Allied Warships

HMCS St. Francis (I 93)

Destroyer of the Town class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassTown 
PennantI 93 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down4 Nov 1918 
Launched21 Mar 1919 
Commissioned24 Sep 1940 
End service11 Jun 1945 
History

Used as a training ship from early 1944.

Decommissioned on 11 June 1945.
Sold for scrap and sunk on 14 July 1945 while underway to the scrapyard.

 
Former nameUSS Bancroft (DD 256)

Commands listed for HMCS St. Francis (I 93)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Hugh Francis Pullen, RCN24 Sep 194025 Aug 1941
2Lt. Clark Anderson Rutherford, RCN26 Aug 19413 Jul 1942
3Lt.Cdr. Frank Crighton Smith, RCNR4 Jul 194217 Feb 1943
4A/Lt.Cdr. Harold Victor William Groos, RCN18 Feb 194315 Nov 1943
5T/Lt. Gordon Leslie Mackay, RCNR16 Nov 194327 Dec 1943
6T/A/Lt.Cdr. James Fraser Watson, RCNR17 Jan 194411 Oct 1944
7Skr.Lt. Clyde Courtenay Clattenburg, RCNR12 Oct 194412 Nov 1944
8T/A/Lt.Cdr. James Fraser Watson, RCNR13 Nov 194411 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving St. Francis include:


19 Mar 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Chesterfield (Lt.Cdr. E. Gleave, RNR) and HMCS St.Francis (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Pullen, RCN). (1)

20 Mar 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Chesterfield (Lt.Cdr. E. Gleave, RNR) and HMCS St.Francis (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Pullen, RCN). (1)

15 Mar 1942
HMS H 50 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS St. Francis (Lt. C.A. Rutherford, RCN) and HMCS Cobalt (T/Lt. C.J. Angus, RCNR). (2)

23 Jun 1943
HMS H 34 (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Limbourne (Cdr. C.B. Alers-Hankey, DSC, RN), HMS Wensleydale (Lt. J.A. McClure, DSC, RN), HMS Itchen (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.E. Bridgman, DSO, RNR), HMCS Galt (T/Lt. A.M. Kirkpatrick, RCNVR), HMCS St. Francis (A/Lt.Cdr. H.V.W. Groos, RCN) and HMCS Sackville (Lt. A.H. Rankin, RCNVR). (3)

24 Jun 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS St. Francis (A/Lt.Cdr. H.V.W. Groos, RCN), HMS Tweed (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Miller, DSC, RNR), HMCS Port Arthur (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.T. Simmons, DSO, DSC, RCNVR), HMS Burwell (Lt. A.H. Parish, RN), HMCS Sackville (Lt. A.H. Rankin, RCNVR) and HMS Douglas (Lt.Cdr. K.H.J.L. Phibbs, RN). (4)

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6367 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/17271
  3. ADM 173/17795
  4. ADM 173/17925

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


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