Allied Warships

HMCS Hepatica (K 159)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 159 
Built byDavie Shipbuilding and Repairing Co. Ltd. (Lauzon, Quebec, Canada) 
Ordered22 Jan 1940 
Laid down24 Feb 1940 
Launched6 Jul 1940 
Commissioned15 May 1941 
End service27 Jun 1945 

Fo'c's'le extention at the New York Navy Yard (New York, New York, U.S.A.) completed on 8 June 1944.

Decommissioned and returned to the Royal Navy on 27 June 1945.
Scrapped at Llanelly on 1 January 1948.

Former nameHMS Hepatica

Commands listed for HMCS Hepatica (K 159)

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1T/Lt. Charles Copelin, RCNR15 Nov 194031 Oct 1941
2T/Lt. Thomas Gilmour, RCNR1 Nov 194111 Apr 1943
3T/Lt. Henry Ernest Lade, RCNR12 Apr 19435 Sep 1943
4T/Lt. John Alexander Ferguson, RCNR6 Sep 19434 Nov 1944
5T/Lt. Eric MacPherson Lutes, RCNVR5 Nov 194427 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Hepatica include:

11 Mar 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Tobermory with HMCS Hepatica (T/Lt. T. Gilmour, RCNR) and HMS Amaranthus (Lt. N.B.J. Stapleton, RNR).

23 Apr 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Benson, HMCS Collingwood (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W. Woods, RCNR), HMCS Hepatica (T/Lt. T. Gilmour, RCNR) and FFS Aconit. (1)

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.

11 Feb 1943
HMCS Hepatica (T/Lt.Cdr. T. Gilmour, RCNR) begins a refit at New York.

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc


  1. ADM 173/17248

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

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