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HMCS SKEENA H01 / D59 / I59

HMCS Skeena D59

 

Source: The Crow's Nest virtual museum

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1939-44,   Normandy  1944,   Biscay  1944

 

 

Laid down: 14 Oct 1929

Launched: 10 Oct 1930

Commissioned: 10 Jun 1931

Fate: Wrecked on 25 Oct 1944

 

Commissioned at Portsmouth on 10 Jun 1931, she arrived at Halifax with Saguenay on 03 Jul 1931 and proceeded to Esquimalt the following month. On 24 Jan 1932 HMCS Skeena and HMCS Vancouver provided protection to British assets and civilians in El Salvador at the request of the British Consul in San Salvador following the outbreak of a peasant uprising. A landing party was briefly sent ashore at Acajutla, but the situation there improved and the sailors saw no combat, although the two ships remained in the area until the end of the month. On 05 Jan 1935, HMCS Skeena and HMCS Vancouver  departed Esquimalt for exercises in the Kingston, Jamaica area with HMCS Champlain and HMCS Saguenay. Skeena returned to Halifax in Apr 1937. In the 1938, HMCS Skeena, HMCS Fraser, HMCS Saguenay and HMCS St. Laurent paid a port visit to San Diego as part of the spring training cruise. The East and West ships rendezvoused at the Panama Canal for joint exercises. When war broke out, Skeena was engaged in local escort duties until ordered to the U.K. On her arrival at Plymouth, on 31 May 1940, she was assigned to Western Approaches Command taking part in the evacuation of France and escorting convoys in British waters. She returned to Halifax on 03 Mar 1941, for refit, then joined Newfoundland Command, Mid-Ocean Escort Force (MOEF). In Apr 1943, she became a member of EG C-3. During this period she saw continuous convoy duty and on 31 Jul 1942, while escorting convoy ON.115, shared with Wetaskiwin in the sinking of U 588. In May 1944, she was assigned to EG 12 for invasion duties, and was present on D-Day. On 08 Jun 1944, HMCS Skeena was attacked by U-953 (Oblt Karl-Heinz Marbach). The Gnats (acoustic torpedoes) exploded in the ship's wake with no damage to the ship. HMCS Skeena participated in operation "Dredger" against German escort vessels at the U-boat meeting points off Brest and southward. During the night of 5/6 Jul the 12th EG, comprising of Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, Skeena and Restigouche, attacked 3 patrol boats off Brest: V715 was sunk but not before hitting Qu'Appelle and Saskatchewan many times with small calibre gunfire. That Sep 1944 she was transferred to EG 11. On the night of 24/25 Oct 1944, Skeena was wrecked in a storm. She was anchored off Reykjavik, Iceland and dragged her anchor and grounded in 50-foot (15 m) waves off Viđey Island with the loss of 15 crewmembers. Her hulk was written off and sold to Iceland interests in June 1945; she was then raised to broken up. Her propeller was salvaged and used in a memorial near the Viđey Island ferry terminal.

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr Victor Gabriel Brodeur, RCN - 10 Jun 1931 - 24 May 1932 (H01)

Cdr George Clarence Jones, RCN - 25 May 1932 - 14 May 1934 (H01)

Cdr John Eric Wodehouse Oland, DSC, RCN - 15 May 1934 - 07 Jan 1936

Cdr Howard Emmerson Reid, RCN - 08 Jan 1936 - 24 Mar 1937

Capt V.G. Brodeur, RCN - 25 Mar 1937 - 22 Apr 1938

Cdr Harold Taylor Wood Grant, RCN - 23 Apr 1938 - 30 Nov 1939

LCdr Ernest Patrick Tisdall, RCN - 01 Dec 1939 - 09 Mar 1940

Lt Herbert Sharples Rayner, RCN - 10 Mar 1940 - 01 Apr 1940

LCdr James Calcutt Hibbard, RCN - 02 Apr 1940 - 10 Dec 1941 (D59)

