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HMCS OTTER

HMCS Otter

Source: Flickr photo collection of David Ross

From The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981 by Ken Macpherson & John Burgess - Otter arriving at Halifax under the Red Ensign as Conseco. No photo of her as a naval vessel has been found.

 

Launched: 1921

Commissioned: 04 Oct 1940

Fate: Sunk on 26 Mar 1941

 

Named Conseco, she was built in 1921 by Robert Jacob, City Island, NY. After acquired by the RCN, she was renamed Otter. Otter accompanied Moose to Quebec City for conversion and arming, returning to Halifax on 02 Oct 1940, to be commissioned two days later for service with Halifax Local Defence Force.  She was destroyed by accidental explosion and fire off Halifax Lightship on 26 Mar 1941, with the loss of two officers and 17 men.

 

Photos and Documents

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Dennis Sinclair Mossman, RCNR - 04 Oct 1940 - 26 Mar 1941

 

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

ARMSTRONG, Irvine Carrick

Tel, V11273, RCNVR

MPK - 26 Mar 1941

BLYTH, John

OS, V9799, RCNVR

killed - 26 Mar 1941

D'EON, Gerald Joseph

Victualling Ass't, V25232, RCNVR

killed - 26 Mar 1941

DARRACH, Ronald Murray

PO.MM, A1964, RCNR

killed - 26 Mar 1941

DAY, Alexander Earle

O/Tel, V22229, RCNVR

MPK - 26 Mar 1941

DREW, John Gibbs

M.M., A2183, RCNR

MPK - 26 Mar 1941

GILLIS, Daniel Everett

Mechanician, A841, RCNR

killed - 26 Mar 1941

GRAHAM, John Everett

AB, A4001, RCNR

MPK - 26 Mar 1941

JOHNSTON, Beverley

Electrician, V19118, RCNVR

killed - 26 Mar 1941

LAURIN, Lucien Joseph Albert

OS, V6470, RCNVR

killed - 26 Mar 1941

MABEY, Elmer Allister

Tel, V1229, RCNVR

killed - 26 Mar 1941

MASON, Dudley Herbert

Sto, V17215, RCNVR

killed - 26 Mar 1941

O'HARA, Wallace Ian

OS, V5908, RCNVR

MPK - 26 Mar 1941

PARKER, Andrew Faulkner

ChSkpr, O-57478, RCNR

MPK - 26 Mar 1941

STUART, Lionel Everett

Sto, A2648, RCNR

killed - 26 Mar 1941

THIBAUDEAU, Placid Leonard

OS, V5295, RCNVR

killed - 26 Mar 1941

WALKER, Alan Mackenzie

Lt, RCNVR

killed - 26 Mar 1941

WALL, Edward Thomas

Sto 1c, A1740, RCNR

killed - 26 Mar 1941

WOODS, Norman George

OS, V9607, RCNVR

killed - 26 Mar 1941

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

(s) - Survived the sinking of HMCS Otter

A-B

Bennett, William T. (s)

 

 

 

 

G-H

Guildford, Thomas Kerr (s)

1919-2013

 

 

 

 

I-J

Jackson, Ernest Joseph

1919-2014

 

 

 

 

W-X

Ward, Tommy (s)

____-2007

White, George Edward (s)

1913-2002

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Clark, William C., Sto - Survived the sinking of Otter

 

Hunter, William E., Sig - Survived the sinking of Otter

 

Martin, Hilary, Sig - Survived the sinking of Otter

Mossman, Dennis Sinclair, Lt, RCNR - 31 May 1940 (Stand by) CO (Survived the sinking of Otter)

 

Noade, James, Sto - Survived the sinking of Otter

 

Russel, Ernest, Stwd - Survived the sinking of Otter

Slavin, John H., AB - Survived the sinking of Otter

 

Stevens, Leslie, LS - Survived the sinking of Otter

 

Woodbury, Eric, AB - Survived the sinking of Otter

 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS Otter

Source: The Legion Magazine

Credit: Library and Archives of Canada PA 139114

Newspaper Article on the Sinking of HMCS Otter

Hamilton Spectator, 27 Mar 1941

 

Note from the Canadian Virtual War Museum - A list of the 19 sailors who died when an accidental explosion and fire destroyed the HMCS Otter off Halifax, Nova Scotia on March 26, 1941. Note: The list has combined information on two of the sailors, Ronald Darrach and John Gibbs Drew. It should read Ronald M. Darrach, Motor Mechanic A/1964, son of John Thomas Darrach and Ethel Rose Darrach, of Halifax, Nova Scotia; husband of Ruby Roberta Darrach, of Halifax. John Gibbs Drew, Motor Mechanic A/2183, (next of kin) George Drew (brother), 112 Dunvegan Road, Toronto.

Source: Canadian Virtual War Museum

 

Newspaper Article on the Sinking of HMCS Otter

Hamilton Spectator, 27 Mar 1941

Source: Canadian Virtual War Museum

Article on the rescue of HMCS Otter survivors

Hamilton Spectator, 29 Mar 1941

Source: Canadian Virtual War Museum

Article on the rescue of HMCS Otter survivors

Globe and Mail, 29 Mar 1941

Source: Canadian Virtual War Museum

 

   

 

Newspaper article on the sinking of HMCS Otter

Globe and Mail 31 Mar 1941

Source: Canadian Virtual War Museum

 

Romance Ends in Tragedy

HMCS Otter Casualty due to be married

Newspaper article on two survivors and four casualties of HMCS Otter

 

Survivors:  William E. Hunter, Signalman of Toronto, ON & William C. Clark, Stoker, of Oakville, ON.

 

Casualties: John G. Drew, Motor Mechanic, of Toronto, ON:  Lt Alan M. Walker, of Toronto, ON; Earle A. Day, Odinary Telegrapher of Toronto, ON; and Dudley H. Mason, Stoker 1c, of Paris, ON

 

Courtesy of Operation Picture Me

30 years ago ......

 

HMCS Otter burns off Sambro Light

 

Halifax Mail-Star, Sunday, 03 Apr 1971, pg 7

Researched by / Courtesy of George Newbury

 

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