Allied Warships

HMCS Agassiz (K 129)

Corvette of the Flower class


HMCS Agassiz as seen in 1944 or 1945.

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 129 
Built byBurrard Dry Dock Co. Ltd. (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) 
Ordered14 Feb 1940 
Laid down29 Apr 1940 
Launched15 Aug 1940 
Commissioned23 Jan 1941 
End service14 Jun 1945 
History

Fo'c's'le extention at the New York Navy Yard (New York, New York, U.S.A.) completed on 4 March 1944.
Decommissioned 14 June 1945.
Sold on 16 November 1945.

 

Commands listed for HMCS Agassiz (K 129)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Bernard Dodds Leitch Johnson, RCNR23 Jan 194114 Mar 1943
2T/Lt. Edward Middlemas More, RCNR15 Mar 194314 Mar 1944
3T/Lt. Freeman Elkin Burrows, RCNVR14 Mar 19449 Jan 1945
4Lt. John Patrick Jarvis, RCNVR9 Jan 194514 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Agassiz include:


18 Jun 1942
HMCS Agassiz (A/Lt.Cdr B.D.L. Johnson, RCNR) picks up 51 survivors from the American merchant Seattle Spirit that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-124 in the North Atlantic in position 50°24'N, 42°37'W.

3 Aug 1942
The British merchant Lochkatrine is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-552 east of Cape Race in position 45°52'N, 46°44'W. The Canadian destroyer HMCS Hamilton (Lt.Cdr. N.V. Clark, RCNR) and the Canadian corvette HMCS Agassiz (A/Lt.Cdr. B.D.L. Johnson, RCNR) together pick up 81 survivors.

17 Sep 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Galt (T/Lt. A.D. Landles, RCNR), HMCS Agassiz (A/Lt.Cdr. B.D.L. Johnson, RCNR), HMCS Sackville (T/Lt. A.H. Easton, RCNR) and HMCS Wetaskiwin (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Windeyer, RCN). (1)

5 Jan 1943
HMCS Agassiz (Lt.Cdr. B.D.L. Johnson, RCNR) commenced a refit at Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada.

23 Jun 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS Port Arthur (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.T. Simmons, DSO, DSC, RCNVR), HMCS St. Laurent (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Stephen, OBE, DSC, RCNR), HMCS Agassiz (T/Lt. E.M. More, RCNR), HMS Burwell (Lt. A.H. Parish, RN) and HMS Fusilier (T/Lt. F.M. Phillips, RNVR). (2)

31 Jul 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS St. Laurent (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Stephen, OBE, DSC, RCNR) and HMCS Agassiz (T/Lt. E.M. More, RCNR). (3)

9 Sep 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Agassiz (T/Lt. E.M. More, RCNR), HMS Saladin (Lt. A.A. Diggens, DSC, RN), HMS Forester (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Burnett, DSC, RN) and ORP Garland (Lt.Cdr. S. Biskupski). (4)

28 May 1945
HMS Unruffled (T/Lt. A.H. MacCoy, DSC, SANF(V)) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda together with HMCS Agassiz (Lt. J.P. Jarvis, RCNVR). (5)

Media links


Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc


Flower Class Corvette Agassiz

McKay, John and Harland, John

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17217
  2. ADM 173/17925
  3. ADM 173/17926
  4. ADM 173/17786
  5. ADM 173/20140

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


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