The Loss of HMCS OttawaOn September 13/14, 1942 while escorting Convoy ON-127 930 km east of St. John's, Newfoundland, HMCS Ottawa was torpedoed by U-91. Thirty minutes later, unable to maneuver, the ship, hit by a second torpedo, broke in half, and sank with the loss of 114 crew. 65 survivors were rescued and taken to St. John’s Newfoundland by HMS Celandine.Sixteen of the crew from Nova Scotia were lost. Three days prior to being torpedoed on September 10, 1942HMCS Ottawa rescued 24 survivors from the British steam tanker Empire Oil that was sunk by the German U-boats U-659 and U-584 south west of Iceland. One of the survivors died of wounds and sixteen others died when HMCS Ottawa was sunk. HMS Crusader was a destroyer built for the Royal Navy in the early 1930s. and was sold to the Royal Canadian Navy in 1938 and renamed HMCS Ottawa. Initially deployed on the Canadian Pacific Coast before World War II, the destroyer was transferred to the Atlantic three months after the outbreak of WWII as a convoy escort.The following are Nova Scotia crew members lost on September 13, 1942.Their names are listed on the Halifax Memorial.
Adlington, Howard Hibbert V/25539Supply AssistantAge 23Son of Stephen Augustus and Elsie Maud Adlington, of Bedford, NSCollier, ChesleyA/1275Able SeamanAge 34 Husband of Ethel May Collier, of Halifax, NSConnolly, Richard JosephV/25107Leading StokerAge 24Brother of Harold Connolly, of Halifax, NSGallagher, Howard Joseph3596Leading SeamanAge 20Husband of Kathleen Gladys Gallagher, of Halifax, NS)Harris, Carl NormanV/335Ordinary SeamanAge 27Son of William Stephen and Mary Harris, of Halifax, NSHickey, John ChesleyA/4613Able SeamanAge 26King, Arthur HaliburtonV/452Ordinary SeamanAge 18Son of Mary L. King, of Annapolis Royal, NSLeslie, Kenneth LloydA/1315StokerAge 23Nephew of Mrs. Irene Russell, of Halifax, Nova ScotiaMiller, Earl Glawson21695StokerAge 23Son of Frederick C. P. Miller, and of Bessie M. Miller of Halifax, Nova ScotiaMurphy, Gerald WilliamV/331Ordinary SeamanAge 22Son of Harry Joseph and Maude E. Murphy, of Halifax, NS Purcell, Herbert AugustusA/1056Engine Room ArtificerAge 32Son of Francis Augustus and Agnes Victoria Purcell NS husband of Dorothy Mary Purcell, of Halifax NSRoop, Roy MunroeA/4747Able SeamanAge 34Son of Katherine R. Roop, of Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.Rutherford, Clark AndersonLieut-CommanderAge 28Husband of Marjorie Rutherford, of Halifax, NSSlaunwhite, Harry MelvinA/4589Able SeamanAge 34Son of Robert and Annabella Slaunwhite, and husband of Rita M. Slaunwhite, of Halifax. NSTrainor, Alfred Noel40459Petty Officer StewardAge 26Son of Margaret Trainor of Armdale, NS; husband of Doris Elizabeth Trainor, of Victoria, BCZinck, Cyril MilfordV/25607Supply AssistantAge 31 Son of Silas Milford Zinck and Pansy Eleanor Zinck, and husband of Lillian Edna Zinck, of Halifax, NS