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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS CHAMBLY K116

Then Dutch Whale-Catcher Sonja Vinke (1952)

HMCS Chambly K116

Source: Department of National Defence / National Archives of Canada, PA-105255.

 

Laid down: 20 Feb 1940

Launched: 29 Jul 1940

Commissioned: 18 Dec 1940

Paid off: 20 Jun 1945

Fate: Sold in 1946 for commercial use. Broken up in 1966

 

Commissioned at Quebec City on 18 Dec 1940, Chambly arrived at Halifax on 24 Dec 1940. After working up she joined Halifax Force, and on 23 May 1941, left Halifax as on of the original seven corvettes forming NEF. She served continuously as on ocean escort between St. John's and Iceland until 08 Dec 1941 when she returned to Halifax for refit. During this period she took part in two major convoy battles: HX.133 (Jun 1941), which lost 18. In the latter case she had left St. John's on 05 Sep 1941 with Moose Jaw for exercises, and when SC.42 came under attack, they received permission to join the convoy off Greenland in support. Just before joining on 10 Sep 1941 they came upon U 501 trailing the convoy, and sank her. Chambly served as a mid-ocean escort to Iceland for the balance of 1941, then underwent repairs at Halifax from 08 Dec 1941 to 22 Feb 1942. She then made a round trip to Londonderry as an escort in Mar 1942 and, on her return to St. John's on 28 Mar 1942, was based there to reinforce ocean escorts in the western Atlantic, doubling as a training ship. In Sep 1942 she resumed regular mid-ocean escort duties, with time out for refit at Liverpool, N.S., from 26 Nov 1942 to 13 Fe 1943. From Mar to Aug 1943, she was a member of EG C-2, then briefly joined the newly formed EG 9 at St. John's and, in Sep 1943, EG 5. In Dec 1942 she returned to Liverpool, N.S. for three months' refit, including fo'c's'le extension.  After workups in St. Margaret's Bay she resumed mid-ocean duties, the time with C-1, until her final departure from Londonderry on 11 Mar 1945. She was refitting at Louisbourg when the ware ended, and was paid off and laid up at Sorel on 20 Jun 1945. Sold in 1946 for conversion to a whale-catcher, she entered service in 1952 under the Dutch flag as Sonja Vinke, and was broken up at Santander, Spain, in 1966.

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr F.C. Smith, RCNR - 18 Dec 1940 - 25 Mar 1941

Cdr James Douglas Prentice, RCN - 26 Mar 1941 - 13 Nov 1942

A/LCdr Antony Fenwick Pickard, RCNR - 14 Nov 1942 - 26 Jan 1944

Lt Stephen Dalrymple Taylor, RCNR - 27 Jan 1944 - 22 Jun 1944

Lt Hedley Allen Ovenden, RCNR - 23 Jun 1944 - 20 Jul 1944

A/LCdr Stephen Dalrymple Taylor, RCNR - 21 Jul 1944 - 13 May 1945

LCdr John Bertrand Brunswick Shaw, RCNVR - 14 May 1945 - 20 Jun 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

BROWN, William Irvin

Sto 1c, A/4212, RNCR

MPK - 10 Sep 1941 

ROBERTSON, Thomas

LS, V/7915, RCNVR

died - 19 Mar 1944 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Allan, John Alfred Robert

____-1994

Served in Chambly 15 Dec 1940 - 26 Mar 1941 as Slt, RCNVR

Battaglia, Emmanuel Philip

1913-2005

Beckingham, William

1924-2012

Bonner, Albert Leo

1917-2004

Brychka, Mitch

1920-2005

C-D

Coates, John Jeffrey

1919-2010

Dennis, John Charlebois

1917-2007

Déry, Stanislas

1912-2001

 

 

M-N

Mowat, John Franklin

1924-2013

 

 

 

 

O-P

Pickard, Antony Fenwick

1913-1972

Served in Chambly 1941-1944 as Mate, Lt, LCdr, RCNR as Navo, XO and 3rd Commanding Officer

Prentice, James Douglas

1899-1979

2nd Commanding Officer

 

 

 

S-T

Schwartz, Conrad

1920-2016

Scobie, Trenton Claude

1922-2011

Simmons, Edward Theodore

1910-1988

Smythe, Donald Keith

1924-2016

 

