The overzealous skipper

When Nicholas Monserrat titled his classic account of the Battle of the Atlantic The Cruel Sea, it was no accident. Nearly half of the Royal Canadian Navy vessels lost in the Second World War succumbed to marine accidents. Patrol boat HMCS Adversus ran aground; destroyer HMCS Skeena dragged its anchor and stranded on the island...
  • In late August 1942 a fierce and bloody battle in the Caribbean pitted a Canadian corvette against a menacing U-boat. What transpired is the stuff of legends. News from the sea was really quite good for the Royal Canadian Navy between late July and early...
  • Grumbling From Within

    September 15, 2014 by Marc Milner
    The destruction of U-210 by His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Assiniboine capped an impressive run for the Royal Canadian Navy’s mid-ocean escorts in the spring and summer of 1942 (Fire And Fog: Assiniboine Rams U-210, July/August). Through May they battled wolf-pack Hecht to a standstill and...
  • Escort Group C.3: Action And Reaction

    May 15, 2014 by Marc Milner
    This undated photo shows depth charge explosions astern of HMCS Saguenay during convoy escort operations. PHOTO: NATIONAL DEFENCE/LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA116840 By conducting more offensive sweeps and trolling astern of a convoy to find shadowing U-boats, Royal Canadian Navy escort vessels decided they could set the...
  • 70th Anniversary of D-Day, 1944-2014

    May 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    Commemorations for the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Campaign will soon be underway. Here are a few facts, quotes and graphics on D-Day....
  • Biting Back: Success Against The Wolf Packs

    January 15, 2014 by Marc Milner
    HMCS Wetaskiwin, while in port. PHOTO: CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM—20070003-048 The mid-Atlantic convoy battles of May and June 1942 were a test. In these two months the real damage to Allied fortunes in the Atlantic came off the east coast of the United States and in...
  • Merchant seamen crowd the upper deck of HMCS Shediac. The men were rescued after their respective ships were lost in the battle for convoy ONS 92 in May 1942. PHOTO: COURTESY MARC MILNER German Admiral Karl Dönitz seized an opportunity in the spring of 1942...
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