HMCS Camrose

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HMCS Camrose K154

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

HMCS Camrose (K154)

Commissioned on 16 December 1941, the Flower Class corvette Calgary arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 28 December. She served with Western Local Escort Force until November 1942 when she was assigned to duties in connection with Operation TORCH, the invasion of North Africa. She proved to have mechanical defects that precluded her intended use and instead, she had to undergo three months’ repairs at Cardiff, Wales. In June 1943, she was transferred to Western Support Force and for the next few months was employed in support of Atlantic convoys. She shared with the British frigate HMS Nene and the Canadian corvette Snowberry in sinking U-536 north of the Azores on 20 November 1943. After another refit in Canada, she joined Western Approaches Command and then was assigned to Nore Command on the River Thames in England and stayed there for the duration of the war. Returning home late in May 1945, she was paid off at Sorel, Québec, on 19 June and eventually broken up in Spain.

Commissioned at Sorel, Quebec, on 30 June 1941, the Flower Class corvette Camrose arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 6 June. She was assigned to Halifax Force after working up, but in October joined Newfoundland Command, leaving St. John’s, Newfoundland, on 8 October for Iceland with convoy SC.48. She was employed as ocean escort to and from Iceland until February 1942, when she commenced a major refit at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Upon completion in May she resumed her mid-ocean escort duties for one round trip to Londonderry, Northern Ireland, but was assigned in June to Western Local Escort Force.

In October 1942, Camrose was allocated to duties concerned with the invasion of North Africa. She left Halifax on 20 October for the United Kingdom, and for the next five months escorted convoys between Britain and the Mediterranean. In April 1943 she proceeded to Pictou, Nova Scotia, for a refit lasting five and a half months, including forecastle extension, after which she worked up and was assigned to Escort Group 6. She left St. John’s, Newfoundland, early in December for Londonderry, where she was based for the next four months in support of convoys, especially to and from Freetown, Sierra Leone and Gibraltar. While with combined convoys OS.64/KMS.38, she shared with the British destroyer HMS Bayntun the sinking of U-757 in the North Atlantic on 8 January 1944. In May she joined Western Approaches Command, Greenock, Scotland for invasion duties, escorting convoys to staging ports, and to and from Normandy beaches. She left the United Kingdom on 2 September for another refit at Pictou, followed by workups in Bermuda, returning in January 1945 to become a member of Escort Group 41, Plymouth, England. She served with this group until Victory-in-Europe Day, afterward participating in the re-occupation of St. Helier in the Channel Islands. Camrose left Greenock, Scotland, for home early in June 1945 and was paid off at Sydney on 22 July. She was broken up at Hamilton, Ontario in 1947.

  • Dimensions: 62.5 m x 10.1 m x 3.5 m
  • Displacement: 950 tons
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Crew: 85
  • Armament: one 4-inch (102-mm) gun, one 2-pound (0.9 kg) gun, six 20-mm guns (6 x I), one Hedgehog mortar and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1941-1945
  • Gulf of St. Lawrence 1944
  • Normandy 1944
  • North Sea 1944
  • English Channel 1945
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