Allied Warships

HMCS Halifax (K 237)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 237 
Built byCollingwood Shipyards Ltd. (Collingwood, Ontario, Canada) 
Laid down26 Apr 1941 
Launched4 Oct 1941 
Commissioned26 Nov 1941 
End service12 Jul 1945 

Decommissioned 12 July 1945.
Became the merchantile Halifax (name not changed) in 1945.


Commands listed for HMCS Halifax (K 237)

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1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Charles Copelin, RCNR15 Nov 19416 Feb 1943
2T/Lt. Maurice Faulkner Oliver, RCNR7 Feb 194321 Jun 1944
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Ross Malcolm Hanbury, RCNVR22 Jun 1944???

4T/Lt. Leslie Esmond Horne, RCNVR4 Sep 194412 Jul 1945

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Notable events involving Halifax include:

19 May 1942
HMCS Halifax (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C. Copelin, RCNR) picks up 3 survivors from the American trawler Foam that was sunk on 17 May 1942 by gunfire from German U-boat U-432 about 85 nautical miles south of Halifax.

14 Feb 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Azalea (Lt.Cdr. G.C. Geddes, RD, RNR), HMCS Halifax (T/Lt. M.F. Oliver, RCNR) and HMCS Fredericton (A/Lt.Cdr. John Eric Harrington, RCNVR). (1)

26 Mar 1944
HMS H 50 (T/Lt. A.F. Wicker, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Chilliwack (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.R. Coughlin, RCNVR), HMCS St. Laurent (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Stephen, OBE, DSC, RCNR), HMCS Halifax (T/Lt. M.F. Oliver, RCNR), HMCS Chaudiere (A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Nixon, RCN), HMCS Fennel (A/Lt.Cdr. W.P. Moffat, RCNVR), HMCS St. Catharines (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.F. Pickard, RCNR) and HMCS Morden (T/Lt. E.C. Smith, RCNVR). (2)

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc


  1. ADM 173/18492
  2. ADM 173/18526

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

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