For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


Former HMS H-15

CH-14 (left)and CH-15 (right) in drydock


Laid down: 



Paid off: 1919

Transferred to the RCN: Feb 1919

Commissioned: 01 Apr 1921

Paid off: 30 Jun 1922

Scrapped 1927


CH-14 and CH-15 were Canadian members of the British "H" class, two of ten built during the First World War at Quincy, Mass. Their specifications were: Length: 150 ft, Beam: 12 ft, Draught: 12 ft, Speed: 13/11 kts, Complement: 4 officers, 18 men, Armament: 4-18in TT. H 14 and H 15 were on their way to Britain when hostilities ended, and were rerouted to Bermuda. They were presented to the RCN in Feb 1919, and commissioned at Halifax in Jun 1919 as CH 14 and CH 15. Scarcely used, they were paid off on 30 Jun 1922 and placed in the hands of caretakers at Halifax. They were sold for scrap five years later.


Commanding Officers

Lt Ronald Cameron Watson, Lt, RCN - Jul 1920 - unk

Lt Ninian Bannatyne, RCN - 01 Jul 1922 - unk (OIC)


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Bannatyne, Ninian


OIC 01 Jul 1922 as Lt, RCN






Johnson, Bernard Leitch

1878 - 1968

Commanding officer of HMS H15 (prior to its transfer to the RCN)






Watson, Ronald Cameron


Drafted to CH 15 on 12 May 1920 as Lt, RCN. Commanding Officer CH-15 and Commanding Officer Sub Flotilla Jul 1920.







Photos and Documents



Through A Canadian Periscope - Canada's Submarine Heritage 1914-2014