HMCS Fort Erie

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HMCS Fort Erie K670 / 312.

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

HMCS Fort Erie (K670 / 312)

Commissioned at Quebec City, Quebec, on 27 October 1944, the River class frigate Fort Erie arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in December. She worked up in Bermuda in mid-January and, upon her return to Halifax, was assigned to Escort Group 28, a Royal Canadian Navy support group based in Halifax, for the duration of the European war.

She began a refit on 2 June 1945 at Pictou, Nova Scotia, but it was cancelled on 20 August. Fort Erie was paid off on 22 November, and laid up at Shelburne, Nova Scotia.

She was sold in 1946 to Marine Industries Ltd., but reacquired by the Royal Canadian Navy and rebuilt from 1954 to 1955 as a Prestonian class ocean escort. Re-commissioned 17 April 1956, she was generally in service as a training ship until paid off on 26 March 1965 at Halifax. Fort Erie was broken up at La Spezia, Italy in 1966.

Badge of HMCS Fort Erie.

Badge of HMCS Fort Erie.

  • Builder: George T. Davie & Sons Ltd., Lauzon, Quebec
  • Laid down: 3 November 1943            
  • Launched: 27 May 1944               
  • Commissionning date: 27 October 1944                     
  • Paying off date: 22 November 1945      
  • Displacement: 1,445 tons          
  • Dimensions: 91.9 m x 11.1 m x 2.7 m
  • Speed: 19 knots
  • Crew: 141
  • Armament (River): two 4-inch (102-mm) guns (1 x II), one 12-pound (5.45 kg) gun, eight 20-mm (4 x II) guns, Hedgehog and depth charges.
  • Recommissionning date as Prestonian class: 17 April 1956              
  • Paying off date (final):  26 March 1965
  • Armament (Prestonian): two 4-inch (102-mm) guns (1 x II), six 40-mm guns (1 x II, 4 x I), two Squid Mortars.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1945
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