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HMCS GEORGIAN J144

 

Source: VirtualMuseum.ca

HMCS  Georgian J144

 

Laid down: 10 Oct 1940

Launched: 28 Jan 1941

Commissioned: 23 Sep 1941

Paid off: 23 Oct 1945

Fate: Sold for scrap

 

Commissioned at Toronto on 23 Sep 1941, Georgian arrived at Halifax on 13 Oct 1941. On completing workups she was assigned to Sydney Force, but in Jan 1942, she joined Newfoundland Force and remained with it until Feb 1944. Through a tragic error on 12 Jun 1942, she rammed and sank the British submarine P.514 off Newfoundland. 

 

It was just after midnight on 21 Jun 1942. The tragedy took place off Cape Race when the path of the eastbound submarine & her corvette escort, which were heading for St. John's from Argentia, intercepted that of a westbound convoy CL.43 being escorted by the minesweeper. Problems with one of the ships in CL.43 had delayed the start of the convoy & it was several hours behind schedule. At the same time an eastbound convoy, SC.88, which had been blown north of its intended track, intercepted & passed through CL.43. The situation was confusing & dangerous. Visibility was poor & the night sky was overcast with frequent mist patches. Georgian detected approaching diesel engine HE on her hydrophones & turned onto the bearing to investigate. When the lookouts spotted the submarine the helm was immediately put over & she rammed P.514 amidships. According to one testimony, the submarine's navigation lights flicked on, then off. According to the CO of the corvette escorting P.514, her lights had been on for some time. The bridge personnel in Georgian could look down into the bridge of the submarine & they observed that it was empty & the hatch was shut. At 00:40 hours Atlantic Time, the submarine went down in 27 fathoms. There were no survivors. A lone body was spotted in the water at the time but sank before it could be recovered. The body of ERA, N.C. Bennett came ashore near Ferrylands a month later. He was interred in the local graveyard with full military honors. At the enquiry, no blame was attached to anyone concerned. It was NSHQ policy then, & throughout the war, to not inform escort forces of the movements of Allied submarines for fear they would hesitate in attacking U-boats. The only measure of safety offered to Allied submarines passing through an operational area was the establishment of temporary no-attack zones for aircraft, but the submarines were always on their own when it came to both ships & aircraft. 

 

Nominated for duties in connection with the invasion of Europe, she left Halifax on 18 Feb 1944,with Bayfield, Mulgrave and Thunder for Plymouth via the Azores, arriving on 07 Mar 1944. Assigned to a series of minesweeping flotillas, particularly the 14th, she was present on D-Day. She returned to Canada in Jan 1945, for refit at Lunenburg, N.S., then returned to the U.K. for service with the 31st Flotilla in Apr 1945. That fall she sailed again for Canada, where she was paid off at Sydney on 23 Oct 1945 and laid up at Shelburne until sold for scrap.

 

RCN Memories:   Going Ashore, D-Day plus 7

 

Ship's company photos          Photos and Documents 

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr Alfred George Stanley, RCNR - 23 Sep 1941 - 21 Sep 1942

LCdr W. Redford, RCNR - 22 Sep 1942 - 07 Dec 1942

Lt P.M. Crawford, RCNVR - 08 Dec 1942 - 21 Jan 1943

Lt Gordon Harold Johnson, RCNVR - 22 Jan 1943 - 25 Jan 1943

A/LCdr Allen Boucher - 26 Jan 1943 - 26 Jun 1944

A/LCdr Douglas Warrie Main, RCNR - 27 Jun 1944 - 23 Mar 1945

Lt Thomas Crane McLaughlin, RCNR - 24 Mar 1945 - 23 Oct 1945

  

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

CHENOUSKI, Frank

Lt, RCN

died - 21 Sep 1944 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Baker, John

1920-2013

Briggs-Lawrance, Graham Henry

1921-2006

Drafted to Georgian 30 Jul 1943 as Slt, RCNVR

 

 

 

C-D

Campbell, John Earl Charles

1923-2012

Duckett, Jack M.

____-____

 

 

 

G-H

Gilbert, Kenneth McArthur

____-1990

Harrison, Thomas William

1925-2011

Hassim, William Fisher

1898-1983

 

 

I-J

Inglis, Robert Lockhart

____-1982

Drafted to Georgian 10 Feb 1942 as Lt (E), RCNVR

 

 

 

 

K-L

Lake, Richard Hinton

1920-2006

Lewis, Walter Edwin

1915-2003

 

 

 

M-N

MacFadden, Robert

1923-1998

Moon, Alfred Ewart

1927-2004

Morrow, William George

____-____

Drafted to Georgian on 22 Feb 1943

 

 

O-P

Osborne, Harry

____-1969

 

 

 

 

