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HMCS COLUMBIA I49

Former USS HARADEN 183

HMCS Columbia I49

From the collection of Nigel Whiteley, LCdr, RCN, Ret'd

DND/RCN photo

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1940-44

 

 

Laid down: 30 Mar 1918

Launched: 04 Jul 1918

Commissioned: 07 Jun 1919

Paid off: 1922

Re-commissioned: Dec 1939

Paid off: 24 Sep 1940

Transferred to RCN: 24 Sep 1940

Commissioned: 24 Sep 1940

Paid off: 12 Jun 1945

Fate: Sold for scrap on 07 Aug 1945

 

Commissioned on 07 Jun 1919 as USS Haraden she served in the Adriatic Sea during part of 1919 before returning to the U.S. for training out of Norfolk, Va. Placed in reserve at Philadelphia in 1922, she emerged in Dec 1939, to take part in the Neutrality Patrol, and was transferred to the RCN as Columbia on 24 Sep 1940, at Halifax. At first employed on local escort duty, she left Halifax 15 Jan 1941, for the U.K., where she was assigned to EG 4, Greenock. In Jun 1941, she joined the newly formed NEF, and in Mar 1942, following repairs at Halifax, transferred to WLEF. In Jan 1943, she went to the aid of her RN sister, HMS Caldwell, adrift without propellers southeast of Cape Breton, and successfully towed her 370 miles to Halifax. Following a major refit at Saint John from 01 Feb to 20 May 1943, she rejoined WLEF, becoming a member of EG W-4 at the end of Jun 1943 and of W-10 in Dec 1943. On 26 Feb 1944, owing to a combination of fog and faulty radar, she rammed a cliff in Motion Bay, Nfld. without so much as touching bottom. Repairs only sufficient to make her watertight were carried out at Bay bulls, though not until May 1944. In Sep 1944 she was taken to Liverpool, N.S., to serve as an ammunition storage hulk for ships refitting there. Paid off on 12 Jun 1945, into reserve at Sydney, she was sold for strap later that year.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Somerville Wentworth Davis, DSC, RCN - 24 Sep 1940 - 13 May 1942

LCdr George Hay Stephen, RCNR - 14 May 1942 - 17 Mar 1943

LCdr Bernard Dodds Leith Johnson, RCNR - 18 Mar 1943 - 23 Nov 1943

LCdr Robert Aubern Stuart MacNeil, OBE, RCNR - 24 Nov 1943 - 30 Mar 1944

Lt Thomas Arthur Giffin Staunton, RCNVR - 31 Mar 1944 - 22 May 1944

Lt Murray Leo Devaney, RCNVR - 23 Mar 1944 - 18 Jun 1944

LCdr Francis O'Brien Gerity, RCNR - 19 Jun 1944 - 30 Jun 1944

Lt Murray Leo Devaney, RCNVR - 01 Jul 1944 - 22 Jul 1944

Lt John Gwynda Hughes, RCNR - 23 Jul 1944 - 01 Mar 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

 

CAMPBELL, Lawrence Newton

PO, V14372, RCNVR

died 09 Mar 1944 at HMCS Avalon, Nfld 

CARTER, George Frederick

AB, V18016, RCNVR

MPK - 28 Mar 1942 

FELDMAN, Arthur

Electrical Art. 4C, V23593, RCNVR

died - 27 Feb 1944 

SILVESTER, Charles Victor

PO Victualling, 40604, RCN

killed - 24 Nov 1941 

SLINGSBY, Clifford Frederick

AB, V24618, RCNVR

MPK 29 Nov 1942 

Lost at sea - swept overboard

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Anderson, Donald DeBlois

____-2010

Bell, Joseph A.

1922-1995

Byatt, Archie

1920-2017

Served in Columbia 1941-1942

 

 

C-D

Campbell, Angus Hector

1907-1998

Drafted  to Columbia on 03 Feb 1942

Clark, Kenneth Guy

1910-2002

 Drafted to Columbia on 17 Feb 1944 at Lt, RCNVR

Dahms, Kenneth

1916-2002

 

 

G-H

Gardiner, Leslie

____-1979

Guildford, Thomas Kerr

1919-2013

Hoole, Maurice Kenneth

____-2014

 

 

K-L

Love, Alan Tannahill

____-1995

 

 

 

 

M-N

MacDonald, Angus Allan

____-2006

McDougall, Duncan Keith

1921-1991

McLean, William Randall

1914-____

Served in Columbia 13 Aug 1943 - 22 Sep 1944 as a LSA, RCNVR

Mossop, Hudson

____-2004

 

O-P

Parton, Phil

____-2005

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Ross, Roderick Clendenning

1917-2015

Served in Columbia 1941-1942 as Surg-Lt, RCNVR

Rowsell, H. Roy

1920-2013

 

 

 

S-T

Sadler, James

____-2012

Stephen, George Hay

____-1994

2nd Commanding Officer

Tizard, John

1918-1987

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Bacal, Harry Lyon, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 10 Feb 1942

 

Benoit, Cecil Julian, Slt, RCN - 17 Mar 1943

 

Douglas, Alexander Connor, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1943

 

Engs, Philip Wanton, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Feb 1942

 

Little, Lawrence Peniston, Surg/LCdr, RCNVR - 10 Jun 1943

 

MacKay, Thomas Couison, Lt, RCN - 30 Mar 1943

McAllister, William Lawrence (Laurie), PO 

 

McNaught, John Charles Kirkpatrick, Lt, RCNVR - 24 May 1943

 

Moffat, William Purves, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Apr 1942

 

Robertson, John M., Lt, RCNVR - 24 Jul 1941

 

Savory, John Alfred, Lt (E), RCNVR - 23 Mar 1942

 

Stairs, John Fitzwilliam, A/LCdr, RCNVR - 17 Apr 1942

Staunton, Thomas Arthur Giffin, Lt, RCNVR - 02 Mar 1943

 

Stewart, Donald Arthur, Lt (E), RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Sommer, Lionel

 

Tkacz, William, Slt (E), RCNVR - 05 May 1943

 

Whyte, William Methvin, Slt, RCNVR - 01 May 1942

 

Wilson, John Robert, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 14 Jul 1942

 

Woollcombe, George Andrew, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Jun 1941

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Personal Photo Gallery of William Randall McLean

 

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