Allied Warships

HMCS Buctouche (K 179)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 179 
Built byDavie Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. Lauzon, PQ 
Ordered22 Jan 1940 
Laid down14 Aug 1940 
Launched20 Nov 1940 
Commissioned5 Jun 1941 
End service15 Jun 1945 

Fo'c's'le extended at Saint John (New Brunswick, Canada) on 29 January 1944.

Decommissioned on 15 June 1945.
Sold on 23 October 1945.
Broken up in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1949.


Commands listed for HMCS Buctouche (K 179)

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1T/Lt. William Watt Hackney, RCNR10 Apr 19416 May 1942
2Skr.Lt. George Norval Downey, RCNR7 May 194228 Apr 1944
3T/Skr.Lt. Henry Esson Young, RCNR28 Apr 19444 Dec 1944
4T/Skr.Lt. Ernest Stanley Nelson Pleasance, RCNR5 Dec 19441 Jan 1945
5T/Skr.Lt. Henry Esson Young, RCNR2 Jan 194515 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Buctouche include:

3 Nov 1941
HMCS Buctouche (Lt. W.W. Hackney, RCNR) picks up 43 survivors from the British merchant Empire Gemsbuck that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-203 northeast of Cape Charles, Labrador in position 52°18'N, 53°05'W.

7 Jul 1942
HMCS Buctouche (Skr.Lt. G.N. Downey, RCNR) picked up 15 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Moldanger. The Moldanger was torpedoed and sunk on 27 June 1942 in position 38°03'N, 70°52'W by German U-boat U-404.

29 Jun 1944
HMCS Buctouche (Skr.Lt. H.E. Young, RCNR) picks up survivors from the American merchant John A. Treutlen that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-984 about 30 nautical miles south of St.Catherines point on the Isle of Wight in position 50°07'N, 00°47'W.

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc

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