For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS PICTOU K146
Then PV 13
Then Hondurian Flagged Whale-Catcher OLYMPIC CHASER (1950)
Then Japanese vessel OTORI MARU No. 7 (1956)
Then became a barge in 1963
Commissioned at Quebec City on 29 Apr 1941, Pictou arrived at Halifax on 12 May 1941. She joined Newfoundland Command and left St. John's on 06 Jun 1941 with HX.131 for Iceland, one of the first two corvettes to escort an HX convoy. She remained on the St. John's-Iceland run for the rest of the year. After brief repairs at Halifax she returned to St. John's, where breakdowns forced her to turn back from three successive convoys. She finally crossed with H.180 in Mar 1942, to Londonderry, carried out further repairs at Liverpool and, on completion early in Jun 1942, join EG C-4. On 05 Aug 1942, while escorting convoy ON.116, she was rammed in a fog near St. John's by the Norwegian SS Hindanger, suffering severe damage to her stern. After completing repairs at Halifax on 20 Sep 1942, she joined EG C-2. On her return from the U.K. with ON.149 in Dec 1942, she required further repairs at Halifax, followed immediately by refit at Liverpool, N.S. In May 1943, she joined EG C-3, and on 17 Dec 1943 left Londonderry for the last time. From early Jan to 31 Mar 1944, she was refitting at New York, incidentally receiving her extended fo'c's'le. She then proceeded to Bermuda for three weeks' working-up, returning in mid-Jun 1944 to join EG W-5, Western Escort Force. Paid off on 12 Jul 1945, at Sorel, she was sold for conversion to a whale-catcher, entering service in 1950 as the Honduran-flag Olympic Chaser. Again sold in 1956, she served at Otori Maru No. 7 until converted to a barge in 1962.