Allied Warships

HMCS Dauphin (K 157)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 157 
Built byCanadian Vickers Ltd. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) 
Ordered20 Jan 1940 
Laid down6 Jul 1940 
Launched24 Oct 1940 
Commissioned17 May 1941 
End service20 Jun 1945 
History

Fo'c's'le extension at Pictou (Nova Scotia, Canada) completed on 5 September 1943.

Decommissioned 20 June 1945.
Became the Honduran merchantile Cortes in 1949.
Sold and became Ecuadorean San Antonio from 1955 until 1988.

 

Commands listed for HMCS Dauphin (K 157)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. Robert Aubern Stuart MacNeil, RCNR14 May 194117 Jan 1943
2T/Lt. Matthew Howard Wallace, RCNR18 Jan 194310 Oct 1944
3T/Lt. Edward Ross O'Kelly, RCNVR11 Oct 194420 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Dauphin include:


11 Feb 1942
HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. R.A.S. MacNeil, RCNR) picks up 30 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Heina that was torpedoed and sunk south of Iceland in position 56°10'N, 21°07'W by the German merchant U-136.

26 Jul 1942
At 07.57 hours on 26 July 1942 German U-boat U-607 attacked convoy ON-113 about 300 nautical miles east of Cape Race and observed two hits on a freighter and heard one detonation further away. At 08.11 hours the same day German U-boat U-704 attacked the same convoy and saw one detonation. It seems that both U-boats had hit the British merchant Empire Rainbow. The master, 38 crew members and eight gunners were picked up by the British destroyer HMS Burnham (A/Cdr. T. Taylor, RN) and the Canadian corvette HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. R.A.S. MacNeil, RCNR) and landed at St. John's, Newfoundland.

10 Sep 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HNoMS Molde, HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. R.A.S. MacNeil, RCNR) and HMCS Brandon (T/Lt. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR). (1)

11 Sep 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. R.A.S. MacNeil, RCNR), HMCS Brandon (T/Lt. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR), HMCS Drumheller (A/Cdr. G.H. Griffiths, RCN) and Morden (T/Lt. J.J. Hodgkinson, RCNR). (1)

23 Dec 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Spencer, HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. R.A.S. MacNeil, RCNR) and HMS Tango (T/Lt. J. Hunter, RNR) plus ships from the 37th Escort Group. (2)

24 Dec 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Dianthus (T/A/Lt.Cdr. N.F. Israel, RNR) and HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. R.A.S. MacNeil, RCNR). (2)

10 Mar 1943
HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. M.H. Wallace, RCNR) picks up 3 survivors from the British merchant Nailsea Court that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-229 south of Reykjavik, Iceland in position 58°45'N, 21°57'W.

23 Mar 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Greer, HMCS Trillium (T/Lt. P.C. Evans, RCNR) and HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. M.H. Wallace, RCNR). (3)

12 Nov 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Rosthern (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR) and HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. R.A.S. MacNeil, RCNR). (4)

21 Dec 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Arcturus (T/Lt. H.R. Grief, RNR), HMS Monkshood (Lt. G.W. McGuiness, RNR), HMCS Rosthern (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR), HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. R.A.S. MacNeil, RCNR) and HMS Winchelsea (Lt. C.T. Shuttleworth, RNVR). (5)

11 Mar 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Grindall (Cdr. W. Cole, RD, RNR), HMCS Summerside (T/Lt. G. St. A.Mongenais, RCNVR), HMCS Rosthern (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR) and HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. M.H. Wallace, RCNR). (6)

Media links


Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17217
  2. ADM 173/17244
  3. ADM 173/17792
  4. ADM 173/17788
  5. ADM 173/17777
  6. ADM 173/18493

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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