Allied Warships

HMCS Prince Rupert (K 324)

Frigate of the River class


HMCS Prince Rupert as seen during the Second World War

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
TypeFrigate
ClassRiver 
PennantK 324 
Built byYarrows Ltd. (Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada) 
OrderedOct 1941 
Laid down1 Aug 1942 
Launched3 Feb 1943 
Commissioned30 Aug 1943 
End service15 Jan 1946 
History

Decommissioned 15 January 1946.

Reported sunk as a breakwater at Royston, British Columbia. Some of the ship is still visible.

 

Commands listed for HMCS Prince Rupert (K 324)

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1T/Lt.Cdr. Robert William Draney, RCNR15 Jul 194324 Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Prince Rupert include:


8 Mar 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Prince Rupert (T/Lt.Cdr. R.W. Draney, RCNR), HMCS Napanee (T/Lt. S. Henderson, RCNR), HMCS Saskatchewan (Cdr. R.C. Medley, DSO, RN), HMCS Bittersweet (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F.B. Brooks-Hill, RCNVR), HMCS Waskesiu (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Fraser, RCNR) and HMCS Outremont (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H. Freeland, DSO, RCNR). (1)

13 Mar 1944
German U-boat U-575 was sunk in the north Atlantic north of the Azores, in position 46°18'N, 27°34'W, by depth charges from the Canadian frigate HMCS Prince Rupert, the US destroyer USS Hobson the US destroyer escort USS Haverfield and by depth charges from a British Wellington and Fortress aircraft (Sqdn. 172/B and 206/R and 220/J) and Avenger aircraft of the US escort carrier USS Bogue.

3 Apr 1945
HMS Upright (Lt. J.A.L. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda with HMCS Waskesiu (T/Lt. L.D. Quick, RCNR) and HMCS Prince Rupert (T/Lt.Cdr. R.W. Draney, RCNR). (2)

4 Apr 1945
HMS Unruffled (T/Lt. A.H. MacCoy, DSC, SANF(V)) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda together with HMCS Waskesiu (T/Lt. L.D. Quick, RCNR) and HMCS Prince Rupert (T/Lt.Cdr. R.W. Draney, RCNR). (3)

5 Apr 1945
HMS Unruffled (T/Lt. A.H. MacCoy, DSC, SANF(V)) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda together with HMCS Waskesiu (T/Lt. L.D. Quick, RCNR) and HMCS Prince Rupert (T/Lt.Cdr. R.W. Draney, RCNR). (3)

7 Apr 1945
HMS Unruffled (T/Lt. A.H. MacCoy, DSC, SANF(V)) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda together with HMCS Prince Rupert (T/Lt.Cdr. R.W. Draney, RCNR) and HMCS Strathroy (T/Lt. J.D. Moore, RCNVR). (3)

8 Apr 1945
HMS Unruffled (T/Lt. A.H. MacCoy, DSC, SANF(V)) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda together with HMCS Prince Rupert (T/Lt.Cdr. R.W. Draney, RCNR) and HMCS Strathroy (T/Lt. J.D. Moore, RCNVR). (3)

9 Apr 1945
HMS Upright (Lt. J.A.L. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda with HMCS Prince Rupert (T/Lt.Cdr. R.W. Draney, RCNR). (2)

Media links


Frigates of the Royal Canadian Navy 1943-1974

MacPherson, Ken

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18493
  2. ADM 173/20177
  3. ADM 173/20139

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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