HMCS Huntsville

A ship on the water.

HMCS Huntsville K499.

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

HMCS Huntsville (K499)

Laid down as HMS Woolvesey Castle, the Castle class corvette Huntsville was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy and commissioned on 6 June 1944 on the Clyde.

She worked up at Stornoway, Scotland early in July and joined Escort Group C-5 at Londonderry, Northern Ireland, later that month, leaving on 11 August for ONS.248, her first convoy. In November 1944, Huntsville missed a trans-Atlantic convoy while under repair at Halifax, Nova Scotia, and acted as local escort to one convoy from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to New York—seemingly the only ship of her class to visit there.

Rejoining the Atlantic convoy cycle in December, she left Londonderry for the last time on 16 April 1945 to meet ON.297. In May, she commenced refit at Halifax, completed in August, and in September was placed in reserve.

She was paid off for disposal on 15 February 1946 and sold that year, entering service in 1947 as SS Wellington Kent. Renamed Belle Isle II in 1951, she was sunk in collision off Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, on 19 August 1960.

  • Builder: Aisla Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Troon, Scotland
  • Laid down: 1 June 1943
  • Launched: 24 February 1944
  • Commissionning date: 6 June 1944
  • Paying off date: 15 February 1946
  • Ex-HMS Woolvesey Castle of the Royal Navy
  • 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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