For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS SHAWINIGAN K136

 

From the collection of

J.T. Williams

HMCS Shawinigan K136

RCN Photo

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Battle honours and awards:  Gulf of St. Lawrence  1942, 1944,   Atlantic  1942-44

 

 

Laid down: 04 Jun 1940

Launched: 16 May 1941

Commissioned: 19 Sep 1941

Fate: Sunk on 25 Nov 1944 by U-1228

 

Built by George T. Davie & Sons Ltd., Lauzon, Que. Commissioned on 19 Sep 1941, at Quebec City, Shawinigan arrived at Halifax on 27 Oct 1941. She joined Sydney Force in November but on 13 Jan 1942, arrived at St. John's to join Newfoundland Command. She left 25 Jan 1942 to escort convoy SC.66 to Londonderry, the first of three round trips. In mid-May 1942 she left 'Derry for the last time, and in Jun 1942 was assigned to Halifax Force as escort to Quebec-Labrador convoys. She joined WLEF that November, almost immediately commencing a refit at Liverpool, N.S. This refit was completed in mid-Mar 1943, and in Jun 1943 Shawinigan joined the recently established EG W-3. In Apr 1944, while undergoing another refit at Liverpool, during which she had her fo'c's'le extended,, she was transferred to W-2 and, on completion of the refit on 16 Jun 1944, proceeded to Bermuda to work up. At 0230 hours on 25 Nov 1944, while on independent A/S patrol out of Sydney, she was torpedoed in the Cabot Strait by U-1228 (Oberleutnant zur See Friedrich-Wilhelm Marienfeld). She exploded and sank immediately with all hands. A memorial monument dedicated to the 91 lost was erected at Shawinigan, Quebec.

 

RCN Memories:     Remembrance

 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          The Search for the HMCS Shawinigan

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr Charles Patrick Balfry, RCNR - 19 Sep 1941 - 04 Jan 1944 

Lt Richard Sugden Williams, RCNVR - 05 Jan 1944 - 14 Mar 1944

Lt William Edward Callan, RCNVR - 15 Mar 1944 - 04 Jun 1944

Lt William James Jones, RCNR - 05 Jun 1944 - 25 Nov 1944


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

Webmaster's note:  HMCS SHAWINIGAN K136 was sunk at 0230 on 25 Nov 1944 by U-1228.  The service records of all those who died on her show their date of death as 24 Nov 1944.  While post war analysis of German records shows when she was sunk - at the time she would have been presumed lost based on her last known contact, which in this case would have likely been on 24 Nov 1944.

 

 

AGAR, Robert James

L/Cook, V 44516, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

ANDERSON, Stewart William

OS, V69461, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

ANDERSON, William John

L/Coder, V19542, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

ARMSTRONG, Robert Oliver

L/Tel, V23542, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

BAIRD, Haddow Frederick

SLt, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

BARLOW, Howard Cliffe

Tel, V54404, RCNVR

killed - 24 Nov 1944

BEAUCHAMP, Joseph Florida Andre

AB, V55085, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

BENOIT, Joseph Bertrand Alphonse

Cook, V3888, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

BERNST, Ronald William

AB, V55264, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

BLAYLOCK, Douglas John

AB, V56350, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

BRETT, Robert Arthur

OS, V63155, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

BREUX, Joseph Yvon Paul

AB, V63905, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

BROWN, Gordon

OS, V66555, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

BUTLER, Arthur Herbert

OS, V69293, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

CALLAN, William Edward

Lt, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

CAMPBELL, Alexander Hutton

Sto 1c, V12837, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

CAMPBELL, James

ERA, V50107, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

CHALMERS, George Anderson

L/Sig, V 23121, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

CHISHOLM, Eric Miles

LS, 3993, RCN

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

CLAYTON, Alfred Ernest Joseph

Supply Ass't, V 27741, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

COLE, Harry Charles Beverley

OS, V78192, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

CONNERS, Cyril Winfield

CPO, 3644, RCN

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

DUPUIS, Ronald Joseph

AB, V69383, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

DUVAL, Alfred Henri

Stwd, V31257, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

EARP, Ralph Neil

AB, V68995, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

EPPLER, Clifford

OS, V73222, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

EVANS, David Mierion

PO, V13793, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

EVANS, John James

AB, V42620, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

EVANS, Lewis Brychan

OS, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

FIANDER, Edgar Lincoln

Sto PO, A/1883, RCNR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

FOUGERE, Leo Henry

Sto PO, A/1959, RCNR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

FRENCH, Donald Frederick

Lt, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

Drafted to Shawinigan on 08 Mar 1944 as Lt, RCNVR

GARRETT, Dudley Morine

AB, V65928, RCNVR

killed - 24 Nov 1944

GRANT, Robert Grierson

Sig, V10693, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

HIBBARD, Arnold Ashley

OS, V75031, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

HODGSON, John W.

