Allied Warships

HMCS Hamilton (I 24)

Destroyer of the Town class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantI 24 
Built byFore River Shipbuilding Co. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down17 Aug 1918 
Launched21 Dec 1918 
Commissioned6 Jul 1941 
End service8 Jun 1945 

Transferred by the U.S.N. to the Royal Navy on 23 September 1940.
Collided with HMS Georgetown on 1 October 1940 while they were enroute to Britain.
The ship headed back to St.John's, Newfoundland and was further damaged by grounding. After repairs she was commissioned by the Royal Canadian Navy on 6 July 1941.

Decommissioned on 8 June 1945.
Sold to be broken up for scrap at Baltimore, U.S.A. on 2 August 1945.

Former nameHMS Hamilton

Commands listed for HMCS Hamilton (I 24)

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1A/Lt.Cdr. Norman Vincent Clark, RCNR25 Jun 194119 Jul 1943
2T/Lt.Cdr. Douglas George Jeffrey, DSO, RCNR20 Jul 194318 Jan 1944
3T/Cdr. Francis Poole, RCNR19 Jan 194422 Apr 1945
4Skr.Lt. Joseph David Burnham, RCNR23 Apr 19458 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Hamilton include:

10 Jan 1942

Convoy NA 1.

This convoy departed Halifax on 10 January 1942.

It was made up of the following troop transports; Bergensfjord (Norwegian, 11015 GRT, built 1913) and Stratheden (British, 23722 GRT, built 1937).

On departure from Halifax the convoy was escorted by the armed merchant cruiser HMS Queen of Bermuda (A/Capt.(Retd.) A.D. Cochrane, RN) and the destroyers HMS Rockingham (Lt.Cdr. A.H.T. Johns, RN) and HMCS Hamilton (A/Lt.Cdr. N.V. Clark, RCNR).

About 15 minutes after departure from Halifax, HMS Queen of Bermuda grounded on Mars Rock sustaining serious damage aft. She was only able to get off the following day.

On 12 January 1942, the destroyer HMS Beverley (Lt.Cdr. J. Grant, RN) departed St. Johns and joined the convoy the following day.

On 13 January 1942, HMCS Hamilton parted company with the convoy and returned to Halifax on the 15th.

The convoy arrived in U.K. waters on 18 January 1942.

3 Aug 1942
The British merchant Lochkatrine is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-552 east of Cape Race in position 45°52'N, 46°44'W. The Canadian destroyer HMCS Hamilton (Lt.Cdr. N.V. Clark, RCNR) and the Canadian corvette HMCS Agassiz (A/Lt.Cdr. B.D.L. Johnson, RCNR) together pick up 81 survivors.

8 Oct 1943
HMS L 23 (Lt. H.R. Murray, RN) departed New London, Connecticut, USA for Digby, Nova Scotia. She was escorted by HMCS Hamilton (T/Lt.Cdr. D.G. Jeffrey, DSO, RCNR).

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