HMCS Morden

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HMCS Morden K170.

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

HMCS Morden (K170)

Commissioned at Montréal, Québec, on 6 September 1941, the Flower Class Morden arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 16 September. She joined Newfoundland Command and left St. John’s, Newfoundland, 23 November to escort SC.56, her first convoy, to Iceland. She continued on to the United Kingdom, however, to carry out two months’ refit and repairs at Southampton, England.  She left the Clyde on 5 March 1942 to pick up westbound convoy ON.73, and was thereafter continuously in service as an ocean escort until the fall of 1943, as a member of Escort Group C-2. Postwar reassessment of U-boat kills credit Morden with the sinking of U-756 in the North Atlantic, 1 September 1942.

After a brief refit at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, in June 1943 and workups at Pictou, Nova Scotia, she sailed for Plymouth, England, to join Escort Group 9. In October Morden rejoined Escort Group C-2 and was given an extensive refit and forecastle extension at Londonderry, Northern Ireland, between late November 1943 and January 1944. She left Londonderry for the last time on 14 November 1944. In May 1945, on completion of a long refit at Sydney, Nova Scotia, and Halifax, she joined Escort GroupW-9 of Western Local Escort Force and left New York on 23 May as local escort to HX.358, the last HX convoy.

Paid off on 29 June 1945 at Sorel, Québec, Morden was broken up at Hamilton, Ontario, in 1946.

  • Builder: Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Port Arthur, Ontario
  • Date laid down: 25 October 1940
  • Date launched: 5 may 1941
  • Date commissioned: 6 September 1941
  • Date paid off: 29 June 1945
  • Displacement: 965.2 tonnes
  • Dimensions: 62.5 m x 10.1 m x 3.5 m
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Crew: 85
  • Armament: one 4-inch (102-mm) gun, one 2-pound (0.9 kg), two 20-mm guns (2 x I), one Hedgehog mortar and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1941-1945
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