Allied Warships

HMCS Arvida (K 113)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 113 
Built byMorton Engineering and Dry Dock Co. (Quebec City, Quebec, Canada) 
Ordered23 Jan 1940 
Laid down28 Feb 1940 
Launched21 Sep 1940 
Commissioned22 May 1941 
End service14 Jun 1945 

Fo'c's'le extention at Baltimore (Maryland, U.S.A.) completed on 8 April 1944.

Decommissioned 14 June 1945.
Became the spanish merchantile La Ceie in 1950.


Commands listed for HMCS Arvida (K 113)

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1T/Lt. Alastair Ian MacKay, RCNR1 Nov 194020 Sep 1942
2T/Lt. Dudley Gawen King, RCNVR21 Sep 194215 Mar 1944
3T/Lt. Donald William Green Storey, RCNVR16 Mar 194419 Nov 1944
4T/Skr.Lt. Ernest Stanley Nelson Pleasance, RCNR20 Nov 19444 Dec 1944
5T/Lt. Donald William Green Storey, RCNVR5 Dec 194430 Dec 1944
6T/Lt. Jean Charles Paul Desrochers, RCNVR31 Dec 194417 Jan 1945
7T/Lt. Donald William Green Storey, RCNVR18 Jan 194514 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Arvida include:

12 Sep 1942
HMCS Arvida (T/Lt. A.I. MacKay, RCNR) picks up 52 survivors from the British merchant Empire Moonbeam and 85 survivors from the British merchant Hektoria that were torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-608 in the North Atlantic in position 48°55'N, 33°38'W.

2 Nov 1942
HMCS Arvida (T/Lt. A.I. MacKay, RCNR) picks up 27 survivors from the British merchant Maritima that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-522 in the North Atlantic about 500 nautical miles north-east of St. John's, Canada in position 52°20'N, 45°40'W.

18 Apr 1943
HMCS Arvida (T/Lt. D.G. King, RCNVR) picks up 50 survivors from the British merchant Fort Rampart that was torpedoed and finally sunk with gunfire by German U-boat U-226 about 900 nautical miles east-north-east of the Azores in position 47°28'N, 22°00'W.

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc

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