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HMS Arrowhead K145 - 1940

RCN Photo


Laid down: 11 Apr 1940

Launched: 08 Aug 1940

Commissioned: 22 Nov 1940

Transferred to RCN: 15 May 1941

Commissioned: 15 May 1941

Paid off: 27 Jun 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1959


Built for the RN, she was commissioned at Sorel on 22 Nov 1940 as HMS Arrowhead K145. After arriving  at Halifax on 03 Dec 1940 she carried out workups and sailed on 21 Jan 1941, with convoy HX.104 for Sunderland. There she was in dockyard hands for the two months' work required to complete her fully. After working up at Tobermory Arrowhead joined EG 4, Iceland Command (RN). On 15 May 1941, she was transferred to the RCN and commissioned as HMCS Arrowhead K145.  In Jun 1941 she transferred to the newly formed NEF. For the rest of 1941 she escorted convoys between St. John's and Iceland, proceeding early in Dec 1941 to Charleston, S.C. for refit. Returning to Halifax in Feb 1942, she made one round trip to Londonderry before joining WLEF. In Jul 1942 she transferred to Gulf Escort Force, escorting Quebec/Gaspé-Sydney convoys, and in Oct 1942 joined Halifax Force and for two months escorted Quebec-Labrador convoys. On 30 Nov 1942 she rejoined WLEF at Halifax, to remain with it until Aug 1944. When this escort force was divided into escort groups in Jun 1943, Arrowhead became a member of EG W-7, transferring to W-1 in Dec 1943. During this period she underwent two major refits: at Charleston, S.C., in the spring of 1943, and at Baltimore, Md., a year later. During the latter refit her fo'c's'le was extended. In Sep 1944, she joined Quebec Force and was again employed escorting Quebec-Labrador convoys. In De 1944 she transferred to EG W-8, WEF, and served on the "triangle run" (Halifax, St. John's, New York/Boston) for the balance of the war. On 27 May 1945, Arrowhead left St. John's to join convoy HX.358 for passage to Britain, where she was paid off and returned to the RN on 27 Jun 1945, at Milford Haven. Sold in 1947 for conversion to a whale-catcher and renamed Southern Larkspur, she was finally broken up at Odense, Denmark, in 1959.


Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos


Group on mission to prove there is truth in legends that Nazi submarines went far inland from Canadian Coast - 19 Apr 2013


Commanding Officers

Lt Victor Harrison Torraville, RCN - 22 Nov 1940 - 17 Jan 1941

Lt Edward Ellor Hart, RCNVR - 16 Jan 1941 - 18 Jan 1941

Cdr Edward George Skinner, RCNR - 18 Jan 1941 - 19 Apr 1943

Skpr/Lt Lester Alton Hickey, RCNR - 20 Apr 1943 - 10 Oct 1944

Lt William Percy Wickett, RCNVR - 11 Feb 1944 - 04 Mar 1944

Lt Roy Howard Sylvester, RCNVR - 05 Mar 1944 - 15 Apr 1944

Skpr/Lt Lester Alton Hickey, RCNR - 16 Apr 1944 - 21 Oct 1944

Lt Roy Howard Sylvester, RCNVR - 22 Oct 1944 - 27 Jun 1945


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

ROBERTSON, Henry Wilson

L/Sto, X/41058, RCN

died - 23 Mar 1941


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten



Bell, Charles Edward Wallace


Browne, Randall William


Served in Arrowhead 03 Dec 1941 - 04 Feb 1942



Clark, Joseph Adair Porter


Drafted to Arrowhead 29 Jan 1943 at a Lt, RCNVR

Crossley, Sidney Ross



Froats, Allan




Hardie, Alvin Archibald


Hayes, Gordon Keith




Johnston, George Barnett Cheyne




Kozlowski, Henry



Martin, Earl A.







Parker, Andrew Faulkner


Parker, Gordon McLeish


Drafted to Arrowhead 25 Feb 1945 as Slt, RCNVR





Reynolds, Ellwood Kenneth



 Smith, Geoffrey W.


