HMCS Ottawa (i) (H 60)
Destroyer of the C class
|Navy||The Royal Canadian Navy|
|Built by||Portsmouth Dockyard (Portsmouth, U.K.): Hawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.)|
|Ordered||13 Feb 1930|
|Laid down||12 Sep 1930|
|Launched||30 Sep 1931|
|Commissioned||15 Jun 1938|
|Lost||14 Sep 1942|
|Loss position||47° 55'N, 43° 27'W|
At 02.05 hours on 14 September 1942 the German submarine 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 HMCS Ottawa (A/Lt.Cdr. Clark Anderson Rutherford, RCN), escorting convoy ON-127, was hit twice and sank in position 47º55'N, 43º27'W with the loss of her commander, 115 crew members and 16 shipwrecked men rescued earlier. There were 69 survivors.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMCS Ottawa (i)|
|Former name||HMS Crusader|
Commands listed for HMCS Ottawa (i) (H 60)
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|1||Capt. George Clarence Jones, RCN||21 Nov 1938||1 Apr 1940|
|2||Cdr. Edmond Rollo Mainguy, RCN||2 Apr 1940||20 Jul 1941|
|3||A/Lt.Cdr. Angus George Boulton, RCNVR||21 Jul 1941||18 Aug 1941|
|4||A/Cdr. Hugh Francis Pullen, RCN||19 Aug 1941||13 Nov 1941|
|5||Lt.Cdr. Colin Degge Donald, RCN||14 Nov 1941||4 Jul 1942|
|6||A/Lt.Cdr. Clark Anderson Rutherford, RCN||5 Jul 1942||13 Sep 1942 (+)|
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Notable events involving Ottawa (i) include:
Photograph taken by Charles James Sadler, RCNVR. First Class Stoker, Official number V-4963, serving in the Canadian destroyer HMCS Columbia.
25 Sep 1940
HMCS Ottawa (Cdr. E.R. Mainguy, RCN) picks up 56 survivors from the British merchant Sulairia that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-43 356 nautical miles west of Achill Head in position 53°43'N, 20°10'W.
23 Nov 1940
The Dutch merchant Bussum is torpedoed and sunk of the north-west coast of Ireland in position 55°39'N, 08°58'W by German U-boat U-100. HMCS Ottawa (Cdr. E.R. Mainguy, RCN) picks up 29 survivors.
10 Sep 1942
HMCS Ottawa (A/Lt.Cdr. C.A. Rutherford, RCN) picks up 24 survivors from the British steam tanker Empire Oil that was sunk by the German U-boats U-659 and U-584 southwest of Iceland. However, one of them died of wounds and 16 others when the destroyer was herself torpedoed and sunk a few days later.