For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS MORDEN K170
Built at Port Arthur, Ont., she was commissioned at Montreal on 06 Sep 1941. Morden arrived at Halifax on 16 Sep 1941. She joined Newfoundland Command and left St. John's 23 Nov 1941 to escort SC.56, her first convoy, to Iceland. She continued on to the U.K., however, to carry out two months' refit and repairs at Southampton. She left the Clyde on 05 Mar 1942, to pick up westbound convoy ON.73, and was thereafter continuously in service as an ocean escort until the fall of 1943 - from Aug 1942, as a member of EG C-2. The following is from the memoirs of Larry Restall " We detected surfaced sub (later found to be U-756) attempting to break into convoy at night. I was on the after gun crew during action stations firing at the sub which dived. We attempted to ram but the sub was able to submerge. Passed over sub and dropped a pattern of depth charges. According to German records the sub never reported again." On 22 Oct 1942, the SS Winnipeg was torpedoed and sunk by U-443 while enroute from Liverpool to Saint John, NB. HMCS Morden rescued all who were aboard her. After a brief refit at Lunenburg in Jun 1943, and workups at Pictou, she sailed for Plymouth to join EG 9. She left Devonport on 15 Sep 1943 to join the group on patrol south of the Sicily Islands, but the group was ordered to the assistance of combined convoy ONS.18/ON.202 which lost six merchant ships and three of its escort. In Oct 1943 Morden rejoined EG C-2 and was given an extensive refit at Londonderry between late Nov 1943 and the end of Jan 1944. The work done included the lengthening of her fo'c's'le. She left 'Derry for the last time on 14 Nov 1944. In May 1945, on completion of a long refit at Sydney and Halifax, she joined EG W-9 of WLEF and left New York on 23 May 1945 as local escort to HX.358, the last HX convoy. Paid off on 29 Jun 1945, at Sorel, she was broken up at Hamilton in 1946.