Ships hit by U-boats

HMCS Ottawa (H 60)

Canadian Destroyer

NameHMCS Ottawa (H 60)
Type:Destroyer (C)
Tonnage1,375 tons
Completed1932 - Portsmouth Dockyard, Portsmouth 
OwnerRoyal Canadian Navy 
Date of attack14 Sep 1942Nationality:      Canadian
FateSunk by U-91 (Heinz Walkerling)
Position47° 55'N, 43° 27'W - Grid BC 6191
Complement181 officers and men (114 dead and 67 survivors).
History Built as British HMS Crusader (H 60), transferred to Canada on 15 Jun 1938 and renamed HMCS Ottawa (H 60) 
Notes on event

At 02.05 hours on 14 Sep 1942, U-91 fired a spread of two torpedoes at a destroyer and observed a hit. Then they saw another destroyer, made a full circle and fired at 02.15 hours one torpedo, which hit amidships and caused the ship to blew up and sink immediately. Walkerling thought that they had sunk two destroyers, but in fact the HMCS Ottawa (H 60) (LtCdr C.A. Rutherford RCN), escorting convoy ON-127, was hit twice.

At 02.15 hours on 12 Sep 1942, U-92 (Oelrich) fired a spread of four torpedoes at a destroyer in grid BD 2719 and heard two impacts after 46 seconds, but two detonations only much later, apparently depth charges. The destroyer attacked was probably the HMCS Ottawa (H 60).

On boardWe have details of 121 people who were on board

Location of attack on HMCS Ottawa (H 60).

ship sunk.

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Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

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