The History of the DUNVEGAN

Named after a village in Nova Scotia, Dunvegan was commissioned at Sorel on September 9, 1941, and arrived at Halifax a week later. She joined Sydney Force after working up, but in mid-November was transferred to Newfoundland Command, leaving St. John's on November 18 as ocean escort to convoy SC.55 as far as Iceland. On her return she underwent repairs at Halifax, and on their completion in January, 1942, was assigned briefly to WLEF. Resuming her duties as ocean escort with Newfoundland Command, she arrived at Londonderry on March 10. In succeeding weeks she made two more round trips to 'Derry, leaving that port for the last time in mid-June, 1942. On reaching Halifax, she was assigned to WLEF and, in June, 1943, to its EG W-8. In October 1943, she proceeded to Baltimore, Md., for a refit which included fo'c's'le extension and lasted until the end of the year. She then carried out workups off Norfolk, Va., completing the process in Bermuda after some repairs at Halifax. On her return she resumed her duties with WLEF, from April, 1944 onward as a member of EG W-6. On May 7, 1945, she left Halifax as local escort to convoy SC.175, but was detached on May 10 to act, with HMCS Rockcliffe, as escort to the surrendered U 889. She was paid off on July 3, 1945, at Sydney, and sold in 1946 to the Venezuelan Navy, serving as Indepencia until broken up in 1953.

DUNVEGAN Statistical Data

  • Pendant: K177
  • 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: Marine Industries Ltd., Sorel, Que.
  • Keel Laid: 30-Aug-40
  • Date Launched: 11-Dec-40
  • Date Commissioned: 09-Sep-41
  • Paid off: 03-Jul-45


Focsle Extended, Baltimore, MD, 27 Dec 43

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