HMC Motor Torpedo Boat 463, sank after striking a mine in the English Channel on 8 July 1944. The “G” type Motor Torpedo Boat carried a ship’s company of seventeen RCN sailors, five were wounded, fortunately none were killed. Photos courtesy of the Naval Museum of Manitoba.
HMC MTB 460, struck a mine in the English Channel on 2 July 1944, of her ship’s company of 17 RCN sailors, 11 were killed. MTB 460 was a “G “type Motor Torpedo Boat assigned to the 29th Motor Torpedo Boat Flotilla. Photos courtesy the Naval Museum of Manitoba.
HMCS VALLEYFIELD -River class frigate was torpedoed by U548, off Cape Race Newfoundland on 6 May 1944. Of her ship’s company of 163, one hundred and twenty-five were killed, including two passengers. VALLEYFIELD was only in commission five months and was the only RCN frigate lost during World War II. Photo courtesy of the Naval […]
HMCS FRASER, River class destroyer, was lost in collision with the Royal Navy cruiser, HMS CALCUTTA on 26 June 1940 off the French Coast. Of her ship’s company of 172 sailors, sixty were killed. On 21 June, Fraser was ordered to France with her sister HMCS RESTIGOUCHE and HMS CALCUTTA to evacuate British and Allied soldiers […]
HMCS ATHABASKAN, Tribal class destroyer, was torpedoed by German destroyer T24 during a battle in the English Channel on 29 April 1944. At the time of her loss she had a ship’s company of 261 sailors, 128 were killed and eighty-six became Prisoners of War, after being rescued by German naval forces. HMCS HAIDA rescued […]
If you look at any ship in the Royal Canadian Navy today, you will see a bright red Maple Leaf proudly displayed on the funnel or helicopter hangar. This has become a unique tradition in the RCN and was born from our sailors who served in the Battle of the Atlantic during World War II. Canada […]
Many letters were sent home from Royal Canadian Navy sailors during World War II. On occasion a letter would be sent from the Commanding officer of a Canadian ship to the namesake community that supported the ship. This letter by Wm. Harrison, CO of HMCS TRENTONIAN was written to the City of Trenton shortly after […]
HMCS ESQUIMALT, Bangor class minesweeper, was torpedoed by U190 off Halifax on 16 April 1945. Forty-four sailors of her ship’s company of seventy-one were killed when she was lost. Late in the day of 15 April, ESQUIMALT left Halifax to perform and anti-submarine sweep of the approaches to the harbour in advance of a convoy […]
HMCS OTTER -Animal class armed yacht, was lost on 26 March 1941 from an on board fire and sank, off Halifax. At the time of the tragedy, she had a ship’s company of forty-one, nineteen sailors were killed. OTTER was one of fourteen large private yachts acquired by the Royal Canadian Navy to act as […]
HMCS GUYSBOROUGH -Bangor class minesweeper, was sunk by two torpedoes fired by U-878 in the Bay of Biscay on 17 March 1945. Of the ninety-two sailors in her ship’s company , fifty-one were killed. GUYSBOROUGH was returning to the UK after a refit at Lunenburg, NS, sailing alone the minesweeper was off the coast of Ushant, […]