Cdr Harry Kingsley, RCN - 11 Dec 1941 - 19 May 1942

A/LCdr Kenneth Lloyd Dyer, DSC, RCN - 20 May 1942 - 04 Jan 1943 (I59)

Lt Jean Rosaire Roland Belanger, RCNVR - 05 Jan 1943 - 28 Feb 1943

A/LCdr Eric Eversley Garratt Boak, RCN - 01 Mar 1943 - 20 Nov 1943

LCdr Patrick Francis Xavier Russell, RCN - 21 Nov 1943 - 25 Oct 1944 (I59)

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

APOSTOLOS, Archie

Stwd, V44615, RCNVR

killed - 25 Oct 1944 

BLAIS, Joseph Frederic Andre

LS, V4777, RCNVR

MPK - 25 Oct 1944 

COOK, Desmond Bert William

Cook (S), V51070, RCNVR

killed - 25 Oct 1944 

DAVIDSON, Gordon

AB, V55130, RCNVR

killed - 25 Oct 1944 

ELLIS, Melvin Newton

AB, V50983, RCNVR

killed - 25 Oct 1944 

FLEMMING, Leo Joseph

AB, A1141, RCNR

MPK - 04 Feb 1941 

GABOUREL, Lloyd Austin

AB, V63956, RCNVR

killed - 25 Oct 1944 

HANCOCK, Ralph Gardiner

L/Sig, V13220, RCNVR

killed - 25 Oct 1944 

JANOS, Joseph Frank

AB, 4408, RCN

killed - 25 Oct 1944 

JOHNSTON, Joseph Neil

AB, V44249, RCNVR

killed - 25 Oct 1944 

PRESSNER, Edward Julian

Stwd, V/45330, RCNVR

killed - 25 Oct 1944 

SEATH, Ritchie Oulton

Coder, V23611, RCNVR

killed - 25 Oct 1944 

SILK, James Ernest

LS, V19493, RCNVR

killed - 25 Oct 1944 

STEWART, Kenneth William

AB, V36475, RCNVR

killed - 25 Oct 1944 

UNGER, Abraham

AB, V39733, RCNVR

killed - 25 Oct 1944 

 

WATSON, Leonard

AB, V46243, RCNVR

killed - 25 Oct 1944 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Adams, John Cameron

MPK  HMCS Athabaskan G07

29 Apr 1944

Aldred, Frank Edward

_____-2010

Anderson, Harold

1920-2008

Anslow, John R.B.

____-2009

Ashdown, James Harry

____-2009

Bak, Boley Hubert

1915-2012

Beesley, John Spickett

1926-2001

Survived the grounding/wreck of Skeena

Braun, Wilhelm

1925-1993

Survived the grounding/wreck of Skeena

Browne, Randall William

1917-1975

Served in Skeena 18 May 1940 - 02 Dec 1941

Bushen, Lee Palmer

____-2009

C-D

Caines, Eric

____-1985

Cameron, Dugald

____-____

Campbell, William Franklin

See HMCS Louisburg

Chipman, William Pennock

____-2009

Clarke, John James Ashworth

1919-2015

Cock, Peter John Bligh

1918-2011

Cosh, Digby Rex Bell

Died: 24 Jun 1944

Davey, Arthur Cecil Montague

1902-____

Déry, Stanislas

1912-2001

DeWolf, Henry George

1903-2000

Drafted to Skeena H01 on 03 Jul 1933 as Lt, RCN

Donald, Colin Degge

1899-1974

Served in Skeena in 1932 as LCdr, RCN, XO

Doyle, Peter Maurice

1919-2003

Drake, Bert

____-1997

Dunbar, Hugh C.

____-____

Dyer, Kenneth Lloyd

1915-2000

11th Commanding Officer

E-F

Freeman, David Henry

1912-2001

Froats, Donald MacRae

See HMCS Ottawa

 

 

 

G-H

German, Donald Ross

____-2008

Grant, Harold Taylor Wood

1899-1965

6th Commanding Officer

Green, Robert MacDonald

1917-2008

Groos, Harold Victor William

1912-1987

Grubb, Frederic Ernest

1910-1985

Guest, Albert A.

