HMCS Skeena (D 59)
Destroyer of the A class
|Navy||The Royal Canadian Navy|
|Built by||Thornycroft (Southampton, U.K.)|
|Laid down||14 Oct 1929|
|Launched||10 Oct 1930|
|Commissioned||10 Jun 1931|
|Lost||25 Oct 1944|
HMCS Skeena (A/Lt.Cdr. Patrick Francis Xavier Russell, RCN) was wrecked during a storm at Videy, Iceland.
Commands listed for HMCS Skeena (D 59)
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|1||Cdr. Harold Taylor Wood Grant, RCN||23 Apr 1938||30 Nov 1939|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Ernest Patrick Tisdall, RCN||1 Dec 1939||9 Mar 1940|
|3||Lt. Herbert Sharples Rayner, RCN||10 Mar 1940||1 Apr 1940|
|4||Lt.Cdr. James Calcutt Hibbard, RCN||2 Apr 1940||10 Dec 1941|
|5||Cdr. Harry Kingsley, RCN||11 Dec 1941||19 May 1942|
|6||Lt. Kenneth Lloyd Dyer, RCN||20 May 1942||28 Feb 1943|
|7||A/Lt.Cdr. Eric Eversley Garratt Boak, RCN||1 Mar 1943||20 Nov 1943|
|8||A/Lt.Cdr. Patrick Francis Xavier Russell, RCN||21 Nov 1943||25 Oct 1944|
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Noteable events involving Skeena include:
17 Jul 1940
HMCS Skeena (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Hibbard, RCN) picks up 65 survivors from the British merchant Manipur that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-57 8 nautical miles north-west of Cape Wrath in position 58°41'N, 05°14'W.
2 Sep 1940
HMCS Skeena (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Hibbard, RCN) picks up 19 survivors from the British merchant Thornlea that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-46 about 200 miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 55°41'N, 14°20'W.
Skeena also picks up 9 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Salonica that was torpedoed and sunk by U-100 west of Ireland in position 55°16'N, 12°14'W.
3 Mar 1941
HMCS Skeena (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Hibbard, RCN) arrived at Halifax for a refit.
31 Jul 1942
German U-boat U-588 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 49°59'N, 36°36'W, by depth charges from the Canadian corvette HMCS Wetaskiwin (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Windeyer, RCN) and the Canadian destroyer HMCS Skeena (A/Lt.Cdr. D.L. Dyer, RCN). (see map)