HMCS Jonquiere

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HMCS Jonquiere K318 / 318.

HMCS Jonquiere (K318 / 318)

Far more habitable ships than the smaller corvettes, the frigates of the River class were also faster and had twice the endurance of the corvette. The ships of the Royal Canadian Navy were named for towns and cities. 

Commissioned at Quebec City, Quebec on 10 May 1944, Jonquiere, a River class frigate, arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 5 June and proceeded from there to Bermuda to work-up. Returning in August, Jonquiere was assigned to Escort Group C-2, and after three Atlantic crossings was transferred to Escort Group 26 at Londonderry, Northern Ireland. She was also based at Portsmouth and Plymouth, remaining in United Kingdom waters on anti-submarine patrol until 27 May 1945, when she sailed with convoy ON.305, the last westbound convoy.

Paid off on 4 December 1945 at Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Jonquiere was later taken to Lauzon, Quebec, for conversion to a Prestonian class ocean escort, re-commissioning 20 September 1954. She was finally paid off on 12 September 1966 and broken up at Victoria, British Columbia, the following year.

Badge of HMCS Jonquiere.

Badge of HMCS Jonquiere.

  • Builder: Davie Shipbuilding and Repairing Co. Ltd., Lauzon, Quebec
  • Laid down: 26 January 1943
  • Launched: 28 October 1943
  • Date commissioned: 10 May 1944
  • Date paid off: 23 September 1966
  • Displacement: 1,445 tons
  • Dimensions: 91.9 m x 11.1 m x 2.7 m
  • Speed: 19 knots
  • Crew: 141
  • Armament: (River) two 4-inch (102-mm) guns (1 x II), one 12-pound (5.45 kg) gun, eight 20-mm guns (4 x II), Hedgehog and depth charges; (Prestonian) two 4-inch (102-mm) guns (1 x II), six 40-mm guns (1 x II, 4 x I), two Squid Mortars.

Motto: Au sommet par le devoir (To the summit by duty)

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1944
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