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HMCS Galt K163.

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

HMCS Galt (K163)

Commissioned on 15 May 1941 at Montréal, Québec, the Flower Class corvette Galt arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, 6 June.  She was assigned in July to Newfoundland Escort Force and left St. John’s, Newfoundland for Iceland on 25 August with SC.41, her first convoy.   She was to serve on that route until January 1942.

In February 1942, she commenced a refit at Liverpool, Nova Scotia, which was completed on 11 May, and after working up in June was assigned to Escort Group C-3.  She arrived at Londonderry, Northern Ireland, for the first time on 5 June from convoy HX.191, and served on the Newfoundland –Londonderry run for the balance of the year.

She arrived 4 January 1943 at Liverpool for another refit, which was completed at Halifax in mid-April, worked up in St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia, and in June joined Escort Group C-1.  She left Halifax 13 March 1944 for New York for yet another refit, this one including forecastle extension, completing early in May, and a month later left Halifax for Bermuda to work up.  On her return Galt was allocated for the balance of the war to Escort Group W-5, Western Escort Force.

Galt was paid off 21 June 1945 at Sorel, Quebec, and broken up at Hamilton, Ontario, in 1946.

  • Builder: Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., Collingwood, Ontario
  • Laid down: 27 May 1940
  • Launched: 28 December 1940
  • Date commissioned: 15 May 1941
  • Date paid off: 21 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) gun, two 20-mm guns (2 x I), one Hedgehog mortar and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1941-1945
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