J.C. Hibbard, RCN) are joined around 1130 hours by another Canadian destroyer, HMCS Fraser (Cdr. G.C. (3). J.C. Hibbard, RCN) and the British destroyer HMS Wanderer (Cdr. $91.15. De Wolf, RCN) and HMCS Skeena (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Harkness, RN), HMS Foxhound (Lt.Cdr. Glennie, RN) departed the Clyde for Gibraltar. G.F. Burghard, RN), HMS Daring (Cdr. Lees, disbanded the anti-submarine screen and ordered the Canadian destroyers to form a line astern of Calcutta. J.H. G.H.E. When Canada declared war on Germany seven days later, Fraser and St Laurent had arrived at the approaches to the Panama Canal. de Wolf, RCN). Dowler, RN), HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. Archer, RN), French battlecruiser Dunkerque (Capt. The Canadian destroyers arrived at St Jean de Luz near the Spanish border on June 21, the same day France signed an armistice with Hitler. On the 29th the French battlecruiser Dunkerque and the light cruiser Gloire parted company with the convoy. Gibbs, DSO, RN), HMS Foxhound (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Peters, RN), HMS Fury (Cdr. R.W. Lay, RN), HMCS St. Laurent (Lt.Cdr. At 0230/22 the merchant vessel Port Fairy and HMCS Margaree collided. At 10.30 PM on the 25th of June 1940 HMCS Fraser (Cdr. Découvrez vos propres épingles sur Pinterest et enregistrez-les. Complying with the order, Restigouche’s captain, Lieutenant Commander Horatio Nelson Lay, approached Fraser, unaware that she had been rammed by Calcutta. E.G. St.J.A. de Salis, RN), HMS Fearless (Cdr. Thomas, RN) departed the Clyde on the 12th to sweep ahead of the convoy. Creery, RCN), HMCS Ottawa (Capt. De Wolf, RCN) and HMCS Skeena (Lt.Cdr. Creery, RCN) and HMCS Restigouche (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Diana was commissioned into RCN service in September of 1940 and renamed HMCS Margaree. E.R. Edelsten, RN), HMS Cumberland (Capt. Lay, RN), HMCS St. Laurent (Lt.Cdr. Harkness, RN), HMS Ilex (Lt.Cdr. June 25th 1940 HMCS Fraser sunk in collision with British ship – 47 men lost. G.H. Aquitania (British, 44786 GRT, built 1914, carrying 2733 troops), L. de Villiers, RN) and HMS Hyperion (Cdr. H.G. Port Fairy rescued 32 of the crew. She was laid down by Vickers Limited in 1917, … Norris, DSC, RN), HMS Fury (Cdr. I.B.B. A.F. Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), FL-20513. Spooner, DSO, RN), aircraft carrier HMS Furious (Capt. Empress of Britain (British, 42348 GRT, built 1931, carrying 1588 troops) and H.G. Batory (Polish, 14287 GRT, built 1936, carrying 806 troops), W.S. W.B.L. Commander Creery ordered his officer of the watch to alter to port, pass down the cruiser’s starboard beam, and assume station. [13] Lawrence, Tales of the North Atlantic, 176. Creery, RCN), which came from Plymouth after effecting repairs at the Devonport Dockyard. [3] Marc Milner, Canada’s Navy: The First Century (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999), 81. The once great, former Royal Canadian Navy destroyer H.M.C.S. A.F. November 16th 1941 Canadian troops land in Hong … 1 … [14] Fraser was the first RCN warship lost during operations in the war. Nicholson, DSC, RN), HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.F.R. Three cruisers from the Northern Patrol were ordered to patrol in position 53°55’N, 25°00’W to provide cover for the convoy. HMS Enterprise remained with the convoy until about 25°W when she parted company with the convoy in the afternoon 4 February to return to Halifax. The first HMCS Fraser was one of two destroyers acquired from the British Admiralty by the Canadian Navy to replace two over-age destroyers, HMCS Champlain and Vancouver. Norris, DSC, RN), HMS Foresight (Lt.Cdr. When the convoy approached the British isles, the destroyers HMS Faulknor (Capt. W.B. Lees altered Calcutta to starboard in an attempt to avoid a collision, sounding one short blast on his ship’s whistle to indicate the alteration. de Wolf, RCN) and the British destroyer HMS Hunter (Lt.Cdr. O. Bevir, RN) and the Canadian destroyers HMCS Fraser (Cdr. S.H. The first of the ships, HMCS … B.G. The convoy arrived safely in the Clyde area in the morning of 30 December 1939. Operation Aeriel including loss of HMCS Fraser. These destroyers remained with the convoy until 24 December 1939 when they set course to return to Halifax. 