HMCS Kamsack

A ship on the water.

HMCS Kamsack K171.

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

HMCS Kamsack (K171)

Commissioned at Montréal, Québec, on 4 October 1941, the Flower Class corvette Kamsack arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 13 October. She joined Sydney Force the following month but soon transferred to Newfoundland Command and on 19 January 1942 left St. John’s, Newfoundland, to pick up convoy SC.65 for Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

In June, after three round trips Kamsack was reassigned to Western Local Escort Force  and served in it for the rest of the war. From June 1943 she was a member of Escort Group W-4, and from April 1944, a member of Escort Group W-3 conducting convoy escort duties in the western North Atlantic. During this period she underwent two extensive refits: the first, begun at Liverpool, Nova Scotia on 12 November 1942 was completed at Halifax on 18 January 1943; the second, in the course of which her forecastle was extended, was carried out at Baltimore, Maryland, between late December 1943 and mid-March 1944.

Kamsack was paid off on 22 July 1945 at Sorel, Québec, and sold to the Venezuelan Navy. Renamed Federación, she served until broken up in 1956.

  • Builder: Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Port Arthur, Ontario.
  • Laid down: 20 November 1940
  • Launched: 5 May 1941
  • Date commissioned: 4 October 1941
  • Date paid off: 22 July 1945
  • Displacement: 950 tons
  • Dimensions: 62.5 m x 10.1 m x 3.5 m
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Crew: 85
  • Armament: one 4-inch (102-mm) gun, one 2-pound (0.9 kg) gun, two 20-mm guns (2 x I), one Hedgehog mortar and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1942-1945
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