Warships Scrapped in Hamilton

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THE PAS, K-168, and four other corvettes awaiting scrapping in Hamilton in 1946.  Note THE PAS never had a foc’sle extension.

There is no record of how many Canadian warships were built with steel from Hamilton.  After the war, however, thirty-three corvettes are known to have come to Hamilton to be scrapped, making Hamilton possibly the largest single graveyard for Canadian warships.

Atholl                K15        Oct 1952

Brandon            K149     1945

Buctouche         K179     1949

Calgary             K231     1951

Camrose           K154     1947

Chicoutimi         K156     1946

Chilliwack          K131     1946                    mast preserved at HMCS STAR

Collingwood       K180    1950

Dawson             K104     22 Mar 1946        foundered at moorings, raised & broken up

Drumheller         K167    1949

Dundas              K229    1946

Forrest Hill         K486    1948

Galt                   K163     1946

Giffard                K402    1952

Kenogami           K125    Jan 1950

Kitchener            K225    1949

La Malbaie         K273     1951

Lunenburg           K151   1946

Matapedia           K112   1950

Moose Jaw          K164   Sep 1949

Morden                K170   1946

Napanee              K118   1946

Orillia                   K119    1951

Port Arthur           K233    1948

Prescott               K161     

Quesnel               K133    1946

Rimouski             K121     Dec 1950

Rosthern              K169    1946

Sherbrooke           K152   1947

Summerside         K141   Jun 1946

The Pas               K168    1946

Trail                     K174    1950

Vancouver            K240   1946

corvettes awaiting scrapping in Hamilton
HMCS GALT, FORREST HILL & VANCOUVER awaiting scrapping in Hamilton.  Photo from the Hamilton Public Library collection.

The June 1949 issue of the navy’s magazine, The Crownsnest, carried a story entitled THE FLEET IN WHICH WE SERVED: Visit to Corvettes Bound for Scrap Heap Brings Back Memories. http://readyayeready.com/crowsnest/issue.php?year=49&month=06

It relates the story of a visit by STAR officers to STELCO to inspect corvettes awaiting scrapping for anything useful for training. The corvettes there at this point were:

An aerial view of STELCO with the ore dock circled. Ships awaiting scrapping were kept here. The whole area was eventually filled in.