Allied Warships

HMCS Pictou (K 146)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 146 
Built byDavie Shipbuilding and Repairing Co. Ltd. (Lauzon, Quebec, Canada) 
Ordered22 Jan 1940 
Laid down12 Jul 1940 
Launched5 Oct 1940 
Commissioned29 Apr 1941 
End service12 Jul 1945 
History

Fo'c's'le extention at the New York Navy Yard (New York, New York, U.S.A.) completed on 31 March 1944.

Decommissioned 12 July 1945.
Became the merchantile Olympic Chaser in 1950.
Changed hands and renamed Otori Maru No. 7 in 1956.
Cut down to a barge in 1963.

 

Commands listed for HMCS Pictou (K 146)

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CommanderFromTo
1J. L. Driver, RCNR29 Apr 194117 Aug 1941
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Robert Baird Campbell, RCNR18 Aug 19414 Sep 1941
3T/Lt. Anthony George Scott Griffin, RCNVR5 Sep 194121 Aug 1942
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Louis de la Chesnaye Audette, RCNVR22 Aug 194219 Sep 1942
5T/Lt. Anthony George Scott Griffin, RCNVR20 Sep 194214 Mar 1943
6T/Lt. Philip Taber Byers, RCNR15 Mar 194319 Nov 1943
7T/A/Lt.Cdr. Gordon Kingsley Fox, RCNVR20 Nov 19431 Oct 1944
8T/Lt. Fergus Cross, RCNR2 Oct 194412 Jul 1945

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Notable events involving Pictou include:


31 May 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Northern Sky (T/Lt. O.B. Egjar, RNR), HMCS Pictou (T/Lt. P.T. Byers, RCNR), HMCS Bittersweet (T/Lt. F.B. Brooks-Hill, RCNVR) and HMCS Eyebright (T/Lt. H.L. Quinn, RCNVR). (1)

18 Aug 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS Bittersweet (T/Lt. F.B. Brooks-Hill, RCNVR), HMCS Pictou (T/Lt. P.T. Byers, RCNR), HMCS Saskatchewan (Cdr. R.C. Medley, DSO, RN) and HMCS Mayflower (Lt. V. Browne, RCNR). (2)

19 Aug 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Pictou (T/Lt. P.T. Byers, RCNR), HMCS Bittersweet (T/Lt. F.B. Brooks-Hill, RCNVR), HMCS Saskatchewan (Cdr. R.C. Medley, DSO, RN) and HMCS Mayflower (Lt. V. Browne, RCNR). (3)

6 Nov 1943
HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Pictou (T/Lt. P.T. Byers, RCNR), HMS Enchantress (Cdr. A.E.T. Christie, OBE, DSC, RN) and HMS Glenarm (Lt.Cdr. W.R.B. Noall, DSO, RNR). (4)

15 Dec 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Rimouski (T/Lt. R.J. Pickford, RCNVR), HMCS Eyebright (T/Lt. H.L. Quinn, RCNVR), HMCS Saskatchewan (Cdr. R.C. Medley, DSO, RN) and HMCS Pictou (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.K. Fox, RCNVR). (5)

16 Dec 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Skeena (A/Lt.Cdr. P.F.X. Russell, RCN), HMCS Pictou (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.K. Fox, RCNVR), HMS Watchman (Lt.Cdr. G.H.D. Williams, RN) and aircraft. (5)

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17782
  2. ADM 173/17927
  3. ADM 173/17773
  4. ADM 173/18231
  5. ADM 173/17777

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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