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HMCS Kamsack K171


Laid down: 20 Nov 1940

Launched: 05 May 1941

Commissioned: 04 Oct 1941

Paid off: 22 Jul 1945

Sold: 1945 to Venezuelan Navy, renamed Carabobo

Fate: Wrecked on passage to Venezuela in Dec 1945


Built at Port Arthur, Ont, she was commissioned at Montreal on 04 Oct 1941. She arrived at Halifax on 13 Oct 1941. She joined Sydney Force the following month but shortly transferred to Newfoundland Command, and on 19 Jan 1942, left St. John's to pick up convoy SC.65 for Londonderry. In Jun 1942, after three round trips, she was reassigned to WLEF, then forming, and served in it for the rest of the war. From Jun 1943, she was a member of EG W-4, and from Apr 1944, a member of EG W-3. During this period she had two extensive refits" the first, begun at Liverpool, N.S., on 12 Nov 1942, was completed at Halifax on 18 Jan 1943; the second, in the course of which her fo'c's'le was extended, was carried out at Baltimore, Md., between late Dec 1943 and mid-Mar1944. Kamsack was paid off on 22 Jul 1945, at Sorel and sold to the Venezuelan Navy. On 24 Dec 1945, the Venezuelan ship Kamsack, former HMCS Kamsack K171 arrived at New York City from Sorel, Quebec with a skeleton crew of RCN sailors: Gerald Fitzgerald OIC, Howard Ingram, Leo McTaggart, Maurice Harasym and Clifford Ashton. Renamed Carabobo, she was wrecked on passage to Venezuela in December, 1945.


On 15 May 2016, a memorial monument for HMCS Kamsack Memorial was be dedicated at Cenotaph Park in Kamsack, SK.


Photos and Documents


Commanding Officers

Lt Egbert Randell, RCNR - 04 Oct 1941 - 17 May 1943

LCdr William Charles Halliday, RCNR - 18 May 1943 - 08 Feb 1944

Lt John Foggo Carmichael, RCNR - 09 Feb 1944 - 10 May 1945

LCdr Ross Franklin Wilson, RCNVR - 11 May 1945 - 22 Jul 1945


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

MADDEN, William Patrick

L/Stoker, V/22713, RCNVR

died - 16 Dec 1944 


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Brady, Edward Patrick Redmond


Served in Kamsack 15 Oct 1941 - 03 Jun 1942 as an AB, RCNVR






Curry, Frank


Deorksen, Jacob






Fitzgerald, Gerald Douglas







Johnson, Claude







LeMesurier, James M.







McHugh, James Chase


Newell, Clifford Allen






Paul, William Keith







Tassell, Allan







Former Crew Members

Anson, E.(?), Tel, Charlottetown, PEI


Armstrong, Arthur Edward Button, A/Lt, RCNVR - 10 Feb 1944


Armstrong, L.W., AB, Lto, Halifax, NS


Ashton, Clifford - Dec 1945


Atkinson, Harold Frank, Slt, RCNVR - 17 May 1943 / Lt, RCNVR - 05 Feb 1944


Bell, L., AB, ST, Dunnville, ON


Benoit, Hubert, Lt, RCNVR - 07 May 1945


Browne, Thomas Hay, Lt, RCNVR - 30 Apr 1945


Buscomb, Gordon John, Lt (S), RCNR - 22 May 1945


Campbell, Ian Lorne, Slt, RCNVR - 11 Apr 1942


Carter, C.W., W/T, 383 Beresford Ave, Toronto, ON

Chapman, John S., AB, Ottawa, ON

Cooper, H. (Coops), LS, H.S.D., Victoria, BC

Cosburg, AB, S.D., Toronto, ON

Davies, Robert E., LS, Halifax, NS

Dufour, Danil (sp?), Sto M, 2143

Dwyer, B., AB, Truro, NS


Edmundson, R., AB, Winnipeg MB

Ferris, M.W., AB, LTO, Saint John, NS

Giroux, Sto1, Messena, NY, USA


Gleason, Michael, AB, Edmonton, AB

Harasym, Maurice - Dec 1945


Harbrook, Alan, Coder, Toronto, ON

Hartling, Gordon, AB, Wine Harbor, NS

Hunter, J.S., AA3, Notre-Dame-de-Grāce, Montreal, QC


Ingram, Howard - Dec 1945


Jagger, Stuart Hamilton, Lt, RCNVR - 03 Jun 1944


Jamieson, D., ABLR3, Toronto, ON

Jereh (sp?), J. Sto1, Rotorua, NZ

Jobell, Bob, ABWR2, Kingston, ON

Jones, G.C., OS, S.D., Lethbridge, AB

Kiley, Carl, G., Sto1, Prospect, NS

Lawson, S., L.V.A., Liverpool, NS

Leroux, Roland, L/Sto, Edmonton, AB

Lussier, W/T, Oakburn, MB

MacDonald, J.F., OS, Souris, PEI

Martini, V.L., CK(S), Calgary, AB

McInnes, R., AB, Halifax, NS


McTaggart, Leo - Dec 1945


Monk, Harold, AB, Ships Harbour, NS


Moran, Paul Albert Victor, Slt, RCNVR - 12 Apr 1944


Murray, Jim, Sig, Winnipeg, MB


Nash, John Bryan, Slt, RCNVR - 31 Jan 1944

Nichols, John, AB


Poirier, Walter, AB, Poireirville, Cape Breton, NS

Pommy, Bill, AB, Winnipeg, MB

Reaney, M., OS, Montreal, QC


Rutherford, Gilbert, ERA, Farnham, QC

Savoy, AB, Lunenburg, NS

Schiller, J., AB, LR2, Edmonton, AB

Schwartz, W.G., AB, Winnipeg, MB

Smith, W., Sto1, Sydney Mines, Cape Breton, NS


Stowell, Robert Jonathan, A/War (E), RCNVR - 16 Feb 1944


Webber, A/PO, Cox'n, Vancouver, BC


Williamson, Donald Munro, Lt, RCNVR - 18 Jul 1943


Wilson, Ross Franklin, A/LCdr, RCNVR - 05 May 1945

Wise, C.A., ABQR3, Mntreal, QC

Wray, A.C., AB, Hamilton, ON

Yeadon, Robert Lawrence, AB, Halifax, NS

Yeurstey, Jumey (sp?), L/Sto, Sarnia, ON

Ylasgan (sp?), Dan

Young, Kenneth, AB, Goderich, ON



Photos and Documents


The launching of HMCS Kamsack K171

Source: Ken Macpherson / Naval Museum of Alberta / MC-2463

Stand easy in the stoker's mess of the corvette HMCS Kamsack 17 Feb 1943

Source: Lt Gerald M. Moses / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-204360

HMCS Kamsack K171

Courtesy of William Gard

HMCS Kamsack K171

Courtesy of Dale Davies

This one is certainly 1943: her Liverpool NS refit completed in early 1943 would account for the type 271 and the 20mm on the bridge wings, and the forecastle extension was started in December 1943 in the US. The SW1/2C at here masthead was almost useless for finding U-boats, but it gets a new antenna and survives the war as a very successful air warning set known as the RXC as I recall. (Comments by Marc Milner, Phd, Professor of History)

List or Manifest Of Aliens Employed On The Vessel As Members Of Crew for Venezuelan vessel Kamsack's arrival at New York city on 24 Dec 1945.

Courtesy of Kevin Ryan

Signatures of Kamsack crew members circa Oct 1941 - Jun 1942

From the collection of Edward Brady

Courtesy of Sean Brady

HMCS Kamsack K171

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain