HMCS Dawson

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HMCS Dawson K104.

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

HMCS Dawson (K104)

Built at Victoria, British Columbia, the Flower Class corvette Dawson was commissioned on 6 October 1941 and after working up joined Esquimalt Force for local patrol duty. On 20 August 1942, she arrived at Kodiak, Alaska to take part in the Aleutian campaign under United States operational control, returning to Esquimalt, British Columbia, 4 November. She resumed her duties with Esquimalt Force until February 1943, when she again proceeded to Alaskan waters to work with United States naval units until the end of May.

In September, she commenced a major refit, including forecastle extension, at Vancouver, British Columbia, worked up following its completion 29 January 1944 and on 14 February left for Halifax, Nova Scotia. Arriving there 25 March, she joined Escort Group W-7, Western Escort Force.

Early in January 1945, she began a refit at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, on completion of which, in April, she went to Bermuda to work up. The European war had ended by the time she returned, and she was paid off 19 June at Sorel, Quebec. Sold for scrap, she foundered at Hamilton, Ontario, on 22 March 1946, but was raised and broken up.

  • Builder: Victoria Machinery Depot Co. Ltd., Victoria, British Columbia.
  • Laid down: 7 September 1940
  • Launched: 8 February 1941
  • Date commissioned: 6 October 1941
  • Date paid off: 19 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), two 20-mm guns (2 x I), one Hedgehog mortal and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Aleutians 1942-1943
  • Gulf of St. Lawrence 1944
  • Atlantic 1944-1945
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