For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

S.S. NERISSA

 

This page is not meant to be a comprehensive history of the S.S. Nerissa, but a record of sailors of the ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY who served in her, photos they took and stories they may have shared with their families.

 

S.S. Nerissa was torpedoed on April 30, 1941 by U-552, a Type VIIC submarine under the command of Erich Topp, 200 miles north of Liverpool inward bound. On April 30 she entered the area patrolled by the aircraft of the Royal Navy's Coastal Command. A Lockheed Hudson aircraft flew over her at nightfall and signaled that the area was clear of enemy submarines; at 11:30 hrs. she was struck amidships by a torpedo fired from German submarine U-552, 200 mi (320 km) from her destination of Liverpool. The lifeboats were manned and in the process of being lowered when an explosion split the ship in two, destroying the un-lowered boats. U-552 had fired an additional two torpedoes to ensure the ship's sinking which had struck together three minutes after the first. In the short time between the two impacts the ship's radio operator was able to send a Mayday signal along with the ship's position and at first light a Bristol Blenheim of Coastal Command circled the scene. The British destroyer H.M.S. Veteran arrived an hour later at 07:50 hrs. and picked up the 91 survivors, who were transferred to the Flower Class corvette H.M.S. Kingcup and landed at Derry, 209 died at sea (122 Canadians died), 10 perished from the Royal Canadian Navy. (Source: The Ultimate Sacrifice by Robert D'Aoust)

 

Photos and Documents

  

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

CRAIG, Gordon Robert

O/Tel, 3704, RCN

MPK - 30 Apr 1941

CRAIG, Wilson Henry

O/Tel, 3706, RCN

MPK - 30 pr 1941

HARVEY, Barnett

Slt, O-31435, RCN

MPK - 30 Apr 1941

HUTTON, James

O/Tel, 3695, RCN

Killed - 01 May 1941

KITCHING, Stuart Templeton

O/Tel, 3707, RCN

MPK - 30 Apr 1941

LESTER, Harold Robert

O/Tel, 3677, RCN

Killed - 01 May 1941

McCRINDLE, Robert Reynolds

O/Tel, 3692, RCN

MPK - 30 Apr 1941

NIXON, Francis Robert W.

Paym Cdr, O-55522, RCN

MPK - 30 Apr 1941

ROBBINS, Edward Gorton

Slt, O-62553, RCN

Killed - 30 Apr 1941

STINCHCOMBE, Arthur Roland

O/Tel, 3589, RCN

Killed - 01 May 1941

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

K-L

Ledsham, Harold C.

1916-1977

Survived the sinking of Nerissa

 

     

M-N

Newhouse, John S

Survived the sinking of Nerissa

       

 

Former Crew Members

Bristow, R. C. 3689, O/Tel - Passenger. Survived the sinking of Nerissa

 

Coropka, W. 3705, O/Tel- Passenger. Survived the sinking of Nerissa

Kent, C. J., 3688, O/Tel- Passenger. Survived the sinking of Nerissa

McKAY, Graham Alexander, 3693, O/Tel- Passenger. Survived the sinking of Nerissa

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

Nerissa - the Forgotten War Grave by Bill Dziadyk, LCdr, RCN, ret'd 

 

        

 

Source: The Naval Association of Canada Spring 2018 Starshell Magazine

 

 

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