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HMS NABOB D77

 

CELER ET AUDAX

 

SWIFT AND DARING

HMS Nabob down by the stern after being torpedoed.  Even though severely damaged, she managed to return to base 1070 miles away.

Source: IWM Official Admiralty Collection A25368

 

Laid down: 30 Oct 1942

Launched: 09 Mar 1943

Commissioned: 07 Sep 1943

Paid off: 10 Oct 1944

Fate: Broken up in 1978

 

Laid down as the merchant vessel Edisto, but converted to an aircraft carrier while building, she was commissioned HMS Nabob at Tacoma, Wash., on 07 Sep 1943. After working up, she entered Burrard Drydock at Vancouver on 01 Nov for modification to RN standards, completing 12 Jan 1944. About this time it was arranged that she and a near-sister Puncher, should be manned largely by Canadians while remaining RN ships. In Feb she embarked 852 Squadron (FAA) of Avengers at San Francisco and sailed for the U.K. via New York, where she took aboard a flight-deck cargo of Mustangs for the RAF. She joined the British Home Fleet at Scapa Flow on 01 Aug, and that month took part in two operations off the Norwegian coast, the second being and attack on the Tirpitz. On 22 Aug, Nabob was torpedoed by U 354 in the Barents Sea, resulting in a hole some 32 feet square abaft the engine room and below the waterline. Amazingly, she made Scapa under her own power on 27 Aug, but was not considered worth repairing and was paid off at Rosyth on 10 Oct. She left there in 1947 to be broken up in Holland, but was resold and converted for merchant service, emerging in 1952 as the German MV Nabob. Sold Panamanian in 1967 and renamed Glory, she was broken up in Taiwan in 1978.

 

Commanding Officers

Capt Horatio Nelson Lay, OBE, RCN - 15 Oct 1943 - 30 Sep 1944

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

CHIZY, Harold

SBA, V-51974, RCNVR,

 MPK - 22 Aug 1944 

CONNOLLY, Charles W.

L/Cook (S), V-2601, RCNVR,

MPK - 22 Aug 1944 

CURRIE, George Howard

Supply Assist, V-25263, RCNVR,

MPK - 22 Aug 1944 

JONES, John Cameron

L/Steward, A-3211, RCNR,

MPK - 22 Aug 1944

LEWIS, Joseph

AB, V-41131, RCNVR,

MPK - 22 Aug 1944 

MACDONALD, Duncan A.

AB, V-52782, RCNVR,

MPK - 22 Aug 1944 

MacKENNEY, Arnold V.

SA, V42713, RCNVR

Killed  - 22 Aug 2944 

MELROSE, David

AB, A-5395, RCNR,

MPK - 22 Aug 1944 

STAINES, Frederick Charles

Supply Assist, V-23788, RCNVR,

MPK - 22 Aug 1944 

TUCCI, Albert

AB, V-38583, RCNVR,

MPK - 22 Aug 1944 

WHITEHOUSE, Eric,

Regulating PO, 2464, RCN,

MPK - 22 Aug 1944 

 

 

 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Brock, Nicholas

____-2001

 

 

 

 

C-D

Callander, Alexander Maxwell

1924-2011

Dillon, Charles

1912-2002

 

 

 

E-F

Ewing, George John

1921-2014

Forster, Dennis Thompson

1916-2005

Survived the torpedoing of Nabob

 

 

 

G-H

Harding, Norman L.

____-____

Harris, William

____-2003

Hewitt, Wilbert Harold

____-2005

Hinchcliffe, Cecil Irving

1895-____

Survived the torpedoing of Nabob

 

I-J

Jackson, Ronald

1900-1979

Served in Nabob as XO. Survived the torpedoing of Nabob

Jolleys, John William

1924-1999

 

 

 

K-L

Kalichack, Anthony

1923-2004

Kurney, William John

1920-2008

Lay, Horatio Nelson

1903-1988

Survived torpedoing of Nabob

Love, Leonard E.

1924-2008

Survived torpedoing of Nabob

 

M-N

Morgan, Richard Thomas

1923-2009

Mossop, Hudson

____-2004

 

 

 

O-P

Paone, Luigi Armando

1921-2005

Pearson, David Marshall

1925-2007

Platt, Joseph Vincent

1921-2004

Potvin, Jean-Paul

1915-1981

 

Q-R

Reid, Ronald Douglas

1925-2004

Survived the torpedoing of Nabob

Roberts, James H.

1924-2008

 

 

 

S-T

Schillier, Lawrence

1920-2016

Survived the torpedoing of Nabob

Seely, Norman William

____-2003

Smith, Stan

1925-2012

Stevens, Harold

1920-1985

Storrie, John Herbert

____-2007

Survived torpedoing of Nabob

Tait, John

1920-2006

 

 

 

 

U-V

Vetters, William

1924-2008

 

 

 

 

W-X

Warawa, Walter Wolodymyr

____-2016

Survived the torpedoing of Nabob

White, William George

____-2011

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Bellamy, Morris - Survived torpedoing of Nabob

 

Block, Ronald - Survived torpedoing of Nabob

 

Clements, James, Writer - Survived torpedoing of Nabob


Collins, Al, Pay-Lt - Survived torpedoing of Nabob

 

Cookman, Al - Survived torpedoing of Nabob

 

