For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS Strathroy K455


Laid down: 18 Nov 1943

Launched: 15 Jun 1944

Commissioned: 20 Nov 1944

Paid off: 12 Jul 1945

Sold: 1946 to Chilean Navy and commissioned as Chipana

Paid off: 30 Sep 1966

Fate: Broken up in 1969


Built at Midland, Ont, she was commissioned there on 20 Nov 1944. Strathroy arrived at Halifax in Dec 1944 and immediately escorted her first convoy, HF.147, to Saint John, N.B. She arrived there on 18 Dec 1944 for completion of fitting-out that could not be done at the builder's prior to freeze-up. She then carried out workups in Bermuda, and on completing these joined Halifax Force in Apr 1945, for local escort duties. On 12 Jul 1945 she was paid off and laid up at Sorel for disposal. She was purchased in 1946 by the Chilean Navy and renamed Chipana; serving until paid off on 30 Sep 1966. She was broken up in 1969.


Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos


Commanding Officers

LCdr W.F. Wood, RCNR - 20 Nov 1944 - 27 Dec 1944

Lt H.D. Pepper, RCNVR - 28 Dec 1944 - 31 Jan 1945

Lt James Doran Moore, RCNVR - 01 Feb 1945 - 12 Jul 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

Alford, Malcolm L.

Allen, Raymond P.

Cooper, John Mark


Currie, Joseph


Désormeaux, Sylvio H.

Huxley, George Ambrose


Jones, Kenneth Harry


McCart, Arthur Henry Wilson


Moore, James Doran


Pelly, Wilfred R.

Ship's Mascot - Nelson






Former Crew Members

Berry, Norman Whitty, Slt, RCNVR - 26 May 1945


Hastings, Thomas Roy, Lt, RCNVR - 09 Mar 1945

Kell, John Douglas, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Feb 1945

Ramsay, Ernest Douglas,A/Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1945


Photos and Documents


HMCS Strathroy pennant

From the collection of John Mark Cooper

Courtesy of David Barlow

George Huxley on the yardarm directly above the Crow's nest on HMCS Strathroy K455

From the collection of George Huxley

Courtesy of Gerald Campbell