Royal Canadian Navy : Convoy Reports of Proceedings, 1939-1945

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Royal Canadian Navy : Convoy Reports of Proceedings, 1939-1945

Post by Temujin » Mon May 21, 2018 4:34 pm

Royal Canadian Navy : Convoy Reports of Proceedings, 1939-1945

Heritage Canadiana digitized reels of LAC records

http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocih ... kan_135757

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Re: Royal Canadian Navy : Convoy Reports of Proceedings, 1939-1945

Post by Temujin » Fri May 25, 2018 1:24 am

The convoy records in the above post, contain hundreds, if not thousands, of signals, and other messages and information about various convoys. Some of the most interesting information is in the last reels of thes set. These reels contain the Convoy Plots (the actual route) of various convoys.

Below is an example of information that this reels contain:

Convoy AT 84
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The above files are “screen shots” and not very clear on this post. But the actual LAC reel can be “zoomed” and details are clearer

Information on Convoy AT 84
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Historical Data and Infomation about AT Convoys:
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RMS Queen Elizabeth underway in the Atlantic Ocean, 1940s ww2dbase

AT/TA CONVOYS AND INDEPENDENT TRANSPORTS

1. As originally organized, AT convoys were military or troop convoys from U. S. to U. K., returning as TA convoys. Following our entry in the war, 9 AT convoys (AT 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20 and 23) were sailed before being discontinued in September 1942. These consisted of 84 ships and 100 escorts, an average of 9 ships and 11 escorts each. Usually the AT convoys combined with NA troop convoys from Halifax, and the composition here stated includes the NA's. U. S. Army records indicate a total of 127,000 embarkations in 7 AT convoys. No casualties from enemy action was suffered.

2. After AT 23 sailing September 1942 there were no more AT's organized as convoys. The designations AT/TA thereafter applied only to a dozen or more [of the] largest and fastest transports sailing independently between New York, Boston or Halifax and U. K. AT 21 was the Queen Elizabeth proceeding alone, while AT 19, 22 and 24 were the Queen Mary alone. Incidentally, it was as AT 24 that the Queen Mary sank the British cruiser Curacao in a collision in which the warship had proceeded from U. K. to rendezvous off Ireland and escort her in.

3. One of the most satisfying aspects of the Battle of the Atlantic was the multitude of independent crossings performed by these "Monsters" without the loss of a ship, or even a person, as the result of enemy action. This perfect record in the performance of a duty of the highest responsibility - the safe delivery of millions of troops to the European theater of operation - was accomplished by means of fine teamwork between the British and ourselves involving accurate U/boat intelligence, sound routing and diversions, excellent seamanship and general good management. Certainly the high speed of these liners was a vital factor, and surely good luck played its part, too.

Following is a list of most of the large troop transports which sailed independently either as AT's to U. K. or as individual ships to the Mediterranean, showing their normal troop lifting capacity and speed. An idea of the number of troops carried may be gained from the statement that during the year 1944 the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mary each made 13 trips from New York to the Clyde, with an average of about 12,000 troops per trip. This was delivering troops to England at the rate of 13,000 per month per "Queen". Of course, the other ships were much smaller, averaging perhaps half the size, and being slower made fewer trips per year.
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Re: Royal Canadian Navy : Convoy Reports of Proceedings, 1939-1945

Post by Temujin » Fri May 25, 2018 1:38 am

A second example of a Shorter Convoy, Convoy Pilot

http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocih ... 41?r=0&s=6

Convoy GS 55
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Original Plot
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Zoom IN on Original Plot
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Convoy Details:
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