HMCS Buckingham

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HMCS Buckingham K685 / 314

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

HMCS Buckingham (K685 / 314)

Commissioned on 2 November 1944 at Quebec City, Quebec, the River class frigate Buckingham proceeded to Halifax, Nova Scotia. She sailed on 18 December for Bermuda to work-up. She returned in mid-January 1945, and in February was assigned to patrol duty with Escort Group 28 out of Halifax until Victory in Europe-Day. In May, she arrived at Shelburne, Nova Scotia, escorting the surrendered German submarine U-889. She began a refit at Liverpool, Nova Scotia in June, which continued at Shelburne until 20 August, when it was suspended.

Buckingham was paid off on 16 November at Sydney, Nova Scotia, and placed in reserve at Shelburne until 1946, when she was sold to Marine Industries Ltd. 

Reacquired by the Royal Canadian Navy; she was converted to a Prestonian class ocean escort in 1953-54, and re-commissioned for training purposes. Further modified by the addition of a helicopter landing deck aft, she carried out trials October-December 1956, preliminary to the design of the destroyer helicopter carriers. She was paid off for the last time on 23 March 1965, and broken up the following year at La Spezia, Italy.

Badge of HMCS Buckingham

Badge of HMCS Buckingham

  • Builder: Davie Shipbuilding and Repairing Co. Ltd., Lauzon, Quebec
  • Laid down: 11 October 1943
  • Launched: 28 April 1944
  • Commissionning date: 2 November 1944
  • Paying off date (final): 23 March 1965
  • Displacement: 1,445 tons
  • Dimensions: 91.9 m x 11.1 m x 2.7 m
  • Speed: 19 knotsArmament: (River) two 4-inch (102 mm) guns (1 x II), one 12-pounder (5.45 kg) gun, eight 20-mm guns (4 x II), Hedgehog and depth charges; (Prestonian) two 4-inch (102-mm) guns (1 x II), six 40-mm guns (1 x II, 4 x I) and two Squid Mortars.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1945
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