Spackman, Peter


Sylvester, Roy Howard


Drafted to Arrowhead on 01 May 1943 as Lt, RCNVR


Vondette, Henry William


Served in Arrowhead as a Visual Signalman, RCNVR



Walczak, Joseph Frances (Joe)


Wampler, John


Drafted to Arrowhead on 23 Jun 1944 as Slt, RCNVR

Warwick, William


Drafted to Arrowhead on 05 Mar 1944 at Lt, RCNVR

Wiffin, Roy Thomas Hansford




Young, Robert


Ship's Mascots











 Former Crew Members

Black, Donald Louis, Slt, RCNVR - 17 May 1943


Brocher, LS, RCNVR - 1944 (of Montreal, QC)


Calvert, Philip Woodward, Mate, RCNR - 03 May 1943


Campbell, Gordon David, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1941


Copeland, A., AB, RCNVR - 1944 (of Toronto, ON)


Cole, Hugh Harvey Wilding, Slt, RCNVR - 15 Apr 1944


Culley, John Ross, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1942 / 13 May 1942


Fraser, Arthur Douglas, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

Hickey, Lester Anton, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 05 Feb 1942 / Lt, RCNR - 26 May 1942


Hill, Ted (Trevor)


Jackson, AB, RCN - 1944 (of White Rock, BC)


MacLean, A., LS, RCN - 1944 (of Saskatoon)


Martin, Glenn


Outhet, Murray McLaren, Slt, RCNVR - 26 May 1942


Paterson, James, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 06 Apr 1944

Rigney, William Campbell, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1941


Roed, Botha, Lt, RCNR - 22 May 1944


Smith, John Cowan, Slt, RCNR


Smith, N.A., LS, RCNVR - 1944 (of Toronto, ON)


Suydam, Hendrick Rycken, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Feb 1945


Steedman, John Malcolm, Lt, RCNR - Jan 1945


Taylor, Len


Walker, G., AB, RCNVR - 1944 (of London, ON)


Photos and Documents


Ensign from HMCS Arrowhead K145

This battered White Ensign from the corvette HMCS Arrowhead testifies to the North Atlantic's atrocious weather. Although this flag appears to have been through a battle, the damage is the result of wind and water, which have torn seams and frayed fabric. Before the switch to flags printed on nylon fabric, flags were made of strips of coloured cloth sewn together in the necessary patterns. This flag, damaged during a storm, was kept by Arthur Statham, who served aboard Arrowhead. From 1910 until 1965, Royal Canadian Navy ships flew the same white ensign as Britain's Royal Navy.

White Naval Ensign CWM 19680136-001.  Source: Canadian War Museum

Sailors on HMCS Arrowhead reading the Crow's Nest newspaper


LS A. MacLean of Saskatoon; AB G. Walker of London, ON; AB Jackson of White Rock, BC; LS N.A. Smith or Toronto, ON; AB A. Copeland of Toronto, ON; and, LS Brocher of Montreal


Crow's Nest Magazine - May 1944

HMCS Arrowhead K145

HMCS Arrowhead K145

RCN photo

HMCS Arrowhead K145

From the collection of John Wampler

Courtesy of Barb Ishler

HMCS Arrowhead K145

From the collection of John Wampler

Courtesy of Barb Ishler

Hamilton, mascot of HMCS Arrowhead K145 with John Wampler

Hamilton with John Wampler

From the collection of John Wampler

Courtesy of Barb Ishler


Hamilton, mascot of HMCS Arrowhead K145

From the collection of John Wampler



Article from the Labrador Life magazine telling of a close encounter between HMCS Arrowhead and a German U-boat off the coast of Labrador.




Published with permission of the author, Perry Trimper, and Labrador Life magazine (


Four crew of HMCS Arrowhead at a bar in New York, Jan 1945

HMCS Arrowhead arrived in New York, escorting a convoy of empty ships returning from England.

(L-R) Len Taylor, Ellwod Reynolds, Glenn Martin, Ted (Trevor) Hill

Courtesy of Barb Ishler and Douglas Harman

HMCS Arrowhead K145 Gun Shield Art

Original source unknown

Courtesy of Erling Baldorf

Colourized photo of HMCS Arrowhead K145

From the collection of Elmer Shunk

Courtesy of Lorne Shunk