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Coastal Drifter - CD 73

Photo of RCN patrol base facilities, Sydney, NS during World War One

CD 73 outboard vessel on right of photo.

Source: Sydney Nova Scotia and the U-boat War, 1918 by Brian Tennyson and Roger Sarty


Delivered to the RCN: 05 Nov 1917 

Paid off: 1918

Fate: Unknown 


Completed on 05 Nov 1917, CD 73 was was acting as a duty boat in Halifax and was alongside the Niobe during the Halifax Explosion (06 Dec 1917).  She was badly damaged and her crew suffered injuries. Paid off in 1918, she was sold and renamed Clixby, later Foi. Her final disposition is unknown.


Commanding Officers

Herbert Whitehead - 1917

Skpr Norman Noel, RCN - 18 Feb 1918 - unk

Lt Hugh Charles Ernest Wynn Owen - 01 May 1918 - unk


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


MacDonald, Charles Hibbard


Drafted to CD 73 on 01 Mar 1918 as Mate, RNCVR

Noel, Norman


Drafted to CD 73 on 18 Feb 1918 as Skpr, RCN, CO





Owen, Hugh Charles Ernest Wynn


Drafted to CD 73 on 01 May 1918 as Lt, RNR, CO

Pride, Arthur


Drafted to CD 73 on 21 Jun 1918 as Mate, RNCVR





Rudolph, Angus


Drafted to CD 73 on 27 Jun 1918 as Mate, RNCVR