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HMCS Chedabucto J168


Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1942-43,   Gulf of St. Lawrence  1942



Laid down: 24 Jan 1941

Launched: 14 Apr 1941

Commissioned: 27 Sep 1941

Fate: Sunk on 31 Oct 1943


Built at Vancouver and commissioned there on 27 Sep 1941, Chedabucto left Esquimalt for the Atlantic on 11 Nov 1941, arriving at Halifax with a cargo of explosives. Assigned briefly to WLEF, on 10 Apr 1942, HMCS Chedabucto J168 sank SS Trongate, afire, loaded with explosives, off Halifax. She transferred in Jun 1942 to Gulf Escort Force, escorting convoys between Quebec City and Sydney. In Sep 1942, she was assigned to Sydney Force and then, in Jan 1943, reassigned to WLEF. Soon afterward she underwent a lengthy refit at Lunenburg and Halifax, on completion of which in Jun 1943, she worked up at Pictou and was allocated to Gaspé Force. On 31 Oct 1943, Chedabucto was involved in a night collision with the cable vessel Lord Kelvin, and sank 30 miles from Rimouski with the loss of one officer.


Photos and Documents


Commanding Officers

Lt John Herbert Bowan Davies, RCNR - 27 Sep 1941 - 31 Oct 1943


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

TUKE, Donald William Dearness

Slt (E), RCNVR

killed - 21 Oct 1943 


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Sturch, Douglas Haig







Former Crew Members

Anderson, Charles, AB, Torpedoman, RCNVR



Bate, James Richard, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1942


Fowler, Joseph Sims, Lt (E), RCNVR - 14 Jul 1942

Koretsky, Vadium Michael Shaligo, Slt, RCNVR - 23 Mar 1942


Photos and Documents


HMCS Chedabucto J168

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson - HMCS Granby J264

Courtesy of David Jamieson

HMCS Chedabucto after collision with cable ship SS Lord Kelvin.  A tow rope had been attached in an attempt to save the Chedabucto

Source: The Legion Magazine, 22 October 2010

Newspaper article on the loss of the Chedbucto

Source: Canada's Virtual War Memorial