For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS JOLIETTE K418
Then Chilean navy Vessel IQUIQUE (1946)
Laid down at Morton Engineering & Dry Dock Co., Quebec City on 19 Jul 1943, she was commissioned there on 14 Jun 1944. Joliette left Quebec City on 01 Jul 1944 for Halifax, whence she proceeded to Bermuda to work up. Returning to St. John's in Aug 1944, she became a member of EG C-1 but on reaching Londonderry the following month was re-assigned to EG 25. Returning to 'Derry on 22 Nov 1944 from her first round trip to Halifax, she ran aground in Lough Foyle, receiving extensive bottom damage. (Click here to read Jim Priel's account of the grounding) Repairs were effected at Belfast from 05 Dec 1944 to 05 Apr 1945, after which Joliette went to Tobermory to work up. She then returned to Londonderry, but sailed for Canada in Jun 1945. On 19 Nov 1945, she was paid off at Sydney and laid up at Shelburne. In 1946 she was sold to the Chilean Navy, to serve as Iquique. Interestingly, she led the mission to establish the Chileans first station on Antarctica. Today, RCN personnel serve with the Armada de Chile and some are lucky enough to get to visit the Arturo Prat Base on Greenwich Island. Iquique was disposed of in 1968.