Haida, HMCS Matane, HMCS Ontario, HMCS Prince Robert, RMS Queen Mary, HMS Truncheon. Of her ship’s company of 41, nineteen are killed. The Canadian warship fired one round ahead of München at 0700 hours at a range of 12,000 yards in an attempt to stop her. All I want for 2021 is more REAL ships De ruyter HMCS Ontario Prince of Whales New Jersey (miss back) Greek ships ETC Add more, but I always prefer playing with ships that are real. Prince Robert 9.25 x 7.25 x 1.25 inches $350 each. HMCS Prince David (ship, 1930)‎ (15 F) Prince Robert (ship, 1930)‎ (4 F) Q HMCS Qu'Appelle (DDE 264)‎ (4 F) HMCS Quebec (C66)‎ (8 F) V HMCS Ville de Québec (FFH 332)‎ (39 F) W HMS Warrior (R31)‎ (1 P, 14 F) Y HMCS Yukon (DDE 263)‎ (1 F) Media in category "Royal Canadian Navy ships" The following 64 files are in this category, out of 64 total. They were built as small, fast luxury liners ordered in 1929 to serve on Canada's West Coast and converted to Armed Merchant Cruisers in 1940. SS BEAVER. HMCS Prince Robert was one of three identical ships used as armed merchant cruisers (AMCs) by the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) during the Second World War. All orders are custom made and most ship worldwide within 24 hours. Upon completion, Prince Robert and … The second of six new Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) for the Royal Canadian Navy, the future HMCS Margaret Brooke follows the recent delivery HMCS Harry DeWolf on July 31 st of this year, the lead vessel in the new DeWolf Class. She, too, was soon on fire, with her crew piling into boats. 869 0 obj <>stream Legion Magazine is published by Canvet Publications Ltd. © 2020 Legion Magazine. The ship's arrival during the Great Depression led to the vessel's financial failure and by 1935, the ship was in limited use. PRINCE ROBERT spent her time from commissioning … It was later heard from neutral American reports that a German pocket battleship had narrowly avoided contact with a British eight-inch gun cruiser. Dazzle Camouflage Royal Canadian Navy Juno Beach Navy Day Naval History Submarines D Day Aircraft Carrier Battleship. Skeena, along with Wetaskiwin was credited with a kill. Three photos, all official DND photos. War Years Nostalgia e-Zine: Eclectica: Prince Class Photos: PR at Alliford Bay ~ 1941. The HMCS Oriole — a tall ship and Canada's oldest naval vessel — is leaving Esquimalt, B.C., on Thursday to make the approximate 16,000 kilometre journey to Charlottetown for July 1. Castle Class Corvette HMCS Arnprior Destroyer of the Tribal class HMCS Haida (G 63) HMCS Esquimalt The armed yacht HMCS Raccoon. Picture orders were taken on board ship during the journey back from Hong Kong. SMC,HMCS Charlottetown, 1920/22, Document Collection; 'Report on Loss of HMC Ship,' 13 September 1942, Document Collection 81/520, 8000 HMCS Charlottetown I; SMC,HMCS Charlottetown, 1915/11; Message, TOR 01 1050844, C-in-C CNA to NSHQ, Document Collection 81/520, 8000 HMCS Charlottetown II. At the heart of the badge is a stylized representatio… With the onset of World War II, the Royal Canadian Navy acquired the vessel for use as an armed merchant cruiserfor protection of western coast of Canada. It was all to no avail. VRP1993.399.173. Meanwhile, the two ships bumped and battered against one another in the swell, chewing up Prince Henry’s spare line, fenders and fire hoses. R.C. by Commander George R. MacFarlane RCN (1985) HMCS Prince Robert (Photo from MacFarlane Family collection.) HMCS THIEPVAL (1918)) entered service in July 1918 near the end of … Off rear end of HMCS Monnow. The RCN’s only major presence in the Pacific as war clouds gathered there in late 1941 was, therefore, Prince Robert. Some Reflections on HMCS Prince Robert 1941–1942. River-Prestonian. Three photos. To order Ship’s Plans, or for more information, please phone (250)363-5655 or. HMCS Queen Charlotte / NCSM Queen Charlotte, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The Prince Robert was a former Canadian National Steamships passenger liner well known on the west coast. xref The British wanted her to join a small squadron of cruisers and AMCs watching a number of German merchant vessels lying in ports along the coast of Latin America. In 1939, along with her two sister ships, Prince David and Prince Henry, she was acquired by the RCN and converted into an Armed Merchant Cruiser. Naval Reserve Division | Unité de Réserve navale 0000000556 00000 n 3017 x 2185. After a major refit they were converted to an armed merchant cruiser in 1939 and a infantry landing ship in 1943. HMCS CHIGNECTO, Bay Class. 