After conversion from an armed merchant cruiser, she recommissioned as a Landing Ship Infantry at Vancouver on January 6,and stopped in Bermuda en route to the Clyde to pick up school children returning to Britain. She proceeded to Southampton, where on June 2 at Berth 37 she embarked the th Flotilla landing craft, and of the Canadian Scottish Regiment of Victoria, plus 99 other troops before going to anchor in the Solent, off Cowes, to await D-Day.
In addition to the Prince Henrylanding ships in Force J1 included the 11,ton Union-Castle liner Llangibby Castlewith eighteen landing craft, plus half a dozen British cross-channel packets and two Dutch North Sea ferries, each with its own outfit of six or eight landing craft to take troops to the beaches. Although no longer a cruise ship, the meals she served her troops that voyage before they went into combat in the morning were well above the usual military standard.
Prince Henry arrived at Juno Beach at on the morning of D-Day, June 6, anchoring about seven miles off the hamlet of Courseulles. There, she waited to launch her landing craft and commence the invasion of occupied France.
Oh, the indignities
Offshore lay rocky shoals so rather than try to find a gap in them the Canadians chose to land ten minutes after the rest, letting the higher tide take them over the shoals. The others were hoisted back on board while fifty-six wounded were taken below to the sick bay.
Prince Henry made five more channel runs as the Normandy landings proceeded, three with American and two with British troops, taking 3, fighting men to France by mid-July. On June 19, a fortnight after the initial landings, a very business-like photo of Prince Henry in her new guise as a landing ship appeared in Canadian newspapers.
The long promenade decks where peace-time passengers strolled have been cleared away and in their place are powerful davits supporting assault landing craft. Hundreds of ships took part in the landings, among them a fleet of coasters and short-sea ships that loaded mainly in London.
Included were nine St Lawrence River canallers. North star escorts in australia of these was the Winonaa ship that had worked for Clarke, and one of four Canada Steamship Lines ships that participated in the Normandy landings.
A few left from Hull. In addition to HMCS Prince Henry and sister ship Prince Davidthe Royal Canadian Navy north star escorts in australia eleven destroyers, eleven frigates and nineteen corvettes, plus numerous minesweepers, motor torpedo boats and landing craft.
Like father like son, these two have traveled to both ends of the earth
Of these, seven MTBs were lost on the day of the landings. On June 9, she became the eighteenth Canadian corvette to arrive at Normandy, firing countless salvos at the German gun emplacements ashore. About thecruisepeople Specialists in sea travel - ultra-luxury cruising, freighter travel, small ships and expedition voyages. North Star Cruise Ship. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google. You are commenting using your Twitter. You are commenting using your Facebook. Notify me of new comments via.
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