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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS NIAGARA I57

Former USS THATCHER 162

HMCS Niagara

From the collection of Roy T. Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

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Laid down: 08 Jun 1918

Launched: 31 Aug 1918

Commissioned: 14 Jan 1919

Paid off: 1922

Re-commissioned: 1940

Transferred to RCN: 24 Sep 1940

Commissioned: 24 Sep 1940

Paid off: 15 Sep 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1947

 

Commissioned on 14 Jan 1919 as USS Thatcher, she served with the Pacific Fleet until 1922, when she was placed in reserve at San Diego. Briefly re-commissioned and overhauled in 1940, she was transferred to the RCN as HMCS Niagara at Halifax on 24 Sep 1940, and sailed for the U.K. on 30 Nov 1940. There, in Mar 1941, she was assigned to EG 4, Greenock, but in Jun 1941 joined the newly formed NEF. On 28 Aug 1941 she was on hand to take aboard the crew of U 570, which had surrendered to a Coastal Command aircraft south of Iceland. In Mar 1942, she joined WLEF, in June 1942 becoming a member of EG W-9 and, in Oct 1942, of W-10. In common with the other "Towns," she required major refits on a number of occasions and on 02 Mar 1944, following one of these, she became a torpedo-firing ship for training Torpedo Branch personnel at Halifax. She was paid off at Sydney on 15 Sep 1945, and broken up in 1947.

 

Commanding Officers

A/Cdr E.L. Armstrong, RCN - 24 Sep 1940 - 02 Jul 1941

LCdr Thomas Philip (Two-Gun) Ryan, OBE, RCN - 03 Jul 1941 - 22 Feb 1942

LCdr Ronald Fraser Harris, DSC, RCN - 23 Feb 1942 - 04 Oct 1942

A/LCdr G.H. Davidson, RCN - 05 Oct 1942 - 14 Oct 1942

LCdr R.F. Harris, DSC, RCN - 15 Oct 1942 - 09 Sep 1943

A/LCdr William Herbert Willson, RCN - 10 Sep 1943 - 05 Mar 1944

Lt Jack Cranfield Smyth, RCNR - 06 Mar 1944 - 22 Jun 1944

Cdr Raymond Butler Mitchell, RCNR - 23 Jun 1944 - 29 June 1944

Lt Raymond Nelson Smillie, RCNVR - 30 Jun 1944 - 18 Jul 1944

Cdr Raymond Butler Mitchell, RCNR - 19 Jul 1944 - 15 Sep 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

WALDEN, Richard Willard

AB, V9456, RCNVR

MPK - 05 Jun 1941 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Atkinson, Roy Thomas

1924-2010

Blakelock, John Clifford

____-2005

Bowditch, William Watson

1918-2010

 

 

E-F

Freeman, David Henry

1912-2001

 

 

 

 

G-H

Gray, Walter Edwin

1922-2002

Holmes, Raymond Wilson

1923-2009

 

 

 

I-J

Irving, James C.

See HMCS Alberni

Jenson, Latham Brerton

1921-2004

Drafted to HMCS Niagara in 1942 as 1st Lt

Johnson, Ear Frank

____-2014

 

 

K-L

Langille, Ernest Gordon

1922-2008

 

 

 

 

M-N

McCormick, Jack E.

1921-2014

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Rousseau, Charles Hector

____-2005

 

 

 

 

S-T

Sauberli, Robert James

1925-2010

Sommerville, Robert Lindley

1922-2013

Sproule, James A.

1921-2010

 

 

W-X

Whittier, Harold W.

____-2010

Withers, Kenneth Roy

1925-2010

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Bird, Horatio Alfred Thomas, Lt, RCNVR - 18 Jul 1942

 

Bosworth, William John, Slt, RCNVR - 07 Jul 1944

 

Brooking, John William, Wt (E), RCN - 10 Mar 1944

 

Campbell, Gordon David, Lt, RCNVR - 20 Jul 1942

 

Chapman, Neil Henley, Lt, RCNVR - 17 May 1943

 

Crighton, William Barclay, Lt (E), RCNR - 10 May 1942

 

Cull, James Albert, A/Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Fairlie, John Neil, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1943

 

Flatt, William Delos, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 07 Apr 1942

Gould, George Cummings, Slt, RCNVR - 08 Mar 1944

 

Hartie, Ralph, Heber, Lt, RCNVR - 04 May 1943

 

Hogan, James Andrew, Lt, RCNVR - 11 Apr 1944

 

Kirk, Claude Murray, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 20 May 1941

 

Lennox, Duncan Craig, Lt, RCNVR - 24 Jan 1944

 

Little, Robert Ernest, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Lumb, Harold Mather, Lt (E), RCNVR - 02 May 1945

 

McColl, Robert Caldwell, Slt, RCNVR - 20 Jul 1942

Michon, Joseph Jean, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Petersen, Charles, Lt, RCNR - 27 Jan 1942

 

Reid, Donald Thorburn, Lt, RCNVR - 06 May 1943

 

Ross, Rupert, Slt (E), RCNVR - 01 Mar 1944

 

Smith, Alexander George, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 20 Jul 1942

 

Thomson, Robert Kidd, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 20 Jul 1942

 

Webster, Allan Ross, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jul 1941

 

Wickett, William Percy, Lt, RCNVR - 18 Apr 1942

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

The Surrender, Capture and Recover of U-570 (The Argonauta, pg 10)

Personal photo gallery for Charles Hector Rousseau

Personal photo gallery for Robert James Sauberli

Ship's company photos for HMCS Niagara

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