The History of the KALAMALKA

Built by A.C. Benson Shipyard Ltd. of Vancouver, HMCS Kalamalka was commissioned in the Canadian Navy July 4, 1944. She was assigned to the Local Defence Force and was continuously employed on precautionary sweeps of the approaches to Esquimalt and Prince Rupert Harbour. Initially paid off in November 1945, she was reactivated and sent to Halifax where she served as a guard ship for the reserve fleet. Paid off again, she was restored to service in the summer and fall of 1952 and 1953 for use as a tender at St. Johnís and was finally paid off on Oct. 23, 1953 and transferred to the Department of Indian Affairs.

KALAMALKA Statistical Data

  • Pendant: J395
  • Type: Minesweeper
  • Class: Llewellyn
  • Displacement: 228 tonnes
  • Length: 119.3 ft
  • Width: 22 ft
  • Draught: 8.7 ft
  • Speed: 12 kts
  • Compliment: 3 Officers and 20 Crew
  • Arms: 4 - .5" m.g. (2XII)
  • Builder: A.C. Benson Shipyard Ltd., Vancouver, BC
  • Keel Laid:
  • Date Launched:
  • Date Commissioned: 02-Oct-44
  • Paid off: 16-Nov-45


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Keywords: HMCS KALAMALKA, Royal Canadian Navy Ship, Minesweeper, Llewellyn Class