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St. Thomas (H.M.C.S.)

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Registry #1 176903 Registry #2 CN K.488 Registry #3
Name 1 1943 Sandgate Castle (H.M.S.) Name 5 1958 Yukon Star
Name 2 1946 St. Thomas (H.M.C.S.) Name 6
Name 3 1946 Camosun III Name 7
Name 4 1958 Chilcotin (III) Name 8
Year Built 1943 Place South Bank-on-Tees Area Country UK
Designer (nk) Measurement (imp) 251.6' x 26.6' x 10'
Builder Smiths Dock Co., Ltd. Measurement (metric)
Hull Steel Displacement 1010
Gross Tonnage 1835 Type 1 Corvette, (Castle Class ex-RN)
Registered Tonnage 990 Type 2 Passenger Vessel
Engine 2750hp 4-cylinder TE engine with water-tube boilers. Engine Manufacture
Repower Propulsion Screw
Rebuilds In 1946 she was rebuilt at Vancouver BC. Call Sign
Pendant  # K.488 Masters
She was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy as H.M.C.S. St. Thomas and commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy 04/05/1944 to 22/11/1945. In 1946 she was owned by Union Steamships Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1961-1966 she was owned by Alaska Cruise Lines Ltd., Vancouver BC.
Fate Registry closed Date 1974-00-00
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She was launched on 28/12/1943. She was acquired in 1944 as one of 12 vessel in exchange for twelve Canadian-built Algerine class minesweepers. 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 sank U-877 on 27/12/1944. In 1973 she was towed to Seattle WA for scrapping. She was broken up at Taiwan in 1974.
Macpherson, Ken and Marc Milner (1993); Macpherson, Ken and John Burgess (1981); Government of Canada The Canadian Navy List Ottawa; Freeman, David J. (2000); Canada List of Shipping; H. W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest 1966 to 1976 (Ed. Gordon Newell) 1977;
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