The History of the ATHABASKAN (1st)

HMCS Athabaskan (G07) was the first of three destroyers of the Royal Canadian Navy to bear this name. It was a destroyer of the Tribal-class, built in 1940-1941 in the United Kingdom by Vickers Armstrong of Newcastle upon Tyne with Parsons engine works.

She was heavily damaged by a Henschel Hs 293 glider bomb during an anti-submarine chase off Cape Ortegal, in the Bay of Biscay, on 27 August 1943. Athabaskan was lost in the English Channel the night of 29 April 1944. She was torpedoed by the German destroyer escort T24. Her captain and 128 men were lost, 83 taken prisoner and 44 men rescued by HMCS HAIDA.

ATHABASKAN (1st) Statistical Data

  • Pendant: G07
  • Type: Destroyer
  • Class: TRIBAL 1940s
  • Displacement: 1927 tonnes
  • Length: 377 ft
  • Width: 37.5 ft
  • Draught: 11.2 ft
  • Speed: 36 kts
  • Compliment: 14 Officers and 245 Crew
  • Arms: 6-4.7" (3 x II), 2-4" (1 xII), 4-21" Torpedo Tube (1 x IV), 4-2 pdrs., 6-20mm.
  • Builder: Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd., Newcastle-on-Tyne. U.K.
  • Keel Laid: 31-Oct-40
  • Date Launched: 18-Nov-41
  • Date Commissioned: 03-Feb-43
  • Paid off: 29-Apr-44


Lost 29 Apr 44. Sunk by a torpedo from German torpedo boat T24, while operating in the English Channel.

Keywords: HMCS ATHABASKAN (1st), Royal Canadian Navy Ship, Destroyer, TRIBAL 1940s Class