HMCS Hamilton

A ship on the water.

HMCS Hamilton I24.

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

HMCS Hamilton (I24)

As USS Kalk, she served the United States Navy in European waters during 1919, returning to America to perform training duties for a few months before being laid up at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1922. Re-commissioned in the American Navy in June 1940, she served briefly with the Neutrality Patrol in the Atlantic before being transferred to the Royal Navy at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 23 September 1940.  

Commissioned as HMS Kalk, this Town class destroyer was renamed Hamilton at St. John’s, Newfoundland where, on her arrival on 1 October 1940, she was damaged in collision with her sister-ship HMS Georgetown. She was taken to Saint John, New Brunswick for repairs and, while being undocked there on 26 October, ran aground and received damage sufficient to lay her up for half a year.  She was subsequently offered to the Royal Canadian Navy, re-commissioned at Saint John as a Royal Canadian Navy ship on 6 July 1941, and assigned to Western Local Escort Force. After escorting one convoy, she collided with the Netherlands submarine O-15 at Halifax. Following repairs, she again took up local escort duties, and in June 1943 became a member of Escort Group W-4. She still had not made a transatlantic passage when, in August 1943, she was allocated to HMCS Cornwallis, the naval training establishment in Deep Brook, Nova Scotia, as a training ship.

Hamilton was paid off on 8 June 1945 at Sydney, Nova Scotia, and broken up at Baltimore, Maryland the same year.

  • Builder: Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. Ltd., Fore River Yard, Quincy, Massachusetts, United States of America.
  • Laid down: 17 August 1918
  • Launched: 21 December 1918
  • Commissionning date in Royal Canadian Navy: 6 July 1941
  • Paying off date: 8 June 1945
  • Displacement: 1,069 tons
  • Dimensions: 85.6 m x 9.3 m x 2.6 m
  • Maximum speed: 28 knots
  • Crew: 153
  • Armament:  three 4-inch (102-mm) guns (3 x I), one 3-inch gun, six 21-inch (533-mm) torpedo tubes (2 x III) and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1942-1943
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