HMCS Hespeler

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HMCS Hespeler K489.

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

HMCS Hespeler (K489)

Laid down as HMS Guildford Castle, the Castle class corvette Hespeler was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy and commissioned on 28 February 1944 at Leith, Scotland.

Following workups at Tobermory, Scotland, she arrived at Londonderry, Northern Ireland in April to become a member of Escort Group C-5. Hespeler sailed on 21 April to meet her first convoy, ONS.233, and for the next eleven months was employed as an ocean escort.

On 23 July 1944, she left St. John’s, Newfoudland with Escort Group C-5 to escort the largest convoy of the war, HXS.300, and on 9 September, while temporarily on patrol duty south of the Hebrides, she sank the German submarine U 484 in co-operation with HMCS Dunver.

She left Londonderry for the last time on 8 March 1945, to escort ON.289 westward, and upon arriving at Halifax, Nova Scotia, began a refit, completing at Liverpool, Nova Scotia in July. She then sailed for the west coast and on 15 November was paid off into reserve at Esquimalt, British Columbia.

Sold for mercantile use in 1946, she was renamed Chilcotin, then in 1958 she became the Liberian-flag Capri, and the Panamanian Stella Maris in 1960. Again under the Liberian flag, she was renamed Westar in 1965. She was gutted by fire at Sarroch, Sardinia on 28 January 1966 and broken up at La Spezia, Italy.

  • Builder: Henry Robb Ltd., Leith, Scotland.
  • Laid down: 25 May 1943
  • Launched: 13 November 1943
  • Commissionning date: 28 February 1944
  • Paying off date: 15 November 1945
  • Displacement: 1,060 tons
  • Dimensions: 76.7 m x 9.8 m x 3.05 m
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Crew: 112
  • Armament: one 4-inch (102 mm) gun, six 20-mm (2 x II, 2 x I) guns, one Squid anti-submarine mortar and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1944-1945
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