HMCS Petrolia

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

HMCS Petrolia (K498)

Laid down as HMS Sherborne Castle, the Castle class corvette HMCS Petrolia was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy and commissioned on 29 June 1944 at Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Following workups at Tobermory, Scotland, she joined Escort Group C-4 at Londonderry, Northern Ireland, in August, leaving on 2 September for her first convoy, ONS.251. An ocean escort for the rest of the war, HMCS Petrolia left Londonderry for the last time early in June 1945.

In August 1945, HMCS Petrolia underwent a refit at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and was placed in maintenance reserve at Halifax, Nova Scotia in October.

Paid off at Liverpool, Nova Scotia on 8 March 1946, HMCS Petrolia was sold not long afterward to a New York buyer and renamed Maid of Athens. In 1947, she was transferred to Indian registry and renamed Bharat Laxmi, serving as such until broken up at Bombay in 1965.

  • Builder: Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast, Ireland
  • Date laid down: 21 June 1943
  • Date launched: 24 February 1944
  • Date commissioned: 29 June 1944
  • Date paid off: 8 March 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 (2 x II, 2 x I) guns, one Squid anti-submarine mortar and depth charges.

Battle honours

Atlantic 1944-1945

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