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HMCS MAGOG K673

HMCS Magog K673

Source: Flickr photo collection of Don Gorham

 

Battle honours and awards:  Gulf of St. Lawrence  1944

 

 

Laid down: 16 Jun 1943

Launched: 22 Sep 1943

Commissioned: 07 May 1944

Torpedoed: 14 Oct 1944

Paid off: 20 Dec 1944

Fate: Sold in 1947,  broken up in 1948

 

Built by Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal, she was commissioned in Montreal on 07 Mar 1944. Magog arrived at Halifax on 28 May 1944 and worked up briefly in St. Margaret's Bay before sailing for Bermuda to complete the process in Jul 1944. She then returned to Montreal for repairs, subsequently completing these at Halifax in August. There she joined EG 16, performing A/S duty in the Halifax, Gaspé, and Sydney areas. On 14 Oct 1944, while escorting convoy GONS.33 (the Gulf section of ONS.33), she was torpedoed and badly damaged by U 1223 in the St. Lawrence River off Pointe des Monts. Lacking 60 feet of her stern, she was towed to Quebec and there adjudged a constructive total loss. Paid off 20 Dec 1944 to care and maintenance, she was sold in 1947 to Marine Industries Ltd., Sorel, who scrapped her in 1948.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Lewis Dennis Quick, RCNR - 07 May 1944 - 20 Dec 1944

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

DAVIS, Thomas Edward

PO, V22485, RCNVR

killed - 14 Oct 1944 

ELLIOT, Gordon Tait

OS, V69859, RCNVR

killed - 14 Oct 1944 

KELLY, Kenneth Joseph

AB, V47918, RCNVR

MPK - 14 Oct 1944 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

C-D

Dafoe, Clarence Frederick

1918-2004

 

 

 

 

E-F

Esraelian, Dick

____-2009

Survived the torpedoing of Magog

 

 

 

 

G-H

Gilbert, Verdun Palmer

____-2016

Survived the torpedoing of Magog

Harris, Raymond

1925-2012

 

 

 

K-L

Lamey, Willard Daniel

1926-2003

Survived the torpedoing of Magog

Lapsley, Alfred

____-____

Served in Magog as Ordnance Chief. Survived the torpedoing of Magog

LeBlanc, Wilfred

1921-1996

Lusky, Louis

1924-2012

 

M-N

McKinney, Joseph Gordon Lyle

1913-1965

 

Miniely, Lawrence E.

1923-2014

Montgomery, Herbert Charles

1924-2016

Drafted to Magog 10 Apr 1944 as Slt, RCNVR, Standby.

Commissioning crew

Murphy, John Ernest

1919-1989

 

O-P

Oldland, Gordon Robert

____-1999

Paterson, John

____-2009

 

 

 

Q-R

Quick, Lewis Dennis

1912-2001

1st Commanding Officer

Robertson, Harold Alexander

____-2014

 

 

 

S-T

Shales, Donald Keith

1923-2013

Stewart, Errol

____-____

Taylor, Roland Shirley

1921-2011

Drafted to Magog on 01 Jun 1944 as Lt, RCNVR

 

 

W-X

Ward, Tommy

____-2007

Wright, John Arthur

1926-2002

Survived the torpedoing of Magog

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Bailey, Barney, HSD - 1944 - Survived the torpedoing of HMCS Magog

 

Blackwell, Nelson Alexander - drafted to Magog 30 May 1944

 

Borassa, LS

 

Cox, James Duncan

 

Connors, Patrick M.

 

Eckhardt, John William

 

Gilbert, Verdun Palmer, Lt, RCNVR - 20 Mar 1944 (Stand by) / 07 May 1944

Grove, Francis Longton, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 12 Jun 1944

 

Hammond, Victor, ERA 3c

 

Howes, Norman, Chief Stoker

 

Hunter, Gordon, ERA, RCNVR

 

Klayh, Arnold B. 

 

Larson, B.F.

 

Lipsett, Gordon

 

Mackay, Ray A. 

Maddigan, John Patrick, RCN

 

Paterson, John Amesbury, Slt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 07 May 1944

 

Samuelsen, Sigurd, Lt (E), RCNR - 10 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 07 May 1944

 

Stanley, James D. (Jim), AB, ASDIC Operator (was on board Magog the day she was torpedoed) 

 

Steele, N.J., PO

 

Wise, Vincent

 

RCN Memories

A Survivor's Memories - CPO Alfred Lapsley

A Survivor's Memories - CPO Barney Bailey

Away Sea Boats Crew!

