Murray Knowles was a speaker at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 62 on September 9. Knowles was an officer aboard HMCS Louisburg during WWII and commanded the corvette when she returned to Quebec for decommissioning in 1945.
There were two corvettes named, Louisburg. The first was sunk in the Mediterranean in February 1943. The second survived the war ending up in the Dominican Navy until 1978. Knowles has written a book entitled Memories of HMCS Louisburg II, Corvette K401, 1943 - 1945. On September 9th he donated a copy of his book to Branch 62 with the ensign of the second Louisburg and framed photographs of both Louisburg I and II. These will be displayed in the Branch.
The Town Council adopted the second Louisburg as it had done with the first corvette. Mayor Melvin S. Huntington was asked to go to Quebec City to take part in the launching, but was unable to make the trip. Instead he asked E.G. Townsend and his wife Jessie, formerly of Louisbourg but living in Montreal, to represent the town. Mrs. Townsend christened the ship. E. G. Townsend later wrote to the mayor describing the events of the day. These included the christening of 5 ships including: HMCS Norsyd ( North Sydney), U.S. Ship Prudence, HMCS Atholl, HMCS Louisburg and HMCS Riviere du Loup. There was a reception, cocktail party and a dinner dance at the Chateau Frontenac. There were toasts proposed for each ship and a reply by the sponsor.
She was attacked and sunk by an aerial torpedo on February 6/1943 from a Italian aircraft east of ran, while escorting a convoy from Gibralter to Bone, Algeria. 38 of her ship's company were lost.
Interesting, this was my grandfather's ship. He was one of the lucky 50 who survived. I was trying to find that book you were mentioning, but cannot find it anywhere. Any ideas of where I can locate this text?