For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS PROVIDER F100
Sister to Preserver, she was commissioned at Sorel on 01 Dec 1942, and arrived at Halifax on 14 Dec. Two flotillas of Fairmiles were to proceed to the Caribbean to alleviate a shortage of escorts there, and Provider was ordered south to be their base supply ship. She accordingly sailed on 19 Jan 1943, but had to return owing to storm damage and sailed again ten days later, arriving at Trinidad on 20 Feb. One Fairmile flotilla, the 73rd, joined her at Guantanamo, Cuba, proceeding with her in Mar to a new base at Key West. Returning to Halifax on 23 Apr, she was then assigned to Gaspé Force, arriving on 22 May, and subsequently transferred to Sept Iles, where she remained from 29 Jun until Nov. At the end of 1943 she proceeded to Halifax and thence to Bermuda to serve as base ship for the 70th and 78th Flotillas. Provider returned to Halifax on 31 Jul 1944, but sailed again that Sep for Bermuda, where she was attached to the recently established base HMCS Somers Isle, until May 1945. She then went to Halifax as base supply ship until she was paid off on 22 Mar 1946, to be sold later that year to Peruvian owners and renamed Maruba. Subsequently acquired by the Peruvian Navy, she served as Orgenos until disposed of for scrap in 1961.
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