For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS KAMSACK K171
Then Venezuelan Navy Vessel CARABOBO
Built at Port Arthur, Ont, she was commissioned at Montreal on 04 Oct 1941. She arrived at Halifax on 13 Oct 1941. She joined Sydney Force the following month but shortly transferred to Newfoundland Command, and on 19 Jan 1942, left St. John's to pick up convoy SC.65 for Londonderry. In Jun 1942, after three round trips, she was reassigned to WLEF, then forming, and served in it for the rest of the war. From Jun 1943, she was a member of EG W-4, and from Apr 1944, a member of EG W-3. During this period she had two extensive refits" the first, begun at Liverpool, N.S., on 12 Nov 1942, was completed at Halifax on 18 Jan 1943; the second, in the course of which her fo'c's'le was extended, was carried out at Baltimore, Md., between late Dec 1943 and mid-Mar1944. Kamsack was paid off on 22 Jul 1945, at Sorel and sold to the Venezuelan Navy. On 24 Dec 1945, the Venezuelan ship Kamsack, former HMCS Kamsack K171 arrived at New York City from Sorel, Quebec with a skeleton crew of RCN sailors: Gerald Fitzgerald OIC, Howard Ingram, Leo McTaggart, Maurice Harasym and Clifford Ashton. Renamed Carabobo, she was wrecked on passage to Venezuela in December, 1945.
On 15 May 2016, a memorial monument for HMCS Kamsack Memorial will be dedicated at Cenotaph Park in Kamsack, SK. For more information, please contact Jim Woodward President Kamsack Royal Canadian Legion Br#24