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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


Former HMS ANNAN K297



Source: Battle of Atlantic Museum

HMCS Annan K404

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Laid down: 10 Jun 1943

Launched: 29 Dec 1943

Commissioned: 13 Jun 1944

Paid off: 20 Jun 1945

Returned to the RN: 20 Jun 1945

Sold to Royal Danish Navy: 27 Nov 1945

Commissioned: 27 Nov 1945

Paid off: 

Fate: Broken up 1963


Built by Hall Russell & Co. Ltd., Aberdeen, Scotland, she was launched on 29 Dec 1943 as HMS Annan. Named after a river in Scotland, she was transferred newly built from the RN to the RCN at Aberdeen on 13 Jun 1944 and commissioned as HMCS Annan K404. On completion of workups at Tobermory, she joined EG 6, Londonderry, for patrol and escort duties in U.K. waters. On 16 Oct 1944, while on A/S patrol south of the Faeroes, she engaged and sank U 1006, rescuing 46 survivors. During the action, the sub surfaced and opened fire with her deck guns.


The following is a quote from Lawrence Restall, Radar Operator on HMCS New Waterford. "Sub surfaces and opens fire. Now evening. We fired star shells and 20mm guns with red tracers. Sub used green tracers. Eight men injured on HMCS Annan, 46 survivors picked up from sub, many injured including sub c/o. brought to our ship for medical treatment.  HMCS Annan's Gunnery Officer wounded and lost a kidney; W/T Operator blinded in one eye; Radar Operator wounded in groin." 


In Apr 1945, EG 6 was transferred to Halifax, but Annan sailed for the U.K. on 20 May 1945 and was handed back to the RN at Sheerness on 20 Jun 1945. In Nov 1945 she was sold to the Dutch Navy and re-named Niels Ebbesen. She was broken up at Odense, Denmark, in 1963.


Commanding Officers

A/LCdr Charles Patrick Balfry, RCNR - 13 Jun 1944 - 26 May 1945 


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Anderson, Donald DeBlois


Balcer, Joseph Léon Claude


Drafted to Annan 11 Mar 1943, as Lt, RCNVR, Stand by.

Commissioning Crew

Burrell, Ronald William





Hone, Gordon George







King, Theodore







Mitton, Harold E.







Parish, William Ronald


Pringle, Bryan






Read, Harry


Rowntree, Garnet Norman


Rung, Clarence Victor





St-Arneault, Roland Joseph


Shaw, John Gilbert


Served in Annan as ERA/Sto1

Stronski, John




Ship's Mascots








U-Boats Sunk

U-1006 sunk on 16 Oct 1944 by HMCS Annan K404 in position 60-59 N, 04-49 W


Former Crew Members

Allen, William McKenzie, Lt, RCNVR - 11 Mar 1943 (Stand by) / 13 Jun 1944


Balfry, Charles Patrick, A/LCdr, RCNR - 11 Mar 1944 (standby CO) / 13 Jun 1944


Belanger, Jean Rosaire Roland, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Feb 1945


Bouilanne, Joseph Ulrie Raoul, Cd (E), RCNR - 13 Jun 1944


Cockrill, Alick Trevor, A/Lt, RCNVR - 11 Mar 1943 (Stand by) / 13 Jun 1944

Corbett, John Harper, Lt, RCNVR - 11 Mar 1943 (Stand by) / 13 Jun 1944


Fitzgerald, John Desmond Leonard, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 08 May 1944 (Stand by) / 13 Jun 1944


Fleming, Donald Frederick Slt, RCNVR - 07 May 1945


Givens, William Wallace, Slt, RCNVR - 07 May 1945


Howett, David Mickie, A/Lt, RCNVR - 11 Mar 1943 (Stand by)

Maas, Joseph, AB - 1945


Murdoch, Ken, LS - 1945


Porter, Winston Dys, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Robinson, Herbert, AB - 1945


Robinson, William G. - 1945


Shanfield, Henry, LS - 1945


Soweerby, John Cornelius, Lt, RCNVR 0 13 Jun 1944


Stewart, Ken, AB - 1945 (of Winnipeg, MB)


Photos and Documents



Ship's company photos for HMCS Annan