HMCS Athabaskan was the first of three destroyers of the Royal Canadian Navy to bear this name. It was a destroyer of the Tribal class, that served in the Second World War, and was named for the First Nations peoples who make up the Athabaskan language group.
Athabaskan was ordered 5 April 1940 as part of the 1940-1941 building programme, launched on 18 November 1941, and commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy on 3 February 1943. Athabaskan was heavily damaged by a Henschel Hs 293 glider bomb during an anti-submarine chase on 27 August 1943. She was lost in the English Channel the night of 29 April 1944, torpedoed by the German torpedo boat T-24. Her commanding officer — Lieutenant Commander John Stubbs — was killed in action after declining rescue by Haida to swim back for more crew members. 128 crew lost their lives in the sinking. The wreck is in a shattered condition spread over the sea bed. In 2004, the Canadian Navy provided a brass plaque to be laid on the wreck to commemorate the loss.
Commemorate HMCS Athabaskan, and the Battle of the Atlantic.
About the Convoy Cup Foundation.
The Convoy Cup recognizes the historical contribution of the port of Halifax to the convoy lifeline to Europe during World War II, and perpetuates the memory of the courageous men and women of the merchant marine, navy and air force.
We continue to honour the sacrifices made by veterans of past and present conflicts, who contributed so much to the peace and security we enjoy today.