Allied Warships

HMCS Trillium (K 172)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 172 
Built byCanadian Vickers Ltd. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) 
Ordered20 Jan 1940 
Laid down20 Feb 1940 
Launched26 Jun 1940 
Commissioned31 Oct 1940 
End service27 Jun 1945 
History

Fo'c's'le extention at the Boston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) completed on 10 June 1943.

Decommissioned and returned to the Royal Navy on 25 June 1945.
Became the merchantile Olympic Runner in 1950, Otori Maru 10 in 1956 and Kyo Maru No. 16 in 1959.
Last in Lloyd's Register for 1972 / 1973.

 
Former nameHMS Trillium

Commands listed for HMCS Trillium (K 172)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Ronald Fraser Harris, RCNR27 Aug 194014 Nov 1941
2T/Lt. Henry Drummond Campsie, RCNR15 Nov 194118 Dec 1941
3Skr.Lt. Georges Edouard Gaudreau, RCNR19 Dec 194125 Feb 1942
4T/Lt. Philip Cabell Evans, RCNR26 Feb 194224 Mar 1943
5T/Lt. Ralph Marcus Wallace, RCNVR25 Mar 194317 Apr 1943
6T/Lt. Philip Cabell Evans, RCNR18 Apr 194321 May 1944
7T/Lt. Kenneth Elliot Meredith, RCNVR22 May 194425 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Trillium include:


6 Mar 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Tobermory with HMS Alisma (A/Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR) and HMCS Trillium (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Harris, RCNR). (1)

8 Mar 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Tobermory with HMCS Trillium (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Harris, RCNR) and HMCS Windflower (T/Lt. J.H.S. MacDonald, RCNR). (1)

10 Mar 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Tobermory with HMCS Trillium (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Harris, RCNR) and another vessel [unable to read the name in the log of HMS H 50]. (1)

12 Mar 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Tobermory with HMCS Trillium (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Harris, RCNR) and HMCS Windflower (T/Lt. J.H.S. MacDonald, RCNR). (1)

17 Mar 1941
At 0810 hours, HMS Torbay (Lt.Cdr. A.C.C. Miers, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMCS Trillium (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Harris, RCNR). (2)

21 Apr 1941
HMCS Trillium (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Harris, RCNR) picks up 24 survivors from the British merchant Empire Endurance that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-73 south-west of Rockall in position 53°05'N, 23°14'W.

26 Aug 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Yestor (Lt. R.C. Holt, RNVR), HMS Beverley (Lt. R.A. Price, RN), USS Babbitt, USS Spencer, HMCS Collingwood (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W. Woods, RCNR) and HMCS Trillium (T/Lt. P.C. Evans, RCNR). (3)

27 Aug 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Trillium (T/Lt. P.C. Evans, RCNR), HMCS Collingwood (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W. Woods, RCNR), HMS Sabre (Lt. R.L. Caple, DSC, RN) and HMS Shikari (Lt.Cdr. G.H.D. Williams, RN). (4)

22 Dec 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Fowey (Cdr.(Retd.) L.B.A. Majendie, RN), HMS Carnation (Lt. A. Branson, RNR), HMS Black Swan (Cdr. T.A.C. Pakenham, RN), HMS Tango (T/Lt. J. Hunter, RNR), USS Spencer, USS Badger and HMCS Trillium (T/Lt. P.C. Evans, RCNR). (5)

10 Feb 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. M.H. Wallace, RCNR), HMCS Trillium (T/Lt. P.C. Evans, RCNR), HMS Ness (Lt.Cdr. T.G.P. Crick, DSC, RN), HMS Philante (Capt. A.J. Baker-Cresswell, DSO, RN), HMS Folkestone (Cdr.(Retd.) J.G.C. Gibson, OBE, RN), USS Spencer, USS Campbell and HMCS Rosthern (T/Lt. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR). (6)

22 Feb 1943
HMCS Trillium (Lt. P.C. Evans, RCNR) picks up 47 survivors from the British merchant Empire Redshank that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-606 in the North Atlantic in position 46°53'N, 34°32'W.

23 Feb 1943
HMCS Trillium (Lt. P.C. Evans, RCNR) picks up 58 survivors from the American merchant Chattanooga City that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-606 in the North Atlantic in position 46°53'N, 34°32'W.

HMCS Trillium also picks up 53 survivors from the American merchant Expositor that was torpedoed and heavily damaged the previous day by German U-boat U-606 in the North Atlantic in position 46°53'N, 34°32'W.

23 Mar 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Greer, HMCS Trillium (T/Lt. P.C. Evans, RCNR) and HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. M.H. Wallace, RCNR). (7)

25 Feb 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Nasturtium (T/Lt. W.N. Bishop-Laggett, RNR), HMCS Trillium (T/Lt. P.C. Evans, RCNR) and HMCS Woodstock (T/Lt. C.E. Wright, RCNVR). (8)

26 Feb 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Brandon (T/Lt. H.E. McArthur, RCNVR), HMCS Trillium (T/Lt. P.C. Evans, RCNR) and HMCS Woodstock (T/Lt. C.E. Wright, RCNVR). (8)

27 Feb 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS Trillium (T/Lt. P.C. Evans, RCNR) and HMCS Woodstock (T/Lt. C.E. Wright, RCNVR). (9)

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16791
  2. ADM 173/17051
  3. ADM 173/17216
  4. ADM 173/17252
  5. ADM 173/17244
  6. ADM 173/17813
  7. ADM 173/17792
  8. ADM 173/18492
  9. File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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


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