HMCS Smiths Falls

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

HMCS Smiths Falls (K345)

Commissioned at Kingston, Ontario, on 28 November 1944, the Flower Class corvette Smiths Falls was the last Royal Canadian Navy corvette to enter service. She arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, in late December, and remained there fitting out until 10 February 1945 at which time she proceeded to Bermuda for work-ups.

On her return, Smiths Falls was assigned to Escort Group C-2, in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. She made her passage there as escort to convoy SC.171 in early April, the first of three crossings she completed before the end of hostilities. Smiths Falls left Londonderry in June 1945 for the last time, and was paid off 8 July, being placed in reserve at Sorel, Quebec for disposal.

Sold for conversion as a whaler, she entered service in 1950 under the Honduran flag as Olympic Lightning, but was sold to Japanese owners in 1956 and renamed Otori Maru No. 16. Again renamed in 1961 as Kyo Maru No. 23, she last appears in Lloyd’s Register for 1977-1978.

  • Builder: Kingston Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Kingston, Ontario
  • Date laid down: January 21, 1944
  • Date launched: August 19, 1944
  • Date commissioned: November 28, 1944
  • Date paid off: July 8, 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 x I), one Hedgehog mortar and depth charges

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1945
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