The H.M.C.S. Oakville, a Flower-class corvette, was constructed at Port Arthur, Ontario. It was christened and formally adopted by the town of Oakville on November 5, 1941. The Oakville is most famously known for the dramatic and courageous capture of German submarine U-94, on August 28, 1942, a mere ten months after its launch. While escorting a convoy of between Cuba and Haiti, the Oakville came under attack by the U-boat. With supporting fire from an American seaplane, the corvette was able to force U-94 to surface with its depth charges, and subdue it by ramming it twice. Armed with only a pistol each, crew members Lt. Harold Lawrence and P.O. Arthur Powell courageously boarded the submarine and obtained the surrender of the 19 German survivors. Three months later, a year after the Oakville set sail, Lt. Lawrence and P.O. Powell visited Oakville, where they were greeted by the mayor and over 2,000 proud supporters.
Commemorate HMCS Oakville, 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.