For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS HUMBERSTONE K497
Built at Glasgow, Scotland, she was laid down and launched as HMS Norham Castle. On completion she was transferred to the RCN and commissioned as HMCS Humberstone K497 at Glasgow on 06 Sep 1944. After working up at Tobermory she arrived in October at Londonderry to join EG C-8, then forming. She left 'Derry 22 Oct 1944 to join convoy ON.261 for her first Atlantic crossing and continued in service as an ocean escort for the remainder of the war. Humberstone left Londonderry 12 May 1945, for her last convoy, ONS.50, and in Jun 1945 sailed to Esquimalt, where she was paid off on 17 Nov 1945. She was sold to Chinese owners in 1946 and converted for merchant service as Taiwei, subsequently undergoing five more name-changes before becoming the Korean South Ocean in 1954. She was broken up at Hong Kong in 1959.
Convoys escorted during WW II
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