For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS KOKANEE K419
Then Indian Pilot Vessel Bengal (1950)
Commissioned at Esquimalt on 06 Jun 1944, Kokanee arrived at Halifax on 24 Jul 1944 and left for Bermuda in Aug 1944 to work up. On arrival at St. John's in Sep 1944 she was assigned to EG C-3 as Senior Officer's ship, and spent the rest of the European war on Atlantic convoy duty. She left Londonderry for the last time on 24 May 1945, with convoy ON.304, and soon after arriving left for the west coast. On 04 Oct 1945 she completed tropicalization refit, but as VJ-Day had intervened she was paid off into reserve on 21 Dec 1945. She was sold to Capital Iron for breaking up in 1947, but re-sold in 1948 to the government of India for conversion to a pilot vessel for the Hooghly River and re-named Bengal in 1950.
RCN Memories: Hands to Dinner
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