____-1950

Guillet, Burton

____-2009

Heard, Trevor Frederick

1921-2008

Served in Skeena 1941-1941 as a ship's writer

Hibbard, James Calcutt

1908-1996

9th Commanding Officer

Holms, William Boyd Love

____-1989

Served in Skeena in 1937 as XO

Houghton, Frank Llewellyn

1897-1981

Served in Skeena in 1931 as 1st Lt

 

 

 

 

I-J

Ivancic, Milorad

____-2007

Jones, George Clarence

1895-1946

2nd Commanding Officer

 

 

 

K-L

Kelly, Fraser Jellett

1885-1942

Kingsley, Harry

1900-1976

10th Commanding Officer

Kirkpatrick, James Ralph Hilborn

____-1997

Kovac, Peter

____-2009

Lake, William Alvin

____-____

Lay, Horatio Nelson

1903-1988

Drafted to Skeena H01 10 Jun 1931 as Lt, RCN

Learmonth, Kenneth William

____-2009

Leatherbarrow, Joseph Rene

____-2008

Survived the grounding/wreck of Skeena

Lipscombe, George

1899-1979

Love, Alan Tannahill

____-1995

Love, Edward Ernest McLeod

1918-2002

Drafted to Skeena I59 26 Feb 1944 as Paym/Lt, RCNVR

 

 

 

 

M-N

MacDonald, Duncan Hector

1920-2016

Survived the grounding/wreck of Skeena

MacGillivray, John

1909-1988

Drafted to Skeena 24 May 1940 as Lt (E), RCN, Engineering Officer

MacFarlane, George Richard

1922-2000

Mackie, Gordon Alexander

1922-2014

Mann, Clement Cecil Wallace

1911-2005

McConney, Allan Edward

1921-2002

Medford, Kenneth Alleyne

1917-2010

Mills, Leslie

1919-2011

Montgomery, Robert G.

1925-2017

Mossop, Hudson

____-2004

Newton, Arthur G.

____-2007

 

 

 

 

O-P

Paige, Leslie Arthur Coope

____-1952

Parsons, Edward John

____-2006

Survived the grounding/wreck of Skeena

Plomer, James

____-1986

Served in Skeena in 1939 as Lt, RCNVR

Ponder, Harold Russell

MPK 22 Oct 1944

HMCS Margaree

Powell, Joseph Henry

____-1950

Pullen, Hugh, Francis

1905-1983

Served in Skeena in 1934 as Lt, RCN, Gunnery Officer

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Reid, Howard Emmerson

1897-1962

4th Commanding Officer

Reid, John Donald

1919-2012

 

 

 

S-T

Steinhoff, Leighton

1924-2007

Tisdall, Ernest Patrick

1906-1965

7th Commanding Officer

 

 

 

W-X

Webb, Frederick Arthur Henry

____-1992

 

 

 

 

 

U-Boats Sunk

U-588 (Kptlt Viktor Vogel) sunk on 31 Jul 1942 by HMCS Wetaskiwin K175 and HMCS Skeena I59 in position 49-59 N, 36-36 W. No survivor from crew of 46.

