HMCS Cape Scott

There has been only one vessel named Cape Scott in the Royal Canadian Navy.

HMCS Cape Scott (101) / Escort Maintenance Ship

HMCS Cape Scott 101

Badge of HMCS Cape Scott

A modified Fort-type cargo ship, Cape Scott was launched at Vancouver in 1944 as HMS Beachy Head. She was turned over to the Royal Netherlands Navy in 1947 as repair ship Vulkan. In 1950 she was returned to the RN and resumed her original name until 1952, when she was transferred to the RCN and, in 1953, renamed Cape Scott.

She lay alongside her sister, Cape Breton, at Halifax for some years, providing supplementary workshop and classroom facilities until Cape Breton was transferred to the west coast in 1958. After refit at Saint John, Cape Scott was at last commissioned on 28 January 1959, to serve at Halifax until paid off into reserve.

Her longest deployment was to Easter Island over the winter of 1964-65 with a medical expedition from McGill University embarked. In 1972 she was redesignated Fleet Maintenance Group (Atlantic), but was sold when the group moved ashore in 1975 and left under tow in 1978 to be broken up in Texas.


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