For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS SMITHS FALLS K345
Then Honduran-Flagged Whale-Catcher OLYMPIC LIGHTNING (1950)
Then Japanese Vessel Otori Maru No. 16 (1956)
Then Japanese Vessel Kyo Maru No. 23 (1961)
Commissioned at Kingston on 28 Nov 1944, she was the last RCN corvette to enter service. She arrived at Halifax late in Dec 1944 and remained there fitting out until 10 Feb 1945, then proceeded to Bermuda for work-ups. On her return Smiths Falls was assigned to EG C-2, Londonderry, and made her passage there as escort to convoy SC.171 early in Apr 1945, the first of three crossing before the end of hostilities. She left Londonderry early in Jun 1945 for the last time, and was paid off 08 Jul 1945 and placed in reserve at Sorel for disposal. Sold for conversion to a whale-catcher, she entered service in 1950 as the Honduran-flag Olympic Lightning, but was sold to Japanese owners in 1956 and renamed Otori Maru No. 16 then, Kyo Maru No. 23 from 1961 until 1978.