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Launching 29 March 1944
5 Boats in 24 Hours 31 March 1944
Double Launching 5 April 1944
Frigate named Hallowell 5 April 1944
Comforts 5 April 1944
Ships Bell 12 April 1944
Loan Objective 3 May 1944
Comfort Donations 5 July 1944
Officers to Visit 7 July 1944

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March 29, 1944

The frigate 'Hallowell' was launched yesterday

Wife of Mayor McKibbon Has Honour of Christening Ship at Montreal

     At Montreal yesterday, three frigates were launched at the shipyards of Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal. One of them bears the name of H.M.C.S. Hallowell, named after that township in Prince Edward County- the name by which Picton was already known.
     Since there is already a ship called Picton, that name could not be chosen
     The launching took place at five o'clock Tuesday. Representing the town were mayor G. Nesbitt McKibbon and Mrs. McKibbon. Mrs. McKibbon had the honour of christening the new ship.
It has been customary in other centres to form a committee to provide comforts for ships named after centres.
A telegram from Vickers Ltd. invited Reeve R. S. McQuaid and Township Clerk Clarence Mallory


     The best known type of ship in the Royal Canadian Navy is probably the "Corvette" the nippy little sub-chaser which is so sturdily built that it can withstand the worst weather in the Atlantic, and which can carry enough fuel to make the trip right across that great ocean.
     Some time ago, people began to hear whispers of a new type of corvette. It was to be larger, faster, better armed, and altogether more suitable for the difficult job of protecting merchant ships against both submarines and aircraft. At first this new type of ship was known as the "Super Corvette" but it was later decided to call them "frigates" after the fast, hard-hitting warships of the days of sailing vessels.
      Today Canada has a number of frigates at sea, how many we cannot say; but it is a proud thought that these ships, like the corvettes which have done such fine service, were built in Canadian shipyards. For the present not very much can be told of the frigate, except that she is a sort of halfway mark between the destroyer and the corvette: much faster than the corvette, bigger, carrying more guns as well as other secret devices for detecting and destroying submarines.
     Another very important advance in this new type of ship is the greater comfort for the crew. The early corvettes were fine for their purpose, but were far from comfortable. In designing the frigate, this was taken into account; and the quarters for both officers and ratings are in every way improved.
     One of these days there will be great stories of what the frigates will by then have accomplished. It seems almost certain that these new ships are going to turn out to be the deadliest enemy the submarine has known. True the destroyer is more dangerous to the U-boat than any other type of ship; but the frigate is being built in large enough numbers that it will be feared probably quite as much.
     Hallowell is thus honoured by having a frigate named in her honour.

March 31, 1944


Montreal - Three 10,000-ton cargo ships slid into the St. Lawrence River from the ways of United Shipyards here Wednesday. To raise to five the number of launchings in Montreal in 24 hours.
     The ships were the Rosedale Park, the Rondeau Park and the Hillcrest Park.
     Canadian Vickers launched two frigates, H.M.C.S. Hallowell and H.M.C.S. Stone Town.

April 5, 1944


     "We're proud of the men at Vickers," said Mr. J. E. Labelle, President, in the same course of a brief but moving address given between launchings Tuesday evening (March 28th) at Canadian Vickers' shipyards, Montreal. He paid heartfelt tribute to all Vickers' workers and, on their behalf, to the two men whose wives were chosen to act as sponsors at this double launching, which marked the first launchings on the St. Lawrence this season.
     Shown above with Mr. Labelle are: Mrs. R. K. Thoman, sponsor of H.M.C.S. "Stone Town", David C. White, Mayor of St. Mary's, Ont., Mrs. John "Paddy" Poole, sponsor of H.M.C.S. "Hallowell" and Nesbitt McKibbon, Mayor of Picton, Ont.
     At this point in the reception the sponsors were presented with suitably engraved souvenirs to commemorate the occasion and the guests signed the "Golden Book" seen open on the table.

