Allied Warships

HMCS Dunver (K 03)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 03 
Built byMorton Engineering and Dry Dock Co. (Quebec City, Quebec, Canada) 
OrderedOct 1941 
Laid down5 May 1942 
Launched10 Nov 1942 
Commissioned11 Sep 1943 
End service23 Jan 1946 

Decommissioned 23 January 1946.


Commands listed for HMCS Dunver (K 03)

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1T/Lt.Cdr. William Woods, RCNR11 Sep 19436 May 1944
2T/Lt. Wilfred Davenport, RCNR7 May 19449 Aug 1944
3Lt.Cdr. George Hay Stephen, DSC, OBE, RCNR10 Aug 194424 Aug 1944
4T/Lt. Wilfred Davenport, RCNR25 Aug 194426 Mar 1945
5T/Lt.Cdr. St. Clair Balfour, RCNVR27 Mar 194526 May 1945
6T/Lt.Cdr. Charles Patrick Balfry, DSC, RCNR27 May 1945

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Notable events involving Dunver include:

19 Apr 1944
HMS H 28 (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Prescott (A/Lt.Cdr. W. McIsaac, RCNVR), HMCS Baddeck (T/Lt. G.C. Brown, RCNVR), HMCS Dunver (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Stephen, OBE, DSC, RCNR) and HMCS New Westminster (T/Lt. R.O. McKenzie, RCNR). (1)

20 Apr 1944
HMS H 50 (T/Lt. A.F. Wicker, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Dunver (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Stephen, OBE, DSC, RCNR), HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. M.H. Wallace, RCNR), HMCS Rosthern (T/Lt. S.R.P. Annet, RCNVR) and HMCS Long Branch (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR). (2)

5 Mar 1945
HMS Upright (Lt. J.A.L. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda with HMCS Dunver (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W. Davenport, RCNR), HMCS Carlplace (T/Lt. C.E. Wright, RCNVR), HMCS Kenora (T/Lt. R.M. Meredith, RCNR) and HMCS Prescott (T/Lt. G.J. Mathewson, RCNVR). (3)

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Frigates of the Royal Canadian Navy 1943-1974

MacPherson, Ken


  1. ADM 173/18472
  2. ADM 173/18527
  3. ADM 173/20176

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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