Allied Warships

HMCS Otter

Armed Yacht

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
TypeArmed Yacht
Class[No specific class] 
Built byRobert Jacob Inc. (City Island, New York, U.S.A.) 
Laid down 
Launched 1921 
Commissioned4 Oct 1940 
Lost26 Mar 1941 

Caught fire and sank off Halifax on 26 March 1941. 2 officers and 17 ratings perished.

Former nameConseco

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Notable events involving Otter include:

Otter (RCN), ship loss ARMSTRONG, Irvine C, Telegraphist, V/11273 (RCNVR), BLYTH, John, Ordinary Seaman, V/9799 (RCNVR), DARRACH, Ronald M, Motor Mechanic, A/1964 (RCNR), DAY, Alexander E, Ordinary Telegraphist, V/22229 (RCNVR), D'EON, Gerald J, Victualling Assistant, V/25232 (RCNVR), DREW, John G, Motor Mechanic, A/2183 (RCNR), GILLIS, Daniel E, Mechanician, A/841 (RCNR), GRAHAM, John E, Able Seaman, A/4001 (RCNR), JOHNSTON, Beverley, Electrician, V/19118 (RCNVR), LAURIN, Lucien J A, Ordinary Seaman, V/6470 (RCNVR), MABEY, Elmer A, Telegraphist, V/1229 (RCNVR), MASON, Dudley H, Stoker, V/17215 (RCNVR), O'HARA, Wallace I, Ordinary Seaman, V/5908 (RCNVR), PARKER, Andrew F, Chief Skipper, RCNR, STUART, Lionel E, Stoker, A/2648 (RCNR), THIBAUBEAU, Placid L, Ordinary Seaman, V/5295 (RCNVR), WALKER, Alan M, Lieutenant, RCNVR, WALL, Edward F, Stoker 1c, A/1740 (RCNR), WOODS, Norman G, Ordinary Seaman, V/9607 (RCNVR), (1)

26 Mar 1941
HMS Talisman (Lt. M. Willmott, RN) arrived at Halifax, Canada. In the early morning hours she was to rendez-vouz of the Sambro light vessel with the Canadian armed yacht HMCS Otter (T/Lt. D.S. Mossman, RCNR). Talisman arrived at the rendez-vouz in thick fog, when the fog lifted HMCS Otter was seen to be on fire. Talisman closed and found her abandoned. 4 survivors out of 9 that were on a raft were rescued, the other 5 unfortunately drowned. (2)


  1. Personal communication
  2. ADM 199/1849

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

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