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Canadian Trawler Photo Archive


Canadian Trawler:

  • Built by Port Arthur Shipbuilding, Port Arthur, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada as TR-37
  • Completed 1 November 1918
  • Acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1918 and reclassified CT-37
  • Struck from the Navy Register 24 July 1919
  • Returned to Canada in August 1919 and reclassified TR-37
  • Sold in 1925 Thomas J. Jenkerson and D. J. Jones of The Docks, Milford, Wales, United Kingdom and named Their Merit
  • Acquired in 1939 by Leslie J. Jenkerson of Milford
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy in August 1939 and renamed HMS Their Merit (FY 522)
  • Returned to her owners in November 1945
  • Sold 22 May 1956 to Frederick Walter Goffin of Haken, Pembrokeshire, Wales and renamed Merchant Victor
  • Acquired 10 August 1957 by Leslie David Rees Roberts of Milford
  • Acquired 24 January 1959 by James Carpenter Ward of Milford
  • Sold for scrap to Belgium interests 22 August 1959.


  • Displacement 500 t.
  • Length 134.7'
  • Beam 23' 4"
  • Draft 11'
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 55
  • Armament: One 12-pounder
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one 450hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    CT-37 228k 8 June 1918
    Under construction
    For Posterity's Sake
    A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
    CT-37 175k 8 July 1918
    Leaving Port Arthur
    HMS Their Merit (FY 522)
    CT-37/Their Merit 91k Imperial War Museum

    Commanding Officers - CT-37
    01ENS Brooks L. Light, USNRF1919
    Commanding Officers - HMS Their Merit (FY 522)
    01LCDR David Idris Jones, RNR12 September 1939 - March 1941
    02T/S LT James Findlay, RNVRMarch 1941 - 15 June 1941
    03T/LT Hugh McClelland, RNVR15 June 1941 - 4 September 1942
    04T/LT Robert Erskine, RNVR4 September 1942 - 7 October 1942
    05T/LT Leslie Deighton, RNVR7 October 1942 - Early 1943
    06T/LT Archibald John Baldey, RNVREarly 1943 - Late 1943
    07T/LT Arthur John Henry Grain, RNVRLate 1943 - Early 1945
    08T/LT Sidney Keightly, RNVREarly 1945 - Mid 1945
    Commanding Officers - Trawler Their Merit
    01Jeff Tucker1951
    02Jas Hastings1952
    03George Spooner1954
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for CT-37
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