HMCS SPIKENARD K198

 

Flower Class Corvette

 


 

HMCS SPIKENARD K198 approximately 2 months before she was torpedoed and sunk

Credit: Department of National Defence of Canada #MC-2975

 

Laid down: 24 Feb 1940

Launched: 10 Aug 1940

Commissioned: 06 Dec 1940

Transferred to RCN: 15 May 1941

Commissioned: 15 May 1941

Sunk: 10 Feb 1942 off Iceland by U-136

 

Built for the RN, she was commissioned on 06 Dec 1940, at Quebec City as HMS SPIKENARD. She arrived at Halifax five days later to complete fitting out and working up. She left Halifax on 21 Jan 1941, escorting convoy HX.104 to the U.K., where she received her finishing touches at South Shields, Tyne, from 04 Feb to 21 Apr 1941. She arrived at Tobermory on 22 Apr 1941 to work up, and on 15 May 1941 she transferred to the RCN and was commissioned as HMCS SPIKENARD. On 10 June 1941 she left Aultbea to escort convoy OB.332. Arriving at Halifax on 25 Jun 1941, she joined Newfoundland Command, and between Jul 1941 and Jan 1942, made three round trips to Iceland as ocean escort. On 01 Feb 1942, she left St. John's for convoy SC.67 on the recently inaugurated "Newfie-Derry" run, and on 10 Feb 1942 HMCS SPIKENARD was torpedoed and sunk by U-136, about 465 nautical miles west of Malin Head, Ireland in position 5610'N, 2107'W, while escorting convoy SC-67.

 

Convoy SC.67 sailed early in Feb 1942 from NewfyJohn - bound for Londonderry. The Canadian corvette HMCS SPIKENARD K198 was the senior ship of the escort for SC.67. Other escorts included Corvettes HMCS CHILLIWACK K131, HMCS SHEDIAC K110, HMCS LOUISBURG K143, HMCS LETHBRIDGE K160 and HMCS DAUPHIN K157. All went well until just before 2300 on 10 Feb 1942. The convoy was due south of Iceland, when CHILLIWACK attacked a submerged contact on the port bow of the formation. Almost immediately thereafter, LOUISBURG at the rear of the convoy spotted the wake of a torpedo running down her port side. SPIKENARD had been zigzagging on the starboard wing of the convoy when another torpedo struck the nearby tanker, Heina. A few seconds later, a torpedo that ripped out her forepeak and destroyed the bridge and radio struck SPIKENARD. SPIKENARD may have become aware of U-136 in the few minutes before - as action stations had been sounded & the speed increased just before she was hit. We'll never know, because not a man on SPIKENARD's bridge survived that night. In a few minutes, SPIKENARD sunk by the fore and headed for the bottom. Only eight men survived - to be found by a westbound British ship the next day. SPIKENARD had been torpedoed at about the same time as the tanker, & sank so quickly, that the other escorts didn't realize she was gone until morning.

 

The survivors of the sinking of HMCS SPIKENARD were:  Cowan, Denis Hugh, AB, V6481, RCNVR;  Day, Alexander Albert, A/CERA, V5825, RCNVR;  Deans, Thomas Russell, A/LS, 3212, RCN;  Laabs, Harold John, Sto PO, V16182, RCNVR;  MacMillan, Reginald, Sto 1c, V1328, RCNVR;  Mills, Wilfred Edward, Tel, V22962, RCNVR;  Morrison, George, Sto 1c, V25797, RCNVR;  and Whitworth, John, Sig, V8411, RCNVR

 


 

HMCS SPIKENARD files held by DHH Ottawa

 

Canadian Ships Naval Kardex 81-520-8000  Box 289 File 17 HMCS Spikenard Flower Class Corvette

 

Box 31 RS Spikenard, HMCS

 

94-244 File 2 Item 4

 

81-520-8000 Box 290 File 1 Spikenard

 


 

Photos and Documents

 


 

Commanding Officers

 

LCdr Hubert George Shadforth, RCNR - 08 Dec 1940 - 10 Feb 1942

 


 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

ANDERSON, John

Stwd, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

BATE, Leonard

L/Tel, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

BLOUIN, Joseph A. Y.

AB, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

BOUDREAU, John R.

AB, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

BOUTIN, Conrad W.

AB, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

CAMPBELL, Alan D.

AB, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

CANAVAN, Lloyd F.

Sto 1c, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

CONDIE, James R.

Sig, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

CONNOR, John W.

Sto 1c, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

COVE, Gilbert L.

ERA 4c, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

COWAN, Murray A.

L/Sto, RCN

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

CURR, Stanley R.

AB, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

DEARLOVE, Kenneth

Sig, RCN

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

DONNET, Daniel H.

AB, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

DUNN, Rupert M.

Ck (S), RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

EDWARDS, Norman J.

Sto 1c, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

FAWCETT, Charles C.

Lt, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

FISHER, Edmond J.

AB, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

GALBRAITH, Stuart

L/Sto, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

GAMBLE, John M.

ERA 4c, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

GILBOE, Arthur F.

AB, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

GREENBLATT, Moses

Tel, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

GRIFFIN, Patrick B.

Sig, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

HALL, John R.

AB, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

HOUNSELL, Lionel

OS, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

HUGHES, Robert A.

Lt, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

JAMIESON, Robert D.

LS, RCN

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

JORDAN, Donald

AB, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

KENNEDY, Thomas R.

L/Sto, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

KETTLE, Alfred S.

CPO, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

KITCHEN, Cyril F.

L/Sto, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

LAMOUREUX, Romeo

AB, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

LEGENDRE, Jean-Marie

Sto PO, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

MACLEAN, J. Arthur

CERA, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

MARKHAM, Gerald A.

