Volume 2, Part 1: Extant Commissioned Ships

HMCS Preserver

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Azure a life preserver Argent cabled Or charged on the centre chief point with a maple leaf slipped Gules and within the ring a starburst also Argent.


The life preserver is a rebus on the ship's name and with the red maple leaf gains Canadian identification. The starburst in the centre symbolizes the flare that is automatically ignited when the life preserver touches the water.


LE COEUR DE LA FLOTTE (The heart of the fleet)


Blue and White


HMCS Preserver has been granted an affiliation with the 1st Canadian Division. This affiliation cannot be transferred to new construction.




First of Name

Base Supply Ship.
Commissioned 11 July 1942.1
Paid off 6 November 1945.2

Second of Name

Operational support ship, Protecteur Class.
Commissioned 7 August 1970.3


The Second World War

Preserver served as a Fairmile motor launch base supply ship off of the East Coast with 'Newfoundland Force'.4

1. SMC/FDN, 2150/11, HMCS Preserver

2. Deck Log Book, HMCS Preserver, 6 November 1945, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, vol.7746

3. Canadian Forces Information Release No. ARIO 70-38, 21 July/juillet 1970, PRF/DRP, HMCS Preserver; Booklet/Livret, "Welcome Aboard HMCS Preserver (AOR 510)", undated/sans date, PRF/DRP, HMCS Preserver

4. Signal, 11 August 1942, NSHQ to COAC, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Preserver

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