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Flower Class Corvette



HMCS North Bay K339

Source: Royal Canadian Naval Association North Bay


Laid down: 29 Sep 1942

Launched: 27 Apr 1943

Commissioned: 25 Oct 1943

Paid off: 01 Jul 1945

Fate: Final disposition unknown


Built at Collingwood, she was commissioned there on 25 Oct 1943. North Bay arrived at Halifax on 29 Nov 1943, and in Dec 1943 carried out workups in St. Margaret's Bay. On completion of these she was assigned to EG 9, Londonderry, making her passage there as escort to convoy SC.154 early in Mar 1944. When EG 9 became a frigates-only group, North Bay returned to St. John's in Apr 1944 and became a member of EG C-4. From 11 Dec 1944 to mid-Feb 1945, she underwent a refit at Sydney and proceeded to Bermuda to work up. On completing this exercise she sailed directly to St. John's to join EG C-2, but later in Apr 1945 she was transferred to C-3 and, on 30 Apr 1945, left St. John's to join convoy SC.174 for a final trip to Londonderry. She returned in May 1945 with ON.304 and was paid off on 01 Jul 1945 and laid up at Sorel. In 1946 she was sold for merchant service and became the Bahamian Kent County II; renamed Galloway Kent in 1950; renamed Bedford II in 1951.



Photos and Documents          The Ship's Bell          Ship's Company Photos



Commanding Officers


Lt B. Hynes, RCNVR - 25 Oct 1943 - 29 Jun 1944

Lt John Norrison Finlayson, RCNVR - 30 Jun 1944 - 11 Aug 1944

A/LCdr B. Hynes - 12 Aug 1944 - 23 Jan 1945

Lt Jack Wiles Radford, RCNR - 24 Jan 1945 - 18 Feb 1945

LCdr Alexander Craig Campbell, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1945 - 01 Jul 1945



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Brown, Arnold Robert Henry, Slt, RCNVR - 11 Feb 1945


Hamilton, Robert Pentrose, Lt, RCNVR - 03 Apr 1945


Henry, Ross Arthur Cecil, A/Lt, RCNVR - 01 Jul 1944

Lawless, Edward Patrick, A/Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944


MacGregor, Ian, Slt, RCNVR - 27 Apr 1945

Simonton, Robert Grant, Slt, RCNVR - 15 Mar 1945


Whittaker, Ralph, A/War (E), RCNVR - Jan 1944



Photos and Documents


Personnel loading a Hedgehog anti-submarine mortar during trials aboard HMCS North Bay, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, October 1943

Source: Lt Gerald T. Richardson / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada PA-114737

M.V. Galloway Kent, former corvette North Bay, converted to a merchant ship by Steel and Engine Products, Liverpool, NS in 1946


Click here to read the back of the photo


From the collection of Hector Dunlop

Courtesy of Jane Dunlop Stevenson, Liverpool, NS


M.V. Galloway Kent

From the collection of Hector Dunlop

Courtesy of Jane Dunlop Stevenson, Liverpool, NS

HMCS North Bay K339

Photo taken from HMCS Wentworth K331

From the collection of Gerald Jenson

Courtesy of James Jenson






(DJ03-DJ04) HMCS NORTH BAY K339 in a North Atlantic storm  (DJ05) "Our new Chief" - Unknown sailor on harbour craft - presumably being taken out to HMCS NORTH BAY K339 in harbour






(DJ06-DJ09) HMCS NORTH BAY K339 conducting a stern fueling while in convoy

(DJ06) Taking up station - heaving line passed to NORTH BAY  (DJ07) Heaving line - attached to heavier cable and then fuel line - being hauled in to NORTH BAY  (DJ08) Fuel line being hauled in to NORTH BAY  (DJ09) Fuel line connected to NORTH BAY






(DJ10-DJ13) Surrendered German U-boats alongside at Lisahally, Northern Ireland - photos taken from seen from HMCS NORTH BAY K339


From the collection of Donald Ross Johnston, Stoker, RCNVR


Courtesy of William Johnston