For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS TRENTONIAN K368
Commissioned at Kingston on 01 Dec 1943. She departed for Halifax on 26 Dec 1943. The following is an excerpt from her logs "26 Dec 1943 (1415 Zulu) Now with Christmas over, we slipped our lines and are now heading for Halifax, in company with HMCS NORSYD and HMC Tug NORTON. Soon after, we were met by some choppy seas. For most of the crew this is their first time in a ship and their first taste of seasickness. Unfortunately, the cooks seem to be the hardest hit. One cook is completely incapacitated. Those of the crew that have not succumbed, are taking turns in the galley to lend a hand. Unfortunately, the shipboard cuisine of these amateurs, could not be palatable even in fair weather." Trentonian arrived at Halifax late in Dec 1943 and, after further fitting-out at Liverpool, N.S., and Halifax, left the latter port for Bermuda on 18 Feb 1944, to work up. Returning at the beginning of Mar 1944, she was assigned to Western Approaches Command and left for Londonderry on 23 Apr 1944 to join. For three months she carried out escort duty in connection with the invasion and on 13 Jun 1944, while escorting the cable vessel Monarch off Normandy, she was shelled in error by a U.S. destroyer. The Monarch was hit several times resulting in numerous casualties, luckily however, the Trentonian was not hit during this incident. Late in Aug 1944 she transferred to EG 41 (RN) and, based at different times at Plymouth and at Milford Haven, escorted Channel convoys. While so engaged on 22 Feb 1945, she was torpedoed and sunk near Falmouth by U-1004, with the loss of six lives. The U-boat that sank Trentonian, U-1004 was eventually scuttled in Operation Deadlight. Operation Deadlight was the code name for the scuttling of unwanted German U-boats which the allies got their hands on after the end of World War II. Most of these (if not all) operations took place from Lisahally, Northern Ireland or Loch Ryan, Scotland.