HMCS Napanee

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HMCS Napanee K118.

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

HMCS Napanee (K118)

Commissioned at Montréal, Québec, on 12 May 1941, the Flower Class corvette Napanee arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 17 May. She was assigned initially to Sydney Force but transferred in September to Newfoundland Command, leaving Sydney, Nova Scotia, for Iceland with convoy SC.47 on 29 September. She served on that route until January 1942 when she sailed with convoy SC.65, the first of many Newfoundland-Londonderry, Northern Ireland convoys she would escort until August 1944. The worst of them was ONS.154, which lost fourteen ships in December 1942. Napanee assisted in sinking one of its attackers, U-356, on 27 December.

In March 1943, she made a side trip to Gibraltar with Escort Group C-1, which she had joined in September 1942. She arrived at Montréal, 22 May 1943 for a five-month refit, including forecastle extension, afterward working up at Pictou, Nova Scotia, and joining Escort Group C-3. Napanee left Londonderry for the last time on 3 August 1944, refitted again at Pictou and then carried out three weeks’ workups in Bermuda. On her return she joined Escort Group W-2 on the “triangle run” (NewYork/Boston, Halifax, St John’s) until the end of the war. Paid off 12 July 1945 at Sorel, Québec, Napanee was broken up at Hamilton, Ontario, in 1946.

  • Builder: Kingston Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Kingston, Ontario
  • Date laid down: 20 March 1940
  • Date launched: 31 August 1940
  • Date commissioned: 12 May 1941
  • Date paid off: 12 July 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) gun, two 20-mm guns (2 x I), one Hedgehog mortar and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1941-1945
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