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Battle of the Atlantic  - Lost at Sea: HMCS St. Croix

In September 1943, in a battle surrounding two convoys in the North Atlantic, German submarines sank the Canadian destroyer HMCS St. Croix and eight other Allied warships and merchant vessels. The loss of St. Croix, like the loss of many Canadian ships during the battle of the Atlantic was felt across the country.


In November 1942, almost a year before joining HMCS St. Croix, Lieutenant Alex Ross took leave from his naval duties to marry Mona Jean Robinson.

The couple, who had likely met during their time at McGill University, then honeymooned at Mont Tremblant, in Quebec's Laurentian Mountains. These photographs show vignettes from their brief time there: Alex, in his uniform, rides a chairlift, while Mona enjoys the view from the mountaintop (top row, centre). The camera has also captured their first breakfast together as a married couple (bottom row).

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19800567-001_p9

HMCS St. Croix
HMCS St. Croix in Halifax Harbour, December 1940
HMCS St. Croix and U-Boat in North Atlantic
Lieutenant Charles Alexander Ross, HMCS St Croix
"Our Bicycle Trip"
"Canadian Destroyer Sunk", HMCS St. Croix
Memorial Cross, Chief Stoker Alexander McKinnon, HMCS St. Croix
Surgeon Lieutenant William Lyon Mackenzie King, HMCS St. Croix
Mona Ross, Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service