Flower Class Corvette




Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell


Laid down: 06 Jul 1940

Launched: 24 Oct 1940

Commissioned: 17 May 1941

Paid off: 20 Jun 1945

Fate: Sold to civilian use. Final disposition  unknown.


HMCS DAUPHIN K157 was built by Canadian Vickers, Montreal, and commissioned into the RCN June 20th 1941 and arrived at Halifax on 24 May 1941.  DAUPHIN joined Sydney Force. In September of that year she transferred to Newfoundland Command. She left Sydney on 05 Sep 1941 to join her maiden convoy, SC.43, continuing on to the U.K. for further workups at Tobermory and returning to mid-ocean service in mid-Oct 1941 where she was part of the escort for 16 Newfoundland to Iceland convoys. She was then from transferred to Mid Ocean Escort Groups C2, C1 and C3 where she helped escort 9 convoys to and from Northern Ireland, Iceland and Newfoundland.


After December 1942 she was assigned to the Americans lead Mid Ocean Escort Group A-3, which was re-designated C-5 in June 1943. DAUPHIN was involved in three major convoy battles during that time; SC 100 (5 merchants sun), in September 1942, ON 166 in February 1943 (14 merchants sunk) and SC 121 in March 1943 (14 merchants sunk with 1 damaged).


On the night of March 9th/10th U-229 torpedoed the tramp steamers Nailsea Court, which sank, and Colmore, which was damaged and abandoned. DAUPHIN tried to reach a lifeboat containing 37 men from the two ships. DAUPHIN got within 250 yards of the lifeboat when her steering gear failed, forcing her to stop. It took DAUPHIN four hours to repair her steering gear and return to the lifeboat. By then it had capsized and she rescued only three survivors who were clinging to the keel. It is worth noting that the escorts making up A3 were all well over due for rest and refitting. Hence DAUPHIN was taken out of service from April until September 1943.


In the course of a major refit at Pictou from Apr to Sep 1943, her fo'c's'le was lengthened. DAUPHIN left Londonderry for the last time on 11 Aug 1944, underwent refit at Liverpool, N.S., then proceeded to Bermuda to work up. Returning in Jan 1945, she was assigned to EG W-7, Western Escort Force, for the balance of the war where she helped escort 14 convoys from Newfoundland to Halifax and back.


She was paid off at Sorel on 20 Jun 1945, and sold for conversion to a merchant ship. DAUPHIN was converted to a merchant ship at the yards of Steel and Engine Products, Liverpool, NS. Named Dundas Kent, just as she neared completion she caught fire and burned at the pier. Repaired, she entered service in 1949 as the Honduran Cortes. She became the Ecuadorian flagged vessel San Antonio in 1955 and was registered under an Ecuadorean flag until 1988, her name was deleted from the ships register in 1992.



Photos and Documents          The Ship's Bell



Commanding Officers


LCdr Robert Aubern Stuart McNeil, OBE, RCNR - 17 May 1941 - 17 Jan 1943


A/LCdr Matthew Howard Wallace, RCNR - 18 Jan 1943 - 10 Oct 1944


Lt Edward Ross O'Kelly, RCNVR - 11 Oct 1944 - 20 Jun 1945



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Allison, Ossie, PO 


Armstrong, Arthur Francis, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1943


Boucher, Allen, Lt, RCNVR - 14 May 1941 (Stand by) / 17 May 1941


Brassard, Guy Rene, Lt, RCNVR - 07 May 1945


Brown, Frederick Clayton 


Campbell, Dou, PO 


Carey, Bud, PO 


Cheevers, PO 


Cook, L. - 1943 


Cooke, Murray Hamel, SLt, RCNVR - 27 May 1941


Darlington, Art, CPO - 1943


Feuiltault, Guy - 1941-1945 


Fisher, Stan, CERA - 1944

Fletcher, Frederick. - 1943 


Grant, Donald - 1943


Grasse, G., Stoker - 1944


Guppy, Stoker - 1944


Hayes, L/Stoker - 1944


Huffman, Keith Cameron, Lt, RCNVR - 30 Mar 1944


Hunt, John Angus, Mate, RCNR - 17 May 1941


Kent, Allan Charles Wt (E), RCN - 04 May 1944


Knowles, John Irving, Wt (E), RCN - 10 Mar 1945


Lawson, John Eric, SLt, RCNVR - 23 Feb 1944


Little, Herbert Michael, SLt, RCNVR - 02 Mar 1943


MacLeod, John, CERA - 1944


MacNeil, Robert Aubern Stuart, LCdr, RCNR - 12 Apr 1941 (Stand by) CO


Manning, George Percy, Lt, RCNVR - 31 Mar 1944

Minty, Gordon Robert, Lt (E) - 29 Feb 1944


Murphy, L., Stoker PO - 1944


Parsons, Stoker PO - 1944


Sauve, G. - 1943 


Smith, L., L/Stoker - 1944


Spielmon, Stoker - 1944


Stinson, Frederick Thomas, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Feb 1944


