HMCS Orangeville

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

HMCS Orangeville (K491)

Laid down as HMS Hedingham Castle, the Castle Class corvette HMCS Orangeville was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy and commissioned at Leith, Scotland, on 24 April 1944.

After working up at Tobermory, Scotland, in May, she joined Escort Group C-1 at Londonderry, Northern Ireland, leaving on 4 June to meet ONS.239, her first convoy. She spent the remainder of the war on North Atlantic convoy duty, leaving Londonderry for the last time on 21 April 1945 to escort convoy ONS.48.

After refitting at Liverpool, Nova Scotia from May to August, HMCS Orangeville was placed in maintenance reserve at Halifax, Nova Scotia and finally paid off on 12 April 1946.

She was sold later that year for conversion to mercantile use under the Chinese flag and renamed Ta Tung. In 1951, she was taken over by the Nationalist Chinese government, rearmed and renamed Te-An.

  • Builder: Henry Robb Ltd., Leith, Scotland
  • Laid down: July 23, 1943
  • Launched: January 26, 1944
  • Date commissioned: April 24, 1944
  • Date paid off: April 12, 1946
  • Displacement: 1077 tonnes
  • 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 X II, 2 X I), one Squid anti-submarine mortar and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1944-1945

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