HMCS Copper Cliff

A naval ship on the water

HMCS Copper Cliff K495

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

HMCS Copper Cliff (K495)

Laid down as HMS Hever Castle, the Castle class corvette was baptized Copper Cliff when she was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy and commissioned at Blyth, United Kingdom, on 25 July 1944.

After work-ups up at Tobermory, Scotland, in August, she was assigned to Escort Group C-6, but instead joined Escort Group C-7, then forming at Londonderry, Northern Ireland in October.

She left Londonderry to pick up her first convoy, ONS.266, on 16 November, and was thereafter continuously employed as an ocean escort. Copper Cliff left Londonderry for her final westward crossing in early June 1945, and later that month sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia for Esquimalt, British Columbia. There, on 21 November, she was paid off into reserve.

In 1946, she became the Chinese-flag merchant ship Ta Lung, soon afterward renamed Wan Lee, and was taken over by the Chinese government in 1949.

  • Builder: Blyth Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. Ltd., Blyth, United Kingdom
  • Laid down: 29 June 1943
  • Launched: 24 February 1944
  • Commissionning date: 25 July 1944
  • Paying off date: 21 November 1945
  • Ex-HMS Hever Castle of the Royal Navy
  • Displacement: 1,060 tons
  • Dimensions: 76.7 m x 9.8 m x 3.1 m
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Crew: 112
  • Armament: one 4-inch (102-mm) gun, six 20-mm (2 x II, 2 x I) guns, one Squid anti-submarine mortar and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1944-1945
  • North Sea 1944
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