SLt, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

MEACOE, William A.

Coder, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

MILTHORP, Patrick

Lt, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

MORLEY, William

AB RDF 3c, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

OXBOROUGH, George

LS HSD, RCN

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

PRYOR, Albert L.

OS, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

REAL, Clare A

AB, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

REGALBUTO, Charles

OS, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

RENNIE, William A.

SBA, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

RICHARDS, Donald P.

VA, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

RING, Norman E.

AB, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

SEAMAN, William J.

Sto 1c, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

SENNETT, John P.

Sto 1c, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

SHADFORTH, Hubert G.

LCdr, RCNR, CO

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

SMITH, Harold W.

AB, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

STEPHENS, William D.

AB RDF 3c, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

STEWART, Albert M.

AB, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

UPTON, Charles M. A.

Ord. Coder, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

WALKER, Samuel C.

Tel, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

WATTS, Dan J.

Stwd Prob., RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

WEBB, William L. A.

AB, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

WHITTEMORE, Edwin

Cook, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

WILCOX, Russell H.

Sto 1c, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

 

 

 

 


 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

(s) - Survived the sinking of HMCS SPIKENARD ON 10 Feb 1942

 

Bradford, Peter, Lt, RCNVR - appointed to Spikenard 24 Apr 1941

Cond, Angus L.M.

Cowan, Denis Hugh, AB, V6481, RCNVR of Laurentian View (Ottawa) (s)

Day, Alexander Albert, A/CERA, V5825, RCNVR (s)

Deans, Thomas Russell, A/LS, 3212, RCN (s)

Hicks, Archie, R.C.L.

Jewett, George S.

Laabs, Harold John

Sto PO, V16182

RCNVR (s)

Died: 1972

MacMillan, Reginald, Sto 1c, V1328, RCNVR (s)

Marston, Joseph Charles, A/Mate, RCNR - Appointed to Spikenard 02 Apr 1941

Died: 2000

Mills, Wilfred Edward, Tel, V22962, RCNVR (s)

Morrison, George, Sto 1c, V25797, RCNVR (s)

Whitworth, John, Sig, V8411, RCNVR (s)

Zaphe, Gerald G.

 

 


 

Photos and Documents

 

GZ13

GZ14

GZ15

GZ16

(GZ13) Gerry Zaphe (left) and shipmate on HMCS SPIKENARD

(GZ14) Unknown sailor - friend of Gerry Zaphe (from photo GZ13) - on HMCS SPIKENARD

(GZ15) Gerry Zaphe on HMCS SPIKENARD

(GZ16) Unknown sailor on the fo'c's'le of HMCS SPIKENARD

From the collection of Gerald (Gerry) Zaphe, Lt, RCN(R)

Courtesy of Robert Cooke

 


 

SPK001

SPK002

SPK003

SPK004

SPK005

(SPK001) HMCS SPIKENARD sailors - Left: George William Oxborough, Centre: Unknown,  Right: Conard William Boutin.  Both George Oxborough and Conrad Boutin died when HMCS SPIKENARD was sunk  //  Courtesy of William Johnson

(SPK002) Letter from A/CERA Alex Day, a survivor of the sinking of HMCS SPIKENARD, to the brother of LCdr Hubert George Shatford, CO of HMCS SPIKENARD, who was one of the casualties. Original source unknown

(SKP003) HMCS SPIKENARD Survivors - Article on SPIKENARD casualties and a survivor - The Toronto Star Feb 1942 //  Tel W.E. Mills - rescued  //  AB A.D. Campbell; AB P.H. Donnet and AB W. Morley

(SPK004) - List of SPIKENARD survivors - The Montreal Gazette 20 Feb 1942

(SPK005) - Article on casualties and one survivor of HMCS SPIKENARD - Toronto Star Feb 1942

 

SPK006

SPK007

SPK008

SPK009

SPK010

(SPK006) Article on casualties and one survivor of HMCS SPIKENARD

(SPK007) Article from the Toronto Star Feb 1942 on SPIKENARD casualties

(SPK008) Article from the Toronto Star Feb 1942 on SPIKENARD casualties

(SPK009) Article from the Toronto Telegram Feb 1942 on SPIKENARD casualties

(SPK010) Article from the Toronto Telegram Feb 1942 on SPIKENARD casualties

 


 

(LB05) Sailors on board HMCS SPIKENARD K198

 L/Tel Leonard Bate has the "x" beside his head

From the collection of Leonard Bate

Courtesy of Tara Danard

 


 

MG02

MG03

(MG02-MG03) Tel Moses Greenblatt on HMCS SPIKENARD

From the collection of Tel Moses Greenblatt

 


 

JM08

JM09

JM10

(JM08-JM09) Newspaper clippings on the loss of HMCS SPIKENARD and her casualties from the scrap book of Louise MacLean, Art's widow

(JM10) Stoker PO Hal Laabs - survivor of the sinking of HMCS SPIKENARD. Hal kept in touch with Louise MacLean, after the war. He later moved to the USA and Crossed the Bar in 1972

 

JM11

JM12

JM13

JM14

JM15

(JM11) Signalman J. Condie, ship's barber on HMCS SPIKENARD with B. Wittington as his customer

(JM12) Signalman J. Condie, ship's barber on HMCS SPIKENARD with Lt Robert A. Hughes (the Jimmy) as his customer

(JM13) CPO Alf Kettle on the starboard side of SPIKENARD just aft the life raft

(JM14) CPO Alf Kettle on HMCS SPIKENARD just below the starboard bridge wing

(JM15) The eight survivors of the crew of HMCS SPIKENARD

 

Courtesy of Liana Shaw, granddaughter of CERA John MacLean

 


 

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