April 5, 1944

Frigate Launched at Montreal Given Name of Hallowell

Mayor and Mrs. McKibbon Present at Ceremony Stone Town Also Launched, Breaking Records for Season's First Launching

     To beat delivery schedules and speed these ships to the sailors who will man them, Canadian Vickers Limited blasted the ice out of their fitting-out basin so that March 25th, at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., two more fighting frigates for the Royal Navy slid down the ways in a double launching which broke two records and equalled a third.
     This double ceremony sets a record as the first launchings on the St. Lawrence River this spring. Also it is the earliest date that launchings have ever been made from the famous Vickers' yards. And, finally, it equals the Canadian record of two naval ships going down the ways in a double launching, a record also held by the famous Vickers' shipyards.
     The two frigates were christened H.M.C.S. "Hallowell" and H.M.C.S. "Stone Town".
     The H.M.C.S. "Hallowell" was named after Hallowell Township in Prince Edward County, Ontario, and sponsored by Mrs. John "Paddy" Poole, wife of the popular foreman burner at Vickers and one of their old employees, having served his apprenticeship at Vickers and was a "passer boy" at the yards in the last war.
     The religious ceremony was performed by the Rev. R. Vatcher, of Trinity united Church, Montreal, and H.M.C.S. "Hallowell" Prince Edward County, slid down the ways after Mrs. Poole cut the satin ribbons which released the lever and sent the champagne bottle crashing against the bow in the traditional christening ceremony. Mrs. Nesbitt McKibbon read the dedicatory prayer.
     Just one hour later, following a brief but impressive ceremony conducted by the Rev. Father Claude Labrecque, which saw the frigate blessed, the "H.M.C.S. Stone Town" was officially given her name by Mrs. R. K. Thoman, wife of the Superintendent of Engineering Divison at Vickers and the second fighting vessel for the day slid down the ways for complete fitting-out. The name "Stone Town" was chosen to do honour to the ancient name of St. Mary's, Ontario.
     During the double ceremonies, at the side of Mr. J. E. Labelle, President Canadian Vickers Limited, stood specially invited guests from St. Mary's Ontario and Hallowell Township. These included David C. White, mayor of St. Mary's J. W. Durr, Town Clerk and F. G. Sanderson, M. P. for St. Mary's district; Nesbitt McKibbon, Mayor of Picton; George J. Tustin, of Napanee, M.P. for Prince-Edward Lennox.
     Mayor McKibbon attended a banqet and in a short address expressed appreciation for the honour accorded Hallowell by giving this name to the frigate.
     Both launchings were attended by Comdr. J. E. W. Oland, naval officer in charge for Montreal and Comdr. C. H. L. Harrison, of Naval headquarters staff.
     Later, at a reception held for the guests Mr. J. E. Labelle, President, presented suitably engraved souvenirs to commemorate the occasion to the sponsors, Mrs. Poole and Mrs. Thoman, thus supplying a happy ending to a record-breaking day.

April 5, 1944

Asks Comforts Be Supplied Frigate

Town Council Receives Request From Naval Minister Re H.M.C.S. Hallowell - Three Tag Days

     At town council Monday night, a letter from the Minister of National Defence was read. This asked that some club, group of women, or citizens, provide ship's comforts for H.M.C.S. "Hallowell". Things suggested were a ships bell, books, magazines, extra clothing, of washing machine, radio, or silver for the mess.
     The Mayor named Reeve Henley and Councillors Warren and Grindrod a committee to approach the Citizen's Committee re supplying some permanent fixture or fixtures for H.M.C.S. Hallowell.

April 12, 1944

I.O.D.E. To But Ship's Bell For The Frigate 'Hallowell'

