Ships hit by U-boats

HMCS St. Croix (I 81)

Canadian Destroyer

NameHMCS St. Croix (I 81)
Type:Destroyer (Town)
Tonnage1,190 tons
Completed1919 - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Quincy MA 
OwnerRoyal Canadian Navy 
Date of attack20 Sep 1943Nationality:      Canadian
FateSunk by U-305 (Rudolf Bahr)
Position57° 30'N, 31° 10'W - Grid AK 0218
Complement229 officers and men (148 dead and 81 survivors).

Built as USS McCook (DD 252) for the US Navy and decommissioned on 30 Jun 1922. On 18 Dec 1939, she was recommissioned and transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy as HMCS St. Croix (I 81) on 24 Sep 1940.

The destroyer sank U-90 (Oldörp) on 24 Jul 1942 and participated in the sinking of U-87 (Berger) on 4 Mar 1943. 

Notes on event

At 21.51 hours on 20 Sep 1943 the HMCS St. Croix (I 81) (LtCdr A.H. Dobson, RCNR, DSC) was hit in the stern by a Gnat from U-305 while escorting the convoy ON-202 south of Iceland. She sank within six minutes after being hit by a T-3 coup de grâce from the same U-boat at 22.44 hours. The next morning, five officers and 76 men were picked up from two rafts and a half sunken whaler by HMS Itchen (K 227), which also had been attacked by U-305 with a Gnat at 22.53 hours, but was missed. Only one of the rescued men (Stoker W. Fisher) survived the sinking of the frigate by U-666 (Engel) on 23 September.

The HMCS St. Croix (I 81) was one of the first victims of the new developed acoustic torpedo Gnat.

On boardWe have details of 148 people who were on board

Location of attack on HMCS St. Croix (I 81).

ship sunk.

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U-Boat Attack Logs

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