Flower Class Corvette




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Laid down: 11 Jan 1943

Launched: 13 Jul 1943

Commissioned: 13 Dec 1943

Paid off: 25 Jun 1945

Sold: 1947 to the Dominican navy

Paid off: 1978

Fate: Driven ashore in a hurricane and wrecked, 31 Aug 1979


Built at Quebec City, she was launched on 13 Jul 1943 and commissioned there on 13 Dec 1943. She sailed to Halifax in advance of completion in order to escape the freeze-up, arriving in late Dec 1943, and was not ready for service until Feb, 1944. Late in Mar 1944 she went to Bermuda for workups and upon returning to Halifax was assigned as an unallocated unit to Western Approaches Command, Londonderry. She sailed for the U.K. on 23 Apr 1944 and spent the next four months on escort duties associated with the invasion. In Sep 1944 she was allocated to EG 41, Plymouth, and late in Mar 1945, returned home for refit at Saint John. Upon completion of this refit she was paid off at Sorel on 25 Jun 1945 and placed in reserve there. She was sold in 1947 to the Dominican Navy and renamed JUAN ALEJANDRO ACOSTA. Deleted from active list in 1978, she was driven ashore in a hurricane on August 31, 1979 alongside her sister COLON (former HMCS LACHUTE).



Photos and Documents          Remembering the Heroes of D-Day



Commanding Officers


Lt James Boulton Elmsley, RCNVR - 13 Dec 1943 - 10 Feb 1945


Lt Murray William Knowles, RCNVR - 11 Feb 1945 - 25 Jun 1945



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Bush, Robin Beaufort, Lt, RCNVR - 30 Jan 1945


Copley, Lloyd Guy, A/Wt (E), RCN - 04 May 1945


Crilly, Hugh Albert, Lt, RCNVR - 1944-1945

Laughland, Donald Hartley, SLt, RCNVR - 02 Apr 1945


Russell, Edward Charles, SLt, RCNVR - 26 Mar 1945


Wright, Harold, L/Tel - 1944-1945



Photos and Documents



Picton Boy Was on Corvette Which Saw Much Action


Newspaper article on L/Tel Harold Wright of Picton and Lt H.A. Crilly of Toronto serving in HMCS LOUISBURG K401


Picton Gazette 13 Apr 1945


Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: John Lyons 2018