HMCS Chebogue

A naval ship on the water.

HMCS Chebogue K317.

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

HMCS Chebogue (K317)

Far more habitable ships than the smaller corvettes, the frigates of the River class were also faster and had twice the endurance of the corvette.

Alternatively named for the town of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia because that name was borne by another Commonwealth ship and commissioned at Esquimalt, British Columbia on 22 February 1944, the River class frigate Chebogue sailed for Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 15 March arriving on 12 April. After working up in Bermuda in May, she returned to Canada and was assigned to Escort Group C-1. Following a visit to Yarmouth from 12 to 14 June, she left St. John’s, Newfoundland, on 23 June 1944 for Britain as part of the escort for convoy HXF.296.

On her second return trip, this time as Senior Officer’s ship of Escort Group C-1 with convoy ONS.33, she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-1227 on 4 October, 800 miles west of the British Isles. On 11 October, after some 900 miles under tow by HMCS Chambly, HMS Mounsey, HMCS Ribble, and the ocean tug HMS Earner successively, the towline parted in a gale and Chebogue drove ashore in Swansea Bay, Wales. She was refloated the following day, before being taken to Port Talbot and placed in reserve. In December 1944, she was moved to Newport, Wales to be made ready for a transatlantic crossing under tow, but instead was taken to Milford Haven and paid off on 25 September 1945. Chebogue was broken up locally in 1948.

  • Builder: Yarrows Ltd., Esquimalt, British Columbia
  • Laid down: 19 March 1943
  • Launched: 17 August 1943
  • Commissionning date: 22 February 1944
  • Paying off date: 25 September 1945
  • Displacement: 1,445 tons
  • Dimensions: 91.9 m x 11.1 m x 2.7 m
  • Speed: 19 knots
  • Crew: 141
  • Armament: two 4-inch (102-mm) guns (1 x II), one 12-pound (5.45 kg) gun, eight 20-mm guns (4 x II), Hedgehog and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1944
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