Allied Merchant Navy of World War II:
LINKS Page, Part One
Canadian Merchant Navy Veterans
This website by the South-Western Ontario Branch of the
Canadian Merchant Navy Veterans Association (CMNVA)
is dedicated to the men and women of the Canadian Merchant Navy who died in the service of their country. As well as providing a history of the Merchant Navy, the site also has updated news and current information of interest to veterans and their families. The webmasters welcome comments and stories from their readers.
Veterans Affairs Canada This government site has all
kinds of information of interest to veterans and others.
To start with, there is the
Canadian Virtual War Memorial which displays
Canadian Merchant Navy Book of
Remembrance--W.W. II along with
all the Books of Remembrance
which are housed
in the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill, Ottawa.
The Veterans Affairs site also has a useful
Merchant Navy Data Base which
is searchable by
a seaman's name or the name of a ship.
Excerpts from the fascinating
War Diary of Frank Curry,
who served in the RCN aboard the
are also available.
For Pension and related information check out the
Merchant Navy Client Information Page.
The National Archives of Canada NAC now provides online
access to the archival heritage of Canada with their research
The Naval Museum
of Alberta This museum, which pays tribute to all our
and naval seamen, is dedicated to the RCN's only WWII recipient of
Cross -- naval pilot Lieutenant Robert Hampton Gray. The
and Archives contains a copy of the
Canadian Flyers Book of Remembrance
as well as the official WWII
convoy sailing documents obtained from the British Admiralty.
The email address is:
This museum, established in 1995 as the first naval museum
in the province, is located in Québec city, Québec.
The museum is dedicated to remembering Québec's naval heritage,
particularly that of the Battle of the St. Lawrence and that
of the Naval Reserve of Canada. One of the museum's
prized possessions is a porthole from July 1942
Battle of the Atlantic victim
SS Frederika Lensen.
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this museum
documents the maritime heritage of the province.
Three of the museum's major permanent exhibits
are "Halifax Wrecked: The Story of the 1917 Halifax
Explosion", "North Atlantic Convoy: The
World War Two Struggle Against German U-Boats"
and "Titanic: The Unsinkable Ship".
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia,
and the principal museum of Canada's West Coast,
focusses on the heritage, culture and
natural history of the Vancouver area.
The museum is home to the legendary
St. Roch, which during WWII became the first
ship to traverse the Northwest Passage in both directions.
North Vancouver Museum and Archives
This British Columbia museum has an extensive collection
of artifacts, documents and photographs which
highlight the history of Vancouver's
North Shore. Be sure to visit the
SS Cape Breton (ex-HMS Flamborough Head)
section to learn about Canada's last "10,000-tonner" which
was built at the nearby Burrard Dry Dock yard.
Naval Museum of
Manitoba This Winnipeg-based museum
preserves the memories of Canada's Navy during times of war and peace.
Features include a searchable database of RCN Ships, a lively
a history of The Battle of the Atlantic, a handy
and Robert C. Fisher's invaluable
List of WWII Canadian Merchant
Rob Fisher's Naval History.ca
Ship Losses, 1939-1945, Rob also provides his
Canadian Warship Losses, 1939-1945 and
U-Boats Destroyed by Canadian Forces, 1939-1945.
Canadian War Museum
The Canadian War Museum,
in Ottawa, Ontario, is Canada's national military history museum .
The museum is trying to build up their
Merchant Navy collection and would appreciate
donations of artifacts including clothing, photos, letters,
maps, medals, navigational instruments, etc.
Canadian Navy of Yesterday and Today
This page, written by Sandy McClearn of
Liverpool, Nova Scotia, is part of the historical
Haze Gray and Underway Naval History and Photography
US Naval & Shipbuilding Museum) Site. There are many
naval & maritime links of special interest to Canadians.
Jervis Bay--Ross Memorial Park
This site which is part of the
Heritage Resources, Saint John website, was
New Brunswick Community College students and
their instructor, Joe Marriott in order to commemorate
the heroic men
of the Armed Merchant Cruiser (AMC) HMS
Jervis Bay and the CPR freighter S.S.Beaverford.
On November 5th, 1940, both ships sacrificed themselves to save
others in Convoy HX-84 from the German
pocket battleship, Admiral Scheer. The
beautiful Ross Memorial Park in Saint John, N.B., was created by
Canadian Legion Branch #53, and is a living memorial
to all our WWII seamen.
War Amps of Canada
This organization, started in 1918 to serve amputee veterans
now offers innovative programs to all amputees. As well, under
the leadership of its chief Executive Officer,
Cliff Chadderton, a Companion of the Order of Canada,
the War Amps have championed the cause of all Canadian veterans,
including those of the Merchant Navy and the Hong Kong POW's.
A video on the Merchant Navy, entitled
Sail or Jail,
The Lifeline of the World This site, sponsored
by the Halifax/Dartmouth Branch of the
Canadian Merchant Navy
Veterans Association, covers many interesting topics and provides
a wide range of
maritime links. There is
a special "Missing Merchant Marine/Navy/Seamen" section as well
as information on Canada's only
Museum Display which has being set up in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia,
by MN Veteran, Cyril E.
