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Canadian WWII Merchant Ship Losses

Canadian Merchant Ships This page contains lists of Canadian Merchant Ships which were lost in conflict between 1939 and 1945. This information is reproduced from a paper written by Robert C. Fisher, for the Department of National Defence History Division, dated June 1993.

Ships with names ending in DOC, such as PORTADOC and SORELDOC, are former lakers owned by Paterson Steamships. They are named after towns and cities on the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway; The DOC part of the name signifies "Dominion Of Canada."

 

Canadian-Registered Merchant Ships Lost by Enemy Action

Date

Ship Name

Cause of Loss

Tonnage

Position

1940

15 Jun

Erik Boye (HX-48)

Torpedoed by U-38

2,238

Off Land's End
50-37N 08-44W

5 Jul

Magog (HX-52)

Torpedoed and Shelled by U-99

2,053

Off Ireland
50-31N 11-05W

10 Jul

Waterloo

Bombed by German aircraft

1,905

North Sea
52-53N 02-19E

22 Aug

Thorold

Bombed by German aircraft

1,689

Irish Sea
51-46N 05-38W

15 Sep

Kenordoc (SC-3)

Most likely shelled by U-boat. (See Note 1)

1,780

North Atlantic
57-42N 15-02W

12 Oct

St.Malo (HX-77)

Torpedoed by U-boat

5,779

North Atlantic
57-58N 16-32W

16 Oct

Trevisa
(SC-7)

Torpedoed by U-124

1,813

North Atlantic
57-28N 20-30W

1941

6 Feb

Maplecourt
(SC-20)

Torpedoed by U-107

3,388

North Atlantic
55-39N 15-56W

21 Feb

Canadian Cruiser

Sunk by raider (Admiral Scheer)

7,178

Indian Ocean
06-36S 47-18E

22 Feb

A.D. Huff

Sunk by raider (Gneisenau)

6,219

North Atlantic
47-12N 40-13W

17 Mar

J.B. White (HX-112)

Torpedoed by U-99

7,375

North Atlantic
60-57N 12-27W

25 Mar

Canadolite

Captured by raider (Kormoran). Sunk by RAF in 1944

11,309

Mid-Atlantic
02-30N 23-48W

7 Apr

Portadoc

Torpedoed by U-124

1,746

Off Sierra Leone
07-17N 16-53W

3 May

Europa

Bombed by German aircraft

10,224

Liverpool! UK
(No coordinates)

13 July

Collingdoc*

Mined. Salvaged and then sunk as a blockship.

1,780

Thames River, UK (No coordinates)

15 Oct

Vancouver Island

Torpedoed by U-558

9,472

North Atlantic
53-37N 25-37W

25 Nov

Proteus

Cause unknown, Sabotage suspected. (Note 1)

10,653

Caribbean Sea
(unknown)

12 Dec

Nereus

Cause unknown, Sabotage suspected. (See Note 1)

10,647

Caribbean Sea
(unknown)

12 Dec

Shinai

Seized by Japanese Forces

2,410

North Borneo
(No coordinates)

1942

19 Jan

Lady Hawkins

Torpedoed by U-66

7,988

Off North Carolina
35-OON 72-30W

4 Feb

Montrolite

Torpedoed by U-109

11,309

Northeast of Bermuda
35-14N 60-05W

5 Feb

Empress of Asia

Bombed by Japanese aircraft

16,909

Singapore
(No coordinates)

10 Feb

Victolite

Torpedoed by U-564

11,410

Northwest of Bermuda
36-12N 67-14W

22 Feb

George L. Torian

Torpedoed by U-129

1,754

Off Guyana
09-13N 59-04W

23 Feb

Lennox

Torpedoed by U-129

1,904

Off Guyana
09-15N 58-30W

15 Mar

Sarniadoc

Torpedoed by U-161

1,940

Caribbean Sea
15-45N 65-00W

1 Apr

Robert W. Pomeroy

Mined off Cromer, England

1,750

North Sea
53-10N 01-10E

20 Apr

Vineland

Torpedoed by U-154

5,587

Caribbean Sea
23-05N 72-20W

1 May

James E. Newsom

Shelled by U-69

671

Northeast of Bermuda
35-SON 59-40W

5 May

Lady Drake

Torpedoed by U-106

7,985

North of Bermuda
35-43N 64-43N

7 May

Mildred Pauline

Shelled by U-136

300

Off Nova Scotia
(No coordinates)