58 Part III HMC Ships PRINCE DAVID and PRINCE HENRY: Landing Notable events involving Prince Robert include: 25 Sep 1940 HMCS Prince Robert (Cdr. Special Edition: Special Prince Robert Edition AS YOU WERE... October 2002: AS YOU WERE. From the War of 1812 to modern armed forces missions around the world, Legion Magazine offers a blend of stories, photographs, graphics, maps and posters on Canadian military history and heritage, veterans’ issues and the Canadian Armed Forces. The central device of the badge is the arms of the City of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Prince Robert on the Web AS YOU WERE . Return to footnote 5 referrer Draney, RCNR), HMCS Napanee (T/Lt. Armed Merchant Cruiser operations, 1940-1943. HMCS Prince Robert HMCS Prince Robert was the first of three refrigerated passenger and cargo ships constructed at Birkenhead for Canadian National for operation along the British Columbia Coast during the 1930s. 5 product ratings - Trumpeter 1/350 05333 HMCS Huron Destroyer 1944. Data current to 5 Feb 2021. THE PRINCE SHIPS 1940-1945 CFHQ REPORT NUMBER 5 31 Oct 65 CONTENTS PAGE Part I Acquisition and arming of HMC Ships PRINCE DAVID, PRINCE HENRY AND PRINCE ROBERT. During World War II, The Royal Canadian Navy fielded 341 fighting ships. However both were listed in the Royal Navy in the strict sense. HMCS Prince Robert Crew. 1811 x 1752. The dispatch of the River class destroyers to the east coast and the war in 1939 left B.C. CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum accession No. 0 votes. Legion Magazine is published six times a year in English with a French insert. It was unclear where the round actually landed, but within minutes München was billowing smoke. HMCS Prince Henry ~ HMCS Prince David Prince Robert was the first one and I've forgotten the precise reason for my pier head jump to Prince Robert. The Ships of the Royal Canadian Navy Present Off the Juno Beach on June 6/1944 and June 7/1944 (The Normandy D–Day Landings) compiled by Commander Fraser McKee RCN(R) 2013 (Updated 2017) Landing craft from HMCS Prince David ( Photo from Wikipedia ) The same signal noted that the U.S. Army transport Cynthia Olson had sent a distress call from a position only 150 miles away. Email Us. Following a refit in September and October, she crossed the Pacific again as escort to the troopship Awatea carrying Canada’s ill-fated garrison to Hong Kong. I have included the negative numbers under each photo. Agnew estimated that they could make “11 knots speed in a breakaway.”. Prince Henry resumed her patrols off Peru for three more weeks before heading to Esquimalt to land her prisoners and resupply: a testament to the tremendous range and staying power of the Prince ships. She sailed for Canada on Dec. 4 and was north of Hawaii three days later when a signal advised that Canada was now at war with Japan. <]/Prev 494290>> 0.0. Next, a searchlight was trained on the ship and she was ordered to heave-to. I have included the negative numbers under each photo. HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN. S. Henderson, RCNR), HMCS Saskatchewan (Cdr. Survivors of the HMCS Esquimalt disembarking from HMCS Sarnia, … In early 1941, Prince Robert was joined in the Pacific by Prince Henry, commanded by R.I. Agnew, RCN. As the RCN’s official history observed, “RCN operations in the Pacific [now] concentrated on defence of the west coast.”, Email a letter to the editor at: [email protected] http://credit-n.ru/zaymyi-next.html http://credit-n.ru/zaymyi-next.html http://credit-n.ru/zaymyi-next.html. Instead, Prince Henry lay in wait within striking distance and received word on the evening of March 31, 1941, from British officers in Callao that Hermonthis and München had cleared the harbour: the chase was on. The strategy worked. These made the ships vulnerable to damage and, as McKee notes, “A torpedo in their forward holds or in the large undivided engine rooms would probably have been disastrous.” Their armament was powerful, but rather antiquated. 58 Part III HMC Ships PRINCE DAVID and PRINCE HENRY: Landing Ships Infantry (Medium), 1943-1945. PHOTO: NEIL TOMLINSON, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA146235 Work was also done to trunk the three funnels into two larger ones, giving them in McKee’s words, “a rather more handsome and belligerent appearance,” resembling a British Hawkins class cruiser. 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