W-X

Wheeler, Terrance

____-1987

 

 

 

 

Y-Z

Young, Donald, Douglas

1919-2011

 

 

 

 

 

U-Boats Sunk

U-501 sunk on 10 Sep 1941 by HMCS Chambly K116 and HMCS Moose Jaw K164 in position 62-50 N, 37-50 W

 

Former Crew Members

Adams, Butch, LS - 1943


Armstrong, T.W., LS - 1943


Bain, E. - 1943


Banks, D., LS - 1943


Barnett, J.A., ERA - 1943


Bayne, J. HSD - 1943


Bears, W., AB - 1943


Berry, Gordon, RDF1 - 1943


Bonner, A.L., Yeoman - 1943


Braighead, L. - 1943


Brophy, M., Coder - 1943


Cale (sp?), L, STWD - 1943


Carey, H.D., L/Tel - 1943


Chapman, R.J. - 1943


Churchill, H. George, Coder - 1943


Clark, S., SPO - 1943


Clark, T., S/KS - 1943


Connor, George O., OS - 1943


Conrad, C., L/CK - 1943

 

Cunningham, John Ritchie, Slt, RCNVR - 08 Jun 1942

 

Denver, J., OS - 1943

 

Dow, Al

 

Durrant, Douglas Trevor 

 

Evans, C., LS - 1943


Evans, W.J. - 1943

 

Fairlie, John Neil, Lt, RCNVR - 14 Feb 1944

 

George, A (??) - 1943


Gladstone, R., AB - 1943

Grant, Donald Alexander, LCdr, RCNVR - 14 Apr 1941

 

Grant, J., AB - 1943

 

Guindon, Andre Laurent, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Harding, W.L, A/CPO - 1943

 

Hay, Ian MacLachlan, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1943

 

Hazelwood, W. - 1943

 

Holgate, Gordon Philip, Slt, RCNVR - 29 Apr 1942

 

Hillock, J.H., OS - 1943


Hooley, K., AB - 1943


Idington, J., Coder - 1943

 

Ingraham, Donald Robson, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1943

 

Jackman, William Stephen, Lt, RCNVR - 13 Apr 1944 / 13 Apr 1945

 

James, Ken, LS - 1943


Jull, G.H., Sig - 1943


Kersey, D., SD - 1943


Lalonde, A.J., CERA - 1943


Larzell (sp?), W., ERA - 1943


Lawrence, S.G., AB - 1943

 

Leckie, Gordon Wallace, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Feb 1944

 

LeClair, R.J. - 1943


Legault, R., AB - 1943


Legault, R., Tel - 1943

 

Lehtu, I.P., AB - 1941

 

Lewis, L/Writer - 1943

 

Madden, James Ernest, Slt, RCNVR - 09 Apr 1945

 

MacDonald, David - 1943


MacKenzie, J. - 1943

Mathews, Harry - 1943

 

Page, E. - 1943

 

Pemberton, Francis John Dupont, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Penning, B., Sig - 1943


Pullen, John H., Sto - 1943


Rankin, A. - 1943


Robertson, L., SD - 1943


Roper, R. - 1943

 

Ryerson, Donald Egerton, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Savage, G.T., AB - 1943


Scott, S. - 1943


Selon, Murry - 1943


Sirvak (sp?), R., AB - 1943


Sivel, A.E., L/Sto - 1943


Smith, E.J., AB - 1943

 

Spencer, William, DSM., CERA - 1941

 

Sproston, J., LS - 1943

 

Stuhr, George Ernest, A/War (E), RCNVR - 25 Feb 1944

 

Sullivan, F., O/Tel - 1943


Sutherland, AB - 1943

 

Sweatman, Henry Cowly, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Jul 1944

 

Tobin, Hugh E., Sig - 1941

 

Townseny - 1943


Vickery, F.N., SBA - 1943


Walker, J.S., Tel - 1943


Wheeler, R.T., L/Coder - 1943


Williams, E., AB - 1943

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Battle for Convoy HX-133

Personal photo gallery of John A.R. Allan

Personal photo gallery of Stanislas Déry

 

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