The History of the BARRIE

Commissioned at Montreal on May 12, 1941, Barrie arrived at Halifax on May 24 and was initially employed as a local escort out of Sydney. On September 5 she left Sydney to join convoy SC.43 for Iceland, but defects necessitated her sailing on to Belfast for two months' refit. She served as a mid-ocean escort until May, 1942, when she was assigned to WLEF on her return from Londonderry with ON.91, and she remained with this force until the end of the war. When individual escort groups were formed by WLEF in June, 1943, she became a member of EG W-1, and continued so except for brief service with EG W-8 in the fall of 1944. In mid-March, 1944, she commenced a long refit, including fo'c's'le extension, at Liverpool, N.S., working up at Bermuda afterward in August. On May 19, 1945, she left New York with HX.357, her last convoy, and was paid off on June 26 at Sorel. Sold for merchant service in 1947, she became the Argentinian Gasestado but was taken over by the Argentinian Navy in 1957 as a survey vessel and renamed Capitan Canepa. She was broken up in 1972.

BARRIE Statistical Data

  • Pendant: K138
  • 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: Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., Collingwood. Ont.
  • Keel Laid: 04-Apr-40
  • Date Launched: 23-Nov-40
  • Date Commissioned: 12-May-41
  • Paid off: 26-Jun-45


Focsle Extended, Liverpool, NS, 17 Apr 44

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