HMCS Leaside

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HMCS Leaside K492.

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

HMCS Leaside (K492)

Laid down as HMS Walmer Castle, the Castle Class corvette Leaside was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy and commissioned on 21 August 1944 at Middlesbrough, England.

Following workups at Tobermory, Scotland in September, Leaside arrived at Londonderry, Northern Ireland, early in October to join Escort Group C-8. She sailed on 22 October to meet ON.261, her first convoy, and served the rest of the war as an ocean escort.

On 11 May 1945, she made her last departure from Londonderry to join convoy ONS.50. She left St. John’s, Newfoundland in June for Esquimalt, British Columbia where she was paid off for disposal on 16 November.

In 1946, she became the British Columbia coastal passenger vessel Coquitlam, passing into Liberian registry and renamed Glacier Queen in 1958. She was acquired by American interests in 1973 and, for a time, was a floating hotel at Valdez, Alaska. On 8 November 1978, she sank at anchor in Seldovia Bay, but was refloated before being scuttled in the Gulf of Alaska.

  • Builder: Smith's Dock Co., South Bank-on-Tees, United Kingdom.
  • Laid down: 23 September 1943
  • Launched: 10 March 1944
  • Commissionning date: 21 August 1944
  • Paying off date: 16 November 1945
  • 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 (2 x II, 2 x I) guns, one Squid mortar and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1944-1945
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