HMCS SHAWINIGAN K136
Flower Class Corvette
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
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.
In memory of those who have crossed the bar
They shall not be forgotten
Former Crew Members
Photos and Documents
( JW01) Four crew members of HMCS SHAWINIGAN K136 - date unknown (JW02) Five crew members of HMCS SHAWINIGAN K136 - date unknown (JW03) Officers on the bridge of HMCS SHAWINIGAN K136 - date unknown (JW04) Officers and hands on the bridge of HMCS SHAWINIGAN K136 - date unknown (HW05) A couple sailors relaxing on the depth charge racks on HMCS SHAWINIGAN at the Chelsea piers, New York, NY
(JW06) Lifeboat on HMCS SHAWINIGAN K136
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.
(AT04) The Harp and Halo - HMCS SHAWINIGAN'S original gunshield art (AT05) Chiefs and Petty Officers on HMCS SHAWINIGAN K136. PO Arthur Turner, standing, 2nd from right (AT06) HMCS SHAWINIGAN'S gun crew - Don Keeley first on left (AT07) HMCS SHAWINIGAN casualties
From the collection of Arthur W. Turner, Sto PO, RCNVR
Courtesy of Art Turner