Allied Warships

HMCS Port Arthur (K 233)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 233 
Built byPort Arthur Shipbuilding Co. (Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada) 
Ordered 
Laid down28 Apr 1941 
Launched18 Sep 1941 
Commissioned26 May 1942 
End service11 Jul 1945 
History

Decommissioned on 11 July 1945.
Sold on 23 October 1945.
Broken up at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1948.

 

Commands listed for HMCS Port Arthur (K 233)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. Edward Theodore Simmons, RCNVR30 Apr 19428 Jul 1943
2T/Lt. Kenneth Taylor Chisholm, RCNVR9 Jul 194311 Jul 1945

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Notable events involving Port Arthur include:


26 Jun 1942
HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) departed Halifax for Pictou. She was escorted by the Canadian corvettes HMCS Ville de Quebec (T/Lt.Cdr. D.G. Jeffrey, DSO, RCNR) and HMCS Port Arthur (T/Lt. E.T. Simmons, DSC, RCNVR). (1)

19 Jan 1943
British destroyer HMS Antelope (Lt.Cdr. E.N. Sinclair, RN) and the Canadian corvette HMCS Port Arthur (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.T. Simmons, DSC, RCNVR) sank the Italian submarine Tritone (offsite link) (Cdr. Paolo Monechi / 26 dead.) near Bougie, Algeria in position 37°06'N, 05°22'E. The Italian submarine was on it's first war patrol. She had been commissioned on 10 October 1942.

23 Jun 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS Port Arthur (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.T. Simmons, DSO, DSC, RCNVR), HMCS St. Laurent (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Stephen, OBE, DSC, RCNR), HMCS Agassiz (T/Lt. E.M. More, RCNR), HMS Burwell (Lt. A.H. Parish, RN) and HMS Fusilier (T/Lt. F.M. Phillips, RNVR). (2)

24 Jun 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS St. Francis (A/Lt.Cdr. H.V.W. Groos, RCN), HMS Tweed (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Miller, DSC, RNR), HMCS Port Arthur (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.T. Simmons, DSO, DSC, RCNVR), HMS Burwell (Lt. A.H. Parish, RN), HMCS Sackville (Lt. A.H. Rankin, RCNVR) and HMS Douglas (Lt.Cdr. K.H.J.L. Phibbs, RN). (2)

14 May 1944
HMS H 28 (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Stormont (T/Skr.Lt. G.A. Myra, RCNR), HMCS Swansea (A/Cdr. C.A. King, DSO, DSC, RCNR), HMCS Alberni (T/A/Lt.Cdr. I.H. Bell, RCNVR) and HMCS Port Arthur (T/Lt. K.T. Chisholm, RCNVR). (3)

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6396 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/17925
  3. ADM 173/18473

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


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