8 May

Mont Louis

Torpedoed by U-162

1,905

Off Guyana
08-23N 58-44W

9 May

Calgarolite

Torpedoed and SheIled by U-125

11,941

Caribbean Sea
19-24N 82-30W

21 May

Torondoc

Torpedoed by U-69

1,927

Caribbean Sea
14-45N 62-15W

21 May

Troisdoc

Torpedoed by U-558

1,925

Caribbean Sea
18-15N 79-20W

22 May

Frank B. Baird

Shelled by U-158

1,748

Southeast of Bermuda
28-03N 58-50W

30 May

Liverpool Packet

Torpedoed by U-432

1,188

Off Nova Scotia
43-20N 66-20W

28 Jun

Mona Marie

Shelled by U-126

126

Caribbean Sea
12-22N 60-10W

25 Jul

Lucille M.

Shelled by U-89

54

Off Nova Scotia
42-02N 65-38W

29 Jul

Prescodoc

Torpedoed by U-160

1,938

Of f Guyana
08-50N 59-05W

17 Aug

Princess Marguerite

Torpedoed by U-83

5,875

Mediterranean Sea
32-03N 32-47E

3 Sep

Donald Stewart

Torpedoed by U-517

1,781

Belle Isle Strait
50-32N 58-46W

5 Sep

Lord St rathcona

Torpedoed by U-513

7,335

Wabana, Nfld.
47-35N 52-59W

6 Sep

John A. Holloway

Torpedoed by U-164

1,745

Caribbean Sea
14-10N 71-30W

7 Sep

Oakton
(Q533)

Torpedoed by U-517

1,727

Gulf of St. Lawrence
48-50 63-46W

18 Sep

Norfolk

Torpedoed by U-175

1,901

Off Guyana
08-36N 59-20W

9 Oct

Carolus

Torpedoed by U-69

2,375

Gulf of St. Lawrence
48-47N 68-10W

29 Oct

Bic Island (HX-212)

Torpedoed by U-624

4,000

North Atlantic
55-05N 23-27W

2 Nov

Rose Castle

Torpedoed by U-518

7,803

Off Newfoundland
47-36N 52-58W

3 Nov

Chr. J.
Kampmann
(TAG-18)

Torpedoed by U-160

2,260

Caribbean Sea
12-06N 62-42W

1943

19 May

Angelus

Shelled by U-161

255

North of Bermuda
38-40N 64-00W

6 Jul

Jasper Park

Torpedoed by U-177

7,129

Indian Ocean
32-52S 42-15E

1944

22 Mar

Watuka

Torpedoed by U-802

1,621

Off Nova Scotia
44-30N 62-51W

18 Jun

Albert C. Field

Torpedoed by German aircraft

1,764

English Channel
50-28N 01-46W

3 Dec

Cornwallis

Torpedoed by U-1230

5,458

Gulf of Maine
43-59N 68-20W

1945

23 Feb

Point
Pleasant Park

Torpedoed by U-510

7,136

Off South Africa
29-42S 09-58E

13 Mar

Taber Park (FS-1753)

Most likely torpedoed by midget submarine. (See Note 1)

2,878

North Sea
52-22N 01-53E

7 May

Avondale Park

Torpedoed by U-2336

2,878

Firth Offorth
56-10N 02-32W

Note 1: The cause of loss of these merchant ships has not been established beyond doubt.

Canadian-Registered Merchant Ships Lost by Other Causes

Date

Ship Name

Cause of Loss

Tonnage

Position

1940

6 Dec

Watkins F. Nisbet

Ran ashore and wrecked. Later salved for scrap.

1,747

Bristol Channel
(No coordinates)

1941

5 Oct

Mondoc

Struck submerged object.

1,926

Caribbean Sea
(No coordinates)

1942

15 Jan

R.J. Cullen

Wrecked two miles off Barra Island, Outer Hebrides.

6,973

Sea of Hebrides
(No coordinates)

1943

1 Jan

Hamildoc

Foundered in heavy seas. Declared a total loss.

1,926

Off Guyana
(En route to
Trinidad).

 

Canadian-Registered Merchant Ships Severely Damaged

Date

Ship Name

Cause of Loss

Tonnage

Position

1940

16 Dec

Bic Island
(See Note 2)

Bombed by German aircraft

4,000

North Atlantic
54-12N 17-45w

21 Dec

Europa
(See Note 2)

Bombed by German aircraft

10,224

Liverpool
(No coordinates)

1942

10 Mar

Lady Nelson

Torpedoed by U-161 Salvaged and repaired

7,970

Port Castries, St.Lucia

11 Sep

Cornwallis
(See Note 2)

Torpedoed by U-514

5,458

Caribbean Sea
13-05N 59-36w

1945

4 Jan

Nipawin Park (SH-194)

Torpedoed by
U-1232. The fore part of the ship sank, but the after part was salvaged. As a result, this vessel is not considered officially lost.