Swackhammer, Erol - 1944 


Thomas, Stoker - 1944


Webb, G., PO - 1943 


Wise, Al, Stoker PO 1944


Wood, Stan, CPO - 1943 


Wotsencroft, Bob., PO - 1943 



Photos and Documents







(DAU001) Lieutenant Commander RAS MacNeil and an unknown Sub Lieutenant standing next to their ship, HMCS DAUPHIN. Both men left the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to join the Navy. November, 1942  //  IWM # A-12845

(DAU002) Ronald Grant on the twin .5's of HMCS DAUPHIN in 1943  //  Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

(DAU003) "Jiggs" - HMCS DAUPHIN's mascot

(DAU004) HMCS DAUPHIN 157 (2nd from the jetty), during her refit at Thompson Brothers' yard in Liverpool NS - Aug 1944 - Jan 1945  //  Courtesy of Tim MacDonald

(DAU005) M.V. Dundas Kent, formerly the corvette DAUPHIN, converted to a freighter by Steel and Engine Products of Liverpool, NS, burns at the wharf in Liverpool a few days before ready for sea.  //  Click here to read the back of the photo  //  From the collection of Hector Dunlop  //  Courtesy of Jane Dunlop Stevenson, Liverpool, NS



(DAU006) HMCS  DAUPHIN K157 - RCN photo








(JW01) Ginger the Survival Cat with Tubs on HMCS DAUPHIN  (JW02) John Westell asleep on the upper deck of HMCS DAUPHIN  (JW03) John Westell on a iced-up signal projector on HMCS DAUPHIN  (JW04) "A motley crew" on HMCS DAUPHIN  (JW05) L/Tel Bruce Todd and Tel Henry Graves on HMCS DAUPHIN







(JW06) "Mac" on HMCS DAUPHIN   (JW07) Unidentified sailors painting on HMCS DAUPHIN  (JW08) Chuck Hawkins on HMCS DAUPHIN  (JW09) Unidentified sailors from HMCS DAUPHIN on the jetty in St. John's, Newfoundland  (JW10) John Westell on HMCS DAUPHIN







(JW11) Norwegian Captain rescued from sinking ship  (JW12) Officer of the Watch on HMCS DAUPHIN  (JW13) Quartermaster at the wheel on HMCS DAUPHIN  (JW14) Reloading the depth charge rails on HMCS DAUPHIN  (JW15) Gun deck and Bridge of HMCS DAUPHIN






SS Empire Trader


(JW16) Tubs Yarrow on HMCS DAUPHIN  (JW17) Norwegian sailors rescued from sinking ship  (JW18-JW19) Survivors from SS EMPIRE TRADER on HMCS DAUPHIN


Historical Note:  On 21 Feb 1943 the Empire Trader was ordered sail for the Azores with HMCS DAUPHIN (K 157) (Lt R.A.S. MacNeil, RCNR) after the ship straggled from convoy ON-166. At 22.25 hours on 21 February, U-92 fired two spreads of two torpedoes from a distance of 5000 metres at the Empire Trader (Master Eric Thomas Baker) north of the Azores. One torpedo of the first spread hit on the port side at #1 hold. The vessel continued at 5 knots, but had to be abandoned the next day and the corvette tried to scuttle her with gunfire on Admiralty orders at 20.00 hours in 4827N/2947W. On 23 February, the drifting wreck was last seen by aircraft in 4740N/2846W. The master, 89 crew members and 16 gunners were picked up by the British rescue ship Stockport (Master Thomas Ernest Fea, OBE), transferred to HMCS DAUPHIN (K 157) and landed at St. Johns. (Source: The U-Boat Net)







(JW20) Submarine Detector (name not known) on HMCS DAUPHIN  (JW21) Ritchie as Quartermaster on HMCS DAUPHIN  (WJ22) "All Smiles" on HMCS DAUPHIN  (JW23) SLt Mckenzie on HMCS DAUPHIN  (JW24) Corvettes alongside.  The pendent number is not clear but it is possible K157 - HMCS DAUPHIN







(JW25) HMCS DAUPHIN iced up  (JW26) Unidentified officer on HMCS DAUPHIN  (JW27) Salty Russell Rusch on HMCS DAUPHIN  (JW28) Signalman Richard on HMCS DAUPHIN  (JW29) HMCS DAUPHIN iced up


From the collection of John Westell, RCNVR / RCN / C.A.F.


Courtesy of Ian Westell