Allied Warships

HMCS Drumheller (K 167)

Corvette of the Flower class

Photograph taken by Charles James Sadler, RCNVR. First Class Stoker, Official number V-4963, serving in the Canadian destroyer HMCS Columbia.

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 167 
Built byCollingwood Shipyards Ltd. (Collingwood, Ontario, Canada) 
Ordered1 Feb 1940 
Laid down4 Dec 1940 
Launched5 Jul 1941 
Commissioned13 Sep 1941 
End service11 Jul 1945 

Fo'c's'le extention at the New York Navy Yard (New York, New York, U.S.A.) completed on 15 January 1944.

Decommissioned 11 July 1945.
Sold on 30 August 1946.
Broken up at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1949.


Commands listed for HMCS Drumheller (K 167)

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1A/Cdr. George Humphrey Griffiths, RCN13 Sep 194118 Oct 1942
2T/Lt. Leslie Perman Denny, RCNR19 Oct 194220 Aug 1943
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Anthony Hubert Gleadow Storrs, RCNR21 Aug 194326 Sep 1943
4T/Lt. Leslie Perman Denny, RCNR27 Sep 19437 Dec 1943
5T/Lt. Harry Romeyn Beck, RCNR7 Dec 194311 Jul 1945

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Notable events involving Drumheller include:

31 Aug 1942
HMCS Drumheller (A/Cdr. G.H. Griffiths, RCN) picks up 16 survivors from the Panamanian merchant Capira that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-609 in convoy SC-97 about 400 nautical miles south-east of Cape Farewell in position 57°13'N, 33°40'W.

12 May 1943
HMCS Drumheller (T/Lt. L.P. Denny, RCNR) picks up 15 survivors from the British merchant Ford Concord that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-456 earlier that day about 440 nautical miles north of the Azores in position 46°05'N, 25°20'W.

13 May 1943
German U-boat U-753 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 48°37'N, 22°39'W, by depth charges from the Canadian corvette HMCS Drumheller (T/Lt. L.P. Denny, RCNR), the British frigate HMS Lagan (Lt.Cdr. A. Ayre, RNR) and depth charges from a Canadian Sunderland aircraft (RCAF Sqdn. 423/G).

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc

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