HMCS Humberstone

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HMCS Humberstone K497.

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

HMCS Humberstone (K497)

Laid down as HMS Norham Castle, the Castle class corvette Humberstone was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy and commissioned at Glasgow, Scotland on 6 September 1944.

After working up at Tobermory, Scotland she arrived in October at Londonderry, Northern Ireland to join Escort Group C-8. She left Londonderry 22 October to join convoy ON.261 for her first Atlantic crossing, and continued in service as an ocean escort for the remainder of the war.

Humberstone left Londonderry 12 May 1945 for her last convoy, ONS.50, and in June sailed to Esquimalt, British Columbia, where she was paid off on 17 November.

She was sold to Chinese owners in 1946 and converted for merchant service as Taiwei, subsequently undergoing five more name changes before becoming the Korean South Ocean in 1954. She was broken up at Hong Kong in 1959.

  • Builder: A. & J. Inglis Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Laid down: 30 August 1943
  • Launched: 12 April 1944
  • Commissionning date: 6 September 1944
  • Paying off date: 17 November 1945
  • Displacement: 1,060 tons
  • Dimensions: 76.7 m x 9.8 m x 3.1 m
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Crew: 112
  • Armament: one 4-inch (102-mm) gun, six 20-mm guns (2 x II, 2 x I), one Squid anti-submarine mortar and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1944-1945
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