HMCS Chambly

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

HMCS Chambly (K116)

Commissioned at Québec City, Québec, on 18 December 1940, the Flower Class corvette Chambly arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 24 December. After working up she joined Halifax Force, and on 23 May 1941 left Halifax as one of the original seven corvettes forming Newfoundland Escort Force. She served continuously as an ocean escort between St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Iceland until 8 December, when she returned to Halifax for refit. During this period she took part in two major convoy battles: HX.133 (June 1941), which lost six ships; and SC.42 (September 1941), which lost eighteen. In the latter case she had left St. John’s on 5 September with her sister-ship HMCS Moose Jaw for exercises, and when SC.42 came under attack, they received permission to join the convoy off Greenland in support. Just before joining on 10 September, they came upon the submarine U-501 trailing the convoy, and sank her.

Chambly served as a mid-ocean escort to Iceland for the balance of 1941 and then underwent repairs at Halifax from 8 December 1941 to 22 February 1942. She then made a round trip to Londonderry, Northern Ireland, as an escort in March 1942 and on her return to St. John’s on 28 March, was based there to reinforce ocean escorts in the western Atlantic, doubling as a training ship. In September she resumed regular mid-ocean escort duties, with time out for refit at Liverpool, Nova Scotia, from 26 November 1942 to 13 February 1943. From March to August 1943 she was a member of Escort Group C-2, then briefly joined the newly formed Escort Group 9 at St. John’s and, in September, Escort Group 5. In December Chambly returned to Liverpool, Nova Scotia for a three month refit including forecastle extension. After workups in St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia, she resumed mid-ocean duties, this time with C-1, until her final departure from Londonderry on 11 March 1945.

 She was refitting at Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, when the war ended, and was paid off and laid up at Sorel, Quebec, on 20 June. Sold in 1946 for conversion to a whale-catcher, Chambly entered service in 1954 under the Dutch flag as Sonja Vinke, and was broken up at Santander, Spain, in 1966.

  • 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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