HMCS Morden

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

HMCS Morden (K170)

Commissioned at Montréal, Quebec, on September 6, 1941, the Flower Class Morden arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on September 16. She joined Newfoundland Command and left St. John’s, Newfoundland, November 23 to escort SC.56, her first convoy, to Iceland. She continued on to the United Kingdom, however, to carry out 2 months’ refit and repairs at Southampton, England.  She left the Clyde on March 5, 1942, to pick up westbound convoy ON.73, and was thereafter continuously in service as an ocean escort until the fall of 1943, as a member of Escort Group C-2. Postwar reassessment of U-boat kills credit Morden with the sinking of U-756 in the North Atlantic, September 1, 1942.

After a brief refit at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, in June 1943 and workups at Pictou, Nova Scotia, she sailed for Plymouth, England, to join Escort Group 9. In October, Morden rejoined Escort Group C-2 and was given an extensive refit and forecastle extension at Londonderry, Northern Ireland, between late November 1943 and January 1944. She left Londonderry for the last time on November 14, 1944. In May 1945, on completion of a long refit at Sydney, Nova Scotia, and Halifax, she joined Escort GroupW-9 of Western Local Escort Force and left New York on May 23 as local escort to HX.358, the last HX convoy.

Paid off on June 29, 1945, at Sorel, Quebec, Morden was broken up at Hamilton, Ontario, in 1946.

  • Builder: Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Port Arthur, Ontario
  • Date laid down: October 25, 1940
  • Date launched: may 5, 1941
  • Date commissioned: September 6, 1941
  • Date paid off: June 29, 1945
  • Displacement: 965.2 tonnes
  • 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), two 20-mm guns (2 single mounts), one Hedgehog mortar, and depth charges.

Battle honours

Atlantic 1941-1945

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