Allied Warships

HMCS Georgian (J 144)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantJ 144 
ModVTE reciprocating engined 
Built byDufferin Shipbuilding Co. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) 
Laid down10 Oct 1940 
Launched28 Jan 1941 
Commissioned23 Sep 1941 
End service23 Oct 1945 

Decommissioned 23 October 1945.
Sold in February 1959.


Commands listed for HMCS Georgian (J 144)

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1Lt. Alfred George Stanley, RCNR23 Sep 194125 Sep 1942
2T/Lt. Percival Marmaduke Crawford, RCNR26 Sep 194225 Jan 1943
3T/Lt. Allan Boucher, RCNVR26 Jan 19432 Sep 1943
4T/Lt. Alexander Grant, RCNVR3 Sep 194320 Jun 1944
5T/Lt. Douglas Wharrie Main, RCNR21 Jun 194423 Mar 1945
6T/Lt. Thomas Crane McLauglin, RCNVR24 Mar 194523 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Georgian include:

21 Jun 1942
Rammed and sank the HMS submarine P 514 mistaking her for a U-boat.

USS R-19 was transferred to the Royal Navy on 9 March 1942 at New London. P 514 was sunk by accident in western Atlantic. She was on passage around the coast of Newfoundland from Argentia to St John's. On 20 June 1942 P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) left the Canadian village of Argentia bound for St John's, Newfoundland. At 0300 on the 21st the Canadian minesweeper HMCS Georgian (A/Lt.Cdr. A.G. Stanley, RCNR) was waiting to provide escort for a convoy bound for Sydney. The Georgian, unaware that any friendly submarines were in the area, assumed that the dark shape of P 514 crossing her bow, was an enemy vessel. The Georgian rammed the mystery submarine amidships and reported it sunk. A rescue mission was immediately sent out but no survivors were found. A Board of Enquiry into the accident accepted that the Commanding Officer of the Georgian had acted correctly as there had been no reply from the submarine to his identification challenge.

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