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Memorial Number: 35010-001
Type: bronze statue on cairn with wall (Cambrian black granite)
Location: Spencer Smith Park
Address: Lakeshore Road
Reference: off Brant Street; in park near the willow trees and four flags
Burlington, ON
Surveyor: Alex Bramson; Martin Wallace; Terry MacDonald; Ronald Danks; Colonel Andre D. Gauthier (CF Ret'd); William N. Shields
Photo Credit: Alex Bramson; Martin Wallace; Terry MacDonald; Ronald Danks; Colonel Andre D. Gauthier (CF Ret'd); William N. Shields

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The Naval Ships Memorial Monument built by public subscription, on land provided by the City of Burlington was unveiled on the 50th Anniversary of VE Day. The Royal Canadian Naval Association Burlington Branch, unveiled the Naval Ships' Memorial Monument, May 14, 1995, with approximately 5,000 spectators, including over 1,000 veterans in attendance. The memorial is dedicated to the memory of the 31 warships and the 2024 Naval Personnel of the Royal Canadian Navy and the 75 ships and 1466 merchant seamen of the Canadian Merchant Navy who were lost during the Second World War. The Naval monument has three components. The main component is the memorial cairn listing on the front face the names of 31 war ships of the Royal Canadian Navy and the date they were lost. Also, shown is the lost 2024 Naval Personnel and 1466 Merchant Seamen. The second component topping the cairn a six foot bronze statue of a Canadian Seaman in the rig of the day saluting his lost shipmates (titled "The Salute"). The main remembrance wall along the rear of the monument lists all the warships that served in the Royal Canadian Navy. On the rear of the remembrance wall are listed the names of the 370 ships that served in the Canadian Merchant Army. The Bell of H.M.C.S. Burlington is mounted atop the centre column of the ships remembrance wall. Directly behind the wall are four 25 foot flagpoles flying the flags of Canada, the province of Ontario, the White Ensign of the Royal Canadian Navy 1939 to 1945 and the Red Ensign of the Canadian Merchant Navy 1939 to 1945. The monument is lit by floodlight every night. The Cairn and the memorial wall are Cambrian Black Granite. All of the ships' names are sand blasted in and painted gold. The deck is blue marble, with black trim. The size is 14 feet wide by 16 feet deep. On each side of the memorial are two flower beds with two benches. Funding for this Naval monument came from club members, many Royal Canadian Legions in Ontario, cities and towns in Canada that have a ship named after their city, and many residents of all areas and from all parts of Canada, and local business and service clubs. There were over 415 individuals who contributed directly to the memorial building fund as well as literally thousands who donated cash in the many malls and shopping plazas, where fundraising displays were set up. The funds for the monument were raised in ten months and a small surplus accrued, which started the Perpetual Care Trust, so that the memorial can be maintained. From start to finish it took 22 months to complete the monument. The memorial is located near the willow trees in Spencer Smith Park. If you served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War, your ship's name is on the remembrance wall.


[front of cairn/devant du tumulus]
[The wording in the photo is not clear./Le texte n’est pas clair sur la photo.]
IN MEMORY OF
THE SHIPS AND CREWS
OF THE
ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY
LOST IN ACTION
DURING WORLD WAR II
SEPTEMBER 1, 1939 - AUGUST 14, 1945

"IN MEMORIAM"HMCS FRASER JUNE 25 1940
HMCS BRAS d’OR OCTOBER 19 1940
HMCS MARGAREE OCTOBER 23 1940
HMCS OTTER MARCH 26 1941
HMCS LEVIS SEPTEMBER 19 1941
HMCS WINDFLOWER DECEMBER 7 1941
HMCS SPIKENARD FEBRUARY 10 1942
HMCS RACCOON SEPTEMBER 7 1942
HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN SEPTEMBER 11 1942
HMCS OTTAWA SEPTEMBER 14 1942
HMCS LOUISBOURG FEBRUARY 6 1943
HMCS WEYBURN FEBRUARY 22 1943
MTB 460 JULY 2 1944
MTB 463 JULY 8 1944
MTB 459 FEBRUARY 14 1945
MTB 461 FEBRUARY 14 1945

HMCS ST. CROIX SEPTEMBER 20 1943
HMCS CHEDABUCTO OCTOBER 21 1943
HMCS ATHABASKAN APRIL 29 1944
HMCS VALLEYFIELD MAY 7 1944
HMCS REGINA AUGUST 8 1944
HMCS ALBERNI AUGUST 21 1944
HMCS SKEENA OCTOBER 25 1944
HMCS SHAWINIGAN NOVEMBER 24 1944
HMCS CLAYOQUOT DECEMBER 24 1944
HMCS TRENTONIAN FEBRUARY 22 1945
HMCS GUYSBOROUGH MARCH 17 1945
HMCS ESQUIMALT APRIL 16 1945
MTB 462 FEBRUARY 14 1945
MTB 465 FEBRUARY 14 1945
MTB 466 FEBRUARY 14 1945

