The History of the LYNX

Lynx left Halifax with Husky on May 30, 1940, for conversion and arming at Quebec City. On her return she was commissioned at Halifax on August 26 and allocated to Sydney Force. She returned at year's end to Halifax for the winter, and in July, 1941, was assigned to Gaspé Force. The ship was plagued by mechanical troubles, however, and spare parts proved unobtainable. She was accordingly transferred to Halifax on November 25. On January 18, 1942, Lynx rescued the passengers and crew of SS Empire Kingfisher, which had sunk off Cape Breton. Soon afterward condemned for further sea duty, she was paid off on April 23, 1943, and offered for sale, but no buyer was forthcoming until July, 1943. For some years a banana trader in the Caribbean, she was finally lost near Sydney, Australia, under the name Rican Star.

LYNX Statistical Data

  • Pendant: Z07
  • Type: Armed Yacht
  • Class: N/A
  • Displacement: 495 tonnes
  • Length: 181 ft
  • Width: 24 ft
  • Draught: 9 ft
  • Speed: 10 kts
  • Compliment: 5 Officers and 35 Crew
  • Arms: 1-4"
  • Builder: Newport News SB. Co., Newport News, Va.
  • Keel Laid: Unknown
  • Date Launched: 1922
  • Date Commissioned: 26/08/1940
  • Paid off: 23/04/1942


Formerly the Ramona.

Keywords: HMCS LYNX, Royal Canadian Navy Ship, Armed Yacht, N/A Class