Ships hit by U-boats

HMCS Levis (K 115)

Canadian Corvette

Photo from Department of National Defence of Canada #MC-2538

NameHMCS Levis (K 115)
Type:Corvette (Flower)
Tonnage925 tons
Completed1941 - George T. Davie & Sons Ltd, Lauzon PQ 
OwnerRoyal Canadian Navy 
Date of attack19 Sep 1941Nationality:      Canadian
FateSunk by U-74 (Eitel-Friedrich Kentrat)
Position60° 07'N, 38° 37'W - Grid AD 9458
Complement58 officers and men (18 dead and 40 survivors).
RouteSydney - Liverpool 
History Commissioned in May 1941, HMCS Levis (K 115) was stationed at Halifax as part of the Newfoundland Escort Force (NEF). 
Notes on event

At 06.03 hours on 19 Sep 1941, U-74 fired a salvo of four bow and one stern torpedoes at convoy SC-44 about 120 miles east of Cape Farewell and observed two hits on each of two ships. The first vessel sank immediately and the other flashed a lamp signal Help and sank within one minute. However, Allied reports only confirm one hit on HMCS Levis (K 115) (T/Lt C.W. Gilding, RCNR) of the 19th Escort Group, which lost her bow and was abandoned by the crew. She was taken in tow after two hours by HMCS Mayflower (K 191) (LtCdr G. Stephen, RCNR) until the tow parted at 09.00 hours, but it could be reestablished about 90 minutes later. About 19.10 hours, the damaged ship capsized to starboard and sank. 18 ratings were lost. The survivors were picked up by HMCS Mayflower (K 191) and HMCS Agassiz (K 129) (Lt B.D.L. Johnson, RCNR).

The commander T/Lt C.W. Gilding, RCNR was reprimanded for ordering the ship to be abandoned without inspection of the damage, leaving in the first boat and not returning with the reboarding party when the corvette did not sink.

On boardWe have details of 20 people who were on board

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Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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