HMCS Georgian (J 144)
Minesweeper of the Bangor class
|Navy||The Royal Canadian Navy|
|Mod||VTE reciprocating engined|
|Built by||Dufferin Shipbuilding Co. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)|
|Laid down||10 Oct 1940|
|Launched||28 Jan 1941|
|Commissioned||23 Sep 1941|
|End service||23 Oct 1945|
Decommissioned 23 October 1945.
Commands listed for HMCS Georgian (J 144)
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|1||Lt. Alfred George Stanley, RCNR||23 Sep 1941||25 Sep 1942|
|2||T/Lt. Percival Marmaduke Crawford, RCNR||26 Sep 1942||25 Jan 1943|
|3||T/Lt. Allan Boucher, RCNVR||26 Jan 1943||2 Sep 1943|
|4||T/Lt. Alexander Grant, RCNVR||3 Sep 1943||20 Jun 1944|
|5||T/Lt. Douglas Wharrie Main, RCNR||21 Jun 1944||23 Mar 1945|
|6||T/Lt. Thomas Crane McLauglin, RCNVR||24 Mar 1945||23 Oct 1945|
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Notable events involving Georgian include:
21 Jun 1942
Rammed and sank the HMS submarine P 514 mistaking her for a U-boat.
USS R-19 was transferred to the Royal Navy on 9 March 1942 at New London. P 514 was sunk by accident in western Atlantic. She was on passage around the coast of Newfoundland from Argentia to St John's. On 20 June 1942 P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) left the Canadian village of Argentia bound for St John's, Newfoundland. At 0300 on the 21st the Canadian minesweeper HMCS Georgian (A/Lt.Cdr. A.G. Stanley, RCNR) was waiting to provide escort for a convoy bound for Sydney. The Georgian, unaware that any friendly submarines were in the area, assumed that the dark shape of P 514 crossing her bow, was an enemy vessel. The Georgian rammed the mystery submarine amidships and reported it sunk. A rescue mission was immediately sent out but no survivors were found. A Board of Enquiry into the accident accepted that the Commanding Officer of the Georgian had acted correctly as there had been no reply from the submarine to his identification challenge.