Allied Warships

HMCS Arrowhead (K 145)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 145 
Built byMarine Industries Ltd. (Sorel, Quebec, Canada) 
Ordered22 Jan 1940 
Laid down11 Apr 1940 
Launched8 Aug 1940 
Commissioned22 Nov 1940 
End service27 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.
Sold in May 1947.
Became the merchantile Southern Larkspur in 1948. Scapped at Odense, Denmark in November 1959.

Former nameHMS Arrowhead

Commands listed for HMCS Arrowhead (K 145)

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1T/Lt. Victor Harrison Torraville, RCNR21 Nov 194017 Jan 1941
2Lt.Cdr. Edgar George Skinner, RCNR18 Jan 194119 Apr 1943
3Skr.Lt. Lester Alton Hickey, RCNR20 Apr 194310 Feb 1944
4T/Lt. William Percy Wickett, RCNVR11 Feb 19444 Mar 1944
5T/Lt. Roy Howard Sylvester, RCNVR5 Mar 194415 Apr 1944
6Skr.Lt. Lester Alton Hickey, RCNR16 Apr 194421 Oct 1944
7T/Lt. Roy Howard Sylvester, RCNVR22 Oct 194427 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Arrowhead include:

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.

16 Apr 1945
HMCS Arrowhead (K 145) helped search for survivors from the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt (J 272) after it was sunk (1)

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc


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