HMCS BRANDON (1st) (K149)


The History of the BRANDON (1st)

Commissioned at Quebec City on July 22, 1941, Brandon arrived at Halifax August 1. She joined Newfoundland Command in September after working up and left St. John's September 26 for her first convoy, SC.46. She served as an ocean escort to and from Iceland until December, when she arrived in the U.K. for three months' repairs at South Shields. From mid-March, 1942, after three weeks' workups at Tobermory, she served on the "Newfie-Derry" run almost continuously until September, 1944. From December, 1942, onward, she served with EG C-4, helping defend the hard-pressed convoy HX.224 in February, 1943, and in the following month escorting convoys to and from Gibraltar. In August, 1943, she had a three-month refit at Grimsby, England, including fo'c's'le extension. She left Londonderry September 2, 1944, to join her last transatlantic convoy, ONS.251, and, after two months' refit at Liverpool, N.S., worked up in Bermuda. On February 5, 1945, she arrived at S. John's to join EG W-5, Western Escort Force, in which she served until the end of the war. Paid off at Sorel on June 22, 1945, she was broken up at Hamilton, Ont. in 1945.

BRANDON (1st) Statistical Data

  • Pendant: K149
  • 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: Davie Shipbuilding and Repairing Co. Ltd., Lauzon, Que.
  • Keel Laid: 10-Oct-40
  • Date Launched: 29-Apr-41
  • Date Commissioned: 22-Jul-41
  • Paid off: 22-Jun-45


Focsle Extended, New York, NY, 4 Mar 44

Keywords: HMCS BRANDON (1st), Royal Canadian Navy Ship, Corvette, FLOWER Class 1939-1940 Class