HMCS Humberstone

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

HMCS Humberstone (K497)

Laid down as HMS Norham Castle, the Castle class corvette HMCS Humberstone was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy and commissioned at Glasgow, Scotland on September 6, 1944.

After working up at Tobermory, Scotland she arrived in October at Londonderry, Northern Ireland to join Escort Group C-8. She left Londonderry October 22 to join convoy ON.261 for her first Atlantic crossing, and continued in service as an ocean escort for the remainder of the war.

HMCS Humberstone left Londonderry May 12, 1945 for her last convoy, ONS.50, and in June sailed to Esquimalt, British Columbia, where she was paid off on November 17.

She was sold to Chinese owners in 1946 and converted for merchant service as Taiwei, subsequently undergoing five more name changes before becoming the Korean South Ocean in 1954. She was broken up at Hong Kong in 1959.

  • Builder: A. & J. Inglis Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Laid down: August 30, 1943
  • Launched: April 12, 1944
  • Commissionning date: September 6, 1944
  • Paying off date: November 17, 1945
  • Displacement: 1,060 tons
  • Dimensions: 76.7 m x 9.8 m x 3.1 m
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Crew: 112
  • Armament: one 4-inch (102-mm) gun, six 20-mm guns (2 double mounts, 2 single mounts), one Squid anti-submarine mortar, depth charges.

Battle honours

Atlantic 1944-1945

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