47 Canadian sailors perished, along with 19 RN sailors who were taking passage home to England. [2] Douglas et al, No Higher Purpose, 52. [9] Douglas et al, No Higher Purpose, 99. One month after her acceptance into the RCN, Margaree was escorting convoy OL 8 to Canada when she was rammed by MV Port Fairy, one of the merchant ships under her protection. McCoy, RN), HMS Eskimo (Cdr. S.H. This convoy of troopships departed Halifax on 30 January 1940 for the Clyde where it arrived on 7 February 1940. The HMCS Fraser (H48) was a Royal Canadian Navy destroyer in World War II. de Wolf, RCN). G.C. The fourth ship, Fraser, was on patrol from Jamaica. August 1941 Canadians take part in the raid on Spitzbergen. H.N. When the convoy approached the British isles, the destroyers HMS Somali (Capt. Incredibly, Commander Creery and his bridge team, uninjured in the event, stepped from their own bridge onto Calcutta’s deck. G.H. Glennie, RN) escorted by the Canadian destroyers HMCS Restigouche (Lt.Cdr. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. They returned to Halifax with the Canadian destroyers. J.C. Hibbard, RCN) which came from the U.K. Abbott, AM, RN), HMS Delhi (Capt L.H.K. Ocean Escort was provided by the British battleship HMS Revenge (Capt. Chobry (Polish, 11442 GRT, built 1939, number of troops unknown), Technically the HMS Nabob and HMS Puncher of the Ruler class escort aircraft carriers of the Attacker class, based on the Type C3 design. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Around 1500 hours rendez-vous was made with the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal (Capt. She was escorted in by the destroyers HMCS Fraser (Cdr. R.J.R. Later that day, around 1500 hours, the convoy was joined by the destroyer HMS Wanderer (Cdr. The first three ships – St Laurent, Restigouche, and Skeena – departed Halifax on May 24 and arrived in Plymouth on the 31. For his daily tweets of rare and fascinating World War Two photos, follow him @lebrunjames81. One of only six RCN destroyers at the outbreak of the Second World War, she served as an escort for the first fast convoy that would sail from Halifax, and was among the first Canadian warships to enter European waters during the conflict. G.H. Ravenhill, RN) departed Rosyth and proceeded north at high speed to try to cut of the enemy warhips if they were to enter the Atlantic. [8] Fraser was ordered to evacuate Sir Ronald Campbell, the British ambassador to France. These included A/S exercises with HMS Hunter (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Graham, RN) which had departed Scapa Flow for Gibraltar the previous day. Many of Fraser’s survivors were assigned to Margaree, and the destroyer began operations in the bloody North Atlantic conducting convoy escort duties. Nicholson, RN). Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Scott, RN) and HMS Dragon (Capt. [3] On Sept. 14, two weeks after leaving Vancouver, the two destroyers arrived in Halifax – the front line of the Atlantic war. Creery, RCN), HMCS Ottawa (Capt. King, RN), HMS Fearless (Cdr. Creswell, DSC, RN), HMS Maori (Cdr. P.K. Peters, RN) and HMS Escapade (Cdr. Enright, RN), HMS Ceres (Capt. Close escort was provided on leaving Halifax by the battleship HMS Resolution (Capt. Lay brought Restigouche alongside of Fraser’s wreckage and embarked the remaining survivors. Creery, RCN) and HMCS Skeena (Lt.Cdr. By Pierre Kosmidis. [2], When 26-year-old German U-boat captain Lieutenant Fritz Lemp fired two torpedoes into the side of the passenger liner Athenia on Sept. 3, the two Canadian destroyers were already steaming south in the Eastern Pacific. P.N. Hamilton, DSO, RN), HMS Diomede (Capt. Agar, VC, DSO, RN) and the destroyers HMS Hunter (Lt.Cdr. 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Friesen, 72, has terminal lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure during his service on the frigate HMCS New Glasgow and he fears thousands of other ex-servicemen may be at risk of sharing his fate. Glennie, RN) and her three escorting destroyers, HMCS Restigouche (Lt.Cdr. Forty-five crewmembers were killed and nineteen men from the Calcutta lost their lives. She met a tragic end off the coast of France; the first operational loss for a young Canadian naval service. Calcutta’s bow collided with Fraser’s beam, cutting the Canadian ship in two, parting the destroyer just abaft her bridge.