Allied Warships

HMCS Dawson (K 104)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 104 
Built byVictoria Machinery Depot Co. Ltd. (Victoria. British Columbia, Canada) 
Ordered14 Feb 1940 
Laid down7 Sep 1940 
Launched8 Feb 1941 
Commissioned6 Oct 1941 
End service19 Jun 1945 

Fo'c's'le extention at Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada) completed on 29 January 1944.

Decommissioned 19 June 1945.
Broken up at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1946.


Commands listed for HMCS Dawson (K 104)

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1T/Lt. Anthony Hubert Gleadow Storrs, RCNR22 Sep 19417 Jun 1943
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Thomas Philip Ryan, RCNR8 Jun 194331 Mar 1944
3T/Skr.Lt. Joseph Bernard Cooper, RCNR31 Mar 194431 May 1944
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Thomas Philip Ryan, RCNR31 May 194419 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Dawson include:

14 Feb 1944
HMCS Vancouver (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.W. Ford, RCNR) and HMCS Dawson (T/A/Lt.Cdr. T.P. Ryan, OBE, RCNR) departed from Esquimalt for Halifax.

6 Apr 1945
HMS Unruffled (T/Lt. A.H. MacCoy, DSC, SANF(V)) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda together with HMCS New Westminster (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.O. McKenzie, RCNR) and HMCS Dawson (T/A/Lt.Cdr. T.P. Ryan, RCNR). (1)

8 Apr 1945
HMS Upright (Lt. J.A.L. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda with HMCS New Westminster (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.O. McKenzie, RCNR) and HMCS Dawson (T/A/Lt.Cdr. T.P. Ryan, RCNR). (2)

Media links

Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc


  1. ADM 173/20139
  2. ADM 173/20177

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

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