HMCS New Liskeard

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HMCS New Liskeard J397 / 168.

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

HMCS New Liskeard (J397 / 168)

The New Liskeard was an Algerine Class minesweeper. The Algerine Class ships were designed as small vessels that could serve in several roles and not just as minesweepers. Their predecessors, the Bangor Class minesweepers, were bluff-bowed ships, very wet in a head sea, and arguably less comfortable even than corvettes in rough weather. These faults were eliminated in the Algerine Class, all twelve of which were built at Port Arthur, now Thunder Bay, Ontario. Intended as convoy escorts, they were not fitted with minesweeping gear. The Algerines found particular favour as Senior Officers’ ships in Western Local groups.

Commissioned at Port Arthur on 21 November 1944, New Liskeard arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 15 December and proceeded to Bermuda for work-ups in March 1945. Upon her return in April, she was assigned to Escort Group W-8 of Western Escort Force. When that group was disbanded in June, she was allocated to the training establishment HMCS Cornwallis in Deep Brook, Nova Scotia, as a training ship from July to September. She was then placed in maintenance reserve, first at Sydney, Nova Scotia, and then at Halifax, until the end of the year.

Badge of HMCS New Liskeard.

Badge of HMCS New Liskeard.

Refitted at Halifax, she was re-commissioned on 9 April 1946 as a training ship for cadets. On 22 April 1958, she was paid off and converted to an oceanographic research vessel, serving as such until 1 May 1969. Later that year, she was taken to Dartmouth Cove, Nova Scotia for breaking up.

  • Builder: Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Port Arthur, Ontario
  • Date laid down: 8 July 1943
  • Date launched: 14 January 1944
  • Date commissioned: 21 November 1944
  • Date paid off: 8 April 1946
  • Displacement: 1006 tonnes
  • Dimensions: 68.6 m x 10.8 m x 2.6 m
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Crew: 107
  • Armament: one 4-inch (102-mm) gun, eight 20-mm guns (4 x II), one Hedgehog mortar and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1945
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