Allied Warships

HMCS Trail (K 174)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 174 
Built byBurrard Dry Dock Co. Ltd. (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) 
Ordered14 Feb 1940 
Laid down20 Jul 1940 
Launched16 Oct 1940 
Commissioned30 Apr 1941 
End service17 Jul 1945 
History

Fo'c's'le extention at Liverpool (Nova Scotia, Canada) completed on 23 October 1944.

Decommissioned 17 July 1945.
Scrapped in Canada in August 1950.

 

Commands listed for HMCS Trail (K 174)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. George Stanley Hall, RCNR30 Apr 19418 Oct 1943
2T/Lt. George Mitchell Hope, RCNVR9 Oct 194320 Aug 1944
3Lt. David George Bruce Hueston, RCNVR21 Aug 19449 Oct 1944
4T/Lt. Donald James Lawson, RCNVR10 Oct 194417 Jul 1945

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Notable events involving Trail include:


27 Aug 1942
HMCS Trail (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.S. Hall, RCNR) picks up survivors from the American passenger ship Chatham that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-517 in the Belle Isle Strait in position 51°53'N, 55°48'W.

3 Sep 1942
HMCS Shawinigan (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Balfry, RCNR) and HMCS Trail (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.S. Hall, RCNR) together pick up 17 survivors from the Canadian merchant Donald Stewart that was torpedoed and sunk north-east of Cape Whittle in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in position 50°32'N, 58°46'W by German U-boat U-517.

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc


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