Newsletter

President Kathy Gardner has completed her Fall 2018 Newsletter and you can read it and find out whats going on clicking on the link below.

Newsletter_Fall 2018

HMCS Napanee

This beautiful rendition of the HMCS Napanee now hangs in our Perrin Hall along with a model of the HCMS Napanee and the German Submarine U-356 which she sank during World War II
This beautiful rendition of the HMCS Napanee now hangs in our Perrin Hall.

Flower-class corvettes like Napanee serving with the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War were different from earlier and more traditional sail-driven corvettes. The “corvette” designation was created by the French for classes of small warships; the Royal Navy borrowed the term for a period but discontinued its use in 1877. During the hurried preparations for war in the late 1930s, Winston Churchill reactivated the corvette class, needing a name for smaller ships used in an escort capacity, in this case based on a whaling ship design. The generic name “flower” was used to designate the class of these ships, which – in the Royal Navy – were named after flowering plants.

Corvettes commissioned by the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War were named after communities for the most part, to better represent the people who took part in building them. This idea was put forth by Admiral Percy W. Nelles. Sponsors were commonly associated with the community for which the ship was named. Royal Navy corvettes were designed as open sea escorts, while Canadian corvettes were developed for coastal auxiliary roles which was exemplified by their minesweeping gear. Eventually the Canadian corvettes would be modified to allow them to perform better on the open seas.

After a retrofit in 1942, the Napanee was charged with the escort of the damaged HMCS Assiniboine to safety. Later that August, during an escort of convoy ONS-154, the convoy was attacked by U-boats, but managed to repel the attackers and sink submarine U-356.

Remembrance and History

Members of our Branch were involved in a Remembrance and History Project. We know that there were eight Veterans of the Great War (WWI) from the Napanee area who were killed in action and who have their names on our towns Cenotaph. This project was led by John Suart from the Family and Children’s Services for Kingston, Lennox and Addington. This project has been going on for a couple of years. Previous videos of earlier videos honouring other Veterans of WWI can be found on this link. We honoured three of the eight veterans at this time. They were Frank Davern MM, Harold McAfee, and William McCumber. We also had some family members join us at this event. We were video taped at the town’s Cenotaph. A great web site put together by Al Lloyd has more information on many of the veteran’s from our area. You can find that site here.