Navy

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...
  • Torpedoed In The St. Lawrence: Navy, Part 51

    May 29, 2012 by Marc Milner
    HMCS Clayoquot during exercises in 1943. PHOTO: GILBERT ALEXANDER MILNE, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA116969 As historian Michael Hadley wrote, the star shells “cast a cone of light as far astern as Raccoon’s lonely station off the convoy’s port quarter, where she was seen—by all accounts—for...
  • Predators In The St. Lawrence: Navy, Part 50

    March 29, 2012 by Marc Milner
    Survivors of USS Chatham are taken on board HMCS Trail, August 1942. PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA200327 The attacks on Nicoya and Leto on May 12, 1942, signalled the commencement of what became known as the Battle of the St. Lawrence, the most important enemy...
  • Survivors of the steamer Nicoya, May 1942. PHOTO: C. IAN TATE In the early morning darkness of May 12, 1942, U-553, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Karl Thurmann, sank the steamers Nicoya and Leto, 16 kilometres off the Gaspé coast. Thurmann had pursued the 5,364-ton British freighter...
  • U-boats And The Spy Who Came Ashore: Navy, Part 48

    December 12, 2011 by Marc Milner
    Saint John Harbour Defence Craft 15 on patrol during the Second World War. PHOTO: DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE While residents of British Columbia waited for the war to reach their shores in the early months of 1942, submarines attacked along the east coast for the...
  • Historic WWI Photo – S.S. Franconia, 1914

    October 18, 2011 by Legion Magazine
    Church parade on board the troopship S.S. Franconia, October 1914. LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES...
  • Historic WWI Photo – Canadian Submarines

    October 11, 2011 by Legion Magazine
    Canadian-built submarines H-3, H-4, H-5 and H-6 alongside in Montreal. LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES...
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