HMCS Niagara (I 57)
Destroyer of the Town class
|Navy||The Royal Canadian Navy|
|Built by||Fore River Shipbuilding Co. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||8 Jun 1918|
|Launched||31 Aug 1918|
|Commissioned||24 Sep 1940|
|End service||15 Sep 1945|
Assigned torpedo training ship on 2 March 1944.
Decommissioned on 15 September 1945.
|Former name||USS Thatcher (DD 162)|
Commands listed for HMCS Niagara (I 57)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. (retired) Edgar Lorne Armstrong, RCN||24 Sep 1940||2 Jul 1941|
|2||T/Lt. Thomas Philip Ryan, RCNR||3 Jul 1941||23 Feb 1942|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Ronald Fraser Harris, RCNR||24 Feb 1942||4 Oct 1942|
|4||A/Lt.Cdr. Geoffrey Huntley Davidson, RCN||5 Oct 1942||14 Oct 1942|
|5||Lt.Cdr. Ronald Fraser Harris, RCNR||15 Oct 1942||9 Sep 1943|
|6||A/Lt.Cdr. William Herbert Willson, RCN||10 Sep 1943||5 Mar 1944|
|7||T/Lt. Jack Cranfield Smyth, RCNR||6 Mar 1944||22 Jun 1944|
|8||T/Lt. Raymond Nelson Smillie, RCNVR||30 Jun 1944||18 Jul 1944|
|9||T/Cdr. Raymond Butler Mitchell, RD, RCNR||19 Jul 1944||15 Sep 1945|
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Notable events involving Niagara include:
1 Apr 1942
The British merchant Rio Blanco is torpedoed and sunk about 60 nautical miles east of Cape Hatteras in position 35°16'N, 74°18'W by German U-boat U-160. HMCS Niagara (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Harris, RCNR) later picks up 9 survivors.