HMCS Agassiz

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HMCS Agassiz K129

There has been only one vessel named Agassiz in the Royal Canadian Navy.

HMCS Agassiz (K129)

Commissioned at Vancouver, British Columbia, on 23 January 1941, the Flower class corvette Agassiz arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 13 April and left on 23 May for St. John’s, Newfoundland, to join the newly formed Newfoundland Escort Force (NEF). She sailed early in June with a convoy for Iceland and was thereafter in continuous service as an ocean escort until the end of 1943. In September 1941 she took part in a major battle around convoy SC.44 rescuing survivors of her torpedoed sister-ship, HMCS Levis. She was also part of the escort of the hard-pressed convoy ON.115 in July 1942. On 5 January 1943, she commenced a major refit at Liverpool, Nova Scotia, completing in mid-March, and in April was assigned to newly designated Escort Group C-1. Agassiz arrived at New York on 16 December 1943 for another major refit, including extension of her forecastle, which was completed on 4 March 1944. After working-up in St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia, in April, she joined Escort Group W-2 of Western Local Escort Force, transferring in August to W-7. Agassiz spent the remainder of the war with W-7, being paid off on 14 June 1945 at Sydney, Nova Scotia, and was broken up at Moncton, New Brunswick, in 1946.

  • Builder: Burrard Dry Dock Co. Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Laid down: 29 April 1940
  • Launched: 15 August 1940
  • Date commissioned: 23 January 1941
  • Forecastle extension completed: in New York City, N.Y., 4 March 1944
  • Date paid off: 14 June 1945
  • Displacement: 950 tons
  • Dimensions: 62.5 m x 10.1 m x 3.5 m
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Crew: 85
  • Armament: one 4-inch (102-mm) gun, one 2-pound (0.9 kg) gun, two 20-mm guns, Hedgehog and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1941-45
  • Gulf of St. Lawrence 1944
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