[12]. Brewer, RN) and HMS Nubian (Cdr. Dicken, RN) which were on the Northern Patrol were to concentrate near the Faroes where they were joined by HMS Colombo (Capt. Segrave, RN). Commonwealth merchant ships placed under naval control. P.F. R.S.G. Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan in 1958. (2), 13 Jun 1940HMS Hood (Capt. Jacquinet), Le Triomphant (Cdr. Tancock, RN) and HMS Firedrake (Lt.Cdr. Russell, RN) and HMS Dorsetshire (Capt. W.B. E.A. V.A.C. C.A.de W. Kitcat, RN) and HMS Impulsive (Lt.Cdr. July 8 The Federal Government announces that single … A/S escort was provided on leaving Halifax the Canadian destroyers HMCS Fraser (Cdr. M.L. H.A. J.H. [1] She was stationed on Canada’s Pacific coast, where she operated until the winds of war began to blow. Bennetts, RN) conducted exercises off Halifax. 14 Jun 1940Convoy US 3, made up of the troopships (liners) Andes (25689 GRT, built 1939), Aquitania (44786 GRT, built 1914), Empress of Britain (42348 GRT, built 1931), Empress of Canada (21517 GRT, built 1922), Mauretania (35739 GRT, built 1939) and Queen Mary (81235 GRT, built 1936) with troop from New Zealand and Australia on board and escorted by the British heavy cruisers HMS Shropshire (Capt. Please use this if you spot mistakes or want to improve this ships page. H.N. Empress of Britain (British, 42348 GRT, built 1931, carrying 1303 troops) and K.L. … HMCS Fraser was replaced by the British D-class destroyer HMS Diana. However both were listed in the Royal Navy in the strict sense. This ship … F.W.H. [5] Douglas et al, No Higher Purpose, 62. One, the Cygnet, was to … As an Amazon Associate uboat.net earns a commission from qualifying purchases. These were the minesweepers HMS Jason (Lt.Cdr. G.N. Chrobry (Polish, 11442 GRT, built 1939, carrying 1045 troops) 2017 - Cette épingle a été découverte par Dave Paterson. Creery, RCN), HMCS Ottawa (Capt. P.L. Holland, RN) and the destroyers HMS Faulknor (Capt. When the convoy approached the British isles, the destroyers HMS Eskimo (Cdr. NAC News – Edition 308 HMCS Inch Arran (WW2 River Class K667) Published by David Soule on June 9, 2019. I.G. She was replaced by the destroyers HMS Kelvin (Lt.Cdr. Lay, RN), HMCS St. Laurent (Lt.Cdr. H.W.S. Nit-picking aside, I really appreciate your posts and tweets! The light cruisers HMS Cardiff (Capt. Click here to Submit events/comments/updates for this vessel. W.S. Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of June 8, 2019. the Hon. 20 Oct 1940 HMCS … P. Somerville, DSO, RN). W.N. H.N. 142 of her ship's company were lost, many of which were survivor's of FRASER's … Mansfield, DSC, RN) and the light cruiser HMS Glasgow (Capt. “Von Luckner preferred to capture his prey rather than kill. Lambert, RN), HMS Fortune (Cdr. Many survivors from the Fraser were later lost on October 22, 1940, after being transferred to the destroyer HMCS Margaree which sank after a collision with the freighter Port Fairy. The convoy was made up of the following troopships / liners; shipping: + $16.76 shipping . J.A. (1). The visibility was poor on the moonless night. Fellow … [9] Fraser transferred these officials to HMS Galatea and returned to the harbour to continue ferrying evacuees from the shore. Creery, RCN), HMCS Restigouche (Lt.Cdr. Picture Information. Walker, RN), battlecruiser HMS Hood (Capt. (St. Catharines, ON: Vanwell Pub., 2002), 33. J.M. At the outbreak of World War II, … G.F. Burghard, RN), HMS Imperial (Lt.Cdr. Ormonde (British, 14982 GRT, built 1917, carrying 1269 troops) and J.C. Clouston, RN) and HMS Foxhound (Lt.Cdr. Clarke, DSC, RN), light cruiser HMS Emerald (Capt. M. Fogg-Elliot, RN) departed Portsmouth on the 3rd also to join the convoy. She was stationed on the west coast of Canada until the beginning of World War II when she was transferred to … E.G. You can help improve our commands section Wallace Bourchier Creery, RCN) was given