HMCS Beauharnois

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HMCS Beauharnois K540

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

HMCS Beauharnois (K540)

Commissioned at Quebec City, Quebec, on 25 September 1944, the Flower Class corvette Beauharnois arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia on 20 October, and left for Bermuda on 6 November 1944 for work-ups.

On 30 November, she sailed from Bermuda for St. John’s, Newfoundland, where she joined Escort Group C-4, leaving on 9 December 1944 to pick up her first convoy, HX.324. She was employed on North Atlantic convoys for the next few months, the last one being ONS.45 for which she left Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on 23 March 1945. Among her last duties was acting as escort to the cable vessel Lord Kelvin off Cape Race in May.

She was paid off on 12 July 1946 and laid up at Sorel, Quebec. Sold for mercantile purposes in 1946, she was renamed Colon, but became a warship again in 1950 when she was acquired by the Israeli Navy and renamed Wedgwood. She was broken up in Israel in 1956.

  • Builder: Morton Engineering and Dry Dock Co., Québec City, Québec
  • Laid down: 8 November 1943
  • Launched: 11 May 1944
  • Date commissioned: 25 September 1944
  • Date paid off: 12 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-pound (0.9 kg) gun, two 20-mm guns (2 x I), one Hedgehog mortar and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1944-1945
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