Allied Warships

HMCS Edmundston (K 106)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 106 
Built byYarrows Ltd. (Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada) 
Ordered14 Feb 1940 
Laid down23 Aug 1940 
Launched22 Feb 1941 
Commissioned21 Oct 1941 
End service16 Jun 1945 

Fo'c's'le extention at Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada) completed on 3 June 1943.

Decommissioned 16 June 1945.
Became the Liberian merchantile Amapala in 1948 untill 1962.


Commands listed for HMCS Edmundston (K 106)

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1T/Lt. Raiffe Dillon Barrett, RCNR21 Oct 194121 May 1944

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Notable events involving Edmundston include:

4 Jan 1943
HMCS Edmundston (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.D. Barrett, RCNR) commenced a refit at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada).

23 Aug 1943
On the 23th August 1943 the 40th Escort Group (Cdr. Dallison), consisting of the sloops HMS Landguard, HMS Bideford, HMS Hastings and the frigates HMS Exe, HMS Moyola and HMS Waveney were deployed on a U-boat hunt off Cape Ortegal. The whole operation was covered by the British light cruiser HMS Bermuda.

On the 25th August the Canadian 5th Support Group (Cdr. Tweed), consisting of the British frigates HMS Nene, HMS Tweed and the Canadian corvettes HMCS Calgary, HMCS Edmundston and HMCS Snowberry were deployed to relieve the 40th Escort Group. While this was in progress the ships were attacked at 1415 hrs by 14 Dornier Do-217's and 7 Ju-88's. with the new German weapon, the Henschel Glider Bombs, (the "Hs293 A-1"). Designed by the German Professor Herbert Wagner. HMS Landguard and HMS Bideford were the first of the Allied and R.N. ships to be attacked and damaged by them. This being the first time of their being brought into action against Allied ships. Several sailors were injured on HMS Bideford and one sailor was killed.

Another two days later on the 27th August 1943 the Canadian 5th Support group was relieved by the 1st Support group (Cdr. Brewer) consisting of the sloops HMS Pelican, HMS Egret and the frigates HMS Jed, HMS Rother, HMS Spey and HMS Evenlode. Also the covering cruiser HMS Bermuda was relieved by the Canadian destroyer HMCS Athabaskan and the British destroyer HMS Grenville. These ships were also attacked by the Germans. This time with 18 Dornier Do-217?s also carrying Henschel Glider Bombs. HMCS Athabaskan was heavily damaged and HMS Egret was sunk with the loss of 194 of her crew. After this loss the U-boat hunt was blown off.

4 Feb 1944
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.N. Joyce, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Lunenburg (T/Lt. D.L. Miller, RCNVR) and HMCS Edmundston (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.D. Barrett, RCNR). (1)

29 Feb 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Edmundston (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.D. Barrett, RCNR), HMS Mourne (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Holland, RD, RNR), HMS Gentian (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.W.C. Dempster, RNVR), HMS Gardiner (Lt. W.G.H. Bolton, DSC, RNR), HMS Clematis (T/Lt. R.H. Farrands, DSC, RNR) and one other vessel [unable to read the name in the log of HMS H 34]. (2)

1 Mar 1944
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.N. Joyce, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Lunenburg (T/Lt. D.L. Miller, RCNVR), HMCS Edmundston (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.D. Barrett, RCNR), HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and HMS Shiel (Lt. H.P. Crail, DSC, RNR). (3)

29 Sep 1944
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) departed New London for St. John's, Canada. She was escorted by HMCS Edmundston (T/Lt. J. Lecky, RCNVR). (4)

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc


  1. ADM 173/17813
  2. ADM 173/18492
  3. ADM 173/18514
  4. ADM 199/1840

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

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