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HMCS ASSINIBOINE I18

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HMS Kempenfelt (prior to transfer to RCN and renamed HMCS Assiniboine I18)

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

HMS Kempenfelt (prior to transfer to RCN and renamed HMCS Assiniboine I18)

From the collection of John James Ashworth Clarke

Courtesy of Eric Clarke

HMCS Assiniboine I18

From the collection of Joseph Henri Lionel Forget

Courtesy of Johnny Forget

HMCS Assiniboine I18 alongside in Halifax

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

HMCS Assiniboine leaving Halifax on 30 Sep 1940 to join convoy HX 77 as a local escort.  HMCS Saguenay following astern

Source Ken Macpherson / Naval Museum of Alberta / IKMD-03420

View of RN destroyer as seen from HMCS Assiniboine taking over escort of Convoy HX180 - 19 Mar 1942

Source: Lt Gerald M. Moses / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-180611

Cooks M.B. McLean and Patterson mixing rum into a Christmas pudding aboard the destroyer HMCS Assiniboine, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Dec 1940

Source: Credit: Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-1044

HMCS Assiniboine laying smoke in the English Channel

Courtesy of Lou Ranahan

After a storm, damage to HMCS Assiniboine is assessed by crew members of HMCS Swansea K328

Photo from the collection of Albert Tomlinson, Telegraphist, RCN

Courtesy of Stephen Tomlinson, Lt, RCN

After a storm, damage to HMCS Assiniboine is assessed by crew members of HMCS Swansea K328

Photo from the collection of Albert Tomlinson, Telegraphist, RCN

Courtesy of Stephen Tomlinson, Lt, RCN

After a storm, damage to HMCS Assiniboine is assessed by crew members of HMCS Swansea K328

Photo from the collection of Albert Tomlinson, Telegraphist, RCN

Courtesy of Stephen Tomlinson, Lt, RCN

The officers of HMCS Assiniboine pictured with their wartime mascot. The man holding the dog is the late, Lieutenant-Commander John Stubbs, who was just 28 when he received command of of HMCS Assiniboine in January 1941. For the next two years he commanded the ship on the treacherous North Atlantic run.

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

Battle between HMCS Assiniboine I18 and U-210 on 06 Aug 1942 - U-210 on the surface attempting to escape HMCS Assiniboine

Photo Credit: Library and Archives of Canada PA 37443

From the collection of Donald Noseworthy

Courtesy of Steve Gemmill

Battle between HMCS Assiniboine I18 and U-210 on 06 Aug 1942 - U-210 on the surface attempting to escape HMCS Assiniboine

From the collection of Donald Noseworthy

Courtesy of Steve Gemmill

Battle between HMCS Assiniboine I18 and U-210 on 06 Aug 1942 - conning tower of U-210 visible between the guardrails of Assiniboine

Photo Credit: Library and Archives of Canada PA 37444

From the collection of John Wampler

Courtesy of Barb Ishler

Battle between HMCS Assiniboine I18 and U-210 on 06 Aug 1942 - U-210 just before she was rammed by HMCS Assiniboine

From the collection of John Wampler

Courtesy of Barb Ishler

Battle between HMCS Assiniboine I18 and U-210 on 06 Aug 1942 - Fire fighting teams attack the fire on the boat deck of HMCS Assiniboine caused by gunfire from U-210

 

ERA 4c Donald Portee in foreground with his back to the camera.

 

From the collection of John Wampler

Courtesy of Barb Ishler

Battle between HMCS Assiniboine I18 and U-210 on 06 Aug 1942 - Survivors from U-210 being picked up

From the collection of John Wampler

Courtesy of Barb Ishler

Battle between HMCS Assiniboine I18 and U-210 on 06 Aug 1942 - Damage to HMCS Assiniboine from the battle with U-210

From the collection of John Wampler

Courtesy of Barb Ishler

Battle between HMCS Assiniboine I18 and U-210 on 06 Aug 1942 - Damage to HMCS Assiniboine from the battle with U-210

RCN photo negative # NF773

From the collection of Hamilton Skilling

Courtesy of Chris Skilling

Battle between HMCS Assiniboine I18 and U-210 - Burial at Sea

Ordinary Seaman Kenneth Watson, youngest rating on board, killed in action in the battle against U-210, 06 Aug 1942, is buried at sea. He was hit twice while carrying ammunition to "A" gun.

Battle between HMCS Assiniboine I18 and U-210. German prisoners being led of HMCS Assiniboine to a ship alongside while the crew of HMCS Assiniboine looks on.

