For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS ANNAN K404
Former HMS ANNAN K297
Then HDMS NEILS EBBESEN (1945)
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.