The History of the SOREL

Commissioned at Sorel on August 19, 1941, Sorel arrived at Halifax on August 30. She joined Sydney Force in October but transferred in November to Newfoundland Force, leaving St. John's on November 18 to escort convoy SC.55 to Iceland. On her next trip, mechanical defects forced her to go on to the U.K., and she arrived at Leith, Scotland, January 17, for ten weeks' repairs. She left Londonderry on April 23 to join convoy ON.88, and in May joined WLEF. Between October 19, 1942, and February, 1943, she underwent refit, including fo'c's'le extension, successively at Liverpool, N.S., Pictou, and Halifax. In February she entered service as a training ship, first at Digby, then at St. Margaret's Bay, and at Pictou. In September, 1943, she was temporarily allocated to EG C-3 for one round trip to Londonderry, and on her return underwent refit at Halifax and Dartmouth. This refit completed on March 31, 1944, she proceeded to Bermuda for workups and on her return was assigned to WEF's EG W-4 for the rest of the war. She was paid off on June 22, 1945 , and broken up.

SOREL Statistical Data

  • Pendant: K153
  • 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: Marine Industries Ltd., Sorel, Que.
  • Keel Laid: 24-Aug-40
  • Date Launched: 16-Nov-40
  • Date Commissioned: 19-Aug-41
  • Paid off: 22-Jun-45


Focsle Extended, Dartmouth, NS, 31 Mar 44

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