Allied Warships

HMCS Algoma (K 127)

Corvette of the Flower class

HMCS Algoma before her fo'c's'le was extended.

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 127 
Built byPort Arthur Shipbuilding Co. (Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada) 
Ordered1 Feb 1940 
Laid down18 Jun 1940 
Launched17 Dec 1940 
Commissioned11 Jul 1941 
End service6 Jul 1945 

Fo'c's'le extention at Liverpool, Nova Scotia completed on 15 April 1944.

Decomissioned 6 June 1945.
This vessel served with the Venezuelan Navy as Constitucion from 1945 to 1962.


Commands listed for HMCS Algoma (K 127)

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1T/Lt. John Harding, RCNR26 May 194130 Aug 1943
2T/Lt. James Phillip Fraser, RCNR1 Sep 194310 Oct 1943
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. John Harding, RCNR11 Oct 19433 Feb 1944
4Lt. Ernest Roy Hyman, RCNVR4 Feb 19444 Apr 1944
5T/Lt. Louis Frederick Moore, RCNR5 Apr 19449 Aug 1944
6T/Lt. Wilfred Davenport, RCNR10 Aug 194424 Aug 1944
7T/Lt. John Norrison Finlayson, RCNVR25 Aug 19446 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Algoma include:

22 Feb 1942
HMCS Algoma (Lt. J. Harding, RCNR) picks up 12 survivors from the British tanker Adellen that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-155 in the North Atlantic in position 49°20'N, 38°15'W.

7 Dec 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Moosejaw (T/Lt. L.D. Quick, RCN) and HMCS Algoma (T/Lt. J. Harding, RCNR). (1)

20 Jan 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Hastings (Lt.Cdr. L.B. Philpott, DSC, RD, RNR), HMS Lulworth (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C. Gwinner, DSO, RN), HMCS Kitchener (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W. Evans, RCNVR), HMCS Algoma (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J. Harding, RCNR), HMCS Regina (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H. Freeland, RCNR) and HMCS Moosejaw (T/Lt. L.D. Quick, RCN). (2)

15 Apr 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Pelican (Cdr. G.N. Brewer, RN), HMS Jed (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Freaker, DSO, RD, RNR), HMCS Algoma (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J. Harding, RCNR), HMCS Calgary (T/Lt. H.K. Hill, RCNVR) and HMS Sunflower (A/Lt.Cdr. J. Plomer, RCNVR). (3)

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc


  1. ADM 173/17244
  2. ADM 173/17790
  3. ADM 173/17781

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

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