The History of the LETHBRIDGE

Commissioned at Montreal in June 25, 1944, Lethbridge arrived at Halifax on July 4. She served briefly with Sydney Force before joined NEF and leaving Sydney on October 11 with convoy SV.49 for Iceland. She was employed between St. John's and Iceland until February, 1942, and thereafter on the "Newfie-Derry" run. On June 20, 1942, she left Londonderry for the last time, and on her return to Halifax joined Gulf Escort Force to escort Quebec-Sydney convoys. After refitting at Liverpool, N.S., from September 10 to October 22, and working up at Pictou, she arrived at New York on November 18 to be placed under U.S. control as escort to New York-Guantanamo convoys. In March, 1943, she returned to Halifax to join WLEF for the remainder of the war, from June, 1943, as a member of EG W-3 and from April, 1944, as a member of W-5. She acquired her extended fo'c's'le during a refit at Sydney from January to March, 1944, which was followed by three weeks' working-up at Bermuda in April. She was paid off on July 23, 1945, at Sorel and sold to Marine Industries Ltd., who resold her in 1952 for conversion to a whale-catcher. The conversion at last completed in 1955, she entered service under the Dutch flag as Nicolaas Vinke. She was broken up at Santander, Spain, in 1966.

LETHBRIDGE Statistical Data

  • Pendant: K160
  • 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: Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal. Que.
  • Keel Laid: 05-Aug-40
  • Date Launched: 21-Nov-40
  • Date Commissioned: 25-Jun-41
  • Paid off: 23-Jul-45


Focsle Extended, Sydney, NS, 27 Mar 44

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