HMCS Dunvegan

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HMCS Dunvegan K177.

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

HMCS Dunvegan (K177)

The Flower Class corvette Dunvegan was commissioned at Sorel, Quebec, on 9 September 1941, and arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, a week later. She joined Sydney Force after working up, but in mid-November was transferred to Newfoundland Command, leaving St. John’s, Newfoundland for Iceland on 18 November as ocean escort to convoy SC.55. On her return, she underwent repairs at Halifax, and on their completion, in January 1942, was assigned briefly to Western Local Escort Force. Resuming her duties as ocean escort with Newfoundland Command, she arrived at Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on 10 March. In succeeding weeks she made two more round trips to Londonderry, leaving that port for the last time in mid-June 1942.

On reaching Halifax, she was assigned to Western Local Escort Force and in June 1943 to its convoy Escort Group W-8. In October 1943, she proceeded to Baltimore, Maryland, for a refit that included forecastle extension and lasted until the end of the year. She then carried out workups at Norfolk, Virginia, completing the process in Bermuda after some repairs at Halifax. On her return she resumed her duties with Western Local Escort Force, from April 1944 onwards as a member of Escort Group W-6.  On 7 May 1945, Dunvegan left Halifax as a local escort to convoy SC.175, but was detached on 10 May to act, with the minesweeper HMCS Rockcliffe, as escort to the surrendered submarine U-889. She was paid off on 3 July 1945 at Sydney, Nova Scotia, and sold in 1945 to Venezuelan Navy, serving as Independencia until broken up in 1953.

  • Builder: Marine Industries Ltd., Sorel, Québec.
  • Laid down: 30 August 1940
  • Launched: 11 December 1940
  • Date commissioned: 9 September 1941
  • Date paid off: 3 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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