HMCS Lauzon

A ship travelling on the water.

HMCS Lauzon K671 / 322.

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

HMCS Lauzon (K671 / 322)

Commissioned on 30 August 1944 at Quebec City, Quebec, the River Class frigate Lauzon arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, in mid-October, and then spent three weeks on work-ups in Bermuda. She arrived at St. John’s, Newfoundland on 30 November to join Escort Group C-6, and was continuously employed as a mid-ocean escort until Victory in Europe-Day. She left Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 13 June for the last time, and that summer was employed as a troop carrier between St. John’s and Quebec City.

Paid off on 7 November 1945, Lauzon was laid up in reserve at Shelburne, Nova Scotia until purchased in 1946 by Marine Industries Ltd. The Royal Canadian Navy reacquired her in 1951 for conversion to a Prestonian Class ocean escort. She was re-commissioned on 12 December 1953, and assumed a training role on the east coast until finally paid off on 24 May 1963. She was sold the following year to a Toronto, Ontario, buyer, presumably for scrap.

Badge of HMCS Lauzon.

Badge of HMCS Lauzon.

  • Builder: George T. Davie & Sons Ltd., Lauzon, Quebec.
  • Laid down: 2 July 1943
  • Launched: 10 June 1944
  • Date commissioned: 30 August 1944
  • Date paid off: 7 November 1945
  • Recommissioned as Prestonian Class: 12 December 1953
  • Date paid off (final): 24 May 1963
  • 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) (1 x II) gun, one 12-pound (5.45 kg) gun, eight 20-mm (4 x II) guns, one Hedgehog mortar 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.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1944-1945
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