For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS CHICOUTIMI K156

HMCS Chicoutimi K156

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1941-44

 

 

Laid down: 05 Jul 1940

Launched: 16 Oct 1940

Commissioned: 12 May 1941

Paid off: 16 Jun 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1946

 

Built by Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal, Que, she was commissioned at Montreal on 12 May 1941. Chicoutimi arrived at Halifax on 17 May 1941. She carried out workups and then joined Sydney Force, escorting ocean convoys on the first leg of their eastward journey. In Sep 1941 she joined Newfoundland Command and left Sydney on 29 Sep 1941 to escort convoy SC.47 to Iceland. She was employed for the next five months as an ocean escort between St. John's and Iceland and, later, Londonderry. Reassigned to WLEF, she left 'Derry on 27 Feb 1942, to meet convoy On.71. She served with WLEF until Aug 1944 (from Jun 1943, on with EG W-1), when she was transferred to HMCS Cornwallis as a training ship. In Apr 1945, she went to Sydney Force and, on 16 Jun 1945, was paid off at Sorel for disposal. She wa sold to Steel Co. of Canada, Hamilton, Ont., in Jun 1946 and broken up in the same year A credit to her builders, Canadian Vickers, Chicoutimi required only three short refits during her active career, and she was one of the few corvettes to survive the war with a short fo'c's'le.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt William Black, RCNR - 12 May 1941 - 10 May 1942

Lt Howard Geoffrey Dupont, RCNR - 11 May 1942 - 15 Feb 1943

LCdr John Fitzwilliam Stairs, RCNVR - 16 Feb 1943 - 07 May 1944

Lt Fergus Cross, RCNR - 08 May 44 - 03 Sep 1944

Lt A.E. Giffin, RCNVR - 04 Sep 1944 - 16 Nov 1944

Skpr/Lt C.C. Clattenburg, RCNVR - 17 Nov 1944 - 26 Nov 1944

Lt A.E. Giffin, RCNVR - 27 Nov 1944 - 14 Apr 1945

Lt Ronald Alexander Wyllie, RCNVR - 15 Apr 1945 - 16 Jun 1945

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Blondin, Ralph Ernest

1920-2013

Bowen, Wilfred Orville

____-2009

Burgman, George Edward

____-2004

 

 

C-D

Cross, Fergus

1914-1971

Drew, Malcolm

1918-2015

Served in Chicoutimi as a HSD

Duckett, Jack M.

____-____

Dunbar, Charles Irvine

1925-2014

 

I-J

Irving, James C.

(See HMCS Alberni)

 

 

 

 

Y-Z

Young, Wilfred Henry

1922-2002

 

 

 

 

 

 Former Crew Members

Bauld, Henry Stanley Donald, Lt, RCNVR - 12 May 1941

 

Black, William, Lt, RCNR - 10 Apr 1941 (Stand by) CO / 12 May 1941

 

Brighton, Gordon Jack, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Collier, Cecil Angilin, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Mar 1943

 

Davidson, Douglas Alexander Powell, Lt, RCNVR - 24 Apr 1943

 

Douglas, William Kennedy, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Jan 1942

Drope, John Ross, Slt, RCNVR - 19 Jul 1944

 

Goodall, George Graham, Slt, RCNVR - 13 Jun 1945

 

Hornell, William Bruce, A/Lt, RCNVR - 17 Apr 1945

 

Jackson, William Stanley, Slt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944

 

Maybee, John Ryerson, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1943

 

Minty, John Robert, Slt, RCNVR - 17 Apr 1945

 

Norton, Maynard Lamont, Slt, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1945

 

Paquet, Michael Thomas, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 12 May 1941

Rubens, Rupert C., AB, RC3, V-89114, RCNVR

 

Stairs, John Fitzwilliam, LCdr, RCNVR - 01 Jan 1943

 

Stevens, Stanley Arthur, Slt, RCNVR - 17 Apr 1945

 

Talling, Gordon Thomas, Slt, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1945

 

Thompson, Francis Wilfred, Slt, RCNVR - 02 Jun 1941

 

Usher, Christopher French, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Apr 1942

 

Wilson, Norman Frederick, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Mar 1944

 

Young, Robert MacKenzie, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Apr 1945

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Personal photo gallery of Wilfred Bowen

 

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