HMCS Penetang

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

HMCS Penetang (K676 / 316)

Named for Penetanguishene, Ontario the River Class frigate Penetang was commissioned on 19 October 1944 at Québec City. She left on 6 November for Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in December proceeded to Bermuda to work up. Returning northward in January 1945, she joined convoy HX.331 at New York as local escort. She was allocated in February to Escort Group C-9, and made the crossing, as an escort to convoy SC.168 to the group’s base in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. She spent the rest of the war as a mid-ocean escort. She then returned to Canada in June 1945 and was employed as a troop carrier between St. John’s, Newfoundland and Québec City. She was paid off on 10 November and laid up at Shelburne, Nova Scotia.

She was sold in December 1945 to Marine Industries Ltd., but later reacquired and converted to a Prestonian Class ocean escort, re-commissioning on 1 June 1954. Again paid off on 25 January 1956, she was lent to the Royal Norwegian Navy on 10 March 1956 and renamed Draug. Transferred outright three years later, she served until 1966 and was then broken up.

  • Builder: Davie Shipbuilding and Repairing Co. Ltd., Lauzon, Québec
  • Date laid down: 22 September 1943
  • Date launched: 6 July 1944
  • Date commissioned: 19 October 1944
  • Date paid off: 10 November 1945
  • Date re-commissioned as Prestonian Class: 1 June 1954
  • Date paid off (final): 25 January 1956
  • Displacement: 1468.2 tons
  • Dimensions: 91.9 m x 11.1 m x 2.7 m
  • Speed: 19 knots
  • Crew: 141
  • Armament: (River) two 4-inch (102-mm) (1 x II), one 12-pound (5.45 kg) gun, eight 20-mm guns (4 x II), one Hedgehog mortar and depth charges; (Prestonian) two 4-inch (102-mm) guns (1 x II), six 40-mm guns (1 x II, 4 x I), and two Squid Mortars.

Battle honours

Atlantic 1945

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