HMCS Forest Hill

A ship on the water.

HMCS Forest Hill K486.

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

HMCS Forest Hill (K486)

Named for a village absorbed by Toronto, the Flower class corvette Forest Hill was laid down as HMS Ceanothus, but was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy and commissioned on 1 December 1943 on the Clyde, Scotland.

Following work-ups at Tobermory, Scotland, she joined Escort Group C-3 at Londonderry, Northern Ireland, leaving on 29 January 1944 to join her first convoy, ONS.28. She served as an ocean escort until late December, when she sailed to Liverpool, Nova Scotia for an extended refit. Upon completion of this refit two months later, Forest Hill sailed for Bermuda to work-up and joined Halifax Force for local duties in April 1945.

Paid off on 9 July 1945 and laid up at Sorel, Quebec; she was broken up at Hamilton, Ontario, in 1948.

  • Builder: Ferguson Bros. Ltd., Port Glasgow, Scotland
  • Laid down: 5 February 1943
  • Launched: 30 August 1943
  • Commissionning date: 1 December 1943
  • Paying off date: 9 July 1945
  • Ex-HMS Ceanothus of the Royal Navy
  • Displacement: 970 tons
  • Dimensions: 63.5 m x 10.1 m x 2.9 m
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Crew: 85
  • Armament: one 4-inch (102-mm) gun, one 2-pounder (0.9 kg) gun, two 20-mm guns (2 x I), one Hedgehog and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1944
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