Ships hit by U-boats

HMCS Clayoquot (J 174)

Canadian Fleet minesweeper

NameHMCS Clayoquot (J 174)
Type:Fleet minesweeper (Bangor)
Tonnage672 tons
Completed1940 - Prince Rupert Dry Dock and Shipyards Co, Prince Rupert BC 
OwnerRoyal Canadian Navy 
Date of attack24 Dec 1944Nationality:      Canadian
FateSunk by U-806 (Klaus Hornbostel)
Position44° 25'N, 63° 20'W - Grid BB 7527
Complement81 officers and men (8 dead and 73 survivors).
Notes on event

At 14.37 hours on 24 Dec 1944, U-806 fired a Gnat at HMCS Clayquot (J 174) (A/LtCdr A.C. Campbell, RCNVR), which was escorting convoy XB-139 and hit her after 1 minute 9 seconds. At 14.46 hours, another Gnat was fired at a freighter in convoy, but this Gnat detonated after 3 minutes in the cat gear of HMCS Transcona (J 271). Four officers and four ratings were lost. The commander and 72 officers and ratings were rescued.

The wreck of HMCS Clayoquot (J 174) has been located outside the approaches to Halifax harbour, three miles from the Sambro Lightvessel.

On boardWe have details of 15 people who were on board

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Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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