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HMCS LA MALBAIE K273

 

Flower Class Corvette

 


 

HMCS La Malbaie K273

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

 

Laid down: 22 Mar 1941

Launched: 25 Oct 1941

Commissioned: 28 Apr 1942

Paid off: 28 Jun 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1951

 

Built at Sorel, Que, she was laid down as HMCS Fort William. Renamed in Nov 1941, she was commissioned at Sorel on 28 April 1942 as HMCS La Malbaie. She arrived at Halifax on 13 May 1942 and, after working up there and at Pictou, joined WLEF late in Jun 1942. After undergoing mechanical repairs at Halifax from 11 Aug to 20 Dec 1942, she was assigned to EG C-3, arriving at Londonderry for the first time on 12 Jan 1943, from HX.221. She served with C-3 until her final departure from 'Derry on 26 Oct 1944. During this period she underwent a major refit at Liverpool, N.S., mid-Sep to mid-Dec 1943. Late in Dec 1944, she joined Halifax Force for the duration of hostilities, was paid off on 28 Jun 1945, at Sorel, and broken up at Hamilton, Ont., in 1951 at Hamilton. A pre-launching photo of La Malbaie served as the model for the 20 cent Canadian stamp of 1942.

 


 

Photos and Documents

 


 

Commanding Officers

 

Lt Ian Walker McTavish, RCNR - 28 Apr 1942 - 11 Feb 1943

A/LCdr James Sinclair Davis, RCNVR - 12 Feb 1943  -  07 Jun 1944

Lt Ernest Frederick Piper, RCNVR - 08 Jun 1944 - 21 Feb 1945

Lt Timothy Hibbard Dunn, RCNVR - 22 Feb 1945 - 28 Jun 1945

 


 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

BRODIE, Clarence

AB, RCNVR

died - 01 Sep 1944

MCCAPPIN, James H.

Stoker PO, RCNVR

MPK - 31 Dec 1942

 


 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

 


 

Former Crew Members

 

Astbury, Roland Francis, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1942

 

Budden, Grant Ivan, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Edmonds, Charles Ewart, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Apr 1942 (Stand by) / 28 Apr 1942

 

Fraser, Alstair Trenholme Lovat, Slt, RCNVR - 20 Feb 1945

 

Gray, Wesley Gibson, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Feb 1945

 

Greener, Frederick Neil, Lt, RCNVR - 21 May 1943

Harcourt, Percy William, War (E), RCNVR - 03 Feb 1945

 

Jones, Marcus Ormond, Lt, RCNVR - 17 Jun 1944

 

Josey, Aubrey Edward, Lt, RCNVR - 12 May 1943

 

Koren, Irvine, Slt, RCNVR - 15 Apr 1945

 

Lawrence, Philip Joseph, Mate, RCNR - 04 Jul 1942

 

Lenover, Roy Maxwell, Slt, RCNVR - 27 Feb 1945

 

McTague, John Charles, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Mar 1943

McTavish, Ian Walker, Lt, RCNR - 31 Mar 1942 (Stand by)

 

Millar, Lorne Percy, Lt, RCNVR - 17 Jul 1944

 

Percival, Alan Fullerton, Lt, RCNVR - 17 Jul 1944

 

Pugh, Frederick Beverley, Slt, RCNVR - 25 Apr 1942 (Stand by) / 28 Apr 1942

 

Trow, James Douglas, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Warren, Donald Cameron, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Mar 1944

 

Watson, Alan Graeme, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Mar 1943

 


 

Photos and Documents

 

The Corvette, HMCS LA MALBAIE, shown beneath a mobile crane just before she slid down the ways, on the day of her launching.

 

Source: Library and Archives of Canada

Stamps commemorating the launch of HMCS La MALBAIE

HMCS LA MALBAIE K273 entering Halifax Harbour 1942

 

Source: Government of Nova Scotia Archives / H.B. Jefferson NSARM accession no. 1992-304 / 43.1.4 206

HMCS LA MALBAIE K273 - RCN Photo # R-158-R

 

From the collection of Cdr Bernard Summes Lake, RCN

 

Courtesy of Barry Lake

 


 

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