     The Sir Thomas Picton Chapter I.O.D.E. held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 5th in the chapter house at the Regent. Mrs. W. G. Grothier presiding. The Members Prayer was read, the flag brought forward and the motto repeated. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by the secretary, Mrs. A. H. Walton and approved and Mrs. Arthur Storms gave the treasurers report. The members were pleased to learn of the success of the Spring Carnival, the proceeds of which amounted to about $375 net.
     Followed the reports of different conveners, Mrs. G.M. Hicks, reporting to the House Committee, announced that Mrs. Perry will take Mrs. Hyatt's place as housekeeper. A very hearty vote of thanks was extended to Mrs. Hyatt for her fine work at the House and the thought was expressed that she will be remembered for her kindliness in all parts of the globe by boys who have enjoyed the hospitality of the House. Mrs. Batton, War Convener, reported sending $50 worth of cigarettes to the relatives of members who are serving with the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment overseas. The following is her report of shipments made:
     To Polish relief: 6 quilts, 1 parkam 2 pairs wristlets, 2 pairs shorts, 2 suits of underwear, 1 suit combinations, 1 pair gloves, 1 petticoat, 1 pair flannel pants, 1 child's coat, 1 pair socks, 2 pairs mittens, 1 pair overshoes, 1 hat.
     Hospital supplies: 15 pairs pyjamas, 7 pneumonia jackets, 2 blankets, 2 bundles diapers.
     British Relief: 4 quilts, 6 doz. diapers.
     Miss Martin convener of Field Comforts and knitted articles reported the following shipments to the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment overseas: 102 pairs socks, 11 sweaters, 2 balaclava caps, 2 pairs wristlets.
     To I.O.D.E. headquarters, Hamilton: air force blue, 150 pairs socks, 1 pair gloves, 1 cap, 4 scarves, 9 sweaters.
     Baby articles for bombed-out families: 18 jackets, 18 bonnets, 18 pairs bootees, 5 pairs mitts. To Buy Ship's Bell
     It was decided that the Chapter shall buy a ship's bell for the newly launched ship "The Hallowell". The question of the appropriation of the proceeds of the Spring Carnival was settled as follows: $150 to the War Fund, $150 to the Chapter House and the remainder to the General Fund. A vote of thanks was extended to Mrs. Sinton for her fine work for the success of this event and she in turn thanked the members who assisted her. Mention was also made of the kind assistance of the members of the Rotary Club and the Kinsmen Club. A delegate is to be sent to the Provincial Convention in Hamilton this month. Mrs. Guy Johnson was authorized to make necessary purchases for Sir Thomas Picton room at the hospital. Several new members took the oath and were welcomed by the Regent. The meeting closed with the National Anthem.

May 3, 1944

Prince Edward County People . . .

You are making good progress towards reaching the county's Victory Loan objective of $1,100,000. The total subscriptions to date are $421, 100. But, are you going to make the county's investment big enough to pay for the Frigate, H.M.C.S. Hallowell, named in honour of the early history of this area. H.M.C.S. Hallowell cost $1,400,000.


     Named in honour of Picton's early name, and the present Hallowell Township. The Frigate Hallowell is one of the newer types of Royal Canadian Navy escort vessels. Over 300 feet long, with a tonnage of 1445, they rank about midway between corvettes and destroyers in speed, armament and manoeuvrability. Their normal complement is about 120 including six or seven officers.

July 5, 1944

Need Comforts for Frigate Donations Will Be Welcomed

H.M.C.S. Hallowell to be commissioned Soon and Short Time to Provide Comforts

     The frigate Hallowell, is to be commissioned soon, and following the lead of other districts honoured by having a ship named after them, Hallowell and Prince Edward, are expected to contribute comforts for members of the crew.
     Details will appear in The Gazette, Friday, but meanwhile, any individuals or organizations who are able to help supply these comforts are asked to act as soon as possible.
     Until a committee is formed, the Gazette will be pleased to receive donations.
     Organizations are asked to take up the matter of a cash donation at their first meeting as it will be necessary to supply these comforts in a short time.
     Picton, Hallowell and the county has been honoured by having this frigate so named and doubtless many will want to help provide comforts. Donations, large or small, are welcome.

July 7, 1944

Frigate Hallowell Officers To Visit Picton Next Week

     A meeting of representative organizations and individuals will be called next week to discuss the matter of providing comforts for the crew of H.M.C.S. frigate Hallowell.
     The captain and first lieutenant of the Hallowell, together with Lieut. J. N. Cornish, R.C.N.V.R. (S.B.), Montreal, will arrive in Picton July 13th and will remain until the 16th. During that period a meeting will be called.
     It is hoped to have a delegation from Picton go to Montreal to visit the ship after commissioning.
     Lt. Cornish writes Mayor McKibbon. "I have been assisting the different communities who have been sponsoring ships for the navy, in advising them as to where comforts can be obtained. An agreement has been made with the Electrical Controller who has been most co-operative, and has given certain manufacturing concerns permission to supply us with washing machines, toasters, irons, and hot plates. We have been successful in obtaining same at very reasonable prices. Would you pass this to the leading factors in the Sir Thomas Picton Chapter, I.O.D.E., Red Cross, Canadian Legion, Women's Institutes, and others. In buying comforts in Montreal , we save shipping and a great deal of time and confusion.
     "Would you be kind enough to advise me as soon as possible as to any suggestions you might have, previous to our departure for Picton."

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