S-T

Tait, George

____-____

 

 

 

 

U-V

Vinish, Paul Simon

1914-2002

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Baker, Albert, LS, RCNVR

 

Baker, Herman, Skpr, RCNR - 17 May 1941 (Stand by)

 

Blackmore, Jacob, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 24 Jul 1942

 

Brown, Hugh McKee, Lt (E), RCNR - 04 Feb 1941

 

Chidley, C., Leading Stoker

 

Craigdaille, Thomas, Skpr, RCNR - 19 Apr 1944

 

Evans, J., Able Seaman

 

Grant, Alex, Lt, RCNVR

 

Greener, Frederick Neil, Lt, RCNVR - 24 Jan 1945

Hassim, William Fisher, A/War (E), RCNVR - 10 Feb 1945

 

Hitchin, Edward, LS, RCN

 

Hodge, John Lawrence, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1945

 

Houghton, Wilfred Tudor, Lt, RCNVR - 28 May 1942

 

Hoover, Norm

 

Hubley, Allan Murray, Lt (E), RCNVR - 04 May 1942

 

Larmour, William Terl, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Lawrence, E., Signalman

Main, Douglas Warrie, A/LCdr, RCNR - 21 Jun 1944

 

Mullane, John Charles, Slt, RCNVR - 29 Apr 1942

 

Pate, Thomas, ERA, RCNVR

 

Stanley. Alfred George, A/LCdr, RCNR - 10 Mar 1941 (Stand by)

 

Walmsley, Harry, AA, RCNVR  -  Naval Memories of Harry Walmsley

 

Warren, G., Able Seaman

 

White, Edward, LS, RCN

 

Woods, William Allan, Lt, RCNVR - 17 May 1941 (Stand by)

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

Thomas William (Bill) Harrison

"Gramps as a young man in the RCN. He served aboard HMCS Georgian"

With permission of Jonathan Harrison 

HMCS Georgian J144 - date and place unknown

From the collection of Richard (Rick) Lake

Courtesy of Paul Lake

HMCS Georgian J144 - date and place unknown

From the collection of Richard (Rick) Lake

Courtesy of Paul Lake

 

Top Photo - Men from HMCS Milltown

 

(Front Row, L to R) - Chief Engine Room Artificer L. Jolliffe, London; Leading Stoker R. Walker, Munt Brydges; Sub. Lt. M. McMillan, Blenheim; Chief Petty Officer R. Mason, Windson.

 

(Back Row, L to R) - Ables Seaman S. Greenham, Harrow (Windsor); Able Seaman L.K. Hopper, Leamington; Able Seaman C. Young, London, and Leading Signalman H. Holman, London.

 

Lower Photo - Men from HMCS Georgian

 

(L to R) - Signalman E. Lawrence, London; Leading Stoker C. Chidley, Stratford; Able Seaman G. Warren, Erieau, and Able Seaman J. Evans, Melbourne.

 

Newspaper clipping from the collection of Charles Mitchell Young published here courtesy of his son Stephen Young.

 

Harry Osborne, front centre, with shipmates on HMCS Georgian J144

From the collection of Harry Osborne

Courtesy of Terry Osborne

Sailors on HMCS Georgian J144 - possible D-D landing party preparations/training

Harry Osborne front row, 2nd from right

From the collection of Harry Osborne

Courtesy of Terry Osborne

Harry Osborne on HMCS Georgian J144

From the collection of Harry Osborne

Courtesy of Terry Osborne

Harry Osborne and shipmates on HMCS Georgian J144

From the collection of Harry Osborne

Courtesy of Terry Osborne

Harry Osborne on HMCS Georgian J144

From the collection of Harry Osborne

Courtesy of Terry Osborne

Harry Osborne by the port side depth charge thrower

From the collection of Harry Osborne

Courtesy of Terry Osborne

HMCS Georgian J144

From the collection of Harry Osborne

Courtesy of Terry Osborne

HMCS Georgian J144 - place unknown

From the collection of Harry Osborne

Courtesy of Terry Osborne

Newspaper article on Toronto sailors on HMCS Georgian J144 who helped rescue US Airmen

ERA Thomas Pate, LS Albert Baker, AB George Tait, LS Edward Hitchin and LS Edward White

Courtesy of Douglas Saunders

Newspaper article praising the work of Canadian Minesweeping crews

HMCS Georgian and HMCS Guysborough mentioned in article

Courtesy of Douglas Saunders

George Tate (Bosn's Mate) and Harry Walmsley (Quartermaster) on HMCS Georgian J144

Courtesy of Douglas Saunders 

Two officers from Montreal serving in HMCS Georgian

 

Lt Alex Grant and Lt Frank Chenouski

 

Crow's Nest newspaper - Jan1944

 

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