HMCS Lachute

A ship travelling on the water.

HMCS Lachute K440.

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

HMCS Lachute (K440)

Commissioned at Quebec City, Quebec, on 26 October 1944, the increased endurance Flower Class corvette Lachute arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, in mid-November and left for Bermuda on 2 December for three weeks of work-ups.

Assigned to Escort Group C-5 at St. John’s, Newfoundland, she left there on 5 January 1945 to escort her first convoy, SC.164. She served the remainder of her career as a mid-ocean convoy escort, leaving Londonderry, Northern Ireland on 26 May to join convoy ON.305, the last westbound convoy of the war.

On 10 July, Lachute was paid off and placed in reserve at Sorel, Quebec. In 1947, she was sold to the Dominican Republic and joined its navy as Colon. Deleted from the active list in 1978, she was driven ashore in a hurricane on 31 August 1979.

  • Builder: Morton Engineering and Dry Dock Co., Quebec City, Quebec
  • Laid down: 24 November 1943
  • Launched: 9 June 1944
  • Date commissioned: 26 October 1944
  • Date paid off: 10 July 1945
  • Displacement: 970 tons
  • Dimensions: 63.5 m x 10.1 m x 2.9 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 1945
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