Leslie H. Russell, Merchant Seaman In this fascinating
Leslie Russell writes of his experiences in the British
and Canadian Merchant Navies between 1936 and 1946. Leslie first
went to sea as a 14-year-old Bridge Boy aboard the liner,
Aurania, and during the next 10 years he served on
a variety of ships, including the Nolisement,
El Mirlo, Fort Frobisher, and Mount Maxwell Park.
The site has been created by Leslie's son, Eric.
Canadian Convoy Signalmen of WWII
This site, created by Royal Canadian Navy veteran,
(Bert) Laing, lists the names of the RCN Convoy Signalmen and
Telegraphists who served aboard merchant ships in the North
Atlantic convoys. Before transferring to the Convoy Signalmen/
Telegraphists branch of the RCN, Bert served on the Canadian
Bert is interested in receiving any new information which would
help update his list.
J. Gordon Mumford's
Homepage In this site
J. Gordon Mumford,
The Black Pit...and Beyond and
The Sampan Girl, tells about his experiences
as a young Radio Operator in the British Merchant Navy of WWII.
Gordon served in the Atlantic aboard the Soborg, Scottish Heather,
Empire Harmony and Empire Path and in the Pacific
aboard the MV Luling, (Lubbock in The Sampan Girl) and postwar in
the Adolph S Ochs.
He survived the
torpedoing of the Scottish Heather during
the horrific attacks on Convoy ONS-154 in December 1942
and two years later he had another lucky escape when the
Empire Path was blown apart
by a mine in the Scheldt Estuary.
Gordon has composed beautiful memorial pages in memory of those
ONS-154 and from Empire Path.
he pays a special
tribute to the Scottish Heather's heroic Second Mate,
Douglas Crook and to
Tommy, the seaman on the Luling
who was swept overboard in April 1945.
The Royal Canadian Legion
This organisation pays tribute to and provides
continuing support for our war veterans. The site has
many features including a useful
Legion Magazine has a separate
website and it now provides an on-line
searchable data base --
-- which contains
death notices of Canadian veterans from past issues.
HMCS Sackville, the 'Last Corvette'
HMCS Sackville has been lovingly preserved and now serves
as Canada's Naval Memorial, at Halifax, Nova Scotia. Be
sure to take a virtual tour of the ship.
To view a video about The Battle of the Atlantic
and HMCS Sackville's
defence of Convoy ON-115,
Virtual Museum Canada.
HMCS Haida National Historic Site of Canada (part of the
Parks Canada website)
HMCS Haida, the last remaining example of the
magnificent Tribal Class destroyers built
between 1937 and 1945, is now a national historic
site located at Ontario Place in Toronto. During
World War II she sank nine German ships
and won the title "The Fightingest Ship in the
Royal Canadian Navy."
The Canadian Letters and Images Project: In Their Own Words
Under the direction of Dr. Stephen Davies
of Malaspina University College at
Nanaimo, British Columbia, "CLIP" has been created to provide
a permanent online archive of the experiences
of "ordinary" Canadians in wartime. The Project
would like to receive contributions in the form of
letters, diaries, photographs and other personal
materials from both the battlefield and the homefront.
We Will Remember: War Monuments in Canada
This project which makes hundreds of Canadian War Monuments
available to a wide
audience through the Internet, was developed by Memorial University of
Newfoundland. Be sure to view the pages
Allied Merchant Navy Memorial in St. John's, Newfoundland,
Merchant Navy Memorial in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Port Aux Basques Memorial Park in Port Aux Basques, Nfld.
Archives of MARHST-L@POST.QUEENSU.CA
The Marine History Information Exchange Group
based at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario,
provides this huge online data base
which is international in scope. The
University of Kansas
calls this "One of the best places to go if you have an
interest in Maritime History".
Shipsearch Marine This site is operated by Captain
H. G. Hall of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, offers
ship photos at very reasonable prices.
Captain Hall specializes in US-built, Canadian and foreign ship photos
including the Canadian built "Forts" and "Parks".
Alan R. Constant Presents
On this site Alan features information about his 2002 book
Sinking of the Montrolite. The book which tells the
story of the Imperial Oil tanker
sunk by U-109 on February 4th, 1942.
Two of Alan's great-uncles were among the 28 men who lost their lives
in the sinking.
The Memory Project
Founded by the
The Memory Project was initiated as a way for veterans
and others to share their oral histories
with the youth of Canada. Please visit the
page to search the database or to contribute a story.
Any veterans who would like to
share their stories in person by speaking to school children, are invited to register with the
Full circle: History of the Kipawao
This page, which is part of the Bell Island.net website, tells the story of the ferry
which during World War Two, ferried supplies through the dangerous waters between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
Built by the Saint John Drydock in 1925,
Kipawo serviced the Minas Basin and Newfoundland waters from 1926 to 1977, gaining the distinction of being "the oldest continually operated ferry vessel in Canada". Today, the
Kipawo Heritage Society is dedicated preserving the ferry which is now the centre-piece for the
Ship's Company Theatre in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia.
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