HMCS Levis (K115)
HMCS Lévis sinking after being torpedoed, 19 September 1941
|Career (Canada)||Royal Canadian Navy|
|Builder:||Davie Shipbuilding & Repairing Co. Ltd., Lauzon|
|Laid down:||11 March 1940|
|Launched:||4 September 1940|
|Commissioned:||16 May 1941|
|Decommissioned:||19 September 1941|
|Identification:||Pennant number: K115|
|Fate:||Torpedoed and sunk 19 September 1941 by U-74 while escorting convoy SC-44 east of Cape Farewell at 60-07N, 38-37W. 18 crew killed and 91 rescued.|
|Class & type:||Flower-class corvette|
|Displacement:||925 long tons (940 t; 1,036 short tons)|
|Length:||205 ft (62.48 m)o/a|
|Beam:||33 ft (10.06 m)|
|Draught:||11.5 ft (3.51 m)|
|Speed:||16 knots (29.6 km/h)|
|Range:||3,500 nautical miles (6,482 km) at 12 knots (22.2 km/h)|
Her first and only commanding officer was Lieutenant Charles Walter Gilding RCNR.
Upon joining the fleet, Lévis was assigned to convoy escort duty in the Northwest Atlantic. Levis was part of the 19th Escort Group escorting convoy SC-44 when she was torpedoed at 0205 local time on 19 September 1941 by U-74 under the command of Eitel-Friedrich Kentrat east of Cape Farewell at position Coordinates: .
The explosion of the torpedo on the port side killed all but 2 of the ratings on the stokers' messdeck. Compartments up to the No. 2 bulkhead were flooded. The surviving crew abandoned ship to Mayflower except for a damage control party of 10 officers and ratings. Mayflower took Lévis under tow for approximately 12 hours, however No. 2 bulkhead was buckled and not watertight and the ship sank at 1710 local time later that day. 91 crew were rescued and 18 were killed as a result of the torpedo attack. Lévis was the first Flower-class corvette to be sunk.
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