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"RIVER" class (later Canadian-built) frigates (1944)

Orkney 1944

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Alexandria (RCN)   183 Canadian Vickers, Montreal, Canada --- --- --- cancelled
Antigonish (RCN) K661 - FFE301 93 Canadian Yarrow, Esquimalt, Canada 10/1943 10/2/1944 7/1944 paid off 11/1966, sold 1967
Beacon Hill (RCN) K407 - FFE303 91 Canadian Yarrow, Esquimalt, Canada 7/1943 6/11/1943 5/1944 paid off 9/1967, sold 1968
Buckingham (ex-Royal Mount) (RCN) K685 - FFE314 558 Davie SB, Lauzon, Canada 11/1943 28/4/1944 11/1944 paid off 3/1965, BU 1966
Cap de la Madeleine (RCN) K663 - FFE317 31 Morton, Quebec City, Canada 11/1943 13/5/1944 9/1944 paid off 5/1965, BU 1966
Capilano (RCN) K409 95 Canadian Yarrow, Esquimalt, Canada 11/1943 8/4/1944 8/1944 paid off 11/1945, sold mercantile 1947
Carlplace (RCN) K664 561 Davie SB, Lauzon, Canada 11/1943 6/7/1944 12/1944 paid off 11/1945, to Dominican Republic 1946 (Presidente Trujillo)
Charlottetown (RCN) K244 23 G T Davie, Lauzon, Canada 1/1943 16/9/1943 4/1944 paid off 3/1947, scuttled as breakwater 1948
Chebogue (RCN) K317 88 Canadian Yarrow, Esquimalt, Canada 3/1943 16/8/1943 2/1944 CTL 4/10/1944
Coaticook (RCN) K410 553 Davie SB, Lauzon, Canada 6/1943 25/11/1943 7/1944 paid off 11/1945, sold 1947
Eastview (RCN) K665 174 Canadian Vickers, Montreal, Canada 8/1943 17/11/1943 6/1944 paid off 1/1946, scuttled as breakwater 1948
Fort Erie (ex-La Tuque) (RCN) K670 - FFE312 28 G T Davie, Lauzon, Canada 11/1943 27/5/1944 10/1944 paid off 3/1965, BU 1966
Foster (RCN)   567 G T Davie, Lauzon, Canada --- --- --- cancelled
Glace Bay (ex-Lauzon) (RCN) K414 27 G T Davie, Lauzon, Canada 9/1943 26/4/1944 9/1944 paid off 11/1945, to Chile 1946 (Esmeralda)
Hallowell (RCN) K666 178 Canadian Vickers, Montreal, Canada 11/1943 28/3/1944 8/1944 sold mercantile 11/1945, to Israel 1949 (Misnak)
Hardrock (RCN)   182 Canadian Vickers, Montreal, Canada --- --- --- cancelled
Henryville (RCN)   564 G T Davie, Lauzon, Canada --- --- --- cancelled
Inch Arran (RCN) K667 - FFE308 559 Davie SB, Lauzon, Canada 10/1943 6/6/1944 11/1944 paid off 6/1965, sold 1966
Joliette (RCN) K418 30 Morton, Quebec City, Canada 7/1943 12/11/1943 6/1944 paid off 11/1945, to Chile 1946 (Iquique)
Jonquière (RCN) K318 - FFE318 24 G T Davie, Lauzon, Canada 1/1943 28/10/1943 5/1944 paid off 9/1966, sold 1967
Kirkland Lake (ex-St. Jerome) (RCN) K337 43 Morton, Quebec City, Canada 11/1943 27/4/1944 8/1944 paid off 12/1945, BU 1947
Kokanee (RCN) K419 92 Canadian Yarrow, Esquimalt, Canada 8/1943 27/11/1943 6/1944 sold mercantile 12/1945, to India 1950 (Bengal)
La Hulloise (RCN) K668 - FFE305 173 Canadian Vickers, Montreal, Canada 8/1943 29/10/1943 5/1944 paid off 7/1965, BU 1966
Lanark (RCN) K669 - FFE321 176 Canadian Vickers, Montreal, Canada 9/1943 10/12/1943 7/1944 paid off 3/1965, BU 1966
La Salle (RCN) K519 552 Davie SB, Lauzon, Canada 6/1943 12/11/1943 6/1944 paid off 12/1945, scuttled as breakwater 1948
Lauzon (ex-Glace Bay) (RCN) K371 - FFE322 26 G T Davie, Lauzon, Canada 7/1943 10/6/1944 8/1944 paid off 5/1963, sold 1963
Le Havre (RCN)   99 Canadian Yarrow, Esquimalt, Canada --- --- --- cancelled
Levis (RCN) K400 25 G T Davie, Lauzon, Canada 2/1943 26/11/1943 7/1944 paid off 2/1946, scuttled as breakwater 1948
Lingabar (RCN)   565 G T Davie, Lauzon, Canada --- --- --- cancelled
