One of the dozens of Canadian warships that served on convoy escort duties in the Atlantic Ocean was HMCS Swansea. This Canadian frigate served from 1943 through 1945, assisted in the sinking of four German submarines, and provided support off the Normandy coast on June 6, 1944. One of Swansea’s sailors, Norris H.E. Jones, left a written diary of his experiences.
One of the dozens of Canadian warships that served on convoy escort duties in the Atlantic Ocean was HMCS Swansea. This Canadian frigate served from 1943 through 1945, assisted in the sinking of four German submarines, and provided support off the Normandy coast on June 6, 1944. One of Swansea’s sailors, Norris H.E. Jones, left a written diary of his experiences.

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Saturday 11
Just came below from action alarm fired two rounds but couldn’t see anything, so secured. Prisoners frightened by shell fire. We are low on ammunition as we used 108 rounds last night. We are joining up with new convoy at dawn also now with our own support force (EG 9) at present we are in between two convoys SC154 & HX281 weather good.

3rd in Lent Sunday 12
Bound for Londonderry with our group left HX281 this morning. A [sic, at] present we are looking for a Sunderland flying boat down. Queen Mary passed off our port side at 0405 hrs. Weather overcast quite calm.

Monday 13
Arrived at Moville Ireland anchored in stream.

Tuesday 14
Left Moville at 1030 hrs after taking oil from tanker Empire Control. Pulled in to L’dery 1400 hrs. Prisoner landed Irish Guard took them they were sorry to leave us.

Saturday 11
Just came below from action alarm fired two rounds but couldn’t see anything, so secured. Prisoners frightened by shell fire. We are low on ammunition as we used 108 rounds last night. We are joining up with new convoy at dawn also now with our own support force (EG 9) at present we are in between two convoys SC154 & HX281 weather good.

3rd in Lent Sunday 12
Bound for Londonderry with our group left HX281 this morning. A [sic, at] present we are looking for a Sunderland flying boat down. Queen Mary passed off our port side at 0405 hrs. Weather overcast quite calm.

Monday 13
Arrived at Moville Ireland anchored in stream.

Tuesday 14
Left Moville at 1030 hrs after taking oil from tanker Empire Control. Pulled in to L’dery 1400 hrs. Prisoner landed Irish Guard took them they were sorry to leave us.

© Canadian War Museum.

One of the dozens of Canadian warships that served on convoy escort duties in the Atlantic Ocean was HMCS Swansea.

Diary from Norris H.E. Jones, January 1944 to December 1944, record of life at sea onboard the HMCS Swansea.

Diary from Norris H.E. Jones, Canadian War Museum

© Canadian War Museum


Learning Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of the participation and role of Canada’s Navy in the World War II.
  • Examine the contributions, sacrifices and experiences of individuals who participated in naval events during World War II.
  • Identify the locations in which Canada’s Navy operated during World War II.
  • Evaluate the weapons and technology involved in the war at sea.

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