HMCS Arrowhead (K 145)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Canadian Navy|
|Built by||Marine Industries Ltd. (Sorel, Quebec, Canada)|
|Ordered||22 Jan 1940|
|Laid down||11 Apr 1940|
|Launched||8 Aug 1940|
|Commissioned||22 Nov 1940|
|End service||27 Jun 1945|
Fo'c's'le extended at Baltimore (Maryland, U.S.A.) on 25 May 1944.
Decommissioned and returned to the Royal Navy on 27 June 1945.
|Former name||HMS Arrowhead|
Commands listed for HMCS Arrowhead (K 145)
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|1||T/Lt. Victor Harrison Torraville, RCNR||21 Nov 1940||17 Jan 1941|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Edgar George Skinner, RCNR||18 Jan 1941||19 Apr 1943|
|3||Skr.Lt. Lester Alton Hickey, RCNR||20 Apr 1943||10 Feb 1944|
|4||T/Lt. William Percy Wickett, RCNVR||11 Feb 1944||4 Mar 1944|
|5||T/Lt. Roy Howard Sylvester, RCNVR||5 Mar 1944||15 Apr 1944|
|6||Skr.Lt. Lester Alton Hickey, RCNR||16 Apr 1944||21 Oct 1944|
|7||T/Lt. Roy Howard Sylvester, RCNVR||22 Oct 1944||27 Jun 1945|
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Notable events involving Arrowhead include:
15 Jan 1941
Convoy HX 103.
This convoy departed Halifax on 15 January 1941 for Liverpool where it arrived on 1 February 1941.
Upon departure from Halifax the convoy was made up of the following merchant ships: Botusk (British, 3091 GRT, built 1919), Emmaplein (Dutch, 5436 GRT, built 1926), Gandia (Belgian, 9629 GRT, built 1907), Gard (Norwegian (tanker), 8259 GRT, built 1938), Jean Jadot (Belgian, 5859 GRT, built 1929), King William (British, 5274 GRT, built 1928) and Trehata (British, 4817 GRT, built 1928).
On departure from Halifax the convoy was escorted by the battleship HMS Royal Sovereign (Capt. H.B. Jacomb, RN), the destroyer HMCS Restigouche (Cdr. H.N. Lay, OBE, RN) and the corvette HMCS Arrowhead (T/Lt. V.H. Torraville, RCNR).
The destroyer and the corvette parted company with the convoy on the 16th and returned to Halifax.
On 18 January convoy BHX 103 coming from Bermuda merged with convoy HX 103. Convoy BHX 103 had been made up of the merchant vessels Athelfoam (British (tanker), 6554 GRT, built 1931), Dolabella (British (tanker), 8142 GRT, built 1939), Empire Shearwater (British, 4970 GRT, built 1920), Mamura (Dutch (tanker), 8245 GRT, built 1932) and Mijdrecht (Dutch (tanker), 7493 GRT, built 1931). It had departed Bermuda on 13 January 1941 and had been escorted to the rendez-vous position by the armed merchant cruiser HMS Montclare (Capt.(Retd.) H.M. Spreckley, RN) which was then detached.
The battleship parted company with the convoy on 26 January and then returned to Halifax.
On 27 January 1941 the destroyer HMS Vanquisher (Lt. A.P. Northey, DSC, RN) and corvettes HMS Gentian (Lt.Cdr. R.O. Yeomans, RD, RNR) and HMS Verbena (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, RNVR) joined the convoy but they were detached later the same day. On 28 January 1941 the destroyers HMS Viscount (Lt.Cdr. M.S. Townsend, OBE, DSC, RN), HMS Whitehall (Lt.Cdr. A.B. Russell, RN) and HMS Winchelsea (Lt.Cdr. W.A.F. Hawkins, DSC, RN) joined the convoy. They were detached on 31 January 1941.
The convoy arrived at Liverpool on 1 February 1941, apparently unescorted.
Two merchant vessels were lost when the convoy ran into the British minefield SN 2 (north-west of Rona Island, in approximate position 59°08'N, 05°52'W) on 31 January 1941. These were the Botusk and Emmaplein.
9 Oct 1942
HMCS Hepatica (T/Lt. T. Gilmour, RCNR) and HMCS Arrowhead (Cdr. E.G. Skinner, DSO, RCNR) together pick up 19 survivors from the Canadian merchant Carolus that was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of St.Lawrence near Bic Island in position 48°47'N, 68°10'W by German U-boat U-69.
26 Jul 1944
HMS L 27 (Lt. J.N. Elliott, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda with HMCS Arrowhead (Skr.Lt. L.A. Hickey, RCNR), HMCS Guelph (Lt. G.H. Hayes, DSC, RCN), HMCS Thetford Mines (T/Lt. J.A.R. Allan, DSC, RCNVR) and HMCS Mahone (T/Lt. L.R. Hoar, RCNVR). (1)
27 Jul 1944
HMS L 27 (Lt. J.N. Elliott, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda with HMCS Thetford Mines (T/Lt. J.A.R. Allan, DSC, RCNVR), HMCS Cobourg (T/Lt. G.H. Johnson, RCNVR), HMCS Arrowhead (Skr.Lt. L.A. Hickey, RCNR) and HMCS Guelph (Lt. G.H. Hayes, DSC, RCN).
1 Aug 1944
HMS L 27 (Lt. J.N. Elliott, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda with and HMCS Runnymede (Lt. R.C. Chenoweth, RCNVR), HMCS Joliette (Skr.Lt. G.N. Downey, RCNR), HMCS Arrowhead (Skr.Lt. L.A. Hickey, RCNR) and HMCS Mahone (T/Lt. L.R. Hoar, RCNVR). (1)
16 Apr 1945
HMCS Arrowhead (K 145) helped search for survivors from the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt (J 272) after it was sunk (2)
- ADM 199/1830
- Personal communication
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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