HMCS Buctouche

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

HMCS Buctouche (K179)

Named for Bouctouche, New Brunswick, the Flower Class corvette Buctouche was commissioned at Québec City, Québec on June 5, 1941 and arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on June 12. After working up she joined Newfoundland Force at St. John’s, Newfoundland on July 28. On August 26, she left St. John’s for Iceland with convoy SC.41 and thereafter escorted convoys to and from Iceland until January 1942, when Londonderry, Northern Ireland, became the eastern terminus. In June 1942, she was transferred to Western Local Escort Force, with which she was to remain until the end of the war except for 2 months in the summer of 1944 when she was attached to Québec Force.

On June 28, 1944 she was damaged by grounding in Hamilton Inlet, Labrador, but made Pictou, Nova Scotia, on her own for 2 months’ repairs. After the formation of escort groups by Western Local Escort Force in June 1943 Buctouche served principally with Escort Group W-1. In October 1943 she commenced a 4-month refit at Saint John, in the process acquiring an extended forecastle. She was paid off at Sorel, Québec, on June 15, 1945 and broken up at Hamilton, Ontario, in 1949.

  • Builder: Davie Shipbuilding and Repairing Co. Ltd., Lauzon, Québec
  • Laid down: August 14, 1940
  • Launched: November 20, 1940
  • Date commissioned: June 5, 1941
  • Date paid off: June 15, 1945
  • Displacement: 950 tons
  • Dimensions: 62.5 m x 10.1 m x 3.5 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 1941-45
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