HMCS Collingwood

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HMCS Collingwood K180

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

HMCS Collingwood (K180)

The first Royal Canadian Navy corvette to enter service, the Flower Class Collingwood, was commissioned on 9 November 1940 at Collingwood, Ontario, arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, 4 December, and joined Halifax Force in January 1941. She sailed on 23 May as one of the seven corvettes that were charter members of Newfoundland Command, and in June commenced a six month employment as an escort between St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Iceland.

Early in December 1941 she began a two-month refit at Halifax, following which she resumed mid-ocean escort duties between St. John’s and Londonderry, Northern Ireland. These duties continued, with time off for three minor refits, until the end of 1944. From December 1942 onward, she was a member of Escort Group C-4. Collingwood was involved in one major convoy battle, that of HX.133 in June 1941, when eight ships were torpedoed and six sunk. During her refit at New York City from October to December 1943, she received her extended forecastle.

 She left Londonderry on 16 November 1944 for the last time, refitted briefly at Liverpool, Nova Scotia and then went to Digby, Nova Scotia, to serve as a training ship from April to June 1945. Paid off on 23 July 1945 and laid up at Sorel, Quebec, she was broken up at Hamilton, Ontario in 1950.

  • Builder: Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., Collingwood, Ontario.
  • Laid down: 2 March 1940
  • Launched: 27 July 1940
  • Date commissioned: 9 November 1940
  • Date paid off: 23 July 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 1941-1944
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