HMCS Orillia (K 119)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Canadian Navy|
|Built by||Collingwood Shipyards Ltd. (Collingwood, Ontario, Canada)|
|Ordered||1 Feb 1940|
|Laid down||4 Mar 1940|
|Launched||15 Sep 1940|
|Commissioned||25 Nov 1940|
|End service||2 Jul 1945|
Fo'c's'le extention at Liverpool (Nova Scotia, Canada) completed on 3 March 1944.
Decommissioned 2 July 1945.
Commands listed for HMCS Orillia (K 119)
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|1||T/Lt.Cdr. William Edgar Slade Briggs, RCNR||21 Nov 1940||4 Sep 1942|
|2||Lt. Harold Victor William Groos, RCN||5 Sep 1942||13 Feb 1943|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Reginald Jackson, RCNVR||14 Feb 1943||16 Apr 1943|
|4||T/A/Lt.Cdr. James Evelyn Mitchell, RCNVR||17 Apr 1943||13 Mar 1944|
|5||T/Skr.Lt. John Winston Sharpe, RCNR||8 May 1944||2 Jul 1945|
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Notable events involving Orillia include:
10 Jun 1941
HMCS Orillia (T/Lt.Cdr. W.E.S. Briggs, RCNR) picks up 19 survivors from the Greek merchant Dirphys that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-108 in the North Atlantic about 550 nautical miles east of Newfoundland in position 47°44’N, 39°02’W.
24 Jun 1941
HMCS Orillia (T/Lt.Cdr. W.E.S. Briggs, RCNR) picks up 37 survivors from the British merchant Kinross that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-203 in the North Atlantic south-east of Cape Farewell in position 55°23'N, 38°49'W.
10 Sep 1941
HMCS Orillia (T/Lt.Cdr. W.E.S. Briggs, RCNR) begins to tow the damaged British merchant Tachee to Iceland. The Tachee was torpedoed and damaged the previous day by German U-boat U-652 north-east of Cape Farewell, Greenland in position 61°15'N, 41°05'W.
19 Sep 1941
HMCS Orillia (T/Lt.Cdr. W.E.S. Briggs, RCNR) picks up 39 survivors from the British merchant Baron Pentland that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-372 north-east of Cape Farewell in position 61°15'N, 41°05'W.
30 Jun 1943
HMS H 34 (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Drumheller (T/Lt. L.P. Denny, RCNR), HMCS Chambly (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.F. Pickard, RCNR), HMCS Fennel (T/Lt. R.B. Warwick, RCNVR), HMCS Baddeck (T/Lt. J. Brock, RCNVR) and HMCS Orillia (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.E. Mitchell, RCNVR). (1)
30 Oct 1943
HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Philante (Capt. A.J. Baker-Cresswell, DSO, RN), HMCS Orillia (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.E. Mitchell, RCNVR), HMS Nasturtium (T/Lt. M.M. Firth, RNVR) and ships from Canadian Escort Group C 4. (2)
9 Dec 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Orillia (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.E. Mitchell, RCNVR), HMS Exe (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Aubrey, DSC, RN) and HMS Moyola (Lt.Cdr. H.N. Lawson, RD, RNR). (3)
- ADM 173/17795
- ADM 173/18454
- ADM 173/17777
- ADM 173/18512
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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