Allied Warships

HMCS Nanaimo (K 101)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 101 
Built byYarrows Ltd. (Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada) 
Ordered14 Feb 1940 
Laid down27 Apr 1940 
Launched28 Oct 1940 
Commissioned26 Apr 1941 
End service28 Sep 1945 

HMCS Nanaimo never had her fo'c's'le extended.

Decommissioned 28 September 1945.
Became the dutch merchantile Rene W. Vinke in 1953.
Broken up at Cape Town, South Africa in 1966.


Commands listed for HMCS Nanaimo (K 101)

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1H. C. C. Daubney, RCNR26 Apr 19417 Oct 1941
2T/Lt. Thomas James Bellas, RCNR7 Oct 194120 Aug 1942
3T/Lt. Ernest Usher Jones, RCNVR21 Aug 194210 Oct 1943
4T/Lt. Joseph Eric William Hastings, RCNR11 Oct 19439 Oct 1944
5T/Lt. Reginald Curren Eaton, RCNVR10 Oct 19442 Mar 1945
6T/Lt.Cdr. Walter Redford, RCNR23 Mar 194528 Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Nanaimo include:

10 Jun 1942
HMCS Nanaimo (T/Lt. T.J. Bellas, RCNR) picks up 86 survivors from the British merchant Port Nicholson that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-87 northeast of Cape Cod in position 42°11'N, 69°25'W.

13 Mar 1943
HMS L 23 (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) departed St. John's for Philadelphia. She was escorted by HMCS Nanaimo (T/Lt. E.U. Jones, RCNVR). (1)

21 Feb 1945
HMCS Nanaimo (T/Lt. R.C. Eaton, RCNVR) ended a refit at Esquimalt.

Media links

Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc


  1. ADM 173/17838

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

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