Allied Warships

HMCS Prescott (K 161)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 161 
Built byKingston Shipbuilding Co. (Kingston, Ontario, Canada) 
Ordered7 Feb 1940 
Laid down31 Aug 1940 
Launched7 Jan 1941 
Commissioned26 Jun 1941 
End service20 Jul 1945 

Fo'c's'le extention at Liverpool, Nova Scotia completed on 27 October 1943.

Decommissioned 20 July 1945.


Commands listed for HMCS Prescott (K 161)

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1T/Lt. Henry Auchinoole Russell, RCNR26 Jun 194130 May 1942
2Lt. Geoffrey Huntley Davidson, RCN31 May 19421 Jul 1942
3T/Lt. Henry Auchinoole Russell, RCNR2 Jul 194211 Sep 1942
4Lt. Wilfred McIsaac, RCNVR12 Sep 194228 Dec 1944
5T/Lt. George Jeffrey Mathewson, RCNVR29 Dec 194420 Jul 1945

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Notable events involving Prescott include:

15 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. R.E. Boddington, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Lethbridge (T/Lt. H Freeland, RCNR), HMCS Shawinigan (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Balfry, RCNR), HMCS Prescott (Lt. G.H. Davidson, RCN), HMS Churchill (Cdr.(Retd.) P.J. Fitzgerald, RN) and USS Saucy (Lt. A.J. Smith, USN). (1)

13 Mar 1943
German U-boat U-163 was sunk in the North Atlantic north-west of Cape Finisterre in position 45°05'N, 15°00'W by depth charges from the Canadian corvette HMCS Prescott (Lt. W. McIsaac, RCNVR).

19 Apr 1944
HMS H 28 (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Prescott (A/Lt.Cdr. W. McIsaac, RCNVR), HMCS Baddeck (T/Lt. G.C. Brown, RCNVR), HMCS Dunver (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Stephen, OBE, DSC, RCNR) and HMCS New Westminster (T/Lt. R.O. McKenzie, RCNR). (2)

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc


  1. ADM 173/17201
  2. ADM 173/18472

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

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