Flower Class Corvette



HMCS Charlottetown K244

RCN photo # MC-2181

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Memorial to those who died on

HMCS Charlottetown K244

St Brendan's Chapel, CFB Halifax

Courtesy of LS Jessie Chin-yet, RCN

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Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1942,   Gulf of St. Lawrence  1942



Laid down: 07 Jun 1941

Launched: 10 Sep 1941

Commissioned: 13 Dec 1941

Fate: Sunk by torpedo on 11 Sep 1942 


Built by the Kingston Shipbuilding Co., Ltd, Ont., she was commissioned at Quebec City on 13 Dec 1941 and arrived at Halifax on 18 Dec 1941. She was a member of WLEF until mid-Jul 1942, when she was transferred to Gulf Escort Force owing to increased U-boat activity in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. She was employed as escort to Quebec-Sydney convoys until 11 Sep 1942, when she was torpedoed and sunk by U 517 in the St. Lawrence River near Cap Chat, Que. Six of her crew were lost that day, 4 later died of wounds resulting from the sinking. She had earlier delivered convoy SQ.35 to Rimouski and was en route back to Gaspé, her base, at the time.



Photos and Documents



Commanding Officers


Lt John William Bonner, RCNR - 13 Dec 1941 - 11 Sep 1942



     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


BONNER, John Willard


MPK - 10 Sep 1942

BOWSER, Donald St. C.


DOW - 11 Sep 1942

GARLAND, John Charlie

OS, V/2703, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Sep 1942

GRANT, John Alexander

Stoker PO, A/1871, RCNR

DOW -  22 Oct 1942

LOVAT, Peter Kenneth

ERA, V/27067, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Sep 1942


Stoker, A/2985, RCNR

MPK - 10 Sep 1942

MACDONALD, Thomas Allan

ERA 4c, 21749, RCN

DOW - 13 Sep 1942

ROBINSON, Edmund Charles

L/Tel, V/9661, RCNVR

DOW - 13 Sep 1942

TODD, David

ERA, V/5970, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Sep 1942

WHARTON, Leonard Arthur

AB, V/27329, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Sep 1942



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


(s) - Survived the sinking of HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN on 10 Sep 1942




Former Crew Members


Gregory, George Frederick Thompson, SLt, RCNVR - Jan 1942


Hoar, Lyle Robert, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1942


Saunders, Edward Heaty, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Apr 1942



Photos and Documents


Funeral of Able Seaman Donald Bowser


A member of HMCS Charlottetown's crew, Bowser died after the German submarine U-517 sank his ship in the St. Lawrence River in September 1942. Charlottetown had been sailing with HMCS Clayoquot and, as the ships had not been "zig-zagging," they presented less-difficult targets for U-517. Most of Charlottetown's crew survived the torpedoing but several, including Bowser, were severely injured by depth charges which exploded as their ship sank. His funeral at St. Paul's Anglican Church in Gaspé, Quebec, emphasized the proximity of the battle of the St. Lawrence to the Canadian home front. Source: Canadian War Museum George Metcalf Archival Collection CWM 20070195-008a_front


 AB Leonard Arthur Wharton, RCNVR


Born: 1920   MPK: 10 Sep 1942 as the age of 22

HMCS Charlottetown K244


Article on the loss of HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244


The Halifax Mail, Sat, 29 Nov 1942


Mentioned in the article:  LCdr J.W. Bonner, CO, MPK;  AB Donald Bowser - died of wounds;  Stoker Frank Dillon - survived;  John Dillon - survived;  Mascot Screech - survived;  AB Charles Garland - MPK;  Lt William Johnston - survived;  Tel Fred Rush - survived;  ERA P.K. Lovatt - MPK


Researched by / Courtesy of George Newbury



Adolf Paul Specht with Screech - the mascot of HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244


The photo was taken after they were rescued when HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN was torpedoed. Screech found Adolf in the water and held onto him until they were rescued.


From the collection of CPO Adolf Paul Specht


Courtesy of Michael Specht



Article on the loss of HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244

The Halifax Herald - date unknown


From the collection of J. Vincent Wesley, CPO, RCNVR


Courtesy of Marilynn Taylor








(FM913-FM916) Articles on the loss of HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244 on 11 Sep 1942


From the collection of François Messier, AB, RCNVR


Courtesy of Denis Messier