Allied Warships

HMCS Skeena (D 59)

Destroyer of the A class


Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2702

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassA 
PennantD 59 
Built byThornycroft (Southampton, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down14 Oct 1929 
Launched10 Oct 1930 
Commissioned10 Jun 1931 
Lost25 Oct 1944 
History

HMCS Skeena (A/Lt.Cdr. Patrick Francis Xavier Russell, RCN) was wrecked during a storm at Videy, Iceland.
This location is right off Reykjavík, the capital.

 

Commands listed for HMCS Skeena (D 59)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Harold Taylor Wood Grant, RCN23 Apr 193830 Nov 1939
2Lt.Cdr. Ernest Patrick Tisdall, RCN1 Dec 19399 Mar 1940
3Lt. Herbert Sharples Rayner, RCN10 Mar 19401 Apr 1940
4Lt.Cdr. James Calcutt Hibbard, RCN2 Apr 194010 Dec 1941
5Cdr. Harry Kingsley, RCN11 Dec 194119 May 1942
6Lt. Kenneth Lloyd Dyer, RCN20 May 19424 Jan 1943
7T/Lt. Belanger Jean Rosaire Roland, RCNVR5 Jan 194328 Feb 1943
8A/Lt.Cdr. Eric Eversley Garratt Boak, RCN1 Mar 194320 Nov 1943
9A/Lt.Cdr. Patrick Francis Xavier Russell, RCN21 Nov 194325 Oct 1944

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Notable events involving Skeena include:


14 Jun 1940
Convoy US 3, made up of the troopships (liners) Andes (25689 GRT, built 1939), Aquitania (44786 GRT, built 1914), Empress of Britain (42348 GRT, built 1931), Empress of Canada (21517 GRT, built 1922), Mauretania (35739 GRT, built 1939) and Queen Mary (81235 GRT, built 1936) with troop from New Zealand and Australia on board and escorted by the British heavy cruisers HMS Shropshire (Capt. J.H. Edelsten, RN), HMS Cumberland (Capt. the Hon. G.H.E. Russell, RN) and HMS Dorsetshire (Capt. B.C.S. Martin, RN) was joined around 0800 hours by HMS Argus (Capt. H.C. Bovell, RN), which came from Gibraltar, and joined around 1000 hours by the battlecruiser HMS Hood (Capt. Sir I.G. Glennie, RN) escorted by the Canadian destroyers HMCS Restigouche (Lt.Cdr. H.N. Lay, RN), HMCS St. Laurent (Lt.Cdr. H.G. De Wolf, RCN), HMCS Fraser (Cdr. W.B. Creery, RCN) and HMCS Skeena (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Hibbard, RCN) which came from the U.K. Shortly afterwards HMS Dorsetshire left the convoy to proceed to Gibraltar.

Later that day, around 1500 hours, the convoy was joined by the destroyer HMS Wanderer (Cdr. J.H. Ruck-Keene, RN) and around 1600 hours by two more destroyers HMS Broke (Cdr. B.G. Scurfield, RN) and HMS Westcott (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN). (1)

17 Jul 1940
HMCS Skeena (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Hibbard, RCN) picks up 65 survivors from the British merchant Manipur that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-57 8 nautical miles north-west of Cape Wrath in position 58°41'N, 05°14'W.

2 Sep 1940
HMCS Skeena (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Hibbard, RCN) picks up 19 survivors from the British merchant Thornlea that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-46 about 200 miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 55°41'N, 14°20'W.

23 Nov 1940
HMCS Skeena (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Hibbard, RCN) picks up 6 men from the Norwegian merchant Bruse that was torpedoed and damaged west of Ireland in position 55°04'N, 12°15'W by German U-boat U-100.

Skeena also picks up 9 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Salonica that was torpedoed and sunk by U-100 west of Ireland in position 55°16'N, 12°14'W.

3 Mar 1941
HMCS Skeena (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Hibbard, RCN) arrived at Halifax for a refit.

31 Jul 1942
German U-boat U-588 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 49°59'N, 36°36'W, by depth charges from the Canadian corvette HMCS Wetaskiwin (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Windeyer, RCN) and the Canadian destroyer HMCS Skeena (A/Lt.Cdr. D.L. Dyer, RCN).

9 Dec 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Skeena (A/Lt.Cdr. K.L. Dyer, DSC, RCN) and HMCS Wetaskiwin (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.R. Kidston, RCNVR). (2)

17 Aug 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Burnham (Lt. C.H. Rankin, RN) and HMCS Skeena (A/Lt.Cdr. E.E.G. Boak, RCN). (3)

25 Sep 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Mayflower (Lt. V. Browne, RCNR), HMCS Saskatchewan (Cdr. R.C. Medley, DSO, RN), HMS Burnham (Lt. C.H. Rankin, RN) and HMCS Skeena (A/Lt.Cdr. E.E.G. Boak, RCN). (4)

16 Dec 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Skeena (A/Lt.Cdr. P.F.X. Russell, RCN), HMCS Pictou (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.K. Fox, RCNVR), HMS Watchman (Lt.Cdr. G.H.D. Williams, RN) and aircraft. (5)

9 May 1944
HMS H 50 (T/Lt. A.F. Wicker, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Saskatchewan (T/Lt.Cdr. A.H. Easton, DSC, RCNR), HMCS Skeena (A/Lt.Cdr. P.F.X. Russell, RCN) and HMCS Qa'Appelle (Cdr. A.M. McKillop, RN). (6)

Media links


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. ADM 53/112036 + ADM 53/111885 + ADM 53/112448
  2. ADM 173/17244
  3. ADM 173/17927
  4. ADM 173/17786
  5. ADM 173/17777
  6. ADM 173/18528

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


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