Cooper, Cecil Ross, V60196  - 

 

Delaney, Bernard

 

Duncan, Jack - Survived torpedoing of Nabob

Forbes, Gordon, AB - Survived torpedoing of Nabob

 

Gordon, Robert, G., Navigator's Yeoman - Survived torpedoing of Nabob

 

Hill, William, Reverend - Commissioning crew. Survived torpedoing of Nabob

 

Hobson, Nick - Survived torpedoing of Nabob

 

Hutchins, Victor Royen, Ck - 1944 Survived torpedoing of Nabob

Mainwaring, John - Survived torpedoing of Nabob

 

McDonald, Glen, NavO - survived torpedoing of Nabob

 

Meredith, George - survived torpedoing of Nabob

 

Powers, Robert W.,  Stoker 

 

Schiller, Lawrence, LS - Survived torpedoing of Nabob

 

Zielke, H.L., Stoker - Survived torpedoing of Nabob

 

Links

HMS Nabob

HMS Nabob - Fleet Air Arm Archives

HMS Nabob - Fly Navy

History of HMS Nabob - Royal Navy Research Archive

Photo Gallery of HMS Nabob - Royal Navy Research Archive

Ship's company photos for HMS Nabob

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

HMS Nabob

From the collection of John C. Jones

Courtesy of Bruce Jones

HMS Nabob

From the collection of Leonard Love

 Courtesy of Nicky Love

HMS Nabob

From the collection of John C. Jones

Courtesy of Bruce Jones

 

     

 

(1) Aircraft landing of HMS Nabob  (2) Aircraft taking off from HMS Nabob - RMS Queen Mary below aircraft  (3) Aircraft taking off from HMS Nabob - Firth of Forth railway bridge and unknown escort carrier in background

Photos 1 & 2 from the collection of Leonard Love /  Courtesy of Nicky Love

Photo 3 from the collection of John C. Jones / Courtesy of Bruce Jones

 

Deisel depart crew of HMCS Nabob

Front row, George Meredith and Leonard Love (2nd and 3rd from left respectively)

From the collection of Leonard Love

 Courtesy of Nicky Love

 

HMS Nabob - Torpedoed!

 

              

 

(1) HMS Nabob, down by the stern after being hit by a torpedo from U-354. Note the crew all on the port side of the flight deck to help with the ship's trim  (2) Frigate HMS Bickerton - struck by a GNAT torpedo from U-354 that was meant to finish off HMS Nabob. After her crew was removed, HMS Bickerton was sunk by a torpedo from HMS Vigilant. (3) HMS Kempthorne astern of HMS Nabob

 

                 

 

(3) Life rafts and floats on the flight deck of HMS Nabob.  HMS Trumpeter astern of HMS Nabob  (4) HMCS Algonquin alongside HMS Nabob  (5 & 6) Back at Scapa Flow, the Commanding Officer addresses the crew  (7) Crew of HMS Nabob formed up on the flight deck - possible a service for those lost.

 

DND/RCN photos (with the exception of photos 1 and 2)

From the collection of Leonard Love

 Courtesy of Nicky Love

 

Newspaper article on the torpedoing of HMS Nabob

From the collection of Leonard Love

 Courtesy of Nicky Love

Newspaper article on the torpedoing of HMS Nabob

From the collection of John C. Jones

Courtesy of Bruce Jones

Leonard Love, George Meredith and others carrying one of their shipmates who was killed when HMS Nabob was torpedoed

From the collection of Leonard Love

 Courtesy of Nicky Love

 

Buried with full Naval Honours

 

Service for the twenty one members of the crew of the escort carrier Nabob who lost their lives when their ship was torpedoed during an attack on the Tirpitz

 

           

 

(1) The firing party from HMS Cocharane arriving at Douglas Bank Cemetery at Rosyth

 

Photos 1, 3 & 5 Source: IWM Admiralty Official Collection

 

Photos 2 & 3 from the collection of John C. Jones / Courtesy of Bruce Jones

 

HMS Nabob jacket patch

From the collection of Harold Stevens

Courtesy of Rob Stevens

Merchant Vessel Nabob - former HMS Nabob

From the collection of Leonard Love

 Courtesy of Nicky Love

Newspaper article on the visit of the merchant vessel Nabob (formerly HMS Nabob) to Vancouver, BC, summer 1962

From the collection of Leonard Love

 Courtesy of Nicky Love

Poem - Ode to Nabob

From the collection of John C. Jones

Courtesy of Bruce Jones

22 Aug 1944 - 50 Years later

 

           

 

(1) Newspaper article on the 50th Anniversary of the torpedoing of HMS Nabob - 1994  (2) Souvenir of the crew reunion on the 50th Anniversary of the torpedoing of HMS Nabob  (3) Reunion group photo  (4 & 5) Letter from BC Premier Bill Van Der Zalm to Leonard Love and the attendees of the Nabob reunion

 

22 Aug 1944 - 60 Years later

 

  

 

Newspaper articles on the 60th Anniversary of the torpedoing of HMS Nabob - 2004

 

From the collection of Leonard Love

 Courtesy of Nicky Love

Flyer from the RCNA on a book about HMS Nabob

From the collection of Leonard Love

 Courtesy of Nicky Love

 

 

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