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HMCS RIBBLE K525
Then HMS RIBBLE K525 (1945)
Named for an English river, she was laid down as HMS Duddon. Renamed HMS Ribble in Jun 1943, she was transferred to the RCN and commissioned on 24 Jul 1944 as HMCS Ribble at Blyth, U.K. After workups at Tobermory she arrived at Londonderry on 04 Sep 1944 to join the newly formed EG 26 the following month. She spent her whole career with this group, based much of the time at Portsmouth and Plymouth, and from 07-09 Oct 1944, towed the damaged HMCS Chebogue toward Swansea, Wales. On 18 Dec 1944 Ribble and Montreal rescued 44 of 53 crewmembers of U-1209 ( OLtzS Ewald Hülsenbeck CO) in the Channel off Scilly Isles, 49-57N, 005-47W, after hitting Wolf Rock. Both frigates claimed their attacks were cause, but this was dismissed by Admiralty findings. Montreal and Ribble were members of Escort Group 26. They had attacked several asdic contacts but these produced no results and the contacts were classified as wrecks, of which there were many in the area. When the survivors were found and recovered a short time later the two ships were quick to claim that their attacks were the cause of a sinking. U-1209 had been scuttled after hitting Wolf Rock after her successful efforts to evade her pursuers. OLtzS Hülsenbeck was among those lost. Ribble was paid off at Sheerness on 11 Jun 1945, and returned to the RN. After 12 years in reserve at Harwich, she arrived at Hughes Bolckow, Blyth on 09 Jul 1957 and was broken up that year.