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HMCS Sackville – The Corvette Life

Canada played a significant role in this naval struggle. At the heart of this contribution was a fleet of unassuming escort vessels known as corvettes. The U-Boat proved a devastating weapon in the First World War and it was clear that they would again be a serious threat in the Second. National Defence had neither the foresight nor the resources before 1939 to build destroyers, the large, fast, well-armed vessels that were in the frontline in anti-submarine warfare. Instead they focused on a small patrol vessel to be used primarily for coastal defence. These smaller ships could be built in Canada and would need only small crews.

  • January 19, 1943. The British destroyer HMS Antelope and the Canadian corvette HMCS Port Arthur sank the Italian submarine Tritone near Bougie, Algeria. This picture shows the Tritone as she sinks, with the HMS Antelope nearby to pick up survivors. The photo was taken from the stern of the HMCS Port Arthur.

    Harvey Burns

  • 1942, dropping depth charges on a submarine in the Mediterranean.

    Harvey Burns

  • Photo taken in October, 1942. Harvey Burns is on an Oerlikon 20 mm cannon. Beside him is Lorne Jackson from Montreal, who was the loader.

    Harvey Burns

  • Bill Cameron and fellow shipmate on board HMCS Kitchener during the war.

    Bill Cameron

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