HMCS North Bay

A ship travelling on the water.

HMCS North Bay K339.

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

HMCS North Bay (K339)

Commissioned on 25 October 1943 at Collingwood, Ontario, the Flower Class corvette North Bay arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia on 29 November, and carried out work-ups in St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia, the following month. On completion of these, she was assigned to Escort Group 9, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, making her passage there as escort to convoy SC.154 in early March 1944.

When Escort Group 9 became a frigates-only group, North Bay returned to St. John’s, Newfoundland, in April and became a member of Escort Group C-4. From 11 December to mid-February 1945, she underwent a refit at Sydney, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Bermuda to work-up. On completing this exercise, she sailed directly to St. John’s to join Escort Group C-2, but was transferred to C-3 in April, and on 30 April left St. John’s to join convoy SC.194 for a final trip to Londonderry.

She returned in May 1945 with convoy ON.304, was paid off on 1 July, and laid up at Sorel, Quebec. In 1946 she was sold for mercantile use, and in 1947 was renamed Galloway Kent.

  • Builder: Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., Collingwood, Ontario
  • Date laid down: 24 September 1942
  • Date launched: 27 April 1943
  • Date commissioned: 25 October 1943
  • Date paid off: 1 July 1945
  • Displacement: 985.6 tonnes
  • 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 1944-1945
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