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Leaside (H.M.C.S.)

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Registry #1 176902 Registry #2 CN K.492 Registry #3
Name 1 1944 Walmer Castle (H.M.S.) Name 5
Name 2 1944 Leaside (H.M.C.S.) Name 6
Name 3 1946 Coquitlam (II) Name 7
Name 4 1950 Glacier Queen (I) Name 8
Year Built 1944 Place South Bank-on-Tees Area Country UK
Designer (nk) Measurement (imp) 251.6' x 26.6' x 10.0'
Builder Smiths Dock Co., Ltd. Measurement (metric)
Hull Steel Displacement 1010
Gross Tonnage 1835 Type 1 Corvette, Castle-class
Registered Tonnage 1009 Type 2 Passenger vessel
Engine 2750hp 4-cylinder TE engine water-tube boilers. Engine Manufacture
Repower Propulsion Screw
Rebuilds In 1946 she was converted to merchant service by West Coast Shipbuilders Ltd., Vancouver BC. 235.8' x 36.6' x 22.2' 1833gt 990rt She was converted to a floating restaurant. Call Sign
Pendant  # K.492 Masters
She was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy as H.M.C.S. Leaside and commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy 21/08/1944 to 16/11/1945. She was sold in 1946 and converted to the Coquitlam. She was renamed as Glacier Queen in 1950. In 1946 she was sold to Union Steamships Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1958-1967 she was sold to the Alaska Cruise Lines Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1973 she was owned by M.J. Stanley, Seattle WA USA.
Fate Registry closed Date 1979-01-00
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At the end of the Second World War she was laid up in the ship boneyard at Bedwell Bay in Indian Arm BC. 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. In 1967 she collided with the Nicherei Maru near Prince Rupert BC (her pilot was Captain Hill Wilson) $280,000 damage. In 1973 she was proposed for conversion to a hotel and restaurant ship at Bethel AK. She sank in Cook Inlet AK USA on 08/11/1978. She was raised, towed to sea and scuttled 01/1979.
Canada List of Shipping; Government of Canada The Canadian Navy List Ottawa ON; Freeman, David J. (2000); H. W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest 1966 to 1976 (Ed. Gordon Newell) 1977;
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