For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS TRAIL K174
Commissioned at Vancouver on 31 Apr 1941, she left Esquimalt 31 May 1941 for the east coast, arriving at Halifax on 27 Jun 1941. In Aug 1941 she joined Newfoundland Command, departing St. John's on 23 Aug 1941 to escort convoy HX.146 as far as Iceland. During the year she made four round trips there, and on 20 Jan 1942, left St. John's to join SC.65 for the first of two round trips to Londonderry. She returned to Halifax on 02 Apr 1942 and, after a brief refit at Liverpool, N.S., joined Halifax Force for Northern Waters in June. Between Jul and Nov 1942 she was employed escorting convoys between Labrador and Quebec City, also calling at Gaspé and Hamilton Inlet. She arrived at Halifax in Nov 1942 to join WLEF for the balance of the war, as a member successively of escort groups W-6 (from Jun 1943); W-5 (from Apr 1944) and W-4 (from Dec 1944). She underwent a refit at Lunenburg from mid-Jul to 03 Sep 1943, followed by workups at Pictou, and a further refit at Liverpool, N.S., between mid-Jul and 23 Oct 1944. Following the latter, which included extension of her fo'c's'le, she underwent additional repairs at Halifax and then proceeded to Bermuda to work up in Dec 1944. She left there on 07 Jan 1945, for Boston to resume service with WLEF until paid off on 17 Jul 1945 at Sorel. In August 1950, Trail was sold to the Steel Co. of Canada, Hamilton, ON, and was ship was broken up at Hamilton.
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