|Laid down: 30 November
Launched: 19 June 1943 as HMS Buddleia
Transferred to the RCN
Commissioned: 10 November 1943
Paid off: 5 July 1945
Fate: Broken up at Hamilton, Ont., in 1952.
Named for a Quebec village, she was originally
laid down as HMS Buddleia but was transferred to the RCN and
commissioned on November 10, 1943, at Aberdeen. After working-up at
Tobermory Giffard joined EG C-1 at Londonderry and on February 15,
1944, sailed to join her first convoy, ON.224. On May 7 she rescued
49 survivors of the torpedoed Valleyfield, and the following week
resumed her duties as an ocean escort until November 27, when she
left Halifax for Liverpool, N.S., to undergo a major refit.
Completed in March, 1945, this was followed by workups in Bermuda,
when she arrived in St. John's on April 15, to be employed locally
until her departure on May 13 with convoy HX.335 for the U.K.
Giffard left Greenock early in June on her final westward voyage,
was paid off on July 5 and laid up at Sorel to await disposal. She
was broken up in 1952 in Hamilton. (Source: The Ships of Canada's
Naval Forces 1910-1981 by Ken Macpherson & John Burgess)