Allied Warships

HMCS Morden (K 170)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 170 
Built byPort Arthur Shipbuilding Co. (Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada) 
Ordered1 Feb 1940 
Laid down25 Oct 1940 
Launched5 May 1941 
Commissioned6 Sep 1941 
End service29 Jun 1945 

Fo'c's'le extention at Llondonderry (Northern Ireland) completed on 29 January 1944.

Decommissioned 29 June 1945./br> Scrapped in Canada in November 1946.


Commands listed for HMCS Morden (K 170)

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1T/Lt. John James Hodgkinson, RCNR16 Aug 19412 Jun 1943
2T/Lt. Erin Clauds Smith, RCNVR3 Jun 194314 Oct 1943
3T/Lt. William Turner, RCNR15 Oct 19432 Jan 1944
4T/Lt. Erin Clauds Smith, RCNVR3 Jan 194421 May 1944
5T/Lt. Kenneth Benjamin Culley, RCNVR22 May 194418 Feb 1945
6T/Lt. Fred Royal Spindler, RCNVR19 Feb 194529 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Morden include:

1 Sep 1942
German U-boat U-756 was sunk in the North Atlantic about 440 nautical miles west-south-west of Cape Farewell in position 57°41'N, 31°30'W, by the Canadian corvette HMCS Morden (T/Lt. J.J. Hodgkinson, RCNR).

12 May 1943
HMCS Morden (T/Lt. J.J. Hodgkinson, RCNR) picks up 40 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Brand that was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic in position 47°19'N, 24°41'W by German U-boat U-603.

23 Sep 1943
FFS Renoncule and HMCS Morden pick up survivors from the American merchant Steel Voyager that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-952 in the North Atlantic in position 53°18'N, 40°24'W.

2 May 1944
HMS H 28 (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Morden (T/Lt. E.C. Smith, RCNVR), HMS Fennel (A/Lt.Cdr. W.P. Moffat, RCNVR) and HMCS Chilliwack (T/Lt. D.R. Watson, MBE, RCNR). (1)

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

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  1. ADM 173/18473

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

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