HMCS Shawinigan (K 136)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Canadian Navy|
|Built by||George T. Davie & Sons Ltd. (Lauzon, Quebec, Canada)|
|Ordered||24 Jan 1940|
|Laid down||4 Jun 1940|
|Launched||16 May 1941|
|Commissioned||19 Sep 1941|
|Lost||25 Nov 1944|
|Loss position||47° 34'N, 59° 11'W|
HMCS Shawinigan (Lt. William James Jones, RCNR) was on an independent anti-submarine patrol in the Cabot Strait, when she was torpedoed and sunk with all hands by the German submarine U-1228 in position 47º34'N, 59º11'W.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMCS Shawinigan|
Commands listed for HMCS Shawinigan (K 136)
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and that we only list Commanding Officers for the duration of the Second World War.
|1||T/Lt. Charles Patrick Balfry, RCNR||28 Jul 1941||4 Jan 1944|
|2||T/Lt. Richard Sugden Williams, RCNVR||5 Jan 1944||14 Mar 1944|
|3||T/Lt. William Edward Callan, RCNVR||15 Mar 1944||4 Jun 1944|
|4||T/Lt. William James Jones, RCNR||5 Jun 1944||25 Nov 1944 (+)|
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Notable events involving Shawinigan include:
15 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. R.E. Boddington, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Lethbridge (T/Lt. H Freeland, RCNR), HMCS Shawinigan (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Balfry, RCNR), HMCS Prescott (Lt. G.H. Davidson, RCN), HMS Churchill (Cdr.(Retd.) P.J. Fitzgerald, RN) and USS Saucy (Lt. A.J. Smith, USN). (1)
3 Sep 1942
HMCS Shawinigan (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Balfry, RCNR) and HMCS Trail (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.S. Hall, RCNR) together pick up 17 survivors from the Canadian merchant Donald Stewart that was torpedoed and sunk north-east of Cape Whittle in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in position 50°32'N, 58°46'W by German U-boat U-517.
- ADM 173/17201
- ADM 199/1830
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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