Flower Class Corvette





Laid down: 20 Nov 1940

Launched: 05 May 1941

Commissioned: 04 Oct 1941

Paid off: 22 Jul 1945

Sold: 1945 to Venezuelan Navy, re-named Federacion

Fate: Broken-up in 1956


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. 


KAMSACK was paid off on July 22, 1945, at Sorel, Quebec, 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. 


Re-named FEDERACION, she served in the Venezuelan Navy until broken up in 1956.



Photos and Documents          Ship's company photo



Commanding Officers


Lt Egbert Randell, RCNR - 04 Oct 1941 - 17 May 1943

LCdr William Charles Halliday, RCNR - 18 May 1943 - 08 Feb 1944

Lt John Foggo Carmichael, RCNR - 09 Feb 1944 - 10 May 1945

LCdr Ross Franklin Wilson, RCNVR - 11 May 1945 - 22 Jul 1945



     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


MADDEN, William P.


died - 16 Dec 1944



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Anson, E.(?), Tel, Charlottetown, PEI


Armstrong, Arthur Edward Button, A/Lt, RCNVR - 10 Feb 1944


Armstrong, L.W., AB, Lto, Halifax, NS


Ashton, Clifford - Dec 1945


Atkinson, Harold Frank, Slt, RCNVR - 17 May 1943 / Lt, RCNVR - 05 Feb 1944


Bell, L., AB, ST, Dunnville, ON


Benoit, Hubert, Lt, RCNVR - 07 May 1945


Browne, Thomas Hay, Lt, RCNVR - 30 Apr 1945


Buscomb, Gordon John, Lt (S), RCNR - 22 May 1945


Campbell, Ian Lorne, Slt, RCNVR - 11 Apr 1942


Carter, C.W., W/T, 383 Beresford Ave, Toronto, ON

Chapman, John S., AB, Ottawa, ON

Cooper, H. (Coops), LS, H.S.D., Victoria, BC

Cosburg, AB, S.D., Toronto, ON

Davies, Robert E., LS, Halifax, NS

Dufour, Danil (sp?), Sto M, 2143

Dwyer, B., AB, Truro, NS


Edmundson, R., AB, Winnipeg MB

Ferris, M.W., AB, LTO, Saint John, NS

Giroux, Sto1, Messena, NY, USA


Gleason, Michael, AB, Edmonton, AB

Harasym, Maurice - Dec 1945


Harbrook, Alan, Coder, Toronto, ON

Hartling, Gordon, AB, Wine Harbor, NS

Hunter, J.S., AA3, Notre-Dame-de-Grāce, Montreal, QC


Ingram, Howard - Dec 1945


Jagger, Stuart Hamilton, Lt, RCNVR - 03 Jun 1944


Jamieson, D., ABLR3, Toronto, ON

Jereh (sp?), J. Sto1, Rotorua, NZ

Jobell, Bob, ABWR2, Kingston, ON


Jones, Davy (Dave), Sto 1c, RCNVR

Jones, G.C., OS, S.D., Lethbridge, AB

Kiley, Carl, G., Sto1, Prospect, NS

Lawson, S., L.V.A., Liverpool, NS

Leroux, Roland, L/Sto, Edmonton, AB

Lussier, W/T, Oakburn, MB

MacDonald, J.F., OS, Souris, PEI

Martini, V.L., CK(S), Calgary, AB

McInnes, R., AB, Halifax, NS


McTaggart, Leo - Dec 1945


Monk, Harold, AB, Ships Harbour, NS


Moran, Paul Albert Victor, Slt, RCNVR - 12 Apr 1944


Murray, Jim, Sig, Winnipeg, MB


Nash, John Bryan, Slt, RCNVR - 31 Jan 1944

Nichols, John, AB


Poirier, Walter, AB, Poireirville, Cape Breton, NS

Pommy, Bill, AB, Winnipeg, MB

Reaney, M., OS, Montreal, QC


Rutherford, Gilbert, ERA, Farnham, QC

Savoy, AB, Lunenburg, NS

Schwartz, W.G., AB, Winnipeg, MB

Smith, W., Sto1, Sydney Mines, Cape Breton, NS


Stowell, Robert Jonathan, A/War (E), RCNVR - 16 Feb 1944


Webber, A/PO, Cox'n, Vancouver, BC


Williamson, Donald Munro, Lt, RCNVR - 18 Jul 1943


Wilson, Ross Franklin, A/LCdr, RCNVR - 05 May 1945

Wise, C.A., ABQR3, Mntreal, QC

Wray, A.C., AB, Hamilton, ON

Yeadon, Robert Lawrence, AB, Halifax, NS

Yeurstey, Jumey (sp?), L/Sto, Sarnia, ON

Ylasgan (sp?), Dan

Young, Kenneth, AB, Goderich, ON




Photos and Documents







(KAM001) The launching of HMCS KAMSACK K171  //  Source: Ken Macpherson / Naval Museum of Alberta / MC-2463

(KAM002) HMCS KAMSACK K171  //  From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain  //  Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

(KAM003) HMCS KAMSACK K171  //  From the collection of Alan E. Hardwick, Signalman, RCNVR  //  Courtesy of Jill Hardwick

(KAM004) Signatures of KAMSACK crew members circa Oct 1941 - Jun 1942  //  From the collection of Edward Brady  //  Courtesy of Sean Brady

(KAM005) Stand easy in the stoker's mess of the corvette HMCS KAMSACK 17 Feb 1943  //  Source: Lt Gerald M. Moses / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-204360





(KAM006) HMCS KAMSACK K171 - Courtesy of Dale Davies  //  This one is certainly 1943: her Liverpool NS refit completed in early 1943 would account for the type 271 and the 20mm on the bridge wings, and the forecastle extension was started in December 1943 in the US. The SW1/2C at here masthead was almost useless for finding U-boats, but it gets a new antenna and survives the war as a very successful air warning set known as the RXC as I recall. (Comments by Marc Milner, Phd, Professor of History)

(KAM007) HMCS KAMSACK K171 C1944/45

(KAM008) List or Manifest Of Aliens Employed On The Vessel As Members Of Crew for Venezuelan vessel KAMSACK'S arrival at New York city on 24 Dec 1945  //  Courtesy of Kevin Ryan