2024 NAVAL PERSONNEL
LOST ON ACTIVE SERVICE

2024 MARINS
PERDUS EN SERVICE ACTIF

[left side of cairn/côté gauche du tumulus]
THE
ROYAL
CANADIAN NAVAL ASSOCIATION
BURLINGTON

DEDICATED MAY 14, 1995

[right side of cairn/côté droit du tumulus]
L'ASSOCIATION
ROYALE CANADIENNE DE LA MARINE
BURLINGTON

CONSACRÉ 14 MAI, 1995




[rear of cairn/arrière du tumulus]
IN MEMORY OF
THE SHIPS AND CREWS
OF THE
CANADIAN MERCHANT NAVY
LOST AT SEA
DURING WORLD WAR II
SEPTEMBER 1, 1939 - AUGUST 14, 1945

EN SOUVENIR DES NAVIRES
ET EQUIPAGES
DE LA
MARINE MARCHANDE CANADIENNE
PERDUES EN MER
DE LA DEUXIEME GUERRE MONDIALE
1 SEPTEMBRE 1939 - 14 AOUT 1945

"IN MEMORIAM"

SS ERIC BOYLE JUNE 1 1940
SS MAGOG JULY 5 1940
SS HUMBER ARM JULY 10 1940
SS WATERLOO JULY 10 1940
SS GERALDINE MARY AUGUST 4 1940
SS THOROLD AUGUST 22 1940
SS KENORDOC SEPTEMBER 15 1940
SS SAINT MALO OCTOBER 12 1940
SS TREVISA OCTOBER 16 1940
SS LISIEUX NOVEMBER 27 1940
SS WATKINS F. NISBET DECEMBER 6 1940
SS MAPLECOURT FEBRUARY 6 1941
SS CANADIAN CRUISER FEBRUARY 21 1941
SS A.D. HUFF FEBRUARY 22 1941
SS J.B. WHITE MARCH 17 1941
MV CANADOLITE MARCH 25 1941
SS PORTADOC APRIL 7 1941
MV EUROPA MAY 3 1941
SS ESMOND MAY 9 1941
SS ROTHERMERE MAY 20 1941
SS COLLINGDOC JULY 13 1941
AA LADY SOMERS JULY 16 1941
SS MONDOC OCTOBER 5 1941
MV VANCOUVER ISLAND OCTOBER 15 1941
SS PROTEUS NOVEMBER 25 1941
SS NEREUS DECEMBER 12 1941
SS SHINAI DECEMBER 12 1941
SS ROBERT W. POMEROY JANUARY 4 1942
SCHR JAMES E. NEWSOM JANUARY 5 1942
SS R.J. CULLEN JANUARY 15 1942
SS LADY HAWKINS JANUARY 19 1942
MV MONTROLITE FEBRUARY 4 1942
SS EMPRESS OF ASIA FEBRUARY 5 1942
MV VICTOLITE FEBRUARY 10 1942
SS GEORGE L. TORIAN FEBRUARY 22 1942
SS LENNOX FEBRUARY 23 1942
SS SARNIADOC MARCH 15 1942
SS LADY NELSON MARCH 22 1942

SS VINELAND APRIL 20 1942
SCHR MILDRED PAULINE MAY 1 1942
SS LADY DRAKE MAY 5 1942
SS MONT LOUIS MAY 8 1942
MV CALGAROLITE MAY 9 1942
SS KITTY’S BROOK MAY 10 1942
SS TORONDOC MAY 20 1942
SS TROISDOC MAY 21 1942
SS FRANK B. BAIRD MAY 22 1942
SS LIVERPOOL PACKET MAY 30 1942
SCHR MONA MARIE JUNE 28 1942
SCHR LUCILLE M. JULY 25 1942
SS PRESCODOC JULY 29 1942
SS PRINCESS MARGUERITE AUGUST 17 1942
SS DONALD STEWART SEPTEMBER 3 1942
SS LORD STRATHCONA SEPTEMBER 5 1942
SS JOHN A. HOLLAWAY SEPTEMBER 6 1942
SS OAKTON SEPTEMBER 7 1942
SS NORFOLK SEPTEMBER 18 1942
SS CAROLUS OCTOBER 9 1942
SS WATERTON OCTOBER 11 1942
SS CARIBOU OCTOBER 14 1942
SS BIC ISLAND OCTOBER 29 1942
SS ROSE CASTLE NOVEMBER 2 1942
SS CHARLES J. KAMPMAN NOVEMBER 3 1942
SS LILLIAN E. KERR NOVEMBER 13 1942
SS HAMILDOC JANUARY 1 1943
SCHR ANGELUS MAY 19 1943
SS JASPER PARK JUNE 6 1943
SS WATUKA MARCH 22 1944
SS ALBERT C. FIELD JUNE 18 1944
SS LIVINGSTON SEPTEMBER 3 1944
SS CORNWALLIS DECEMBER 3 1944
SS POINT PLEASANT PARK FEBRUARY 23 1945
SS SORELDOC FEBRUARY 28 1945
SS TABER PARK MARCH 13 1945
SS AVONDALE PARK MAY 7 1941

1466 MERCHANT SEAMEN LOST AT SEA

1466 MARINS MARCHANDS PERDUS EN MER