HMCS North Bay

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

HMCS North Bay (K339)

Commissioned on October 25, 1943, at Collingwood, Ontario, the Flower Class corvette North Bay arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on November 29, and carried out work-ups in St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia, the following month. On completion of these, she was assigned to Escort Group 9, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, making her passage there as escort to convoy SC.154 in early March 1944.

When Escort Group 9 became a frigates-only group, North Bay returned to St. John’s, Newfoundland, in April and became a member of Escort Group C-4. From December 11, to mid-February 1945, she underwent a refit at Sydney, Nova Scotia, and proceeded to Bermuda to work-up. On completing this exercise, she sailed directly to St. John’s to join Escort Group C-2, but was transferred to C-3 in April, and on April 30 left St. John’s to join convoy SC.194 for a final trip to Londonderry.

She returned in May 1945 with convoy ON.304, was paid off on July 1, and laid up at Sorel, Quebec. In 1946, she was sold for mercantile use, and in 1947 was renamed Galloway Kent.

  • Builder: Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., Collingwood, Ontario
  • Date laid down: September 24, 1942
  • Date launched: April 27, 1943
  • Date commissioned: October 25, 1943
  • Date paid off: July 1, 1945
  • Displacement: 985.6 tonnes
  • 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, and depth charges.

Battle honours

Atlantic 1944-1945

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