Allied Warships

HMCS Rosthern (K 169)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 169 
Built byPort Arthur Shipbuilding Co. (Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada) 
Ordered1 Feb 1940 
Laid down18 Jun 1940 
Launched30 Nov 1940 
Commissioned17 Jun 1941 
End service19 Jul 1945 

HMCS Rosthern never had the fo'c's'le extended.

Decommissioned on 19 July 1945.
Scrapped in Canada in June 1946.


Commands listed for HMCS Rosthern (K 169)

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1Lt. Walter Russell, RCNR17 Jun 194120 Nov 1941
2Cdr. Paul Barbour Cross, RCNVR21 Nov 194124 Nov 1942
3T/Lt. Rendell James Godschal Johnson, RCNVR25 Nov 194217 Apr 1944
4T/Lt. Sydney Reginald Phillips Annet, RCNVR18 Apr 19443 Nov 1944
5T/Lt. Ross Franklin Wilson, RCNVR4 Nov 19446 Apr 1945
6T/Lt. Dudley Raymond Smythies, RCNVR7 Apr 194519 Jul 1945

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Notable events involving Rosthern include:

29 Oct 1942
HMCS Rosthern (T/Lt. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR) and HMCS Summerside (T/Lt. F.O. Gerity, RCNR) together picks up survivors from the American tanker Pan New York that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-624 in the North Atlantic about 550 nautical miles west of Malin Head in position 54°58'N, 23°56'W. The corvettes sank the wrecked tanker with gunfire and depth charges.

24 Feb 1943
HMCS Rosthern (T/Lt. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR) picks up 39 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Ingria that was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic in position 45°12'N, 39°17'W by German U-boat U-628.

25 Feb 1943
British destroyer HMS Montgomery (Lt. K.I. Hamilton, DSC and Bar, RN) and the Canadian corvette HMCS Rosthern (T/Lt. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR) together pick up 32 survivors from the British merchant Manchester Merchant about 400 nautical miles east-south-east of Cape Race in position 45°10'N, 43°23'W.

7 Mar 1943
HMCS Rosthern (T/Lt. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR) picks up 3 survivors from the British merchant Egyptian that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-230 south-south-east of Cape Farewell in position 56°25'N, 37°38'W.

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc

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