Allied Warships

HMCS Timmins (K 223)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 223 
Built byYarrows Ltd. (Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada) 
Laid down14 Dec 1940 
Launched26 Jun 1941 
Commissioned10 Feb 1942 
End service15 Jul 1945 

Named after the town of Timmins, Ontario.

Fo'c's'le extention at Libverpool (Nova Scotia, Canada) completed on 16 October 1944.

Decommissioned 15 July 1945.
Became the merchantile Guayaquil in 1948. She was lost on 3 August 1960.


Commands listed for HMCS Timmins (K 223)

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1T/Lt. James Albert Brown, RCNR10 Feb 194218 Aug 1942
2Lt.Cdr. Arthur Truman Morrell, RCNR19 Aug 194230 Aug 1942
3T/Lt. James Mitchell Gillison, RCNR31 Aug 194211 Jan 1943
4T/Lt. Nevill Spencer Charles Dickinson, RCNVR12 Jan 194319 Mar 1943
5T/Lt.Cdr. John Hubert Smith MacDonald, RCNR20 Mar 194318 Apr 1943
6T/A/Lt.Cdr. Herries Stirling Maxwell, RCNVR19 Apr 194329 Jun 1944

7T/Lt. Ralph Gordon James, RCNVR2 Sep 194415 Dec 1944
8T/Lt. John Kincaid, RCNR16 Dec 194415 Jul 1945

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Notable events involving Timmins include:

21 Nov 1942
HMCS Timmins (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.M. Gillison, RCNR) and HMCS Minas (T/Lt. W.F. Wood, RCNR) together pick up 60 survivors from the British merchant Empire Sailor that had been torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-518 about 200 nautical miles southeast of Sydney, Nova Scotia in position 43°53'N, 55°02'W. However, several survivors had been poisoned by the phosgene gas carried as cargo and twenty of them died at sea or shortly after arriving at Halifax.

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc

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