SEA CLIFF K344
HMCS SEACLIFF K344 as escort for convoy
ONS.170, conducting a transfer at sea, 31 Mar 1945
Photo taken from HMCS KOKANEE K419
Source: The Flickr
collection of David
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Battle honours and awards: Atlantic
Laid down: 20
Paid off: 28
Mar 1946 to
Chilean Navy. Commissioned:
Fate: Broken up in 1968
Originally laid down as HMCS Megnatic,
she was re-named HMCS Sea Cliff in honour of the town of Leamington, ON and
it's citizens. She was built at Lauzon, Que.,
and was commissioned at Quebec City on 26 Sep 1944. She arrived at Halifax 20 Oct 1944, proceeding to Bermuda
in Nov 1944 to work up. On completion she sailed to St. John's to
become a member of EG C-3, and left 23 Dec 1944 to join her first
convoy, HX.237. On 27 Dec 1944, HMCS Sea Cliff made contact with a
possible U-boat. She radioed HMCS St Thomas who went to investigate. HMCS St
Thomas immediately made contact and did a hedgehog and then a depth charge
run. When U-877 surfaces, the Sea Cliff's crew fired on her with small arms
fire. HMCS Sea Cliff rescued 21survivors from U-877. She spent the remainder of the war on North Atlantic
convoy duty, and on 21 May 1945, left Londonderry for the last
time, to join ON.304 on her passage to Canada. She began
tropicalization refit at Liverpool, N.S., on 10 Jun 1945, but work was
halted 28 Aug 1945 and the ship was paid off 28 Nov 1945 at Halifax.
She was placed in reserve at Shelburne until 1946, when she was sold
to the Chilean navy and renamed Covadonga. She was broken up in
Photos and Documents
LCdr John Eric Harrington,
RCNVR - 26 Sep 1944 - 28 May 1945
Lt Eric Gerald Tice Fisher, RCNR - 29 May 1945 - 28 Nov 1945
In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice
Lest We Forget
- 03 May 1945
In memory of those who have crossed the bar
They shall not be forgotten
Stuart, George E.
Former Crew Members
Joseph Louis Ralph, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Apr 1945
John Robert, Lt (E), RCNVR - 28 Apr 1945
John Frederick, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Apr 1945
Kelly, Edmund Barrie, Lt (E), RCNR - 08 Jul
Harold (Bud) Edmonds on HMCS Sea Cliff, circa
the collection of Harold (Bud) Edmonds
of Collin Hazell
OF U-BOAT 877 DEC 27TH 1944, 4 DAYS OFF OF NEWFOUNDLAND
U-Boat was sunk by asdic & depth charges, the St. Thomas a
Corvette, picked up pings first and called our ship, the Sea Cliff,
a Frigate to the location. Both ships circled the area and both
ships started dropping depth charges.
is a mechanism attached to the bottom of all fighting ships to pick
up metal objects. The Asdic operators can ascertain the depth of the
sub and set the depth charges to go off at that depth. The depth
charges are a barrel weighing 300 hundred pounds, full of dynamite.
After being depth charged for a time, the metal seams of the sub
started to open up and they had to surface.
they surfaced the sub was sprayed with machinegun fire and they
surrendered immediately. Each ship picked up 25 survivors. The
survivors we picked up, one was an officer, and I helped pull him
in. He was fairly big and with all his clothes and lifejacket I
couldn't get him up over the cables and I had to lower him. I asked
for help to get him up over the cables and another seaman helped me
get him out. I didn't think he was ever going to stop shaking my
Officer was taken to the Captain's Quarters, and rest of the men
were put in the stoker's quarters, which was a good security spot.
We had to hang our hammocks wherever we could find a spot, in
passageways or wherever.
treated the men very well. They got regular meals and some of us
took them cigarettes and chocolate bars. Over the past couple of
years, I read a book on the sinking of the U-Boat. I found out a few
things that I never knew. One thing was that a Gestapo Member was on
every German U-Boat and our Captain found out that we had the
Gestapo Member as one of our prisoners.
Captain arranged for an explosion to go off, enough to shake the
ship and blow some light bulbs out. It was enough to make it appear
that we had been torpedoed, but not enough to damage the ship. This
was enough to scare the prisoners and he was able to find the
Gestapo Member and keep him isolated from the rest of the prisoners.
The prisoners were more relaxed after he was gone.
remember the explosion; I was on duty in the boiler room. I thought
that we had been hit by a torpedo. The only ones that knew about
this were the Captain and his officers.
the Captain of the St. Thomas was playing cards with the Captain of
the U-Boat and a couple of officers at the time. When we landed at
Grenache, Scotland for the prisoner of war camp, the U-Boat Captain
lined up all his men at attention and they shouted, "Hip, Hip,
Hurray" 3 times. This was to show their appreciation for the
way they had been treated by the crew.
presented at Remembrance Day, Twenty Place by Harold "Bud"
Edmonds, Nov 11, 2011
HMCS Sea Cliff in rough seas
the collection of Harold (Bud) Edmonds
of Collin Hazell
Collection of newspaper articles on HMCS Sea
Cliff and her crew
Courtesy of Jake Thomas
Newspaper article on two brothers, AB R.J.
Devost serving in HMCS Dunver and AB M.E. Devost serving in HMCS Sea
From the collection of Robert Joseph Devost
Courtesy of Carmen (Devost) Friedrick
Unidentified sailors on HMCS Sea Cliff K344
From the collection of Coder
Courtesy of Sharon Wing
Note: Gilbert Smith did not serve in HMCS Sea
Cliff, so it is likely a photo from / of one of his friends who was
on Sea Cliff.
HMCS SEA CLIFF K344
RCN Photo # O-660-1
Courtesy of the Comox RCAF Museum
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