Allied Warships

HMCS Barrie (K 138)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 138 
Built byCollingwood Shipyards Ltd. (Collingwood, Ontario, Canada) 
Ordered1 Feb 1940 
Laid down4 Apr 1940 
Launched23 Nov 1940 
Commissioned12 May 1941 
End service26 Jun 1945 

Fo'c's'le extension at Liverpool (Nova Scotia, Canada) completed on 17 April 1944.

Decomissioned on 26 June 1945.

Became the merchantile Gasestado in 1947 and the Argentinian Capitan Canepa from 1957 until 1972.


Commands listed for HMCS Barrie (K 138)

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1T/Lt. Roy Milton Mosher, RCNR12 May 19419 Jan 1942
2Skr.Lt. George Norval Downey, RCNR10 Jan 194228 Mar 1942
3T/Lt. Roy Milton Mosher, RCNR29 Mar 194213 Mar 1943
4T/Lt. Harry Ogilvie Magill, RCNVR14 Mar 19438 Oct 1943
5T/Lt. Douglas Rannie Watson, RCNR9 Oct 194318 Mar 1944
6T/Lt. Harry Ogilvie Magill, RCNVR19 Mar 194415 Jun 1944
7T/Lt. Wilfred David Stokvis, RCNVR16 Jun 194426 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Barrie include:

9 Feb 1942
The British merchant Empire Fusilier is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-85 southeast of St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada in position 44°45'N, 47°25'W. HMCS Barrie (Skr.Lt. G.N. Downey, RCNR) later picks up 38 survivors.

18 Jul 1944
HMS L 27 (Lt. J.N. Elliott, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda with HMCS Asbestos (T/Lt. J. Cuthbert, RCNR), HMCS Barrie (T/Lt. W.D. Stokvis, RCNVR), HMS Aberdeen (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Mayo, RN) and HMCS Hawkesbury (T/Lt. W.G. Curry, RCNVR). (1)

14 Aug 1944
HMS L 27 (Lt. J.N. Elliott, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda with HMCS Nene (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.R. Shaw, RCNR), HMCS Asbestos (T/Lt. J. Cuthbert, RCNR), HMCS Barrie (T/Lt. W.D. Stokvis, RCNVR) and HMCS Red Deer (T/Lt. D.B.D. Ross, RCNVR). (1)

3 Sep 1944
The British merchant Livingston is torpedoed and sunk northeast of Louisburg, Nova Scotia, Canada in position 46°15'N, 58°05'W by German U-boat U-541. The Canadian corvette HMCS Barrie (T/Lt. W.D. Stokvis) later picks up 14 survivors.

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc


  1. ADM 199/1830

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

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