Allied Warships

HMCS Chambly (K 116)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 116 
Built byCanadian Vickers Ltd. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) 
Ordered20 Jan 1940 
Laid down20 Feb 1940 
Launched29 Jul 1940 
Commissioned18 Dec 1940 
End service20 Jun 1945 
History

Fo'c's'le extention at Liverpool (Nova Scotia, Canada) completed on 17 March 1944.

Decomissioned 20 June 1945.
Became the Dutch merchantile Sonia Vinkle in 1952. Arrived in Santander, Spain in October 1966 for breaking up.

 

Commands listed for HMCS Chambly (K 116)

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CommanderFromTo
1A/Lt.Cdr. Frank Crighton Smith, RCNR18 Dec 194025 Mar 1941
2T/A/Cdr. James Douglas Prentice, RCN26 Mar 194113 Nov 1942
3T/Lt. Anthony Fenwick Pickard, RCNR14 Nov 194226 Jan 1944
4T/Lt. Stephen Dalrymple Taylor, RCNR27 Jan 194422 Jun 1944
5T/Lt. Hedley Allen Ovenden, RCNR23 Jun 194420 Jul 1944
6T/Lt. Stephen Dalrymple Taylor, RCNR21 Jul 194413 May 1945
7T/A/Lt.Cdr. John Bertrand Brunswick Shaw, RCNVR14 May 194520 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Chambly include:


8 Jun 1941
HMCS Chambly (A/Cdr J.D. Prentice, RCN) picks up 18 survivors from the British merchant Baron Nairn that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-108 in the North Atlantic west of Cape Race in position 47°35'N, 39°02'W.

10 Sep 1941
German U-boat U-501 was sunk at 2330hrs on 10 September 1941 in the Denmark Strait south of Angmagsalik, Greenland, in position 62°50'N, 37°50'W, by depth charges and ramming from the Canadian corvettes HMCS Chambly (A/Cdr. J.D. Prentice, RCN) and HMCS Moosejaw (Lt. F.E. Grubb, RCN).

See also this website for Lt. Grubb's report (offsite link).

22 Feb 1942
HMCS Chambly (Cdr. J.D. Prentice, RCN) ended a refit at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

26 May 1942
HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) departed St. John's for Argentia where she was to participate in A/S exercises. During the passage she was escorted by HMCS Chambly (T/Cdr. J.D. Prentice, DSO, RCN). (1)

11 Jun 1942
HMCS Chambly (Cdr. J.D. Prentice, RCN) picks up 45 survivors from the British merchant Pontypridd that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-94 in the North Atlantic of St. John's in position 49°50'N, 41°37'W.

24 Sep 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Beagle (Cdr. R.C. Medley, RN), ORP Garland (Lt.Cdr. H. Eibel), HMCS Chambly (T/Cdr. J.D. Prentice, DSO, RCN), HMCS Napanee (T/Lt. S. Henderson, RCNR) and HMCS Eyebright (Lt. H.C.R. Davis, RCNR). (2)

13 Feb 1943
HMCS Chambly (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.F. Pickard, RCNR) ended a refit at Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada.

24 May 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Meadowsweet (T/Lt. W.E. Saunders, RNVR), HMS Monkshood (Lt. G.W. McGuiness, RNR), HMS Primrose (T/Lt. P.E. Kitto, RNR), HMCS Chambly (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.F. Pickard, RCNR) and HMS Borage (T/Lt.Cdr. A. Harrison, RNR), HMS Dahlia (T/Lt. M.S. Work, RNR). (3)

30 Jun 1943
HMS H 34 (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Drumheller (T/Lt. L.P. Denny, RCNR), HMCS Chambly (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.F. Pickard, RCNR), HMCS Fennel (T/Lt. R.B. Warwick, RCNVR), HMCS Baddeck (T/Lt. J. Brock, RCNVR) and HMCS Orillia (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.E. Mitchell, RCNVR). (4)

8 Aug 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Polyanthus (T/Lt. J.G. Aitken, RNR), HMCS Drumheller (T/Lt. L.P. Denny, RCNR), HMS Lagan (Lt.Cdr. (retired) A. Ayre, RNR), HMCS Kamloops (T/Lt. D.M. Stewart, RCNR), HMCS Gatineau (Cdr. P.W. Burnett, RN), HMCS Chambly (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.F. Pickard, RCNR), HMS Drury (Lt.Cdr. N.J. Parker, RN) and HMS Primrose (T/Lt. P.E. Kitto, RNR). (5)

7 Sep 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Sackville (Lt. A.H. Rankin, RCNVR), HMCS Chambly (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.F. Pickard, RCNR), HMS Itchen (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.E. Bridgman, DSO, RNR) and HMCS St. Croix (A/Lt.Cdr. A.H. Dobson, DSC, RCNR). (6)

19 Oct 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. J.C. Varley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Kamloops (T/Lt. D.M. Stewart, RCNR), HMCS Chambly (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.F. Pickard, RCNR), HMCS Gatineau (Cdr. P.W. Burnett, RN) and HMCS Drumheller (T/Lt. L.P. Denny, RCNR). (7)

Media links


Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc

Sources

  1. ADM 199/1834
  2. ADM 173/17217
  3. ADM 173/17782
  4. ADM 173/17795
  5. ADM 173/17927
  6. ADM 173/17786
  7. ADM 173/17833

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


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