HMCS Shawinigan

The official lineage of HMCS Shawinigan extant commissioned ship.




Per chevron Azure and Argent over all two flashes in saltire between four fleur-de-lis all counter changed.


Shawinigan means "portage on the crest". The reverse 'V' shape represents the crest from which the city derives its name. The upper blue represents the calm river above the waterfalls, which are marked by the white. The lightning flashes are from the Arms of the city. The fleur-de-lis is from the municipal flag, but multiplied by four to match that in the flag of the Province of Quebec, where the city is located.


FAIS BIEN CE QUE TU FAIS (Do well what you are doing)


White and Blue


HMCS Shawinigan has an official affiliation with 62nd Field Artillery Regiment, RCA. This affiliation cannot be transferred to new construction.

Battle Honours

The Second World War

GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE, 1942, 1944; ATLANTIC, 1942-44.


First of Name

  • Corvette, Flower Class.
  • Commissioned 19 September 1941.Footnote 1
  • Sunk by enemy action 25 November 1944.Footnote 2

Second of Name

  • Shore establishment.
  • Coastal Defence Vessel, Kingston Class.
  • Commissioned 14 June 1997.Footnote 3

Operational history

The Second World War

Shawinigan served on escort duties off of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and in the North Atlantic with 'Sydney Force', 'Newfoundland Command', 'Halifax Force' and the 'Western Local Escort Force'.Footnote 4 She was torpedoed and sunk in the Cabot Strait by the German submarine U1228.Footnote 5

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