Allied Warships

HMCS Niagara (I 57)

Destroyer of the Town class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantI 57 
Built byFore River Shipbuilding Co. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down8 Jun 1918 
Launched31 Aug 1918 
Commissioned24 Sep 1940 
End service15 Sep 1945 

Assigned torpedo training ship on 2 March 1944.

Decommissioned on 15 September 1945.
Sold for scrap on 13 January 1946.
Scrapped in 1947.

Former nameUSS Thatcher (DD 162)

Commands listed for HMCS Niagara (I 57)

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1Lt.Cdr. (retired) Edgar Lorne Armstrong, RCN24 Sep 19402 Jul 1941
2T/Lt. Thomas Philip Ryan, RCNR3 Jul 194123 Feb 1942
3Lt.Cdr. Ronald Fraser Harris, RCNR24 Feb 19424 Oct 1942
4A/Lt.Cdr. Geoffrey Huntley Davidson, RCN5 Oct 194214 Oct 1942
5Lt.Cdr. Ronald Fraser Harris, RCNR15 Oct 19429 Sep 1943
6A/Lt.Cdr. William Herbert Willson, RCN10 Sep 19435 Mar 1944
7T/Lt. Jack Cranfield Smyth, RCNR6 Mar 194422 Jun 1944
8T/Lt. Raymond Nelson Smillie, RCNVR30 Jun 194418 Jul 1944
9T/Cdr. Raymond Butler Mitchell, RD, RCNR19 Jul 194415 Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Niagara include:

14 Apr 1942
HMCS Niagara (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Harris, RCNR) picks up 12 survivors from the British merchant Rio Blanco that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-160 about 60 nautical miles east of Cape Hatteras in position 35°16'N, 74°18'W on 1 April and 8 survivors from the Norwegian tanker Kollskegg that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-754 about 350 nautical miles north-west of Bermuda on 6 April.

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