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HMCS SPIKENARD K198

Former HMS SPIKENARD K198

HMCS Spikenard K198 approximately 2 months before she was torpedoed and sunk

Credit: Department of National Defence of Canada #MC-2975

 

Laid down: 24 Feb 1940

Launched: 10 Aug 1940

Commissioned: 06 Dec 1940

Transferred to RCN: 15 May 1941

Commissioned: 15 May 1941

Sunk: 11 Feb 1942 off Iceland by U-136

 

Built for the RN, she was commissioned on 06 Dec 1940, at Quebec City as HMS Spikenard. She arrived at Halifax five days later to complete fitting out and working up. She left Halifax on 21 Jan 1941, escorting convoy HX.104 to the U.K., where she received her finishing touches at South Shields, Tyne, from 04 Feb to 21 Apr 1941. She arrived at Tobermory on 22 Apr 1941 to work up, and on 15 May 1941 she transferred to the RCN and was commissioned as HMCS Spikenard. On 10 June 1941 she left Aultbea to escort convoy OB.332. Arriving at Halifax on 25 Jun 1941, she joined Newfoundland Command, and between Jul 1941 and Jan 1942, made three round trips to Iceland as ocean escort. On 01 Feb 1942, she left St. John's for convoy SC.67 on the recently inaugurated "Newfie-Derry" run, and on 10 Feb 1942 HMCS Spikenard was torpedoed and sunk by U-136, about 465 nautical miles west of Malin Head, Ireland in position 5610'N, 2107'W, while escorting convoy SC-67.

 

Convoy SC.67 sailed early in Feb 1942 from NewfyJohn - bound for Londonderry. The Canadian corvette HMCS Spikenard K198 was the senior ship of the escort for SC.67. Other escorts included Corvettes HMCS Chilliwack K131, HMCS Shediac K110, HMCS Louisburg K143, HMCS Lethbridge K160 and HMCS Dauphin K157. All went well until just before 2300  on 10 Feb 1942. The convoy was due south of Iceland, when Chilliwack attacked a submerged contact on the port bow of the formation. Almost immediately thereafter, Louisburg at the rear of the convoy spotted the wake of a torpedo running down her port side. Spikenard had been zigzagging on the starboard wing of the convoy when another torpedo struck the nearby tanker, Heina. A few seconds later, a torpedo that ripped out her forepeak and destroyed the bridge and radio struck Spikenard. Spikenard may have become aware of U-136 in the few minutes before - as action stations had been sounded & the speed increased just before she was hit. We'll never know, because not a man on Spikenard's bridge survived that night. In a few minutes, Spikenard sunk by the fore and headed for the bottom. Only eight men survived - to be found by a westbound British ship the next day. Spikenard had been torpedoed at about the same time as the tanker, & sank so quickly, that the other escorts didn't realize she was gone until morning.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Hubert George Shadforth, RCNR - 08 Dec 1940 - 10 Feb 1942

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

 

ANDERSON, John

Stwd, V/13860, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

BATE, Leonard

L/Tel, V/7646, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

BLOUIN, Joseph Arthur Yvan

AB, V/3582, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

BOUDREAU, John Raymond

AB, A/4557, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

BOUTIN, Conrad William

AB, V/23077, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

CAMPBELL, Alan Dickson

AB, V/22882, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

CANAVAN, Lloyd Frederick

Sto, V/25810, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

CONDIE, James Ritchie

Sig, V/9836, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

CONNOR, John Walter

Sto, V/2408, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

COVE, Gilbert Lloyd

ERA, V/26057, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

COWAN, Murray Allan

L/Sto, 21586, RCN

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

CURR, Stanley Raymond

AB, V/5972, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

DEARLOVE, Kenneth Harry

Sig, 4085, RCN

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

DONNET, Daniel Heron

AB, V/22305, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

DUNN, Rupert Maxwell

Cook, A/2473, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

EDWARDS, Norman Jack

Sto, V/6522, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

FAWCETT, Charles Cavour

Lt, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

FISHER, Edmond James

AB, V/23034, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

GALBRAITH, Stuart

L/Sto, A/2105, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

GAMBLE, John McIlveen

ERA, V/8328, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

GILBOE, Arthur Francis

AB, V/19071, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

GREENBLATT, Moses

Tel, V/23388, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

GRIFFIN, Patrick Bernard

Sig, V/5682, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

HALL, John Robert

AB, V/18166, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

HOUNSELL, Lionel Raymond Edward

OS, V/23734, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

HUGHES, Robert Alexander

Lt, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

Drafted to Spikenard on 27 Jun 1941 as Lt, RCNVR

JAMIESON, Robert David

LS, 3838, RCN

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

JORDAN, Donald

AB, V/19161, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

KENNEDY, Thomas Robert

L/Sto, V/5831, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

KETTLE, Alfred Smedley

CPO, A/2382, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

KITCHEN, Cyril Frederick

L/Sto, A/1571, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

LAMOUREUX, Romeo Joseph

AB, A/1705, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

LEGENDRE, Jean-Marie

Sto PO, A/2115, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

MACLEAN, John Arthur

CERA, A/2742, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

MARKHAM, Gerald A

Slt, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

MEACOE, William Arthur

Coder, V/5988, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

MILTHORP, Patrick Reginald Fairburn

Lt, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

MORLEY, William

AB, V/22326, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

OXBOROUGH, George William

LS, 3009, RCN

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

PRYOR, Albert Lorne

OS, V/24421, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

REAL, Clare Andrew

AB, V/12453, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

REGALBUTO, Charles Cerino

OS, V/6987, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

RENNIE, William Allen

S.B.A., V/18336, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

RICHARDS, Donald Patterson

Victualling Ass't, V/2589, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

RING, Norman Eldon

AB, V/22923, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

SEAMAN, William John

Sto, V/2412, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

SENNETT, John Peter

Sto, V/19061 RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

SHADFORTH, Hubert George

LCdr, RCNR

Commanding Officer

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

SMITH, Harold Wesley

AB, A/2780, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

STEPHENS, William Dawson

AB, V/16322, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

STEWART, Albert Mathers

AB, V/12454, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

UPTON, Charles Michael Augustine

Ord. Coder, V/3475, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

WALKER, Samuel Charles

Tel, V/22378, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

WATTS, Dan James

Stwd, V/27265, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

WEBB, William Laurence Albert

AB, V/17387, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

WHITTEMORE, Edwin George

Cook, V/23517, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

WILCOX, Russell Harold

Stoker, V/16140, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942 

 

 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

C-D

Cond, Angus Lawrence Mowat

____-2005

 

 

 

 

Y-Z

Zaphe, Gerald Gray

____-____

 

     

 

Former Crew Members

Bradford, Peter, Lt, RCNVR - 24 Apr 1941

Day, Alex A., PO - survived the sinking of HMCS Spikenard

Marston, Joseph Charles, A/Mate, RCNR - 02 Apr 1941

 

Photos and Documents

 

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