HMCS Dauphin

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HMCS Dauphin K157.

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

HMCS Dauphin (K157)

Commissioned at Montréal, Quebec, on 17 May 1941, the Flower Class corvette Dauphin arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 24 May. She joined Sydney Force late in June and in September transferred to Newfoundland Command. She left Sydney, Nova Scotia, on 5 September to join her maiden convoy, SC.43, continuing on to the United Kingdom for further workups at Tobermory, Scotland, and returning to mid-ocean service in mid-October.

After December 1942 Dauphin was employed, almost continuously, as an ocean escort until August 1944 as a member of Escort Group A-3, (redesignated C-5 in June 1943). She escorted three particularly strenuous convoys: SC.100 (September 1942); ON.166 (February 1943); and SC.121 (March 1943).

In the course of a major refit at Pictou, Nova Scotia, from April to September 1943 her forecastle was lengthened. Dauphin left Londonderry, Northern Ireland, for the last time on 11 August 1944, underwent refit at Liverpool, Nova Scotia, then proceeded to Bermuda to work up. Returning in January 1945, she was assigned to Escort Group W-7, Western Escort Force, for the balance of the war. She was paid off at Sorel, Quebec, on 20 June 1945 and sold for conversion to a merchant ship, entering service in 1946 as the Honduran Cortes. She became the Ecuadorian San Antonio in 1955, and still appeared in Lloyd’s Register for 1987-1988.

  • Builder: Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montréal, Québec
  • Laid down: 6 July 1940
  • Launched: 24 October 1940
  • Date commissioned: 17 May 1941
  • Date paid off: 20 June 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 1941-1945
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