Allied Warships

HMCS Orillia (K 119)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 119 
Built byCollingwood Shipyards Ltd. (Collingwood, Ontario, Canada) 
Ordered1 Feb 1940 
Laid down4 Mar 1940 
Launched15 Sep 1940 
Commissioned25 Nov 1940 
End service2 Jul 1945 
History

Fo'c's'le extention at Liverpool (Nova Scotia, Canada) completed on 3 March 1944.

Decommissioned 2 July 1945.
Scrapped in Canada in January 1951.

 

Commands listed for HMCS Orillia (K 119)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt.Cdr. William Edgar Slade Briggs, RCNR21 Nov 19404 Sep 1942
2Lt. Harold Victor William Groos, RCN5 Sep 194213 Feb 1943
3Lt.Cdr. Reginald Jackson, RCNVR14 Feb 194316 Apr 1943
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. James Evelyn Mitchell, RCNVR17 Apr 194313 Mar 1944

5T/Skr.Lt. John Winston Sharpe, RCNR8 May 19442 Jul 1945

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Noteable events involving Orillia include:


24 Jun 1941
HMCS Orillia (T/Lt.Cdr. W.E.S. Briggs, RCNR) picks up 37 survivors from the British merchant Kinross that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-203 in the North Atlantic south-east of Cape Farewell in position 55°23'N, 38°49'W.

10 Sep 1941
HMCS Orillia (T/Lt.Cdr. W.E.S. Briggs, RCNR) begins to tow the damaged British merchant Tachee to Iceland. The Tachee was torpedoed and damaged the previous day by German U-boat U-652 north-east of Cape Farewell, Greenland in position 61°15'N, 41°05'W.

19 Sep 1941
HMCS Orillia (T/Lt.Cdr. W.E.S. Briggs, RCNR) picks up 39 survivors from the British merchant Baron Pentland that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-372 north-east of Cape Farewell in position 61°15'N, 41°05'W.

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

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