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CC2 en route from Seattle to Esquimalt


Launched: 31 Dec 1913

Commissioned: 06 Aug 1914

Paid off: 

Fate: Sold for scrap in 1920


CC1 and CC2, originally named Iquique and Antofagasta, respectively, were built at Seattle for the Chilean government. However, the deal with the Chileans fell through, and on the eve of the First World War these submarines were purchased by the premier of British Columbia, Sir Richard McBride.  The Dominion government ratified the purchase and on 06 Aug 1914 the two boats were commissioned as CC1 and CC2 because of their resemblance to the British "C" class submarines. After three years' cruising and training on the west coast they were ordered to Europe, and on 21 Jun 1917, set out for Halifax with their mother ship Shearwater. On 03 Jul 1917 they arrived in Seattle and were invited, along with the crews of CC1 and Shearwater, to lead the Seattle Independence day Parade on 04 Jul 1917. They were the first warships ever to transit the Panama Canal under the White Ensign. Unfit for a transatlantic crossing, they remained at Halifax until sold for scrap in 1920.


Photos and Documents          Crew  photos


Commanding Officers

Lt Arthur Copeland Sydney Pitts, RNCVR - 26 Sep 1918



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Brisco, George


Served in CC1 and CC2 1914-1918

Conroy, _____


Served in CC2 as ERA

Crickard, Frederick W.




Edwards, John Grant (Jock)


Served in CC2 in 1914 as 1st Lt and in 1917 as 1st Lt

Foreman, _____


Foreman, _____





Herod, ____


Hunting, ____


Served in CC2 as CERA

Johnson, Bernard Leitch

1878 - 1968

Served in CC2 in 1914 as Lt, RCNR




Locke, _____


Molder, _____


Served in CC2 as LTO





Pearson, Richard D.

Pitts, Arthur Copeland Sydney


Commanding Officer

Purvis, G.


Served in CC2 as PO, Cox'n




Simmons, _____


Served in CC2 as a Stoker

Sutherland, _____


Served in CC2 as a Stoker

Wood, Rupert W.




Photos and Documents




Lt Arthur C.S. Pitts, RNCVR

Appointed CO CC2 26 Sep 1918

From the Pitt collection