Ships hit by U-boats

HMCS Raccoon

Canadian Armed Yacht

NameHMCS Raccoon
Type:Armed Yacht (Animal)
Tonnage358 tons
Completed1931 - Bath Iron Works, Bath ME 
OwnerRoyal Canadian Navy 
Date of attack7 Sep 1942Nationality:      Canadian
FateSunk by U-165 (Eberhard Hoffmann)
Position49° 01'N, 67° 17'W - Grid BA 3836
Complement37 (37 dead - no survivors)
RouteQuebec - Sydney 
History Completed in June 1931 as Halonia for Charles A. Thorne, Chicago MI. In March 1940 bought by the Canadian Government and commissioned in June 1940 as the armed yacht HMCS Raccoon in the Royal Canadian Navy. From Spring 1942 she was assigned to the naval base at Gaspe to patrol the river and Gulf of the St. Lawrence and to escort convoys of ships sailing from Quebec to Sydney, Newfoundland or Halifax. 
Notes on event

During the night of 6/7 Sep 1942, U-165 attacked convoy QS-33 in the St. Lawrence river and reported the sinking of three ships with 19.000 grt. In fact, the Aeas and HMCS Raccoon were hit and sunk.

The HMCS Raccoon (LtCdr J.N. Smith, RCNR) was reported missing after she left convoy at midnight to engage the U-boat. Only debris and one body was found some days later.

On boardWe have details of 37 people who were on board

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