HMCS Fennel (K 194)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Canadian Navy|
|Built by||Marine Industries Ltd. (Sorel, Quebec, Canada)|
|Ordered||22 Jan 1940|
|Laid down||29 Mar 1940|
|Launched||20 Aug 1940|
|Commissioned||15 May 1941|
|End service||12 Jun 1945|
Fo'c's'le extention at Baltimore (Maryland, U.S.A.) completed on 6 September 1943.
Decommissioned and returned to the Royal Navy on 12 June 1945.
|Former name||HMS Fennel|
Commands listed for HMCS Fennel (K 194)
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|1||John Norman Smith, RCNR||16 Apr 1941||31 Oct 1941|
|2||T/Lt. James Mitchell Gillison, RCNR||1 Nov 1941||26 May 1942|
|3||T/Lt. Ralph Berton Warwick, RCNVR||27 May 1942||5 Sep 1943|
|4||A/Lt.Cdr. William Purvis Moffat, RCNVR||6 Sep 1943||15 May 1944|
|5||Lt. Kenneth Lorne Johnson, RCNVR||16 May 1944||12 Jun 1945|
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Noteable events involving Fennel include:
6 Mar 1944
After unsuccessful attempts at towing the boat to port German U-boat U-744 was sunk at 1830hrs on 6 March 1944 in the North Atlantic, in position 52°01'N, 22°37'W, after being torpedoed by the British destroyer HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. R. Dyer, RN). U-744 was attacked for over 30 hours by depth charges from HMS Icarus, the Canadian frigate HMCS St. Catharines (T/Lt.Cdr. A.F. Pickard, RCNR with Cdr. P.W. Burnett, DSC, RN escort group commander onboard), Canadian corvettes HMCS Fennel (A/Lt.Cdr. W.P. Moffat, RCNVR), HMCS Chilliwack (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.R. Coughlin, RCNVR), Canadian destroyers HMCS Chaudiere (A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Nixon, RCN), HMCS Gatineau (A/Lt.Cdr. H.V.W. Groos, RCN) and the British corvette HMS Kenilworth Castle (Lt. J.J.Allon, RNR). (see map)