Allied Warships

HMCS Oakville (K 178)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 178 
Built byPort Arthur Shipbuilding Co. (Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada) 
Ordered1 Feb 1940 
Laid down21 Dec 1940 
Launched21 Jun 1941 
Commissioned18 Nov 1941 
End service20 Jul 1945 

Fo'c's'le extention at Galvaston (Texas, U.S.A.) completed on 29 March 1944.

Decommissioned 20 July 1945.
Became the Venezuelan Patria in 1946.


Commands listed for HMCS Oakville (K 178)

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1T/Lt. Alex Charles Jones, RCNR18 Nov 194111 May 1942
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Clarence Aubrey King, DSC, RCNR12 May 194221 Apr 1943
3T/Lt. Harold Farncomb, RCNVR22 Apr 194322 Oct 1944
4T/Lt. Morgan Alan Griffiths, RCNVR23 Oct 194420 Jul 1945

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Notable events involving Oakville include:

28 Aug 1942
German U-boat U-94 was sunk in the Caribbean Sea, in position 17°40'N, 74°30'W by depth charges from an American Catalina aircraft (VP-92) and ramming by the Canadian corvette HMCS Oakville (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.A. King, DSC, RCNR).

30 Nov 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Oakville (T/Lt. H. Farncomb, RCNVR) and HMS Fennel (A/Lt.Cdr. W.P. Moffat, RCNVR). (1)

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc


  1. ADM 173/17788

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

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