HMCS HALIFAX (1st) (K237)


The History of the HALIFAX (1st)

HMCS Halifax (K237) was a Royal Canadian Navy Flower class corvette which took part in convoy escort duties during World War II.

She was laid down at Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., Collingwood on 26 April 1941 and launched on 4 October of that year. She was commissioned into the RCN 6 weeks later on 26 November.

On 19 May 1942, Halifax, under command of A/Lt. Cdr. C. Copelin, RCNR rescued 3 survivors from the crew of the American trawler Foam which was attacked and sunk by gunfire from U-432 on 17 May approximately 85 nautical miles (157 km) south of Halifax Harbour.

Halifax was decommissioned from the RCN on 12 July 1945 and sold later that year as the mercantile Halifax.

HALIFAX (1st) Statistical Data

  • Pendant: K237
  • Type: Corvette
  • Class: Revised FLOWER (1940-41 Program)
  • Displacement: 1015 tonnes
  • Length: 208.3 ft
  • Width: 33.1 ft
  • Draught: 11 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: 26-Apr-41
  • Date Launched: 04-Oct-41
  • Date Commissioned: 26-Nov-41
  • Paid off: 12-Jul-45

Keywords: HMCS HALIFAX (1st), Royal Canadian Navy Ship, Corvette, Revised FLOWER (1940-41 Program) Class