AB, V33213, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

HUGHES, William

AB, V44886, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

HUNTER, Roy Scott

Ord. Tel, V61071, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

HURD, Harold John

L/SBA, V35998, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

JAMES, John Lloyd

Sto 1c, V54022, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

JOHNSON, Maurice Walter

Coder, V42995, RCNVR

killed - 24 Nov 1944

JONES, William James

Lt, RCNR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

4th Commanding Officer

KEMP, Arthur Eugene

Coder, V39976, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

KENDALL, Robin Dirk Harding

Sto, V42009, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

KENNAH, Willette Roy

Sig, V16778, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

LaBARRE, Joseph Adrien

Sto 1c, V43738, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

LANGFELD, Leslie Bruce

LS, V27875, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

LAWRENCE, John Campbell

Lt, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

LAWRENCE, Thomas Edward

AB, V37688, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

LLOYD, Walter John

AB, V23971, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

MACARTHUR, David Alexander

OS, V76456, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

MACEACHERN, William C.

AB, V47760 RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

MACLANDERS, Vernon Earl

AB, V409, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

MACWILLIAM, Jack

AB, V46437, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

MCDOUGALL, Donald T.C.

Sig, V39547 RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

MCNEIL, Donald Bertrand

Wt (E), RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

MITCHELL, Patrick Allen

LS, 3467, RCN

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

MORRISON, Ewen

LS, V30386, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

MORROW, David James

Lt, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

Drafted to HMCS Shawinigan on 01 Jul 1944 as A/Lt, RCNVR

MOSS, Cecil Richard

OS.SD, V69035, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

MURRAY, Glenn Stewart

Sto, V55059,  RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

O'GORMAN, Michael Bernard

ERA, V39419, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

OSSACHUK, John

Stoker, V33671, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

PAITHOWSKI, Michael Joseph

Sto PO, V17380, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

PARSONS, Howard Norman

PO, 4470, RCN

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

PHILLIPS, James George

OS, V64954, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

RAYNER, Robert Frank

AB, V65706, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

REA, Clifford Laureano

Sto 1c, V39455, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

RIGBY, John Joseph

OS, V75314, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

RITZER, Edward Ralph

Sto, V35810, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

ROY, Frank Norrie

Stwd, V45225, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

SAVOY, Alfred T.

AB, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

SEALEY, Walter Bertie

AB, V11500, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

SMITH, Gerald John

Sto, V54925, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

SMITH, William Roy

OS, V69625, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

SMITHSON, Stanley Lawrence

Sto, V45799, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

SMRKE, Anthony

OS, V59956, RCNVR

killed - 24 Nov 1944

SNYDER, Arthur Douglas

PO, A/1784, RCNR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

STEFIUK, George

LS, A/3474, RCNR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

SWART, Dirk Cornelius

Sto PO, V13834, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

THOMAS, Roger Charles

Tel, V16696, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

TODD, Hugh Lamour

AB, V8907, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

TRENHOLM, Frank Robert

OS, V67688, RCNVR

killed - 24 Nov 1944

VINCENT, Eldon Gilbert

L/Sto, V33823, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

WALLINGTON, Spencer

L/Sto, V38496, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

WATSON, Wilfred

EA 4c, V44390, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

WATT, Conway James

ERA, V35789, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

WHITE, Clayton Leonard

AB, V68792, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

WHITEHEAD, Arthur John

AB, V31653, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

WHYMARK, Milton E

AB, V34309, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

WOODS, Harold George

Tel, V67836, RCNVR

MPK - 24 Nov 1944

 

 

 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

C-D

Carson, Rodney William G.

1926-2015

Child, Kenneth

1926-2014

 

 

 

E-F

Fotheringham, James Brant

1921-2013

 

 

 

 

G-H

Hammond, George Ernest

1916-1992

 

 

 

 

K-L

King, Casey

____-____

Lovell, Donald

1923-1996

 

 

 

M-N

MacLeod, Louis

1918-2011

Nisbet, John

1922-1984

 

 

 

S-T

Simpson, Thomas J.

 

 

 

 

W-X

Whiteley, Robert Horace Roy

____-1956 (approx)

Williams, J.T.

