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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS SEA CLIFF K344

Then Chilean Navy Vessel COVADONGA (1946)

HMCS Sea Cliff K344 as escort for convoy ONS.170, conducting a transfer at sea, 31 Mar 1945 

Photo taken from HMCS Kokanee K419

Source: The Flickr collection of David Ross

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944-45

 

 

Laid down: 20 Jul 1943

Launched: 07 Aug 1944

Commissioned: 26 Sep 1944

Paid off: 28 Nov 1945

Sold: 03 Mar 1946 to Chilean Navy. Commissioned: as Covadonga

Paid off:

Fate: Broken up in 1968

 

Originally laid down as HMCS Megnatic, she was re-named HMCS Sea Cliff in honour of the town of Leamington, ON and it's citizens. She was built at Lauzon, Que., and was commissioned at Quebec City on 26 Sep 1944. She arrived at Halifax 20 Oct 1944, proceeding to Bermuda in Nov 1944 to work up. On completion she sailed to St. John's to become a member of EG C-3, and left 23 Dec 1944 to join her first convoy, HX.237. On 27 Dec 1944, HMCS Sea Cliff made contact with a possible U-boat. She radioed HMCS St Thomas who went to investigate. HMCS St Thomas immediately made contact and did a hedgehog and then a depth charge run. When U-877 surfaces, the Sea Cliff's crew fired on her with small arms fire. HMCS Sea Cliff rescued 21survivors from U-877. She spent the remainder of the war on North Atlantic convoy duty, and on 21 May 1945, left Londonderry for the last time, to join ON.304 on her passage to Canada. She began tropicalization refit at Liverpool, N.S., on 10 Jun 1945, but work was halted 28 Aug 1945 and the ship was paid off 28 Nov 1945 at Halifax. She was placed in reserve at Shelburne until 1946, when she was sold to the Chilean navy and renamed Covadonga. She was broken up in 1968.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr John Eric Harrington, RCNVR - 26 Sep 1944 - 28 May 1945

Lt Eric Gerald Tice Fisher, RCNR - 29 May 1945 - 28 Nov 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

ROGERS, Douglas Lawrence

PO, 4025, RCN

MPK 03 May 1945 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Bartram, Vincent James

1919-2005

Battershill, James Henry

1925-2012

C-D

Crossley, Sidney Ross

1920-2008

E-F

Edmonds, Harold Austin Joseph

1924-2015

Elliott, Glen Lenard

1922-1993

G-H

Hendrickson, Everett Emerson

1925-1983

M-N

Mandziuk, William

____-2013

S-T

Scales, Norris Joseph Cyril

1917-2005

U-V

 

Vondette, Henry William

1924-2006

Served in Sea Cliff as Yeoman of Signals, RCN

W-X

Walton, George A.

____-2008

 

Former Crew Members

Farrell, Joseph Louis Ralph, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Apr 1945

 

Irwin, John Robert, Lt (E), RCNVR - 28 Apr 1945

Isard, John Frederick, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Apr 1945

 

Kelly, Edmund Barrie, Lt (E), RCNR - 08 Jul 1944

Lucy, William

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

William Lucy - A hero's story of life at sea - from CottageCountryNow.ca

 

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