Allied Warships

HMCS Ottawa (i) (H 60)

Destroyer of the C class

HMCS Ottawa before or early in the war.

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantH 60 
Built byPortsmouth Dockyard (Portsmouth, U.K.): Hawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered13 Feb 1930 
Laid down12 Sep 1930 
Launched30 Sep 1931 
Commissioned15 Jun 1938 
Lost14 Sep 1942 
Loss position47° 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
Sunk on 14 Sep 1942 by U-91 (Walkerling).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMCS Ottawa (i)
Former nameHMS Crusader

Commands listed for HMCS Ottawa (i) (H 60)

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1Capt. George Clarence Jones, RCN21 Nov 19381 Apr 1940
2Cdr. Edmond Rollo Mainguy, RCN2 Apr 194020 Jul 1941
3A/Lt.Cdr. Angus George Boulton, RCNVR21 Jul 194118 Aug 1941
4A/Cdr. Hugh Francis Pullen, RCN19 Aug 194113 Nov 1941
5Lt.Cdr. Colin Degge Donald, RCN14 Nov 19414 Jul 1942
6A/Lt.Cdr. Clark Anderson Rutherford, RCN5 Jul 194213 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.

HMCS Ottawa also picks up 64 survivors from the British merchant Eurymedon that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-29 366 nautical miles west of Achill Head in position 53°34'N, 20°23'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.

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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