Flower Class Corvettes Remembered (youtube)

National Film Board Films About Canadian Corvettes in WWII

 Atlantic Patrol              Stuart Legg, 1940, 9 min 49 s

This short documentary about the Canadian seamen who manned Canada’s eastern ports during WWII is the first film in the Canada Carries On series. The film depicts the work of the Royal Canadian marines who accompanied convoys of military supplies to the Allied Forces and those who remained on the eastern coast to defend against the Germans. http://www.nfb.ca/film/atlantic_patrol/

Atlantic Crossroads    Tom Daly, 1945, 8 min 50 s

This short documentary focuses on Newfoundland’s role in WWII. Due to its geographical position, Newfoundland became a central point of activity during the war, housing military air bases and becoming the link between the Allied forces and Europe. In stark contrast with the Depression in the 1930s, this film highlights Newfoundland’s opportunities for economic growth during, and after, the war. Part of the Canada Carries On series. http://www.nfb.ca/film/atlantic_crossroads/

Action Stations               Joris Ivens, 1943, 44 min 25 s

This World War II film highlights the role of Canadian corvettes on convoy duty in the North Atlantic. Battle scenes show a crew sighting a German submarine and sinking it. Other scenes show training on the high seas.

Corvette Port Arthur     Joris Ivens, 1943, 21 min 35 s

This short documentary examines the role of convoy ships during World War II, focusing on the Corvette Port Arthur. The corvette, a highly mobile weapon of destruction, is used to combat German U-boats and escort convoys through the Atlantic Ocean. Following the corvette through an encounter with an enemy submarine, the film offers a glimpse into a day in the life of the Royal Canadian Navy.  http://www.nfb.ca/film/corvette_port_arthur/

Proudly She Marches     Jane Marsh, 1943, 18 min

This film from the Second World War is a report on how Canadian women were trained to handle many kinds of work in the Canadian Women’s Army Corps, the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service. Basic training, everyday life in the forces and the contribution of women to Canada’s fighting strength are illustrated.  http://www.nfb.ca/film/proudly_she_marches/

 An Enduring Tradition     Kirk Jones, 1960, 60 min

A documentary about the history of the Royal Canadian Navy in war and peace. Action footage, captured German film and archival material from Canadian and British sources make this a colourful, authentic record of a half-century of growth and expansion.  http://www.nfb.ca/film/an_enduring_tradition/

Corvette K225                           Randolf Scott, 1943, 98 min

The story of a Canadian WWII naval vessel, with a dramatic subplot concerning her first captain. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0035757/

The Cruel Sea                            Jack Hawkins, 1953, 126 min based on book by Nicholas Monsarrat

At the start of World War II, Cmdr. Ericson is assigned to convoy escort HMS Compass Rose with inexperienced officers and men just out of training. The winter seas make life miserable enough, but the men must also harden themselves to rescuing survivors of U-Boat attacks, while seldom able to strike back. Traumatic events afloat and ashore create a warm bond between the skipper and his first officer. Atmospheric sea footage. (Written by Rod Crawford) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045659/

YouTube  Royal Navy Corvettes – Uploaded by aceweo00 on Mar 7, 2010 7 min
A film on the work of corvettes in protecting convoys. The launching of a corvette. The Seabird class and Flower class corvettes. Corvette taking on stores and fuel. Going to join convoy. At sea. Rough weather. Destroying floating mine by machine gun fire. Dropping depth charges. Attacked by enemy aircraft. All part of corvette’s work in protecting convoys


Books on Corvettes

Easton, Alan, 50 North:An Atlantic Battleground. (Toronto: The Ryerson Press, 1963)

Graves, Donald E., In Peril on the Sea: the Royal Canadian Navy and the Battle of the Atlantic (Halifax: The Canadian Naval memorial Trust, 2003)

Johnston, Mac, Corvettes Canada: Convoy Veterans of WWII Tell Their True Stories. (Mississauga, Ont.: J. Wiley & Sons Canada, 2008)

Lamb, James, The Corvette Navy: True Stories from Canada’s Atlantic War. (Toronto: MacMillan of Canada, 1977)

Lamb, James, On the Triangle Run. (Toronto: MacMillan of Canada, 1986)

Lynch, Thomas G., Canada’s flowers: History of the Corvettes of Canada. (Halifax: Nimbus, 1981)

MacKay, John and John Harland, The Flower Class Corvette Agassiz, St Catherines Ontario, 1993

Macpherson, Ken and Milner, Marc Flower Class Corvettes of Canada St Catherines, Ontario, 1993

Milner, Marc, HMCS Sackville 1941-1985. (Halifax: The Canadian Naval memorial Trust, 1998)

Milner, Marc, Canada’s Navy: The First Century, Second Edition. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010)

Milner, Marc The North Atlantic Run: The Royal Canadian Navy and the Battle for the Convoys Toronto, 1995

Monsarrat, Nicholas, Three Corvettes (1945)

Monsarrat, Nicholas, The Cruel Sea (1953)

Romkey, Bill, Ed., St. John’s and the Battle of the Atlantic. (St. John’s: Flanker Press Ltd. ., 2009)


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AGM for Canadian Naval Memorial Trust June 28th 2017