 

Former Crew Members

Adams, Kenneth (Ken) Frederick, Lt, RCN - 25 Mar 1931 (Stand by) / 10 Jun 1931 (H01)

 

Baker, Archibald Howard, Gnr, RCN - 10 Jun 1931 (H01)

 

Barlow, Frank Ernest, Gnr (T), RCN - 30 Jun 1941 (I59)

 

Bault, Henry Stanley Donald, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Mar 1944

 

Bichan, William James, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Mar 1944

 

Boak, Eric Eversley Garratt, Lt, RCN - 02 Apr 1940

 

Boyd, James, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Browne, Arthur Dalzell, Lt, RCNVR - 14 Jun 1944

 

Cairns, Thomas Gillone, A/Lt, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1940

 

Chance, Peter Godwin, Slt, RCNVR - 08 Apr 1943

 

Charrier, Georges Joseph 

 

Clarke, Alfred William, Wt (E), RCN - 21 Apr 1938

 

Clarke, N. - Dec 1940

 

Corner, Alfred Rogers 

 

Davidson, Andy

 

Earnshaw, Eric Phillip, Lt, RCN - 10 May 1943

 

Fiddler, John, AB - Dec 1940

 

Freeman, Arthur George, Gnr (T) - 21 Apr 1938

 

German, Don (I59)

Godard, Earle Trevor, Lt (E), RCNVR - 13 Apr 1944

 

Groos, Harold (Harry) Victor William, Slt, RCN - 01 Jun 1935 (H01)

 

Haddon, Phillip Edwin, Lt, RCN - 21 Apr 1938

 

Hannington, Daniel (Dan) Lionel, Midshipman, RCNVR - 30 May 1941

 

Haverfield, John Aimery Garnault, Slt, RCNVR - 04 Mar 1943

 

Horam, John Shaw, Lt (E), RCNR - 01 Jul 1941

 

Houghton, Frank Llewellyn, LCdr, RCN - 10 Jun 1931 (H01)

 

Howe, Alex, AB - Dec 1940

 

Hurley, Ed (I59)

 

Jackson, William McKie, Cd/Gnr (T), RN - 24 Feb 1935

 

Knowlton, John Grant, LCdr (E), RCN - 19 Jun 1935

 

Lewis, John Albert, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 01 Apr 1944

 

Mahoney, Lewis Daniel, Lt, RCNVR - 17 Apr 1942

 

Maidman, Ted (I59)

 

McKenzie, Robert Bradshaw, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1942

 

Mitchell, John Arthur, Slt, RCNR - 04 Apr 1941

Murdoch, Robert (Bob) Waugh, Lt, RCN - 26 Mar 1940

 

Oake, Chesley Maxwell, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 07 May 1940

 

Padget, Robert Loren, Lt (E), RCNVR - 22 Mar 1944

 

Parsons, Ed (I59)

 

Plant, Frank Oatley, Slt, RCNVR - 25 May 1942

 

Rigg, David Edward, A/Gnr (T), RCN - 27 Jun 1942 (I59)

 

Rodwell, Frank Ernest, Wt/Mech, RCN - 08 Apr 1941

 

Roberts, John Douglas, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Feb 1943

 

Roy, Joseph Wilson Rouer, LCdr, RCN - 03 Jul 1944 (H01)

 

Rutherford, Clark Anderson (Larry), Lt, RCN - 10 Mar 1940

 

Seabrook, Archibald William, Gnr (T), RN - 28 May 1934 (H01)

 

Smith, Warren Van-Hoose, Slt (E), RCNVR - 13 May 1943

 

Stephens, George Leslie, Cdr (E), RCN - 10 Jun 1931 (H01)

 

Sunderland, Ean Victor Pearce, Slt, RCN - 21 Jul 1944

 

Turnbull, Alexander Reginald, Gnr (T), RCN - 15 May 1931 (Stand by) / 10 Jun 1931 (H01)

 

Webber, Reginald Amand, Lt, RCN - 21 Apr 1938

 

Willcox, Frank, Lt, RCNVR - 10 Mar 1941

 

Willson, William Herbert, Slt, RCN - 14 May 1940 / Lt, RCN - 01 Mar 1943

 

Photos and Documents

 

RCN Memories

The Loss of HMCS Skeena

 

Links

HMCS Skeena - by Lt(N) Chris Baker CD

Personal photo gallery of John James Ashworth Clarke

Personal photo gallery of Stanislas Déry

The Memory Project - Georges Joseph Charrier

 

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