Volume 2, Part 1: Extant Commissioned Ships

HMCS Summerside

HMCS Summerside Badge

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Gules a demi sun in splendour Or issuant in base charged with an island Vert to the sinister an oak tree fructed to the dexter thereof three oak saplings sprouting all proper the island rising out of barry wavy Or and Gules.


The badge represents in the language of heraldry the name of the community which Summerside proudly bears. The sun and waves of the sea in red and gold recall the summer, while the depiction of the island and oak trees as found in the Arms of the Province of Prince Edward Island are placed at the centre of the design.


SPEM SUCCESSUS ALIT (Success nourishes hope)


Gold and Red


The Second World War

ATLANTIC, 1941-44; GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE, 1942, 1944; NORMANDY, 1944; ENGLISH CHANNEL, 1944-45.


First of Name

Corvette, Flower Class.
Commissioned 11 September 1941.1
Paid off 6 July 1945.2

Second of Name

Shore establishment.
Coastal Defence Vessel, Kingston Class.
Commissioned 18 July 1999.3


The Second World War

Summerside served on escort duties off of Nova Scotia, in the North Atlantic, around the United Kingdom and in the Mediterranean with 'Halifax Force', 'Newfoundland Escort Force', 'Quebec Force', 'Mid-Ocean Escort Force' and 'Commander-in-Chief Portsmouth'.4

1. Deck Log Book, HMCS Summerside, 11 September 1941, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, vol.7905

2. Signal, NOIC SYDNEY to [not indicated/pas d'indication], 221347Z June 1945, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24 vol.11649; WAC receipt, 6 July 1945, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, vol.5830, file/dossier 8000-331/104

3. NPAO 46.99, 12 July/juillet 1999; "HMCS Summerside, A Special Commissioning Supplement of the Trident", vol. 33, No. 13B, 12 July 1999

4. SMC/FDN, HMCS Summerside, 221552 November 1941; SMC/FDN, HMCS Summerside, 191506 February 1942; SMC/FDN, HMCS Summerside, 021843 October 1944; SMC/FDN, HMCS Summerside, 031211 May 1943; SMC/FDN, HMCS Summerside, 201954 November 1943; SMC/FDN,HMCS Summerside, 060945 June 1944; SMC/FDN,HMCS Summerside, 111201 February 1945; Signal, C IN C CNA to NSHQ, 061859Z November 1943, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8440-100 Quebec Force; RCN Weekly State, 27 June 1944, Document Collection/collection de documents, NHS/SHM files/dossiers

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