HMCS Amherst

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HMCS Amherst K148

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

HMCS Amherst (K148)

Commissioned on 5 October 1941 at Saint John, New Brunswick, the Flower Class corvette Amherst arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 22 August and after working up, joined Newfoundland Command in October. She was steadily employed as an ocean escort for the succeeding three years, during which time she was involved in two particularly hard-fought convoy battles: ON.127 (August 1942) and SC.107 (October 1942). She had joined Escort Group C-4 in August 1942.

Her only real respite was between May and November 1943 when she underwent a major refit at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, including the extension of her forecastle. After workups at Pictou, Nova Scotia, she returned to the North Atlantic until September 1944 when she began another long refit, this time at Liverpool, Nova Scotia. Following workups in Bermuda in January 1945, she joined Halifax Force, but in March was loaned to Escort Group C-7 for one round trip to the United Kingdom. She was paid off 16 July 1945 at Sydney, Nova Scotia, and placed in reserve at Sorel, Quebec. Sold in 1945, she was wrecked in the Gulf of St. Lawrence en route to become the Venezuelan Navy’s Carabobo.

  • Builder: Saint John Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Saint John, New Brunswick
  • Laid down: 23 May 1940
  • Launched: 4 December 1940
  • Date commissioned: 5 August 1941
  • Date paid off: 16 July 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 (2 x I), one Hedgehog mortar and depth charges.

Battle Honours

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