Flower Class Corvette



HMCS CALGARY K231, May 1944

Credit: Ken Macpherson / Naval Museum of Alberta


Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1942-45,   Biscay  1943,   Normandy  1944,   English Channel  1944-45,   North Sea  1945



Laid down: 22 Mar 1941

Launched: 23 Aug 1941

Commissioned: 16 Dec 1941

Paid off: 19 Jun 1945

Fate: Sold in 1946. Broken up in 1951


Built at Sorel, Que, she was commissioned there on 16 Dec 1941; arriving at Halifax on 28 Dec 1941. She served with WLEF until Nov 1942, when she was assigned to duties in connection with Operation "Torch." She arrived at Londonderry on 03 Nov 1942 but proved to have mechanical defects that precluded her intended use on U.K.-Mediterranean convoys. Instead, she had to undergo three months' repairs at Cardiff, completing at the end of Mar 1943. In Apr 1943 she returned to Canada, arriving at St. John's, NFLD on 30 Apr 1943 with HMCS Algoma K127 as escorts for convoy ON.179, then rejoined WLEF. In Jun 1943, she was transferred to EG-5, Western Support Force, and sailed for the U.K. with convoy SC.133. For the next few months she was employed in support of Atlantic convoys and, on 20 Nov 1943, shared in sinking U-536 north of the Azores. Calgary returned to Canada early in 1944 for refit at Liverpool, N.S., completing on 17 Mar 1944. After working up at Halifax, she left on 02 May 1944 for the U.K. to join Western Approaches Command, Greenock, for invasion duties. Initially based at Sheerness, she was moved to Nore Command in September for the duration of the war. Returning home late in May 1945, she was paid off at Sorel on 19 Jun 1945 and sold in 1946 to Victory Transport & Salvage Co. She was broken up at Hamilton in 1951.


U-Boats Sunk:  U-536 sunk on 20 Nov 1943 by HMCS Nene K270, HMCS Snowberry K166 and HMCS Calgary K231 in position 43-50 N, 19-39 W



Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos


1942-1945 wartime film footage aboard HMCS CALGARY K231 (youtube video)



Commanding Officers


Lt Gerald Lancaster, RCNR - 16 Dec 1941 - 19 Jun 1942

A/LCdr Henry Knox Hill, RCNVR - 20 Jun 1942 - 17 Mar 1944

Lt Aubrey Alvin Randle Dykes, RCNR - 18 Mar 1944 - 15 Sep 1944

Lt L.D.M. Saunders, RCNVR - 16 Sep 1944 - 25 May 1945

Lt George McCraney Orr, RCNVR - 26 May 1945 - 19 June 1945



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Bique (Beique ??), Leon, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 25 May 1943 / 26 May 1943


Chappell, Norman Russell, Lt, RCNVR - 21 May 1943


Charles, Peter Robert Leslie, SLt, RCNVR - Jan 1942


Evans, John Roy, S/t RCNVR - 07 Mar 1945


Frosst, Eliot Ballantyne, SLt, RCNVR - 10 Mar 1944


Galley, Frank A/War (E), RCNR - Jan 1944

Hutchings, Ernest Frederick, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Feb 1944


Irwin, Robert Wilkie, SLt, RCNVR - 02 Mar 1945


Kristjanson, Gustav, A/Lt, RCNVR - 23 Feb 1945


Orr, George McCraney, SLt, RCNVR - 22 Jun 1943


Smith, Neville Irwin, SLt, RCNVR - 08 Jun 1943


Trainor, William Holl, Lt, RCNVR - 24 Apr 1944


Wright, Elwin Temple, SLt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1943



Photos and Documents







(CGY001) Crew of HMCS CALGARY K231 - date and place unknown  //  Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

(CGY002) Gunshield artwork on HMCS CALGARY K231  //  Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

(CGY003) HMCS CALGARY K231 - 1943  //  Courtesy of Erling Baldorf





From the collection of Gerald (Gerry) Lancaster, Cdr, RCN(R)

Courtesy of John Lancaster