Longueuil (RCN) K672 172 Canadian Vickers, Montreal, Canada 7/1943 30/10/1943 5/1944 paid off 12/1945, BU 1948
Magog (RCN) K673 171 Canadian Vickers, Montreal, Canada 6/1943 22/9/1943 5/1944 CTL 14/10/1944
Merrittonia (RCN)   570 G T Davie, Lauzon, Canada --- --- --- cancelled
Northumberland (RCN)   98 Canadian Yarrow, Esquimalt, Canada --- --- --- cancelled
Orkney (RCN) K448 90 Canadian Yarrow, Esquimalt, Canada 5/1943 18/9/1943 4/1944 paid off 1/1946, sold mercantile 1947, to Israel 1950 (Mivtakh)
Penetang (ex-Rouyn) (RCN) K676 - FFE307 557 Davie SB, Lauzon, Canada 9/1943 6/7/1944 10/1944 to Norway 1/1956 (Draug)
Pesquaid (RCN)   97 Canadian Yarrow, Esquimalt, Canada --- --- --- cancelled
Plessiville (RCN)   563 G T Davie, Lauzon, Canada --- --- --- cancelled
Poundmaker (RCN) K675 180 Canadian Vickers, Montreal, Canada 1/1944 21/4/1944 9/1944 paid off 11/1945, to Peru 1947 (Ferré)
Prestonian (ex-Beauharnois) (RCN) K662 - FFE316 555 Davie SB, Lauzon, Canada 7/1943 22/6/1944 9/1944 to Norway 4/1956 (Troll)
Ranney Falls (RCN)   569 G T Davie, Lauzon, Canada --- --- --- cancelled
Royal Mount (ex-Alvington) (RCN) K677 179 Canadian Vickers, Montreal, Canada 1/1944 15/4/1944 8/1944 paid off 11/1945, BU 1947
Runnymede (RCN) K678 175 Canadian Vickers, Montreal, Canada 9/1943 27/11/1943 6/1944 paid off 1/1946, BU 1948
St. Agathe (RCN)   44 Davie SB, Lauzon, Canada --- --- --- cancelled
St. Édouard (RCN)   566 Davie SB, Lauzon, Canada --- --- --- cancelled
St. Pierre (RCN) K680 554 Davie SB, Lauzon, Canada 6/1943 1/12/1943 8/1944 paid off 11/1945, to Peru 1947 (Palacios)
St. Romuald (RCN)   31 G T Davie, Lauzon, Canada --- --- --- cancelled
St. Stephen (RCN) K454 94 Canadian Yarrow, Esquimalt, Canada 10/1943 6/2/1943 7/1944 paid off 1/1946, meteorological vessel 1947
Ste. Thérèse (RCN) K366 - FFE309 551 Davie SB, Lauzon, Canada 5/1943 16/10/1943 5/1944 paid off 1/1967, sold 1967
Sea Cliff (ex-Meganic) (RCN) K344 556 Davie SB, Lauzon, Canada 7/1943 8/7/1944 9/1944 paid off 11/1945, to Chile 1946 (Covadonga)
Shipton (RCN)     Davie SB, Lauzon, Canada --- --- --- cancelled
Springhill (RCN) K323 89 Canadian Yarrow, Esquimalt, Canada 5/1943 7/9/1943 3/1944 paid off 12/1945, BU 1948
Stettler (RCN) K681 - FFE311 170 Canadian Vickers, Montreal, Canada 5/1943 10/9/1943 5/1944 paid off 8/1966, sold 1967
Stonetown (RCN) K531 - FFE302 177 Canadian Vickers, Montreal, Canada 11/1943 28/3/1944 7/1944 paid off 11/1945, meteorological vessel 1950
Strathadam (RCN) K682 96 Canadian Yarrow, Esquimalt, Canada 12/1943 20/3/1944 9/1944 paid off 11/1945, sold mercantile 1947, to Israel 1950 (Misgav)
Sussexvale (RCN)   568 G T Davie, Lauzon, Canada --- --- --- cancelled
Sussexvale (ex-Valdorian) (RCN) K683 - FFE313 560 Davie SB, Lauzon, Canada 11/1943 12/7/1944 11/1944 paid off 11/1966, sold 1967
Thetford Mines  (RCN) K459 29 Morton, Quebec City, Canada 7/1943 30/10/1943 5/1944 paid off 11/1945, sold mercantile 1946
Tisdale (RCN)   181 Canadian Vickers, Montreal, Canada --- --- --- cancelled
Toronto (ex-Giffard) (RCN) K538 - FFE319 550 Davie SB, Lauzon, Canada 5/1943 18/9/1943 5/1944 to Norway 4/1956 (Garm)
Victoriaville (RCN) K684 - FFE320 29 G T Davie, Lauzon, Canada 12/1943 23/6/1944 11/1944 diving tender Granby 12/1966
Westbury (RCN)   30 Davie SB, Lauzon, Canada --- --- --- cancelled
Westville (RCN)   562 Davie SB, Lauzon, Canada --- --- --- cancelled
Wulastock (RCN)   100 Canadian Yarrow, Esquimalt, Canada --- --- --- cancelled

