HMCS New Glasgow

A ship travelling on the water.

HMCS New Glasgow K320 / 315.

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

HMCS New Glasgow (K320 / 315)

Commissioned on 23 December 1943 at Esquimalt, British Columbia, the River Class frigate New Glasgow arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 17 February 1944 and then proceeded to Bermuda to work up. On her return in late April, she joined Escort Group C-1 and left St. John’s, Newfoundland, with her first convoy, HXS.291, on 15 May. She spent the next five months steadily employed on convoy duty.

In late September, New Glasgow was allocated to Escort Group 26, then forming at Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and for the remainder of the European war served in British waters, based for short periods at either Portsmouth or Plymouth, England. 

On 21 March 1945, she rammed and fatally damaged German submarine U- 1003 off Lough Foyle, Ireland, and was herself laid up for repairs at Rosyth, Scotland, until 5 June. She then proceeded via Londonderry to Halifax and thence to Shelburne, Nova Scotia, where she was paid off to reserve on 5 November.

Eventually rebuilt as a Prestonian Class ocean escort, she was re-commissioned on 30 January 1954 and served in a training capacity until 30 January 1967, when she was paid off at Esquimalt. New Glasgow was broken up in Japan later that year.

Badge of HMCS New Glasgow.

Badge of HMCS New Glasgow.

  • Builder: Yarrows Ltd., Esquimalt, British Columbia
  • Date laid down: 4 January 1943
  • Date launched: 5 May 1943
  • Displacement: 1468.2 tonnes
  • Dimensions: 91.9 m x 11.1 m x 2.7 m
  • Speed: 19 knots
  • Crew: 141
  • Armament: (River) two 4-inch (102-mm) guns (1 x II), one 12-pound (5.45 kg) gun, eight 20-mm (4 x II) guns, one Hedgehog mortar and depth charges; (Prestonian) two 4-inch (102-mm) (1 x II) guns, six 40-mm guns (1 x II, 4 x I), two Squid Mortars.

Motto: Dum Cano Cavete” (When I sing take heed)

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1944-1945
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