HMCS NENE K270
River class Frigate
Built at South Bank-on-Tees, UK, Nene was named for an English river. Commissioned as HMS Nene, she was assigned to Canadian EG 5 based at St. John's, the group was re-numbered EG 6 in Nov 1943, to avoid confusion with EG C-5. On 20 Nov 1943 HMS Nene, with HMCS Calgary and HMCS Snowberry, sank U 536 north of the Azores while escorting the combined convoys MKS.30 and SL.139. From Feb 1944, onward Nene was Senior Officer's ship of EG 6. She was transferred to the RCN at Halifax on 06 Apr 1944, immediately prior to a refit at Dartmouth, N.S., that was not completed until mid-Jul 1944. She then proceeded to Bermuda to work up, and in Aug 1944 joined EG C-5. After escorting three transatlantic convoys she was transferred in Oct 1944, to EG 9, Londonderry. Except for a trip to North Russia with convoy JW.62, Nene served in U.K. waters until the end of the war, based at various times at Londonderry, Plymouth, Rosyth, and Portsmouth. She left Greenock 12 May 1945, to join JW.67 for North Russia but was detached on 16 May 1945 to escort 14 surrendered U-Boats bound from Trondheim to Loch Eriboll. She arrived at Sheerness on 27 May 1945 and was handed back on 11 Jun 1945 to the RN, which placed her in reserve at Southampton. She was broken up at Briton Ferry, Wales, in 1955.
U-Boats Sunk: U-536 (Kplt Rolf Schauenburg) sunk on 20 Nov 1943 by HMS Nene K270, HMCS Snowberry K166 and HMCS Calgary K231 northeast of the Azores in position 43-50 N, 19-39 W.
The Royal Canadian Navy and the Narvik U-Boats - May 1945 by Derek Waller, Air Commodore, RAF, ret'd
HMCS Nene - Dan Delong's website (archived on For Posterity's Sake)
LCdr Eric Rigby Shaw, RCNR - 06 Apr 1944 - 11 Jun 1945
In memory of those who have crossed the bar
They shall not be forgotten
Former Crew Members
Photos and Documents
Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Forster
Mr. Forster was Head Forman at the Smith Dock and was responsible for the building of the NENE and because of this, his wife, Jane Bell Forster, was asked to launch the NENE. The silver platter was presented to HMS NENE on her launching day, 09 Dec 1942. The platter eventually ended up in a flea market in Navarre, Florida where it was purchased by Mr. Leonard Lanier, who in turn, donated it to the Naval Museum of Halifax
HMCS NENE K270
From the collection of William Holland McNally
Courtesy of Greg McNally