H - Class Submarine



CH-14 alongside HMCS PATRICIAN, Saint Johns, NB

From the collection of Ralph Reginald Pattison

Courtesy of David Pattison

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Launched: 03 July 1915

Commissioned in the RN: 1917

Paid off: 1919

Transferred to the RCN: Feb 1919

Commissioned: 01 Apr 1921

Paid off: 30 Jun 1922

Scrapped 1927


H-14 was launched in 1917, her specifications were: Length: 150 ft, Beam: 12 ft, Draught: 12 ft, Speed: 13/11 kts, Complement: 4 officers, 18 men, Armament: 4-18in TT. She saw service with the Royal Navy in Bermuda. On 15 Apr 1918, H-14 departed Bermuda for the Azores in a group that consisted of some 40 Allied ships led by USS Salem. Shortly after leaving port, H-14 collided with the oiler ARETHUSA, necessitating a return to Bermuda. H-14 was towed back to Bermuda by CONESTOGA on 18 Apr 1918. In Feb 1919 the Royal Navy presented H-14 and her sister ship, H-15 to the Royal Canadian Navy where they were re-named HMCS CH-14 and CH-15, respectively. Scarcely used, they were paid off on 30 Jun 1922 and placed in the hands of caretakers at Halifax. They were sold for scrap five years later.



Photos and Documents          Crew photo



Commanding Officers


Lt Rupert Wainman Wood, RCN - 01 Apr 1921 - unk


Lt Ninian Bannatyne, RCN - 01 Jul 1922 - unk (OIC)



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Photos and Documents


Submarines CH14 and CH15


Britain transferred these "H" class submarines to Canada to replace the worn out First World War submarines CC-1 and CC-2. Arriving in Halifax from Bermuda in 1919, the two submarines were refitted and entered Canadian service in 1921. Although these two boats were American-built, Canadian Vickers' Montreal shipyard had built similar submarines for Britain. Taken out of service in June 1922 because of budget cuts, CH-14 and CH-15 lay rusting in Halifax's Northwest Arm alongside the paid off light cruiser HMCS Aurora until 1927, when all three vessels were sold for scrap.


George Metcalf Archival Collection

CWM 19910109-187

Courtesy of the Canadian War Museum

Ch-14 (left) and CH-15 (right) in drydock

Crew members of CH-14 - names unknown


Written on back of photo - Tom ? Temple


Courtesy of Donna Grayson

Stoker Amedee Gagnon (left) with two unidentified sailors in front of CH-14


Date and location unknown


From the collection of Amedee Gagnon

Courtesy of Ian McDonald

Stoker Amedee Gagnon (1st on right) - other 4 pers unidentified - in front of CH-14


Date and location unknown


From the collection of Amedee Gagnon

Courtesy of Ian McDonald