Objects and Photographs


HMCS Shawinigan
HMCS Shawinigan

In November 1944, U-1228 sank Shawinigan off the Newfoundland coast. It was the last ship lost in the battle of the St. Lawrence.

Shawinigan had been escorting the ferry SS Burgeo to guard against U-Boat attacks. This photograph, likely taken soon after the ship's completion in 1941, shows the corvette without secondary armament, camouflage, an identifying pennant number, or the Royal Canadian Navy's White Ensign. All 91 of Shawinigan's crew, including cook Joseph Bertrand Alphonse Benoit (upper right), were lost. Benoit, a cook in civilian life, had enlisted in August 1941 and served in Shawinigan since June 1943.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19940082-014

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