HMCS Brantford

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HMCS Brantford K218

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

HMCS Brantford (K218)

Commissioned on 5 May 1942 at Montreal, Quebec, the Flower class corvette Brantford arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 30 May. After working up at Pictou, Nova Scotia, she joined Western Local Escort Force in July. When this force was divided into escort groups in June 1943, she became a member of Escort Group W-3, transferring to W-2 in April 1944. Loaned in June 1944 to Escort Group W-3 for one round trip to Londonderry, Northern Ireland, she left Halifax on 2 June 1944 with convoy HX.294 and returned at the end of the month with convoy ONS.242.

Brantford underwent two refits during her career: the first at Quebec City, Quebec, during the summer of 1943; the second at Sydney, Nova Scotia, completing 12 September 1944, after which she was assigned to HMCS Cornwallis for training duties until the end of the war. Her forecastle was never lengthened.

She was paid off on 27 August 1945 at Sorel, Quebec, sold for conversion as a whale-catcher, and in 1950 entered service as the Honduran Olympic Arrow. Sold into Japanese hands, she was renamed Otori Maru No. 11 in 1956, and Kyo Maru No. 21 in 1961. She last appeared in Lloyd’s Register for 1972-1973.

  • Builder: Midland Shipyards Ltd., Midland, Ontario
  • Laid down: 24 February 1941
  • Launched: 6 September 1941
  • Commissionning date: 15 May 1942
  • Paying off date: 17 August 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-pounder (0.9 kg) gun, two 20-mm guns (2 x I), one Hedgehog mortar and depth charges

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1942-1945
  • Gulf of St. Lawrence 1942
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