For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS LUNENBURG K151
Launched on 10 Jul 1941 at Lauzon, Que., she was commissioned on 04 Dec 1941, at Quebec City. She arrived at Halifax on 13 Dec 1941 and after working up did escort duty between Halifax and St. John's. In Jul 1942, she was transferred to Halifax Force as escort to Quebec City-Hamilton Inlet (Labrador) convoys. Lunenburg arrived at Sydney on 31 Aug 1942 to join Gulf Escort Force, but two weeks later was detached for Operation "Torch" duties. Arriving at Londonderry on 27 Sep 1942, she proceeded to Liverpool for extra A/A armament and in Nov 1942 began a four-month stint escorting convoys between the U.K. and the Mediterranean. At the end of Mar 1943, she returned to Liverpool for a major refit, including fo'c's'le extension, completing on 17 Aug 1943. After a brief sojourn in Canadian waters she was assigned to EG 6, Western Approaches Command, arriving at Plymouth late in Nov 1943. For the next five months she operated in support of convoys between the U.K. and Gibraltar, and between Londonderry and other U.K. ports, as well as patrolling the Northwestern Approaches from her Londonderry base. On 11 Jan 1944, while so employed, she was attacked by U-953 (Oblt Karl-Heinz Marbach) 50N-18W but was not hit. When the group's corvettes were replaced with frigates in Apr 1944, Lunenburg went to Western Approaches Command Greenock, to be based at Portsmouth for invasion duties. For the next five months she was employed primarily in the English Channel. She left Londonderry on 23 Sep 1944 for refit begun at Saint John, N.B., but completed at Halifax in mid-Jan 1945. Following work-ups in Bermuda she returned to the U.K. via the Azores, to serve with Plymouth Command until the end of the war. In May 1945, she visited St. Helier during the re-occupation of the Channel Islands. She left Greenock in mid-Jun 1945 for Halifax, was paid off at Sorel on 23 Jul 1945, and broken up at Hamilton in 1946.