HMCS MONCTON (1st) (K139)


The History of the MONCTON (1st)

Commissioned at Saint John, N.B. on April 24, 1942, she arrived at Halifax on May 12. She was the last of the RCN's initial Flower class programme to complete, owing to heavy demands on her builder, the Saint John Dry Dock Co., for repair work to war-damaged ships. After working up she joined WLEF, Halifax, and when the force was divided into escort groups in June, 1943, she became a member of EG W-5. She remained in this service until transferred to the west coast in January, 1944, proceeding there via Guantanamo, Cristobal, Balboa, and San Pedro, Cal. Upon arrival she was assigned to Esquimalt Force, of which she remained a member until VJ-Day. In the course of an extensive refit at Vancouver from May 5 to Jul 7, 1944, her fo'c's'le was extended. She was paid off at Esquimalt on December 12, 1945, and sold for conversion to a whale-catcher at Kiel. She entered service in 1955 as the Dutch-flag Willem Vinke and was broken up at Santander, Spain, in 1966.

MONCTON (1st) Statistical Data

  • Pendant: K139
  • 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: Saint John Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Saint John, N.B.
  • Keel Laid: 17-Dec-40
  • Date Launched: 11-Aug-41
  • Date Commissioned: 24-Apr-42
  • Paid off: 12-Dec-45


Focsle Extended, Vancouver, BC, 7 Jul 44

Keywords: HMCS MONCTON (1st), Royal Canadian Navy Ship, Corvette, FLOWER Class 1939-1940 Class