HMCS Lachute

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

HMCS Lachute (K440)

Commissioned at Québec City, Quebec, on October 26, 1944, the increased endurance Flower Class corvette Lachute arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, in mid-November and left for Bermuda on December 2 for 3 weeks of work-ups.

Assigned to Escort Group C-5 at St. John’s, Newfoundland, she left there on January 5, 1945, to escort her first convoy, SC.164. She served the remainder of her career as a mid-ocean convoy escort, leaving Londonderry, Northern Ireland on May 26 to join convoy ON.305, the last westbound convoy of the war.

On July 10, Lachute was paid off and placed in reserve at Sorel, Quebec. In 1947, she was sold to the Dominican Republic and joined its navy as Colon. Deleted from the active list in 1978, she was driven ashore in a hurricane on August 31, 1979.

  • Builder: Morton Engineering and Dry Dock Co., Québec City, Quebec
  • Laid down: November 24, 1943
  • Launched: June 9, 1944
  • Date commissioned: October 26, 1944
  • Date paid off: July 10, 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 single mounts), one Hedgehog mortar, depth charges

Battle honours

Atlantic 1945

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