Flower Class Corvette





Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

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jacket patch


Battle honours and awards:  Aleutians 1942-43,   Atlantic 1944-45



Laid down: 16 Jun 1941

Launched: 26 Aug 1941

Commissioned: 20 Mar 1942

Paid off for refit:

Re-commissioned: 16 Sep 1943

Paid off: 26 Jun 1945

Fate: Broken up at Hamilton, Ont., in 1946


Laid down and launched as HMCS KITCHENER K240, she was renamed HMCS VANCOUVER K240 in Nov 1941. Commissioned at Esquimalt on 20 Mar 1942, she joined Esquimalt Force and, on 20 Jun 1942 escorted the torpedo-damaged SS Fort Camosun to Victoria. In Aug 1942 she left for Kodiak, Alaska, to perform escort service for several weeks in support of the Aleutian campaign. On 24 Feb 1943, she again arrived at Kodiak to serve under U.S. control until the end of May 1943. In mid-Sep 1943 she emerged from three months' refit at VANCOUVER with an extended fo'c's'le. Reassigned in Feb 1944, to WLEF, she arrived at Halifax on 25 Mar 1944. After serving briefly with escort groups W-3 and W-1, she was transferred in Jun 1944 to Quebec Force as escort to Quebec City-Goose Bay convoys for three months. Late in Nov 1944, after a month's refit at Charlottetown, she proceeded to Bermuda to work up, and on her return rejoined W-1 for the balance of hostilities. She was paid off on 26 Jun 1945, at Sorel, she was sold on 05 Oct 1945 and broken up at Hamilton, Ont., in 1946.



Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos


"UP SPIRITS" - 2nd Edition



Commanding Officers


Lt Percival Francis M. DeFreitas, RCNR - 20 Mar 1942 - 07 Jun 1943

LCdr Arthur Truman Morrell, RCNR - 15 Jun  1943 - 04 Feb 1944

A/LCdr Aubrey Winston Ford, RCNR - 05 Feb 1944 - 09 Oct 1944

Lt Gordon Cook Campbell, RCNVR - 10 Oct 1944 - 26 Jun 1945



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Annear, Ernest Arthur, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Bragg, Percival Dean, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Feb 1944


Campbell, J.D., Tel, RCN


Carmichael, Currie McRae, SLt, RCNVR - 20 May 1942


Dando, Thoms Arthur, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Feb 1944


Davies, E.G., Coder, RCNVR


Grazier, W.R., Sig, RCN


Harrington, J.C., L/Sig, RCNVR


Hesler, Harrison Howard, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Jul 1943

Jean, H.W., Tel, RCNVR


Koellmel, W.J., L/Tel, RCNVR


Laing, R.P., Sig, RCNVR


Lawrie, Andrew Hampton, Lt, RCNVR - 11 Feb 1944


Livingstone, Robert Clarence, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Feb 1944


Martin, Ian Cameron, A/Wt (E), RCN - 15 Jun 1943


McEvoy, Johnnie, Sig, RCNVR


McGrath, W.J., Coder, RCNVR


Moncrieff, George Glen, Lt, RCNVR - 10 Jun 1942


Mulley, John Wallace, SLt, RCNVR - 04 Feb 1944


Niemela, A.T.,Sig, RCNVR


Oakley, Thomas Eric, SLt, RCNVR - 09 Jun 1944


Robitaille, Jean Paul, Lt, RCNVR - 17 Jun 1943


Smith, W.J., Coder, RCNVR


Walker, Frank Bigley, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Feb 1944


Young, William Arthur, Lt, RCNVR - 05 Apr 1945



Photos and Documents



Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

HMCS VANCOUVER K240 - 21 March 1944

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell


Note the gunshield artwork

From the collection of George J (Paddy) Steward

Courtesy of Ken Nowicki