2,373

Off Nova Scotia
44-30N 63-00W

12 Apr

Silver Star Park

Collision and Fire. Hulk sold, repaired and renamed Santa Cecilia.

7,243

Off New York

3 May

Green Hill Park

Explosion and fire. Hulk sold, repaired and renamed Phaeax II.

7,168

Vancouver Harbour

Note 2 - These vessels were later lost by other enemy action.

Canadian-Owned (British Registered) Merchant Ship Losses

Date

Ship Name

Cause of Loss

Tonnage

Position

1940

5 Feb

Beaverburn
(OA-84)

Torpedoed by U-41

9,874

North Atlantic
49-20N 10-07W

28 Oct

Empress of Britain

Torpedoed by U-32 after being bombed by German aircraft

42,348

Off Ireland 55-16N 09-50W

5 Nov

Beaverford

(HX-84)

Sunk by raider
(Admiral Scheer)

10,042

North Atlantic
52-26N 32-34W

1941

25 Mar

Beaverbrae

Bombed by German aircraft

9,956

North Atlantic
60-12N 09-00W

2 Apr

Beaverdale

Torpedoed and
shelled by U-boat

9,957

North Atlantic
60-50N 29-19W

1942

10 Oct

Duchess of Atholl

Torpedoed by U-178

20,119

South Atlantic
07-03S 11-1~2W

1943

13 Mar

Empress of Canada

Torpedoed by
Italian submarine
Da Vinci

21,517

South Atlantic
01-13S 09-57W

11 Jul

Duchess of York

Bombed by German aircraft

20,021

North Atlantic
41-18N 15-24W

2 Dec

Fort Athabasca

Explosion of Ammunition ship bombed by aircraft

7,132

Bari Harbour, Italy
(No coordinates)

1944

25 Jan

Fort
Bellingham
(JW-56A)

Torpedoed by U-360 and 0-957

7,153

Barents Sea
73-25N 25-10E

15 Feb

Fort St.Nicholas

Torpedoed by U-410

7,154

Mediterranean Sea
40-34N 14-37E

19 May

Fort Missanabie

Torpedoed by U-435

7,147

Mediterranean Sea
38-20N 16-28E

24 Jun

Fort Norfolk

Mined off assault beaches, Normandy

7,131

English Channel
(No coordinates)

15 Dec

Fort Maisonneuve

Mined, Scheldt Estuary

7,128

Holland
(No coordinates)

* All of the "Fort" ships were owned by the Canadian Government but registered in Britain. All of the others listed were owned by Canadian Pacific and registered in Britain.

Canadian-Owned (British Registered) Merchant Ships Severely Damaged

Date

Ship Name

Cause of Loss

Tonnage

Position

1940

9 Nov

Empress of Japan

Bombed by German aircraft

26,032

North Atlantic
53-54N 14-28W

1943

14 Mar

Duchess of York

Bombed by German aircraft

20,021

Off Cape Finisterre

1944

14 May

Fort Fidler

Torpedoed by U-616

7,127

Mediterranean Sea
36-45N 00-55E

26 Jul

Fort McPherson

Struck by flying bomb while under repair from a previous bomb.

7,132

Victoria Dock
London, England

18 Aug

Fort Gloucester

Torpedoed by German E-boat

7,127

English Channel

Select List of Merchant Ship Losses of Canadian Interest

Date

Ship Name

Cause of Loss

Tonnage

Position

1940

2 Dec

Montrose

Torpedoed by U-99

16,402

North Atlantic
54-35N 18-18W

(Montrose was owned by Canadian Pacific and registered in Britain. She was converted into an Armed Merchant Cruiser by the Royal Navy and renamed Forfar before she was lost.)

1941

15 Jul

Lady Somers

Torpedoed by Italian submarine Morosini

8,194

North Atlantic
36-00N 21-00W

(Lady Somers was Canadian owned and registered but was requisitioned by the Admiralty and serving as an ocean boarding vessel when lost. As a result she is considered a Royal Navy warship loss.)

1945

28 Feb

Soreldoc

Torpedoed by U-1302

1,926

English Channel
52-15N 05-35W

(Soreldoc had been Canadian-owned and registered until 1944. In that year she was apparently acquired by the US War Shipping Administration and became Panamanian-flag.)

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