'HMS Wren': A record of activities
This film, which you can see in the Battle of the Atlantic gallery, recounts the experiences of Doctor Gordon Canti, Surgeon Lieutenant RNVR Medical officer aboard 'HMS Wren' (U28), from May 1943 to September 1944.
'HMS Wren' was a modified Black Swan Class Sloop, part of Captain Walker’s Second Escort Group, and played a vital role in convoy escort duties and the hunting and sinking of German U-boats in the Atlantic.
Doctor Canti took many photographs during his time on 'HMS Wren', which he developed onboard in his own homemade darkroom. When he was developing pictures, the momentum of the ship meant he didn’t have to rock the development dishes like you would normally. He put these photographs together with newspaper clippings he had collected in an album, which he donated to the archives of Merseyside Maritime Museum in 2008. In 2009 Doctor Canti, aged 92, was recorded looking through the album and recalling his experiences.
National Museums Liverpool would like to thank Gordon Canti and Matthew Canti for their assistance in making this film.
Newspaper clippings in the film have been reproduced with kind permission of the following:
- Daily Express
- Illustrated London News
- Liverpool Daily Post
- Liverpool Echo
- London Evening Standard
Gordon Canti survived the war, and went on to become an expert in lung cancer diagnosis.
Battle of the Atlantic 70th anniversary
2013 was the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. Find out more about this crucial campaign of the Second World War in our Battle of the Atlantic online features.