Allied Warships

HMCS Lethbridge (K 160)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 160 
Built byCanadian Vickers Ltd. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) 
Ordered20 Jan 1940 
Laid down5 Aug 1940 
Launched21 Nov 1940 
Commissioned25 Jun 1941 
End service23 Jul 1945 

Fo'c's'le extention at Sydney (Nova Scotia, Canada) completed on 27 March 1944.

Decommissioned 23 July 1945.
Became the Dutch merchantile Nicolaas Vinke in 1952. Arrived at Santander, Spain in September 1966 to be broken up.


Commands listed for HMCS Lethbridge (K 160)

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1T/Lt. William Mahan, RCNR25 Jun 194113 Aug 1941
2T/Lt. Redvers Hocken, RCNR14 Aug 19417 Sep 1941
3T/Lt. Harry Freeland, RCNR8 Sep 194120 Oct 1942
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Roy Stanley Kelley, RCNR21 Oct 194221 Apr 1943
5T/Lt.Cdr. William Woods, RCNR22 Apr 194315 Jun 1943
6T/Lt. St. Clair Balfour, RCNVR16 Jun 194326 Dec 1943
7T/Lt. Frederick Henry Pinfold, RCNVR27 Dec 194319 Aug 1944
8T/Lt. Joseph Roberts, RCNVR20 Aug 194430 Sep 1944
9T/Lt. Frederick Henry Pinfold, RCNVR1 Oct 194414 Apr 1945
10T/Lt. James William Bessay, RCNVR15 Apr 19457 May 1945
11T/Lt. John Holland, RCNVR8 May 194523 Jul 1945

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Notable events involving Lethbridge include:

15 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. R.E. Boddington, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Lethbridge (T/Lt. H Freeland, RCNR), HMCS Shawinigan (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Balfry, RCNR), HMCS Prescott (Lt. G.H. Davidson, RCN), HMS Churchill (Cdr.(Retd.) P.J. Fitzgerald, RN) and USS Saucy (Lt. A.J. Smith, USN). (1)

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc


  1. ADM 173/17201

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

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