For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS WOODSTOCK K238
Then Honduran-flagged Whale-Catcher OLYMPIC WINNER (1951)
Then Japanese Whale-Catcher OTORI MARU NO. 20 (1956)
Then Japanese Whale-Catcher AKITSU MARU (1957)
Built by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., Collingwood, Ont., HMCS Woodstock was commissioned on 01 May 1942, at Montreal. She arrived at Halifax on 23 May 1942 and, after working up at Pictou, joined WLEF. Assigned to Operation "Torch," she arrived on 23 Sep 1942 at Londonderry from convoy HX.207 and proceeded to the Humber for six weeks' refit, including extra A/A armament. While serving as escort to U.K.-Mediterranean convoys, on 10 Jan 1943, she sank MTB 105, 250 miles northwest of the Azores, after merchant ship carrying it had been sunk. Woodstock returned to Canada arriving in Halifax on 24 Mar 1943 with convoy ON.172, and in Apr 1943, after repairs at Halifax, joined EG C-1 for one round trip to the U.K. In Jun 1943 she was transferred to EG 5, Western Support Force, at St. John's but late that month was reassigned to EG C-4 at Londonderry. She escorted only one convoy as member of that group before commencing refit late in Jun 1943 at Liverpool, N.S. Completed at Halifax in mid-Sep 1943, the refit was followed by three weeks' workups at Pictou, the ship then rejoining C-4. In Apr 1944, while at Londonderry, she was allocated to Western Approaches Command for invasion duties, and was so employed for the next three moths. She left 'Derry for the last time on 03 Aug 1944, for two months' refit at Liverpool, N.S. She left Halifax on 18 Oct 1944 for the west coast, arriving at Esquimalt a month later to join Esquimalt Force. On 27 Jan 1945, she was paid off there for conversion to a loop-layer but upon re-commissioning on 17 May 1945 was employed as a weather ship until finally paid off on 18 Mar 1946. Sold in 1948 for conversion to a whale-catcher, she entered service in 1951 as the Honduran-flag Olympic Winner. She passed into Japanese ownership in 1956, was renamed Otori Maru No. 20, and in 1957, Akitsu Maru. She was broken up at Etajima in 1975.
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