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HMCS FOREST HILL K486

 

Flower Class Corvette

 


 

HMCS Forest Hill K486

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Laid down: 05 Feb 1943

Launched: 30 Aug 1943

Transferred to the RCN: 01 Dec 1943

Commissioned: 01 Dec 1943

Paid off: 09 Jul 1945

Fate: Broken up at Hamilton, Ont., in 1948

 

Laid down and launched as HMS Ceanothus, she was transferred to the RCN and commissioned on 01 Dec 1943 as HMCS Forest Kill K498 on the Clyde, Scotland; named for a village absorbed by Toronto. Following workups at Tobermory she joined EG C-3 at Londonderry, leaving on 29 Jan 1944, to join her first convoy, ONS.28. She served as an ocean escort until late in Dec 1944, when she arrived at Liverpool, N.S., for an extended refit, on the completion of which, two months later, she sailed for Bermuda to work up. Returning in Apr 1945, she joined Halifax Force for local duties. Paid off on 09 Jul 1945 and laid up at Sorel, she was sold on 17 Jul 1948 and broken up at Hamilton in 1952.

 


 

Photos and Document          Ship's company photos

 


 

Commanding Officers

 

A/LCdr Ernest Usher Jones, RCNVR - 01 Dec 1943 - 17 Sep 1944

 

Lt Frederick Rous Brebner, RCNVR - 18 Sep 1944 - 09 Jul 1945

 


 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

Barbeau, Richard I.

Berthelet, Alfred Z.

Bielby, John W.

Clarke, Robert A.

McClymont, Hamilton

Salter, Andrew J.

Sheehan, William P.

Silvester, Henry

Woof

Served in Forest Hill -1944

Newfie (cat)  / Screech (dog)

Served in Forest Hill - 1945

 

 

 


 

Former Crew Members

 

Beardmore, Alfred George, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Casselman, Joseph Aurel, A/Wt (E), RCNVR - 18 Mar 1944 / 15 Jul 1944

Gordon, Harold Martin, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

MacLeod, Lloyd Stanley

 

Millsom, George Dewitt, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Jul 1944

Wram, Ernest Lee, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1945

 


 

Photos and Documents

 

 

These photo illustrates the difficulty in finding the names of ships mascots ..... 

 

(A) HMCS Forest Hill ship's mascots, "Sad-Sad" the kitten and "Screech" the dog - Source: City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 207, f0207_s1251_it0076

 

(B) "Newfie" the dog and "Derry the cat on HMCS Forest Hill 06 Jul 1945 - Source: CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum #2018.013.264

 

Trontonians aboard HMCS Forest Hill K486

Source: City of Toronto Archives F0207 S1251 it0073

HMCS Forest Hill K486

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Forest Hill's mascot "Woof" circa 1944

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

 


 

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