For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS RED DEER J255 / 196
Commissioned at Montreal on 24 Nov 1941, Red Deer arrived at Halifax on 03 Dec 1941. She was assigned to WLEF, later serving at various times with Halifax Local Defence Force, Gulf Escort Force, and Sydney Force. On 12 Jan 1942, she rescued survivors from the British SS Cyclops, which was torpedoed 125 miles southeast of Cape Sable, the first victim of the epic U-boat campaign off the U.S. east coast. In May 1944, she began a refit at Liverpool, N.S., and was sent to Bermuda to work up late in July. In Feb 1944, she had been allocated to Newfoundland Force, and she continued a member of this force until VE-Day. She was paid off at Halifax on 30 Oct 1945, and laid up at Shelburne, later being placed in strategic reserve at Sorel. Re-acquired by the RCN in 1952, she was never re-commissioned, and was sold in Feb 1959, for breaking up at Sorel.