HMCS Beacon Hill

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HMCS Beacon Hill K407 / 303

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

HMCS Beacon Hill (K407 / 303)

Alternatively named for Victoria, British Colombia because there was another ship bearing that name in a Commonwealth navy, the River Class frigate Beacon Hill was commissioned 16 May 1944 at Esquimalt, British Columbia, and arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 11 July, having escorted the escort aircraft-carrier HMS Puncher from New Orleans to New York while en route. Beacon Hill proceeded to Bermuda to work up and on her return to Halifax she left in September to join Escort Group 26, a Royal Canadian Navy support group based at Londonderry, Northern Ireland, but for varying periods was detached to Plymouth and Portsmouth, both in England. She remained in British waters for the balance of the European war, leaving Greenock, Scotland, for home on 28 May 1945.

Intended for Pacific service, she underwent refit at Liverpool, Nova Scotia, from June to November 1945, and sailed from Shelburne, Nova Scotia, to Esquimalt on 22 December. She was paid off at Esquimalt on 6 February1946, but re-commissioned in the summer of 1949 for cadet training. She was again paid off in 1954 for conversion to a Prestonian Class ocean escort, was commissioned as such on 21 December 1957, and served on the west coast until finally paid off on 15 September 1967. Beacon Hill was broken up in 1968 at Sakai, Japan.

  • Builder: Yarrows Ltd., Esquimalt, British Columbia
  • Laid down: 16 July 1943
  • Launched: 6 November 1943
  • Date commissioned: 16 May 1944
  • Date paid off (Final): 15 September 1967
  • Displacement: 1,445 tons
  • Dimensions: 91.9 m x 11.1 m x 2.7 m
  • Speed: 19 knots
  • Crew: 141
  • Armament: (River)two 4-inch (102-mm) guns (1 x II), one 12-pound (5.45 kg) gun, eight 20-mm guns (4 x II), one Hedgehog mortar and depth charges; (Prestonian) two 4-inch (102-mm) guns, six 40-mm guns (1 x II, 4 x I) and two Squid mortars.
  • MOTTO: “Semper Liber” (Always Free)

Battle honours

Badge of HMCS Beacon Hill

  • Atlantic 1944-1945
  • English Channel 1944-1945
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