The History of the AMHERST

Commissioned on August 5, 1941 at Saint John, N.B., she arrived at Halifax on August 22 and after working up, joined Newfoundland command in October. She was steadily employed as an ocean escort for the succeeding three years, during which time she was involved in two particularly hard-fought convoy battles: ON.127 (August, 1942) and SC.107 (October, 1942). She had joined EG C-4 in August, 1942. Her only real respite was between May and November, 1943, when she under went a major refit at Charlottetown, including the extension of her fo'c's'le. After workups at Pictou, N.S., she returned to the North Atlantic grind until September, 1944, when she began another long refit, this time at Liverpool, N.S. Following workups in Bermuda in January, 1945, she joined Halifax Force, but in March was lent to EG C-7 for one round trip to the U.K. She was paid off July 15, 1945 at Sydney, and placed in reserve at Sorel. Sold in 1946, she served in the Venezuelan Navy as Federacion until broken up in 1956.

AMHERST Statistical Data

  • Pendant: K148
  • Type: Corvette
  • Class: FLOWER Class 1939-1940
  • Displacement: 950 tonnes
  • Length: 205.1 ft
  • Width: 33.1 ft
  • Draught: 11.5 ft
  • Speed: 16 kts
  • Compliment: 6 Officers and 79 Crew
  • Arms: 1-4" Gun, 1-2 pdr, 2-20mm, Hedgehog
  • Builder: Saint John Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Saint John, N.B.
  • Keel Laid: 23-May-40
  • Date Launched: 04-Dec-40
  • Date Commissioned: 05-Aug-41
  • Paid off: 16-Jul-45


Focsle Extended, Charlottetown, PEI, 1 Nov 43

Keywords: HMCS AMHERST, Royal Canadian Navy Ship, Corvette, FLOWER Class 1939-1940 Class