RCN Photo Negative # NF800

From the collection of Hamilton Skilling

Courtesy of Chris Skilling

Battle between HMCS Assiniboine I18 and U-210 - German prisoners being taken ashore (blind folded)

Note: they were not blindfolded when the left HMCS Assiniboine, but may have been blindfolded on the inboard ship.

From the collection of Donald Noseworthy

Courtesy of Steve Gemmill

Crew of "A" Gun of HMCS Assiniboine who took part in the sinking of U-210 on 06 Aug 1942.  Photo taken St. John's Newfoundland, 10 Aug 1942

 Source: Lt Gerald M. Moses / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-115355

Lt R. Hennessy, Admiral L.W. Murray, A/LCdr John Stubbs (Commanding Officer HMCS Assiniboine) on the jetty with the crew of HMCS Assiniboine along the rails after her battle with U-210.  Note the A/LCdr Stubbs still has his Mae West on.

RCN Photo: Negative # HS0015

From the collection of Hamilton Skilling

Courtesy of Chris Skilling

Admiral L.W. Murray addressing the crew of HMCS Assiniboine I18 on the quarterdeck

RCN Photo Negative # NF810

From the collection of Hamilton Skilling

Courtesy of Chris Skilling

The bow of HMCS Assiniboine after ramming U-210

From the collection of Donald Noseworthy

Courtesy of Steve Gemmill

           

 

Newspaper articles on the sinking of U-210 and HMCS Assiniboine crew members from Ontario

 

From the collection of Donald Portree

Courtesy of Donna Portree

Donald Portree (right) and unknown sailor HMCS Assiniboine I18

From the collection of Donald Portree

Courtesy of Donna Portree

Sailors on the fo'c's'le of HMCS Assiniboine I18 circa Nov 1941 - Oct 1942

Ken Sharp 2nd from left

From the collection of Ken Sharp

Courtesy of Phil Sharp 

HMCS Assiniboine I18 outboard of another vessel at the US Army Dock (today Pier 17) St. John's, Newfoundland, circa May 1942

Photographer: Roy T. Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

CLARKE, John Henry, Able Seaman (3666) - Mention in Despatches - RCN / HMCS Assiniboine - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 12 Dec 1942 and London Gazette of 03 Dec 1942.

 

CLARKE. John Henry, 3666, AB, RCN, MID~[12.12.42] - "This rating was in "A" gun's crew and after casualties had reduced the number of the crew to three, he continued to keep the gun firing whilst under fairly heavy fire from an enemy U-Boat."

HMCS Assiniboine, St. John's, NFLD, date unknown

From the collection of Donald Noseworthy

Courtesy of Steve Gemmill

Newspaper article on HMCS Assiniboine I18 circa 1943

From the collection of Donald Noseworthy

Courtesy of Steve Gemmill

HMCS Assiniboine I18 - date unknown

From the collection of Donald Noseworthy

Courtesy of Steve Gemmill

Sailors on HMCS Assiniboine I18 - date unknown

From the collection of Donald Noseworthy

Courtesy of Steve Gemmill

HMCS Assiniboine I18

From the collection of Eric Baird

Courtesy of Roger Clarke

 

Messages received by HMCS Assiniboine announcing the German surrender and the end of the war

 

  

 

Message to the Commander German Forces Channel Islands

061119B

     

 

Grouper received by HMCS Assiniboine

(decoded copy not available)

071629B

  

 

Message announcing Germany's unconditional surrender

080012B

     

 

Message from Field Marshal Montgomery to the First Sea Lord (1 & 2)  and the First Sea Lord's reply (3)

080418B

  

 

Message from the Board of Admiralty congratulating all officers and men in their victory 

090416B

  

 

Message on proclamation ceremony on 12 May on the Channel Island

111805B

 

  

 

Message on formal surrender of Channel Island

121230B

 

 

From the collection of John MacMillan

Courtesy of Jamie MacMillan

Wreck of HMCS Assiniboine I18 off PEI

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

Wreck of HMCS Assiniboine I18 off PEI.

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

Remains of former HMCS Assiniboine I18 near South Lake, PEI circa 1969

Courtesy of Lou Ranahan

 

Webmaster's note: The wreck was salvaged/broken-up in 1952. These photos show what the breakers didn't bother to salvage

Remains of former HMCS Assiniboine I18 near South Lake, PEI circa 1969  "This photo was taken while looking in the cut away where you see the plank at the water line in the first photo. It is looking to the aft of the ship and there is still a fair amount of structure below the water line right to the stern."

Courtesy of Lou Ranahan

 

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