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HMCS BEAUHARNOIS K540

Then Merchant Vessel COLON (1946)

Then INS WEDGEWOOD  (1948)

Then INS HaSHOMER

HMCS Beauharnois K540

 

Laid down: 08 Nov 1943

Launched: 11 May 1944

Commissioned: 25 Sep 1944

Paid off: 12 Jul 1945

Acquired by Israeli Navy: 1948

Commissioned: 09 Jun 1948

Paid off: 1954

Fate: Broken up in 1956

 

Built at Quebec City, Beauharnois was commissioned there on 25 Sep 1944. She arrived at Halifax on 20 Oct 1944 and left for Bermuda on 06 Nov 1944 to work up. On 30 Nov 1944 she sailed from Bermuda for St. John's where she joined EG C-4, leaving on 09 Dec 1944 to pick up her first convoy, HX.324. She was employed on North Atlantic convoys for the next few months, the last one being ONS.45, for which she left Londonderry on 23 Mar 1945. Among her last duties was acting as escort to the cable vessel Lord Kelvin off Cape Race in May. She was paid off on 12 Jul 1945 and laid up at Sorel. Sold for mercantile purposes in 1946, she was renamed Colon, but became a warship again when she was acquired by the Israeli navy. Beauharnois was sold to the Israeli Navy in 1948.  Commissioned as INS Wedgewood K18 on 09 Jun 1948, she was later renamed INS HaShomer.  She was paid off by the Israeli Navy in 1954 and broken up in Israel in 1956.

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr Eric Claude Smith, RCNVR - 25 Sep 1944 - 20 May 1945

Lt Jonathan Malcolm Pretty, RCNVR - 21 May 1945 - 12 Jul 1945

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

E-F

Ferguson, Elmer Alexander

1926-2016

 

 

 

 

S-T

Sherwin, Lyle B.

____-2009

 

 

 

 

 

 Former Crew Members

Brennan, Patrick Emmett, Slt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1945

Young, William John, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 11 May 1944

 

 

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