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HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244

HMCS Charlottetown K244

DND/RCN photo #MC-2181

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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 J.W. Bonner, RCNR - 13 Dec 1941 - 11 Sep 1942

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

BONNER, John Willard

LCdr, RCNR

MPK - 10 Sep 1942

BOWSER, Donald St Clair

AB, A 5207, RCNR

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

LUNDRIGAN, John

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

E-F

Fotheringham, James Brant

1921-2013

Served in Charlottetown in 1941 as Slt (Temp), RCNVR

 

 

 

 

I-J

Jackson, Jack Walter

1920-2010

 

 

 

 

S-T

Specht, Adolf

1922-2002

Survived the sinking of Charlottetown

 

 

 

 

U-V

Vincent, Eldon Gilbert

Survived the sinking of HMCS Charlottetown

MPK - 25 Nov 1944

HMCS Shawinigan

Vincent, Wesley

____-____

Survived the sinking of HMCS Charlottetown

 

 

 

 

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 (below)

 

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

 

 

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