Allied Warships

HMCS Long Branch (K 487)

Corvette of the Flower (rev.) class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
ClassFlower (rev.) 
PennantK 487 
Built byA & J Inglis Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland): Kincaid 
Ordered25 Jul 1942 
Laid down27 Feb 1943 
Launched28 Sep 1943 
Commissioned5 Jan 1944 
End service17 Jun 1945 

Decommissioned on 17 June 1945.
Sold into merchantile service in 1947, renamed Rexton Kent II and served until 1966.

Former nameHMS Candytuft (ii)

Commands listed for HMCS Long Branch (K 487)

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1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Walter Juchereau Kingsmill, RCNVR5 Jan 194421 Jan 1944
2Cdr. Edgar George Skinner, DSC, RD, RCNR22 Jan 19442 Feb 1944
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Allan Brown Taylor, RCNR3 Feb 194416 Apr 1944
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Rendell James Godschal Johnson, RCNVR17 Apr 19447 Oct 1944
5T/A/Lt.Cdr. John Barry O'Brien, RCNVR8 Oct 194421 Feb 1945
6T/Lt. Kenneth Benjamin Culley, RCNVR22 Feb 194514 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Long Branch include:

13 Apr 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS Forrest Hill (T/Lt. E.U. Jones, RCNVR), HMCS Eyebright (T/Lt. H.L. Quinn, RCNVR), HMCS La Malbaie (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Davis, RCNVR), HMCS Long Branch (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.B. Taylor, RCNR) and HMS Keats (T/A/Lt.Cdr. N.F. Israel, RNR). (1)

14 Apr 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS Long Branch (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.B. Taylor, RCNR) and aircraft. (1)

20 Apr 1944
HMS H 50 (T/Lt. A.F. Wicker, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Dunver (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Stephen, OBE, DSC, RCNR), HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. M.H. Wallace, RCNR), HMCS Rosthern (T/Lt. S.R.P. Annet, RCNVR) and HMCS Long Branch (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR). (2)

11 Feb 1945
HMCS Long Branch (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.B. O'Brien, RCNVR) begins a refit at Halifax.

29 May 1945
HMS Unruffled (T/Lt. A.H. MacCoy, DSC, SANF(V)) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda together with HMCS Long Branch (T/Lt. K.B. Culley, RCNVR). (3)

Media links

Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/18527
  3. ADM 173/20140

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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