Allied Warships

HMCS Shawinigan (K 136)

Corvette of the Flower class

Photo from Department of National Defence of Canada #MC-2921

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 136 
Built byGeorge T. Davie & Sons Ltd. (Lauzon, Quebec, Canada) 
Ordered24 Jan 1940 
Laid down4 Jun 1940 
Launched16 May 1941 
Commissioned19 Sep 1941 
Lost25 Nov 1944 
Loss position47° 34'N, 59° 11'W

HMCS Shawinigan (Lt. William James Jones, RCNR) was on an independent anti-submarine patrol in the Cabot Strait, when she was torpedoed and sunk with all hands by the German submarine U-1228 in position 47º34'N, 59º11'W.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 25 Nov 1944 by U-1228 (Marienfeld).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMCS Shawinigan

Commands listed for HMCS Shawinigan (K 136)

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1T/Lt. Charles Patrick Balfry, RCNR28 Jul 19414 Jan 1944
2T/Lt. Richard Sugden Williams, RCNVR5 Jan 194414 Mar 1944
3T/Lt. William Edward Callan, RCNVR15 Mar 19444 Jun 1944
4T/Lt. William James Jones, RCNR5 Jun 194425 Nov 1944 (+)

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Notable events involving Shawinigan include:

15 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. R.E. Boddington, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Lethbridge (T/Lt. H Freeland, RCNR), HMCS Shawinigan (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Balfry, RCNR), HMCS Prescott (Lt. G.H. Davidson, RCN), HMS Churchill (Cdr.(Retd.) P.J. Fitzgerald, RN) and USS Saucy (Lt. A.J. Smith, USN). (1)

3 Sep 1942
HMCS Shawinigan (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Balfry, RCNR) and HMCS Trail (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.S. Hall, RCNR) together pick up 17 survivors from the Canadian merchant Donald Stewart that was torpedoed and sunk north-east of Cape Whittle in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in position 50°32'N, 58°46'W by German U-boat U-517.

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc


  1. ADM 173/17201

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

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