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Hespeler (H.M.C.S.)

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Registry #1 178070 Registry #2 CN K.489 Registry #3
Name 1 1944 Guildford Castle (H.M.S.) Name 5 1965c Stella Maris (II)
Name 2 1944 Hespeler (H.M.C.S.) Name 6 1965 Westar (I)
Name 3 1946c Chilcotin (II) Name 7
Name 4 1958 Capri Name 8
Year Built 1944 Place Leith Area Scotland Country UK
Designer (nk) Measurement (imp) 235.7' x 36.6' x 25.5'
Builder Henry Robb Ltd. Measurement (metric)
Hull Steel Displacement
Gross Tonnage 1837 Type 1 Corvette, (Castle Class ex-RN)
Registered Tonnage 990 Type 2
Engine 2800ihp Triple expansion Steam reciprocating engine Engine Manufacture
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Rebuilds In 1946 she was converted at West Coast Shipbuilders, Vancouver BC. Call Sign CGNX
Pendant  # K.489 Masters
She was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy as H.M.C.S. Hespeler and commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy 28/02/1944 to 15/11/1945. In 1946 she was owned by Union Steamships Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1958 she was sold to Sun Line, Monrovia Liberia. She was refitted for St. Lawrence cruises as the Stella Maris. In 1965 she was owned by Seattle owners.
Fate Registry closed Date 1966-01-28
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She was launched on 13/11/1943. She was capable of 16.5 knots with an endurance of 9500nm at 10 knots. She had a complement of 8 officers and 112 other ranks. She was acquired in 1944 as one of 12 vessel in exchange for twelve Canadian-built Algerine class minesweepers. She assisted in the sinking of U-484 on 09/09/1944. She was burned in the Mediterranean 28/01/1966 and broken up at La Spezia Italy.
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