Allied Warships

HMCS Waskesiu (K 330)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
TypeFrigate
ClassRiver 
PennantK 330 
Built byYarrows Ltd. (Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada) 
OrderedOct 1941 
Laid down2 May 1942 
Launched3 Apr 1943 
Commissioned16 Jun 1943 
End service29 Jan 1946 
History

The HMCS Waskesiu's bell is at Prince Albert in a museum. These frigates were named after towns and cities but because the name Prince Albert was already chosen for a ship in the British Royal Navy, the city decided to go with the name the Prince Albert National Park townsite - Waskesiu.

Decomissioned 29 January 1946.
Became the Indian Hooghly in 1950.

 

Commands listed for HMCS Waskesiu (K 330)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt.Cdr. John Hubert Smith MacDonald, RCNR10 May 19434 Feb 1944
2T/Lt.Cdr. James Phillip Fraser, RCNR5 Feb 194413 Dec 1944
3T/Lt. Lewis Dennis Quick, RCNR14 Dec 194422 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Waskesiu include:


24 Feb 1944
German U-boat U-257 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in approximate position 47°19'N, 26°00'W, by depth charges from the Canadian frigate HMCS Waskesiu (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Fraser, RCNR) and the British frigate HMS Nene (Cdr. J.D. Birch, RNR).

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Frigates of the Royal Canadian Navy 1943-1974

MacPherson, Ken


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