The History of the ALGONQUIN (1st)

HMCS Algonquin was a V-Class World War II destroyer, laid down for the Royal Navy as HMS Valentine (R17) and transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy on completion.

In 1954, Algonquin was converted to a Type 15 frigate at Esquimalt Dockyard.

Finally paid off 1 April 1970.

ALGONQUIN (1st) Statistical Data

  • Pendant: R17
  • Type: Destroyer
  • Class: V Class ex-Royal Navy
  • Displacement: 1710 tonnes
  • Length: 362.8 ft
  • Width: 35.7 ft
  • Draught: 11.5 ft
  • Speed: 36 kts
  • Compliment: 14 Officers and 230 Crew
  • Arms: 4-4.7", 8-21" Torpedo Tube (2 x IV), 4-40mm, 4-20mm
  • Builder: John Brown & Co. Ltd.. Glasgow, Scotland
  • Keel Laid: 08-Oct-42
  • Date Launched: 02-Sep-43
  • Date Commissioned: 07-Feb-44
  • Paid off: 06-Feb-46


Ex HMS VALENTINE. Later recommissioned with pendant 224. Finally paid off 1 Apr 70.

Keywords: HMCS ALGONQUIN (1st), Royal Canadian Navy Ship, Destroyer, V Class ex-Royal Navy Class