1923-1981

Williams, Richard Sugden

1923-1990

2nd Commanding Officer

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Balfry, Charles Patrick, Lt, RCNR, CO - 28 Jul 1941 (Stand by)

 

Beament, Thomas Harold, A/Cdr, RCNVR - 23 Jul 1943

Bronstetter, William Edgar, SLt, RCNVR - 25 Jul 1943

 

Fotheringham, James Brant (Pop), RCNVR - 24 Jun 1943

Lawrence, John Campbell, SLt, RCNVR - 25 Jan 43

 

Swann, Bill, LS 

 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS Shawinigan K136 - Note her gunshield art

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

The gun shield badge of HMCS Shawinigan

A British bulldog wearing an HMCS cap is tearing the flag of NAZI Germany to shreds

From the collection of Thomas Joseph Simpson

Courtesy of Ron Simpson

Four crew members of HMCS Shawinigan K136 - date unknown

From the collection of J.T. Williams

Courtesy of Jim Williams

 

Note: J.T. Williams was drafted off HMCS Shawinigan shortly before she sailed on her final voyage.

Five crew members of HMCS Shawinigan K136 - date unknown

From the collection of J.T. Williams

Courtesy of Jim Williams

Officers on the bridge of HMCS Shawinigan K136 - date unknown

From the collection of J.T. Williams

Courtesy of Jim Williams

Officers and hands on the bridge of HMCS Shawinigan K136 - date unknown

From the collection of J.T. Williams

Courtesy of Jim Williams

A couple sailors relaxing on the depth charge racks on HMCS Shawinigan at the Chelsea piers, New York, NY

From the collection of J.T. Williams

Courtesy of Jim Williams

Lifeboat on HMCS Shawinigan K136

From the collection of J.T. Williams

Courtesy of Jim Williams

HMCS Shawinigan in Halifax Nov/Dec 1943

Photo credit: Ken MacPherson / Naval Museum of Alberta

"Start Chipping Boys, Winter At Sea"

Don Lovell, Stan Sutton, Corky Harris, Stan Green

 

HMCS Shawinigan K136 covered in ice

 

Note that the ships mast has snapped off

 

From the collection of Don Lovell

Courtesy of David Barlow

What Happens When The North Atlantic's 'Mad'

 

Newspaper article on HMCS Shawinigan in a North Atlantic storm

 

Crew's Nest newspaper - Apr 1944

HMCS Shawinigan K136 covered in ice

From the collection of Don Lovell

Courtesy of David Barlow

Coming into port - St. John's, 1944

From the collection of Don Lovell

Courtesy of David Barlow

HMCS Shawinigan K136 in 1943

From the collection of Thomas J. Simpson

Signalman McDougall - Missing at Sea

Written on clipping - 26 June 1945

Source: City of Kawartha Lake Public Library

Signalman Donald McDougall - Missing at Sea

Written on clipping - 26 June 1945

Source: City of Kawartha Lake Public Library

AB Milton Whymark - Missing at Sea

Written on clipping - 26 June 1945

Source: City of Kawartha Lake Public Library

ANDERSON, William John, L/Coder, V/19542, RCNVR

 

HMCS Shawinigan

 

Courtesy of Troy Wells


Newspapers on the loss of HMCS Shawinigan K136

From the collection of Rodney Carson

Courtesy of Chris Carson

Londoners Missing When Canadian Corvette Lost - 90 Missing After Canuk Ship Lost

Article on the loss of HMCS Shawinigan K136 from the London Free Press, London, ON

From the collection of Don Lovell

Courtesy of David Barlow

Missing at Sea - Leading Stoker Edward Ritzer

Article from the London Free Press, London, ON

From the collection of Don Lovell

Courtesy of David Barlow

Londoner Missing On Lost Corvette - Leading Stoker Stanley L. Smithson

Article from the London Free Press, London, ON

From the collection of Don Lovell

Courtesy of David Barlow

Newspaper article on 8 men from western Ontario who were lost when HMCS Shawinigan was sunk

Courtesy of Gary Silliker

Newspaper article about Ontario sailors lost when HMCS Shawinigan was sunk

The Evening Telegram, Toronto, 07 Dec 1944

Courtesy of BIll Watson

4 Calgary, 5 Alberta Men Lost In Shawinigan Sinking

Courtesy of Operation Picture Me

Newspaper article on SLt Haddow Baird and AB Alfred Savoy who were reported missing when HMCS Shawinigan was sunk

From the Fredericton Daily Gleaner

Courtesy of Ian Baird

 

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