HMCS Frontenac

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HMCS Frontenac K335.

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

HMCS Frontenac (K335)

The Flower class corvette Frontenac was alternatively named for Kingston, Ontario, as the name Kingston was already in use by a British ship. She was commissioned at Kingston on 26 October 1943, arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, in mid-December, and carried out working-up exercises in St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia in January 1944. She was then assigned to Escort Group 9, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and made the crossing in March as escort to convoy SC.154. It was decided, however, that Escort Group 9 should be made up only of frigates, and Frontenac returned to St. John’s, Newfoundland, joining Escort Group C-1 in May.

On 19 December 1944, she left Belfast, Northern Ireland, to escort ON.273, her last westbound convoy, and commenced three weeks’ refit at Liverpool, Nova Scotia in early January 1945. Upon completion, Frontenac was assigned to Halifax Force and sent to Bermuda to work up, but saw little further service before being paid off at Halifax on 22 July 1945.

She was then taken to Sorel, Quebec, but was sold in October to the United Ship Corporation of New York. Frontenac was still afloat in 1957, flying the Honduran flag.

  • Builder: Kingston Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Kingston, Ontario.
  • Laid down: 19 February 1943
  • Launched: 2 June 1943
  • Commissionning date: 26 October 1943
  • Paying off date: 22 July 1945
  • 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-pound (0.9 kg) gun, two 20-mm guns (2 x I), one Hedgehog mortar and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1944-1945
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