Life on a WW 2 Frigate

 

Links

HMCS Magog - Paul Hock's Website

Personal photo gallery of Barney Bailey

Remembering the Magog - Edison Stewart

Ship's company photos for HMCS Magog

 

Photos and Documents (below)

Dick Esraelian, Stoker 1st Class, St. Catharines, Ont.

John Wright, Stoker 1st Class, Montréal, Que.

From the Esraelian Collection

Courtesy of Edison Stewart

"Buddies"

HMCS Magog crew members. Photo taken looking back at damage from 12 pound gun deck

From the Esraelian Collection

Courtesy of Edison Stewart

Looking over the stern at the damage to HMCS Magog

From the World War II photo collection of Errol Stewart

Courtesy of Edison Stewart

"Picking up survivors"

From the Robertson Collection

Courtesy of Edison Stewart

HMCS Magog under tow

From the Robertson Collection

Courtesy of Edison Stewart

Survivors from HMCS Magog

From the collection of Errol Stewart

Courtesy of Edison Stewart

HMCS Magog - after attack by U-1223

Source: Library and Archives of Canada, MIKAN no. 409-0736 Series Title: CN-3820


HMCS Magog at Quebec City

From the Esraelian Collection

Courtesy of Edison Stewart

HMCS Magog in drydock

From the Esraelian Collection

Courtesy of Edison Stewart

Damage to HMCS Magog being inspected. Note the shadow of the of the man saluting an officer

From the Esraelian Collection

Courtesy of Edison Stewart

Side view of damage to HMCS Magog

From the Esraelian Collection

Courtesy of Edison Stewart


Newspaper article from the Globe and Mail, Wednesday, April 18, 1945 on the torpedoing of HMCS Magog

Courtesy of Edison Stewart

Newspaper articles from the Canadian Press on the torpedoing of HMCS Magog

Courtesy of Edison Stewart

Newspaper articles from the Canadian Press on the torpedoing of HMCS Magog

Courtesy of Edison Stewart

THE TORPEDOING OF HMCS MAGOG by Herb C. Montgomery, September, 1947

(Courtesy of Edison Stewart)

Crew members of HMCS Magog by the damaged section of the ship

From the collection of Herb Montgomery, RCN, Ret'd

Courtesy of Edison Stewart

Herb Montgomery sitting by the damaged section of HMCS Magog

From the collection of Herb Montgomery, RCN, Ret'd

Courtesy of Edison Stewart

Herb Montgomery

From the collection of Herb Montgomery, RCN, Ret'd

Courtesy of Edison Stewart

Looking at the mast of HMCS Magog

From the collection of Herb Montgomery, RCN, Ret'd

Courtesy of Edison Stewart

Damage to HMCS Magog

From the collection of Herb Montgomery, RCN, Ret'd

Courtesy of Edison Stewart

HMCS Magog at sea

From the collection of Herb Montgomery, RCN, Ret'd

Courtesy of Edison Stewart

These photographs help show the extent of the damage U-1223's torpedo inflicted on the frigate HMCS Magog. The explosion of the torpedo's warhead destroyed over 18 metres of Magog's stern, leaving the ship badly damaged and without propulsion. After being towed to Quebec City for inspection, the severity of Magog's damage led to its being written off as a total loss.

Source: Canadian War Museum George Metcalf Archival Collection CWM 20030315-002_p10

Courtesy of the Canadian War Museum

HMCS Magog in drydock after being torpedoed by U-1223

Source: Canada. Dept. of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada/PA

Letter inviting Mr. Choquette, M.P. of Magog, Quebec to the launching of HMCS Magog

Courtesy of Edison Stewart

The town of Magog remembers - Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the torpedoing of HMCS Magog

Courtesy of Edison Stewart

Cenotaph at Magog, Quebec commemorating those lost on 14 October 1944

A few sailors (looks like they are doing guard training as they have white belts and bayonets)

John E. Murphy, 2nd Row, 1st on left

From the collection of John Ernest Murphy

 

 

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