HMCS Buctouche

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HMCS Buctouche K179

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

HMCS Buctouche (K179)

Named for Bouctouche, New Brunswick, the Flower Class corvette Buctouche was commissioned at Québec City, Québec on 5 June 1941 and arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 12 June. After working up she joined Newfoundland Force at St. John’s, Newfoundland on 28 July. On 26 August she left St. John’s for Iceland with convoy SC.41 and thereafter escorted convoys to and from Iceland until January 1942, when Londonderry, Northern Ireland, became the eastern terminus. In June 1942 she was transferred to Western Local Escort Force, with which she was to remain until the end of the war except for two months in the summer of 1944 when she was attached to Québec Force.

On 28 June 1944 she was damaged by grounding in Hamilton Inlet, Labrador, but made Pictou, Nova Scotia, on her own for two months’ repairs. After the formation of escort groups by Western Local Escort Force in June 1943 Buctouche served principally with Escort Group W-1. In October 1943 she commenced a four-month refit at Saint John, in the process acquiring an extended forecastle. She was paid off at Sorel, Québec, on 15 June 1945 and broken up at Hamilton, Ontario in 1949.

  • Builder: Davie Shipbuilding and Repairing Co. Ltd., Lauzon, Québec
  • Laid down: 14 August 1940
  • Launched: 20 November 1940
  • Date commissioned: 5 June 1941
  • Date paid off: 15 June 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-pound (0.9 kg) gun, two 20-mm guns (2 x I), one Hedgehog mortar and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1941-1945
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