RCN ships lost during WW2



During World War II, The Royal Canadian Navy fielded 341 fighting ships.  Of that number 21 were lost.

The vessels lost included:

22 Oct, 1940-HMCS Margaree (H 49) – Destroyer – D Class

19 Sep, 1941-HMCS Levis (i) (K 115) – Corvette – Flower Class
7 Dec, 1941-Windflower(K 155) – Corvette – Flower Class

11 Feb, 1942-Spikenard (K 198) – Corvette – Flower Class
6 Sep, 1942-HMCS Raccoon – Armed Yacht – Unknown class
11 Sep, 1942-HMCS Charlottetown (i) (K 244) – Corvette – Flower Class
14 Sep, 1942-Ottawa (H 60) – Destroyer – C

6 Feb, 1943-Louisburg (i) (K 143) – Corvette – Flower Class
22 Feb, 1943-Weyburn (K 173) – Corvette – Flower Class
20 Sep, 1943-St Croix (I 81) – Destroyer – Town
31 Oct, 1943-Chedabucto (J 168) – Minesweeper – Bangor

29 Apr, 1944-HMCS Athabaskan (G 07) – Destroyer – Tribal
7 May, 1944-HMCS Valleyfield (K 329) – Frigate – River
8 Aug, 1944-HMCS Regina (K 234) – Corvette – Flower Class
21 Aug, 1944-HMCS Alberni (K 103) – Corvette – Flower Class
25 Oct, 1944-HMCS Skeena (D 59) – Destroyer – A
25 Nov, 1944-HMCS Shawinigan (K 136) – Corvette – Flower Class
24 Dec, 1944-HMCS Clayoquot (J 174) – Minesweeper – Bangor

22 Feb, 1945-HMCS Trentonian (K 368) – Corvette – Flower Class(rev.)
17 Mar, 1945-HMCS Guysborough (J 52) – Minesweeper – Bangor
16 Apr, 1945-HMCS Esquimalt (J 272) – Minesweeper – Bangor

(source: http://uboat.net/allies/warships/war_losses.html?navy=HMCS)

There is a petition, E-1637 (WARSHIPS), being collected to be presented to the Canadian Parliament.  The goal of the petition is to have the sites of these ships protected as war graves.  At this time, there is no protection in law for these ships making them open-game for scuba divers, salvers and others who place sport or profit above honouring Canadians who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  There are thousands of Canadians war vets buried at home and abroad.  We can see their headstones and honour them.  But thousands of vets died at sea and have no place of remembrance.

Please take a few minutes out of your schedule to sign the petition.  At the time of this post, there were almost 200 signatories.  We need 300 more before August 25.

Go to: https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Sign/e-1637

Click here to get information on HMCS Valleyfield, one of the ships lost including its crew of 163.