Allied Warships

HMCS Sackville (K 181)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 181 
Built bySaint John Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada) 
Ordered24 Jan 1940 
Laid down28 May 1940 
Launched15 May 1941 
Commissioned30 Dec 1941 
End service8 Apr 1946 

Fo'c's'le extention at Galveston (Texas, U.S.A.) completed on 7 May 1944.

Decommissioned on 8 April 1946.
Research ship form 1953 untill 1982.
Aquired in 1982 by the Canadian Naval Corvette Trust and restored to her 1944 configuration. Now on display in Halifax, NS operated as the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust. For more info see this website (offsite link).


Commands listed for HMCS Sackville (K 181)

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1Lt. William Reid Kirkland, RCNR1 Dec 19415 Apr 1942
2T/Lt. Alan Herbert Easton, RCNR6 Apr 19429 Apr 1943
3Lt. Angus Hetherington Rankin, RCNVR10 Apr 194317 May 1944
4T/Lt. Anthony Rivers Hicks, RCNVR18 May 194417 Sep 1944
5T/Lt. Christopher Charles Love, RCNVR18 Sep 19445 Nov 1944
6T/Lt. John Alfred McKenna, RCNR6 Nov 19448 Apr 1946

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Notable events involving Sackville include:

14 Jan 1943
HMCS Sackville (T/Lt. A.H. Easton, RCNR) begins a refit at Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada.

13 Mar 1943
HMCS Sackville (Lt. W.R. Kirkland, RCNR) picks up 29 survivors from the Greek merchant Lily that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-587 on 9 March east of Halifax in position 43°32'N, 54°14'W.

Media links

In Peril on the Sea

Graves, Donald E.

Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc

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