HMCS Beauharnois

There has been only 1 vessel named Beauharnois in the Royal Canadian Navy.

HMCS Beauharnois (K540)

Commissioned at Québec City, Quebec, on September 25, 1944, the Flower Class corvette Beauharnois arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 20, and left for Bermuda on November 6, 1944 for work-ups.

On November 30, she sailed from Bermuda for St. John’s, Newfoundland, where she joined Escort Group C-4, leaving on December 9, 1944 to pick up her first convoy, HX.324. She was employed on North Atlantic convoys for the next few months, the last one being ONS.45 for which she left Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on March 23, 1945. Among her last duties was acting as escort to the cable vessel Lord Kelvin off Cape Race in May.

She was paid off on July 12, 1946 and laid up at Sorel, Quebec. Sold for mercantile purposes in 1946, she was renamed Colon, but became a warship again in 1950 when she was acquired by the Israeli Navy and renamed Wedgwood. She was broken up in Israel in 1956.

  • Builder: Morton Engineering and Dry Dock Co., Québec City, Québec
  • Laid down: November 8, 1943
  • Launched: May 11, 1944
  • Date commissioned: September 25, 1944
  • Date paid off: July 12, 1945
  • Displacement: 970 tons
  • 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 1944-45
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