HMCS Sudbury

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

HMCS Sudbury (K162) / Flower-class corvette

Commissioned on 15 October 1941 at Montreal, Quebec, HMCS Sudbury arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 26 October. She joined Sydney Force as local escort to ocean convoys, but in January 1942 joined Newfoundland Command, making one round trip to Londonderry, Northern Ireland. On her return she transferred to the newly formed Western Local Escort Force, and in June to Halifax Tanker Escort Force.

During the next three months, she made two round trips to Trinidad and one to Aruba, escorting tankers both ways. That September, HMCS Sudbury was placed under United States control, escorting New York-Guantanamo convoys. She arrived at Liverpool, Nova Scotia on 26 December for two months’ refit, worked up at Halifax, and then joined Group W-9 of the Western Local Escort Force in June 1943. That September, she was loaned to Escort Group C-5 for her second transatlantic trip, but returned to service with W-9 until New Year’s Day 1944, when she left for the west coast.

HMCS Sudbury arrived at Esquimalt, British Columbia, on 3 February 1944 and later that month commenced refit, including forecastle extension, at Vancouver, British Columbia. Upon completion of this on 10 May, she joined Esquimalt Force for the duration of the war, being paid off on 28 August 1945 at Esquimalt. HMCS Sudbury was later sold and converted for use as a salvage tug, entering service in 1949 under her original name. She was broken up at Victoria, British Columbia, in 1967.

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