HMCS Dauphin

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

HMCS Dauphin K157

Commissioned at Montréal, Quebec, on May 17, 1941, the Flower Class corvette HMCS Dauphin arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on May 24. She joined Sydney Force late in June and in September transferred to Newfoundland Command. She left Sydney, Nova Scotia, on September 5 to join her maiden convoy, SC.43, continuing on to the United Kingdom for further workups at Tobermory, Scotland, and returning to mid-ocean service in mid-October.

After December 1942 HMCS Dauphin was employed, almost continuously, as an ocean escort until August 1944 as a member of Escort Group A-3, (redesignated C-5 in June 1943). She escorted 3 particularly strenuous convoys: SC.100 (September 1942); ON.166 (February 1943); and SC.121 (March 1943).

In the course of a major refit at Pictou, Nova Scotia, from April to September 1943 her forecastle was lengthened. HMCS Dauphin left Londonderry, Northern Ireland, for the last time on August 11, 1944, underwent refit at Liverpool, Nova Scotia, then proceeded to Bermuda to work up. Returning in January 1945, she was assigned to Escort Group W-7, Western Escort Force, for the balance of the war. She was paid off at Sorel, Quebec, on June 20, 1945 and sold for conversion to a merchant ship, entering service in 1946 as the Honduran Cortes. She became the Ecuadorian San Antonio in 1955, and still appeared in Lloyd’s Register for 1987-1988.

  • Builder: Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montréal, Québec
  • Laid down: July 6, 1940
  • Launched: October 24, 1940
  • Date commissioned: May 17, 1941
  • Date paid off: June 20, 91945
  • 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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