For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS WEST YORK K369
Then SS WEST YORK (1945)
(Variety of name and flag changes)
Then Federal Commerce & Navigation Co. Ltd Vessel FEDERAL EXPRESS (1960)
Built by Midland Shipyards, Ltd., Midland, Ont., she was commissioned at Collingwood, Ont., on 06 Oct 1944. West York arrived at Halifax in mid-Nov 1944 and left a month later for Bermuda to work up. In Feb 1945, she joined EG C-5 at St. John's, leaving 16 Feb 1945 to rendezvous with her maiden convoy, HX.338. She made three round trips across the Atlantic before the end of her career, the last one as escort to ON.305, which she joined from Londonderry at the end of May 1945. Paid off on 09 Jul 1945, and laid up at Sorel, she was sold later that year for commercial use. As SS West York, she was towing the decommissioned HMCS Assiniboine when the towline parted and the destroyer was wrecked on Prince Edward Island, 07 Nov 1945. The former West York sailed under a variety of names and flags, returning to Canadian registry in 1960 as Federal Express. On 05 May 1960 she was rammed by Polaris (Swedish vessel) while moored at Montreal. She broke free from her moorings and rammed into Thorshope (Norwegian vessel) and sank within 30 minutes. Later partly raised and scrapped.