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Stettler (H.M.C.S.)

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Registry #1 CN 311 Registry #2 Registry #3
Name 1 1944 Stettler (H.M.C.S.) Name 5
Name 2 Name 6
Name 3 Name 7
Name 4 Name 8
Year Built 1944 Place Montreal Area QC Country Canada
Designer (nk) Measurement (imp) 301.5' x 36.5' x 12'
Builder Canadian Vickers Ltd. Measurement (metric)
Hull Steel Displacement
Gross Tonnage Type 1 Frigate (1942/3 Programme)
Registered Tonnage Type 2
Engine 2-5500ihp Steam engines Engine Manufacture
Repower Propulsion Twin Screw
Rebuilds Call Sign CGLH
Pendant  # K.681; F.311 Masters LCDR D.G. King, RCN (07/05/1944) – 09/11/1945); CDR G.C. Edwards, RCN (27/02/1954 – 02/09/1955); LCDR G.R. MacFarlane, RCN (03/09/1955 – 09/09/1957); LCDR M.H. Cooke, RCN (10/09/1957 – 11/08/1959); LCDR R.A. Evans, RCN (12/08/1959 – 08/03/1961); LCDR H.W. Vondette, RCN (09/03/1961 – 18/10/1962); LCDR R.F. Gladman, RCN (19/10/1962 – 23/08/1964); LCDR T.A. Irvine, RCN (24/08/1964 – 08/05/1966); LT S.C. Gould, RCN (09/05/1966 – 31/08/1966).
She was in service in the Royal Canadian Navy 1944-1945, 1954-1966. In 1967 she was sold to Capital Iron & Scrap Metals Ltd., Victoria BC for scrapping.
Fate Registry closed Date 1968-00-00
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HMCS Stettler (K–681) was one of a large group of frigates built by Canadian Vickers Ltd. in Montreal QC as part of the Second World War RCN ship building program. She was launched on September 10th, 1943 and commissioned on May 7th, 1944. She joined Escort Group 16 and went on her first operational war patrol on August 17, 1944. She participated in searches for German U–boats in and around the harbour approaches to Halifax. At 1102 on September 14th, 1944 while sweeping in the Gulf of St. Lawrence she picked up a contact and she went into action. While turning into her run a German acoustic torpedo exploded about 30 metres from her stern in the wake. Poor detecting conditions for the Group resulted in a lost contact. In 1945, Escort Group 16 proceeded to the United Kingdom and operated in the Irish Sea and in the Dover Strait and as far south as Gibraltar. HMCS Stettler had the highest percentage of her crew volunteering for service in the Pacific. The capitulation of Japan resulted in her being paid off on November 9th, 1945. Declared surplus to naval requirements she was turned over to the War Assets and disposal Corporation on December 21st. The outbreak of the Cold War HMCS Stettler was recovered from disposal and placed in reserve. In 1952 she was selected for conversion and was commissioned again on February 27, 1954. She was broken up in 1967 by Capital Iron & Scrap Metals Ltd., Victoria BC.
Government of Canada The Canadian Navy List Ottawa ON; Freeman, David J. (2000); MacFarlane, John M. (1990) Capital Iron: Scrap dealers in Lotusland. In Resolution (Newletter of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia); Sooke Region Museum (1989)
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