orders to proceed to Bordeaux, France to help in the rescue of an estimated four thousand refugees … Destroyer HMCS Fraser sinks after colliding with HMS Calcutta in the estuary of the Gironde River during evacuation of Bordeaux. Rawlings, OBE, RN), light cruiser HMS Enterprise (Capt. H.P. Meanwhile in Calcutta, Captain Lees interpreted Fraser’s actions as an intent to cross across Calcutta’s bow, as opposed to down her side. On Aug. 31, 1939, Fraser and her sister ship St Laurent were ordered from Esquimalt to Halifax. On the night of 25 June 1940, Fraser was tasked to join the destroyer … Newspaper articles on the commissioning of HMCS FRASER . F.H.R. Creery heard Calcutta’s maneuvering signal and immediately ordered his engines full astern. [11] It was too late. Andes (British, 25689 GRT, built 1939, carrying 1358 troops), Jones, RCN), HMCS Restigouche (Lt.Cdr. Thank you. Nicholson, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Bedouin (Cdr. The Premier Online Military History Magazine. Eaton, RN), HMS Fearless (Cdr. She was part of the Carlisle group of the C-class of cruisers. Still), and Le Terrible (Cdr. C.V.E. W.B.L. Saguenay lost much of her stern in a November 1942 collision, and was subsequently relegated to training duties. On the 26th two more destroyers departed Greenock, these were HMS Kashmir (Cdr. B.C.S. His mistake was not immediately recognized by the captain, who increased the vessel’s speed to 20 knots in an effort to hasten the manoeuvre. De Wolf, RCN), HMCS Fraser (Cdr. After German warships had been reported in the North Sea, and concerned for the safety of convoy TC.1, Admiral Forbes, departed the Clyde on the 13th to provide additional cover with the battleships HMS Warspite (Capt. Wallace Bourchier Creery, RCN) was given orders to proceed to Bordeaux, France to help in the rescue of an estimated four thousand refugees trapped in the area by the German military forces. L. de Villiers, RN), HMCS Fraser (Cdr. HMS Delight (Cdr. P. Todd, RN), HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. St.J.A. 7 Dec 1939HMS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. Four more escorts joined the convoy on the 29th. Seguin and the French light cruiser Gloire (Capt. The convoy arrived in the Clyde on the 7th. P.H. The Loss of HMCS Fraser – The Bizarre Story of the Allied Destroyer That Was Shorn in Two 21 January, 2021 HMCS Fraser suffered a tragic end in June of 1940. (2), 27 Jan 1940HMS Malaya (Capt. Hon. In rough seas and poor visibility, the captain of the Fraser decided that the three ships should move closer together and ordered a turn to port in order to bring his ship behind HMS Calcutta. Calcutta’s whaler saved another 107 officers and rates from the Atlantic. S.A. Cooper, RN) and HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. Close escort was provided on leaving Halifax by the battleships HMS Malaya (Capt. HMS Wanderer was however replaced by the escort destroyer HMS Atherstone (Cdr. [6] Upon arrival in Plymouth, Fraser was refitted with improved anti-aircraft weapons. She was escorted by the Canadian destroyers HMCS Fraser (Cdr. Hadow, RN). At dusk on the 10th both destroyers were detached to join the local escort. J.L. Saumarez, RN) and HMS Impulsive (Lt.Cdr. All Members of the Royal Canadian Navy (… When they received their orders, both ships had been enjoying a community relations visit to Vancouver. Reina del Pacifico (British, 17702 GRT, built 1931, carrying 1455 troops). Although they have been acquired and operated at first by the Royal Navy upon completion and transfer, the RCN asked the permission to train personal on board, which was granted, while the HMS Puncher was directly manned by Canadian personal. Bowes-Lyon, MVO, RN) which were on passage to their patrol stations. J.M.G. H.R. S.H. de Salis, RN), HMS Fame (Cdr. Calcutta sailed into Plymouth with Fraser’s bridge still lodged atop her forecastle. [10] Douglas et al, No Higher Purpose, 99. de Belot). The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has only six, the River class HMCS Fraser, Ottawa, Restigouche, Saguenay, … Creery, RCN). Learn how your comment data is processed. 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