Allied Warships

HMCS Beauharnois (K 540)

Corvette of the Flower (rev.) class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
ClassFlower (rev.) 
PennantK 540 
Built byMorton Engineering and Dry Dock Co. (Quebec City, Quebec, Canada) 
OrderedJun 1942 
Laid down8 Nov 1943 
Launched11 May 1944 
Commissioned25 Sep 1944 
End service12 Jul 1945 

Decommissioned 12 July 1945.

In 1946 it was purchased by the "Mossad Le'Aliya bet” in Quebec – together with ex-HMCS Norsyd. (Translation: the Institute for Immigration B. (not to be confused with the Mossad Le'Modi'in Ve'Tafkidim Meyuhadim known more as the Mossad, Israel's Secret Intelligence Service) this was a Jewish Underground organization which helped Holocaust surviving Jews to immigrate to British controlled Palestine, soon to become Israel in 1948. Since the British did not allow immigration to Israel in substational numbers, the Jews had to resort to “illegal” methods: smuggling new immigrants in small ships to Israel (then Palestine). This system was called Ma’apilim movement (Ma’apilim means climbers to higher places). After this short lesson in Israeli History (…) the ship was called “Yoashia Wegwood”, and it sailed to Palestine in the end of June 1946 from Italy. It was caught by HMS Venus and 3 other Destroyers several days later, boarded and brought to Haifa, were it’s occupants were interned in Palestine. After the Declaration of Israel’s Independence, it was converted to be Corvette named “HaShomer” (the Guard), and served during Israel’s war of Independence.  

Commands listed for HMCS Beauharnois (K 540)

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1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Erin Clauds Smith, RCNVR1 Aug 194412 Jul 1945

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc

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