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HMCS ST. CLAIR I65

Former USS WILLIAMS 108

 

Source: VirtualMuseum.ca

HMCS St. Clair I65

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

 

Laid down: 25 Mar 1918

Launched: 04 Jul 1918

Commissioned: 01 Mar 1919

Paid off: 1922

Re-commissioned: 1940

Paid off: 24 Sep 1940

Transferred to RCN: 24 Sep 1940

Commissioned: 24 Sep 1940

Paid off: 23 Aug 1944

Fate: unknown

 

Commissioned on 01 Mar 1919 as USS Williams, she served with the Pacific Fleet until 1922, when she was laid up at San Diego. Re-commissioned in 1940, she served briefly with the Neutrality Patrol before being transferred to the RCN at Halifax on 24 Sep 1940, as HMCS St. Clair. Assigned to EG 4, Greenock, she arrived in the Clyde on 11 Dec 1940 to undertake escort duty for Western Approaches Command. On 24 May 1941, St. Clair was diverted to assist in the search for the battleship Bismarck by Home Fleet ships. On 27 May 1941, during the return passage to Clyde with HMS Tartar and  HMS Mashona, they were attacked by five German bombers west of Galway, Ireland, HMCS Mashona was capsized by bombs, and St. Clair sank the hulk after picking up survivors. Assigned to NEF, she collided with the oiler Clam on 17 Jun 1941, shortly after her arrival St. St. John's, and remained under repairs until 02 Dec 1941. In Mar 1942, she joined WLEF and in Jun 1943, was assigned to its EG W-2. Except for two-months' absence that summer, attached to HMCS Cornwallis, she remained with the group until Dec 1943, when she was ordered to St. Margaret's Bay to serve as a depot ship for RN submarines used as A/S training. In May 1944, she was taken to Halifax for repairs, remaining there until paid off 23 Aug 1944. She was then reduced to a firefighting and damage control training hulk in Bedford Basin, where her remains still lay as late as 1950.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Dickson Carlisle Wallace, RCNR - 24 Sep 1940 - 05 Apr 1942

LCdr Gerald Ormsby Baugh, OBE, RCNR - 06 Apr 1942 - 11 Jan 1944

Lt James Evelyn Burnett, RCNVR - 08 Mar 1944 - 23 Aug 1944

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

C-D

Campbell, Angus Hector

1907-1998

Coady, Francis Earl Matthew

____-2004

Curry, Walter

1918-2017

Dennison, Foster Keith

1922-2008

Duckett, Jack M.

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G-H

GRANT, Malcolm Seafield

MPK - 21 Aug 1944

HMCS ALBERNI

Green, Frederick Albert

1919-2007

 

 

 

I-J

IRVING, James Crawford

MPK - 21 Aug 1944

HMCS ALBERNI

 

 

 

 

M-N

 

Mackin, John Donovan

1921-2006

McLellan, Vernon Hibbert

1922-2016

 

 

 

S-T

Taylor, Paul Dalrymple

1910-1989

Served in St Clair in 1942 as Lt, RCNVR, NavO

Thomas, James

1917-2010

 

 

 

U-V

Valdron, Joseph Austin

1919-2015

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Beaman, Arthur Christie Cooks, Lt (E), RCNR - 10 Feb 1942

 

Boynett, George - 1943

 

Conyers, Harold Elrod, Lt, RCNVR - 22 Apr 1943

 

Dundas, Robert Montague, Lt, RCNVR - 20 May 1942

 

Graham, James Wallace, Surg-LCdr, RCNVR - 19 Jul 1943

 

Koughan, William Harling, LCdr, RCNR - 09 Jul 1943

Lee, John Taylor, Lt, RCVNR - 26 Jul 1941

 

Maughan, George Burnville, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

McLellan, Vernon (Bunn), Wireless Operator 

 

Rideout, William George, Lt, RCNVR - 30 Mar 1943

 

Sanders, Robert Lewis, Lt (E), RCNVR - 30 Jun 1943

Thomson, Graeme Evans, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Todd, William Lawrence, Lt (E), RCNVR - 18 Apr 1943

 

White, Richard Paul, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Jun 1941

 

Willson, William Herbert, Lt, RCN - 03 Feb 1942

 

Photos and Documents

 

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