HMCS Asbestos

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HMCS Asbestos K358

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

HMCS Asbestos (K358)

Built and commissioned at Quebec City, Quebec, on 16 June 1944, the revised Flower class increased endurance corvette Asbestos arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 9 July, and proceeded to Bermuda later that month for work-ups.

Asbestos left Bermuda on 21 August 1944 for St. John’s, Newfoundland, where she joined Escort Group C-2, and left on 10 September with HXF.307, her maiden convoy to Britain. For the rest of the war, she was steadily employed as a North Atlantic escort, and left Londonderry, Northern Ireland, for the last time at the beginning of June 1945.

Paid off on 8 July, she was laid up at Sorel, Quebec, for disposal. In 1947, she was sold to Panamanian owners but was wrecked en route off the Cuban coast on 13 February 1949. She was later salvaged and taken to New Orleans for scrapping in 1949.

  • Builder: Morton Engineering and Dry Dock Co., Quebec City, Quebec
  • Laid down: 20 July 1943               
  • Launched: 22 November 1943
  • Date commissioned: 16 June 1944
  • Date paid off: 8 July 1945
  • Displacement: 970 tons
  • Dimensions: 63.5 m x 10.1 m x 2.9 m
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Crew: 85
  • Armament: one 4-inch (102-mm) gun, one 2-pounder (0.9 kg) gun, two 20-mm guns, one Hedgehog and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1944-1945
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