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Second World War Naval TopicsEnemy Merchantmen Taken In Prize by Ships of the Royal Canadian Navy
The list of enemy merchantmen taken in prize by ships of the Royal Canadian Navy during the First and Second World War.
The Vancouver Volunteer Yacht Patrol
The Vancouver Volunteer Yacht Patrol was created in the early days of the war to provide services to the Royal Canadian Navy which they were, at the time, unable to provide for themselves. This unit operated in the greater Vancouver area and consisted of yachtsmen employing their own power cruisers. A number of the members went on to wartime service after its dissolution.
The Ships of the Bedwell Bay Ship Boneyard
Contributor Christopher Cole has assembled an inventory of the surplus vessels that once resided in the vessel "boneyard" in Bedwell Bay. These vessels were held in strategic reserve or were simply awaiting disposition as surplus to government requirements. It took several years to clear them out.
Vessels Owned or Operated by the Canadian Army
During the Second World War the Canadian Army operated a small fleet of ships to support their activities on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. Here is a link to that list of vessels.
The Bay of Islands/Cornerbrook (Newfoundland) Patrol Force
During the Second World War, eight officers were appointed as honorary members of the RCNVR and acted as an active reserve unit on the coast of Newfoundland.
Second World War Veteran HMS Cailiff Still Afloat In Norway
Svein Ludvigsen, reports that the Norwegian trawler Borgenes is due to be scrapped in the near future at Kristiansund, Norway. HMS Cailiff (as she was originally known) was built as one of sixteen Western–Isles Class Anti–Submarine Trawler for the Royal Navy. She was one of eight loaned to the Royal Canadian Navy as escorts for coastal convoys.Merchant Ships Used as Fighter Carriers in World War Two
Fraser McKee presents a complete listing of all of the Auxiliary Aircraft Carriers that served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War.German U–Boat Commanding Officers Who Died by ‘Other Means’
Fraser McKee presents a complete listing of all the German navy U–Boat commanding officers who died by ‘other means’ during the Second World War.Canadian & Newfoundland Merchantmen Lost during the Second World War Due to Enemy Actions
Fraser McKee presents a complete listing of all the Canadian & Newfoundland Merchantmen Lost during the Second World War Due to Enemy ActionsRCN Ships Present Off the Normandy Beaches on June 6/7/1944 (D–Day Landings)
Fraser McKee presents a complete listing of all the RCN Ships Present Off the Normandy Beaches on June 6/7/1944 (D-day Landings)
Vancouver’s Fleet of Former US Navy APc Vessels
Contributor George Duddy has revised and updated his extensive list of Canadian vessels that were formerly serving in the US Navy. Following the war, the US Navy disposed of the small coastal transports. Eleven of these were eventually registered in Vancouver as Canadian vessels.
British Naval and Reserve Organizations
Some Canadians chose to serve in Royal Navy organizations – and other were related to those who served. This is an overview of the diversity of organizations that made up the Royal Navy’s reserve.
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The Nauticapedia List of British Columbia's Floating Heritage Volume Four
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Site News: January 27th, 2018
Databases have been updated and are now holding 51,775 vessel histories (with 4,812 images) and 57,751 mariner biographies (with 3,552 images).