Lost During World War II
This section is dedicated to the memory of the 24 ships lost during World War II, and to the sailors who paid the ultimate sacrifice during this time.
The Disabled Ships of WWII
Not to belittle the misfortunes of the 24, Canada lost other Navy ships during WWII due to collision, ramming, torpedo, mines or fire. These warships were taken out of action.
HMCS Ypres - on May 12, 1940, she was run down and sunk at Halifax by HMS Revenge, fortunately without loss of life.
HMCS Saguenay - on November 15, 1942, she was rammed by the Panamanian freighter Azra, south of Cape Race, Nfld., and lost her stern when her depth charges exploded. The ship was docked at Saint John, NB, where her stern was sealed off, then taken to Cornwallis in October, 1943, to serve as a training ship.
HMCS Columbia - on February 25, 1944, owning to a combination of fog and faulty radar,
she rammed a cliff in Motion Bay, Nfld. without so much as touching bottom.
Repairs only sufficient to make her watertight were carried out at Bay Bulls, Nfld., though not until May.
That September she was taken to Liverpool, NS, to serve as an ammunition storage hulk for ships refitting there.
HMCS Cheboque - on October 4, 1944, she was torpedoed by U 1227, 800 miles west of the British Isles. She had made some 900 miles under tow, successively, of HMCS Chambly, HMS Mounsey, HMCS Ribble, and the ocean tug HMS Earner when, on October 11, the tow line parted in a gale and Cheboque drove ashore in Swansea Bay, Wales. She was refloated the following day, taken to Port Talbot and placed in reserve. In December she was moved to Newport, Wales, to be made ready for a transatlantic crossing under tow,
but instead was taken to Milford Haven and paid off on September 25, 1945.
HMCS Magog - on October 14, 1944, while escorting convoy GONS.33 (the Gulf section of ONS.33) she was torpedoed and badly damaged by U 1223 in the St. Lawrence River off Pointe des Monts. Lacking 60 feet of her stern, she was towed to Quebec and there adjudged a constructive total loss.
HMCS Teme - on March 29, 1945, while escorting a coastal convoy, BTC.111,
in the Channel off Falmouth, she was torpedoed by U 246, losing 60 feet of her stern.
Surveyed at Falmouth, she was declared a constructive total loss.
The following MTB’s (Motor Torpedo Boats) were also taken out of action prior to the end of WWII:
MTB’s 460 and 463 fell prey to mines on July 1 and 7, 1944 and MTB’s 459, 461, 462, 465, and 466 were destroyed by fire at Ostend, Belgium, on February 14, 1945.