For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS KENOGAMI K125
Built at Port Arthur, Ont., she was commissioned at Montreal on 29 Jun 1941. Kenogami arrived at Halifax on 04 Jul 1941. She served briefly with Halifax Force before arriving at St. John's on 24 Aug 1941 to join as convoy escort all the way to the U.K., as it lost 18 ships in what proved to be one of the worst convoy battles of the war. In Feb, 1942, after five months' ocean escort duty between St. John's and Iceland, she made her first tip to Londonderry, joining WLEF on her return. She received an extensive refit at Halifax through Jun and Jul 1942, and in Oct 1942 resumed her ocean escort duties with EG C-1. The following month she took part in another fierce convoy battle, that of ONS.154, which lost 14 ships. In Mar 1943, she made one round trip to Gibraltar, escorting follow-up convoys to the invasion of North Africa. On 11 May 1943 she left 'Derry for the last time, attached to EG B-4 (RN) with convoy ON.183. After a two-month refit at Liverpool, N.S., and workups at Pictou, she joined WLEF's EG W-8. In Apr 1944, she transferred to W-4, but in Dec 1944 rejoined W-8 for the balance of the war. During this period she underwent a major refit at Liverpool, N.S., between Jun and Oct 1944, including fo'c's'le extension, followed by three weeks' workups in Bermuda. She was paid off on 09 Jul 1945 at Sydney and broken up at Hamilton in 1950.
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