 

Displacement standard, t

1310 - 1460

Displacement full, t

1920 - 2180

Length, m

86.3 pp 91.8 oa

Breadth, m

11.2

Draught, m

3.61 - 3.89 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

5500

Max speed, kts

20

Fuel, t

oil 646

Armament

1 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog DCT, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (150)

Antigonish, Glace Bay, Hallowell, Joliette, Kirkland Lake, Kokanee, Lauzon, Longueuil, Orkney, Poundmaker, Sea Cliff, Thetford Mines and, may be, some others: 1 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 1 x 1 - 76/40 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I/II/V, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog DCT, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (150)

Sensors

type 268, 272, 275, 291 radars, sonars

Complement

140

Ship project history: Design of "River" class frigate is developed in 1941 when it became clear, that for service in Atlantic escorts are required larger than "Flower" class corvettes. Significantly increased dimensions have allowed to improve seaworthiness and conditions of habitability of crew, to place additional armament and to fit twin-shaft machinery (actually doubled machinery of "Flower" class corvettes) and to increase speed to 20kts. An exception made 5 ships which have received more powerful turbine machinery.

Originally known as "twin-screw corvettes", "River" class ships, as well as their predecessors, created on standards of merchant shipbuilding, but their hulls had outlines more habitual for a warship, and its slenderness has increased from 6 to 8. Thus the building technology, as well as  corvettes, as much as possible adapted for usage on the yards which do not have experience of construction of combat ships.

Frigates of 3rd group were built in Canada for own fleet and differed from earlier ships by replacement of two single-purpose 102mm/40 guns  by one twin 102mm/45 mount on a forecastle and 76mm gun aft (last was put not by all ships). Order for 20 more frigates of group is cancelled in December 1943 - January, 1944.

Modernizations: 1943 - 1944, all survived ships: - 2 x 1 - 20/70; + 2 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV

1953, Lauzon, Toronto; 1954, Buckingham, Cap de la Madeleine, Inch Arran, Jonquiere, Stettler; 1955, Ste. Therese, Sussexvale; 1956, Fort Erie, Lanark, Penetang, Prestonian; 1957, Antigonish, Beacon Hill, La Hulloise; 1959, Victoriaville, as follows:

Displacement standard, t

1570

Displacement full, t

2360

Length, m

91.8

Breadth, m

11.2

Draught, m

4.90 max deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

5500

Max speed, kts

20

Fuel, t

oil 720

Armament

1 x 2 - 102/45 Mk 19, 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 5, 4 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 9, 2 x 3 - 305 Squid Mk 3 ASWRL

Sensors

SU, SPQ-2, type 275, 262 radars, TDY-1 jammer, type 147, 162, 164B sonars

Complement

140

1956, Buckingham: flight deck for HO4S Whirlwind helicopter was fitted.

Naval service: Chebogue was torpedoed by German submarine U1227 and Magog by U1223.

Beacon Hill 1950s

Ivan Gogin, 2008-10