HMCS Merrittonia

A ship travelling on the water.

HMCS Merrittonia K688.

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

HMCS Merrittonia (K688)

She was named for Merritton, Ontario, the name modification having been suggested by the town council.

Commissioned at Quebec City, Quebec, on 10 November 1944, the Flower class corvette Merrittonia arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, in mid-December and sailed to Bermuda for a month’s work-ups. On her return, Merrittonia was assigned to Escort Group C-7 and left St. John’s, Newfoundland, on 7 February to meet the group, which was westbound with convoy ON.283 from Britain. Thereafter continuously employed on North Atlantic convoy duty, she left Londonderry, Northern Ireland, for the final time at the beginning of June 1945.

Merrittonia was paid off on 11 July 1945 and laid up at Sorel, Quebec for disposal. Purchased by K.C Irving Ltd. Of Moncton, New Brunswick, on 16 November, she was wrecked on the Nova Scotia coast on 30 November 1945.

  • Builder: Morton Engineering and Dry Dock Co., Quebec City, Quebec
  • Laid down: 23 November 1943
  • Date launched: 24 June 1944
  • Date commissioned: 10 November 1944
  • Date paid off: 11 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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