For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS PRESCOTT K161
Commissioned at Montreal on 26 Jun 1941, Prescott arrived at Halifax on 04 Jul 1941 and was attached briefly to Halifax Force before arriving at St. John's on 31 Aug 1941 to join Newfoundland Command. She spent the rest of the year escorting convoys between St. John's and Iceland, but early in 1942 experienced mechanical difficulties requiring two months' repairs at Liverpool, N.S. Resuming her mid-ocean duties on 21 Apr 1942, she made two round trips to Londonderry before being transferred to WLEF in July. In Sep 1942 she was assigned to duties in connection with Operation "Torch", returning to Canada on 04 Apr 1943. Late that month she began a six-month refit at Liverpool, N.S., including extension of her fo'c's'le. After work-ups at Pictou she sailed from St. John's on 19 Dec 1943 for the U.K. to join EG 6, Londonderry. She served with the group, principally as escort to U.K.- Gibraltar/Freetown convoys, until Apr 1944, when its corvettes were replaced with frigates, then joined Western Approaches Command, Greenock, for invasion duties. In Sep 1944 she returned to Liverpool, N.S., for another refit and, after working up, went back to the U.K. to serve with Nore Command until the end of the war. Returning to Halifax late in May 1945, she was paid off at Sorel 20 Jul 1945 and broken up in 1951 at Hamilton.