Allied Warships

HMCS Clayoquot (J 174)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

HMCS Clayoquot during the war.

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantJ 174 
ModVTE reciprocating engined 
Built byPrince Rupert Dry Dock and Shipyards Co. (Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada) 
Ordered23 Feb 1940 
Laid down20 Jun 1940 
Launched3 Oct 1940 
Commissioned22 Aug 1941 
Lost24 Dec 1944 
Loss position44° 25'N, 63° 20'W

At 14.37 hours on 24 December 1944, U-806 fired a Gnat at HMCS Clayoquot (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.C. Campbell, RCNVR) which was escorting the convoy XB-139 and hit her after 1 minute 9 seconds. At 14.46 hours, another Gnat was fired at a freighter in the convoy, but this Gnat detonated after 3 minutes in the cat gear of the Canadian minesweeper HMCS Transcona (J 271). The wreck of the Clayoquot has been located outside the approaches to Halifax harbour in position 44º25'N, 63º20'W. There were 8 casualties amongst the crew of HMCS Clayoquot.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 24 Dec 1944 by U-806 (Hornbostel).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMCS Clayoquot

Commands listed for HMCS Clayoquot (J 174)

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1T/Lt. George Alexander Victor Thomson, RCNVR22 Aug 194118 Nov 1941
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Robert Baird Campbell, RCNR19 Nov 194113 Apr 1942
3T/Lt. Henry Ernest Lade, RCNR14 Apr 19427 Apr 1943
4T/Lt. Claude Lane Campbell, RCNVR8 Apr 19435 Mar 1944
5T/Lt. Donald Richard Baker, RCNVR6 Mar 194411 Apr 1944
6T/Lt. James William Fitzpatrick, RCNVR19 Apr 194428 Jul 1944
7Lt. Alexander Craig Campbell, RCNVR29 Jul 194424 Dec 1944

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Notable events involving Clayoquot include:

11 Sep 1942
HMCS Clayoquot picks up the survivors from the Canadian corvette HMCS Charlottetown that was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat U-517 in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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