HMCS Long Branch

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HMCS Long Branch K487.

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

HMCS Long Branch (K487)

Named for a village in Ontario, now absorbed by Toronto, the Flower Class corvette Long Branch was originally laid down as HMS Candytuft but was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy and commissioned on the Clyde, Scotland on 5 January 1944.

In April, following a month’s work-ups at Tobermory, Scotland, Long Branch joined Escort Group C-5 at Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and sailed to pick up her maiden convoy, ONS.233. She developed mechanical defects during the crossing and was under repair at St. John’s, Newfoundland, for six weeks. On 14 June, she left St. John’s to resume her duties, but returned from her next westbound convoy with the assistance of the HM tug Tenacity.

Repaired, she left St. John’s a week later to join HXS.300, the largest convoy of the war, and continued as an ocean escort until her final departure from Londonderry on 27 January 1945. Arriving at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 11 February, she commenced a refit on completion of which, in April, she was assigned to Halifax Force for local duties.

On 17 June, she was paid off at Sorel, Quebec, for disposal. Sold for commercial use in 1947, she was renamed Rexton Kent II (later dropping the ‘II’) and finally scuttled off the east coast of Canada in 1966.

  • Builder: A. & J. Inglis Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Laid down: 27 February 1943
  • Launched: 28 September 1943  
  • Commissionning date: 5 January 1944
  • Paying off date: 17 June 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 1944-1945
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