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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     

 

ANDERSON, John

Stwd, V13860, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

BATE, Leonard

L/Tel, V7646, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

BLOUIN, Joseph A.Y.

AB, V3582, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

BOUDREAU, John R.

AB, A4557, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

BOUTIN, Conrad W.

AB, V23077, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

CAMPBELL, Alan D.

AB, V22882, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

CANAVAN, Lloyd F.

Sto 1c, V25810, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

CONDIE, James Ritchie

Sig, V9836, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

CONNOR, John Walter

Sto 1c, V2408, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

COVE, Gilbert Lloyd

ERA 4c, V26057, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

COWAN, Murray Allan

L/Sto, 21586, RCN

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

CURR, Stanley Raymond

AB, V5972, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

DEARLOVE, Kenneth H.

Sig, 4085, RCN

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

DONNET, Daniel Heron

AB, V22305, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

DUNN, Rupert Maxwell

Ck(S), A2473, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

EDWARDS, Norman J.

Sto, V6522, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

FAWCETT, Charles C.

Lt, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

FISHER, Edmond James

AB, V23034, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

GALBRAITH, Stuart

L/Sto, A2105, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

GAMBLE, John McIlveen

ERA 4c, V8328, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

GILBOE, Arthur Francis

AB, V19071, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

GREENBLATT, Moses

Tel, V23388, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

GRIFFIN, Patrick Bernard

Sig, V5682, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

HALL, John Robert

AB, V18166, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

HOUNSELL, Lionel R.E.

OS, V23734, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

HUGHES, Robert A.

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, V19161, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

KENNEDY, Thomas Robert

L/Sto, V5831, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

KETTLE, Alfred Smedley

CPO, A2382, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

KITCHEN, Cyril Frederick

L/Sto, A1571, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

LAMOUREUX, Romeo J.

AB, A1705, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

LEGENDRE, Jean-Marie

Sto PO, A2115, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

MACLEAN, John Arthur

CERA, A2742, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

MARKHAM, Gerald A.

Slt, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

MEACOE, William Arthur

Coder, V5988, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

MILTHORP, Patrick R.F.

Lt, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

MORLEY, William

AB, V22326, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

OXBOROUGH, George W.

LS, 3009, RCN

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

PRYOR, Albert Lorne

OS, V24421, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

REAL, Clare Andrew

AB, V12453, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

REGALBUTO, Charles C.

OS, V6987, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

RENNIE, William Allen

SBA, V18336, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

RICHARDS, Donald P.

VA, V2589, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

RING, Norman Eldon

AB, V22923, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

SEAMAN, William John

Sto, V2412, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

SENNETT, John Peter

Sto, V19061 RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

SHADFORTH, Hubert G.

LCdr, RCNR

Commanding Officer

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

SMITH, Harold Wesley

AB, A2780, RCNR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

STEPHENS, William D.

AB, V16322, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

STEWART, Albert Mathers

AB, V12454, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

UPTON, Charles Michael A.

O/Coder, V3475, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

WALKER, Samuel Charles

Tel, V22378, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

WATTS, Daniel James

P/Stwd, V27265, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

WEBB, William Laurence A.

AB, V17387, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

WHITTEMORE, Edwin G.

Ck, V23517, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

WILCOX, Russell Harold

Sto 1c, V16140, 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

1913-1992

 

 

 

 

 

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 (below)

 

 

Photo 1

Photo 2

Photo 3

Photo 4

 

(1) Gerry Zaphe (left) and shipmate on HMCS Spikenard  (2) Unknown sailor - friend of Gerry Zaphe from photo 1 - on HMCS Spikenard  (3) Gerry Zaphe on HMCS Spikenard  (4) Unknown sailor on the fo'c's'le of HMCS Spikenard

 

From the collection of Gerald (Gerry) Zaphe

Courtesy of Robert Cooke

 

 

CONNOR, John Walter, Sto, V/2408, RCNVR

 

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

 

Courtesy of Bruce Connor

MEACOE, William Arthur, Coder, V/5988, RCNVR

 

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

 

Courtesy of Larry Meacoe

BATE, Leonard L/Tel, V/7646, RCNVR , MPK - 10 Feb 1942

From the collection of Leonard Bate

Courtesy of Tara Danard

 

Note: at the time of the photo Leoanrd was an OS, aged 18

At sea on HMCS Spikenard K198

L/Tel Leonard Bate with the "x" beside his head

From the collection of Leonard Bate

Courtesy of Tara Danard

HMCS Spikenard sailors

 

Left: George William Oxborough, Centre: Unknown,  Right: Conard William Boutin

 

Both George Oxborough and Conrad Boutin died when HMCS Spikenard was sunk

 

Courtesy of William Johnson

 

 

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