NAVY HISTORY - Ships - Light Cruisers


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The Canadian West Coast became a ship building powerhouse during the Second World War for both Naval and merchant ships. Additional information regarding the construction, record and ultimate fate of these ships will be added to these pages as this project progresses with current information available through the links listed below.

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Builder: Harland & Wolff, Belfast Yard 1171

Construction Started: 20 November 1941

Launched: 29 July 1943

Commissioned :25 May 1945

Transferred to Royal Canadian Navy in July 1944 - to Okinawa and then Esquimalt, BC

Deommissioned :15 October 1958

Paid Off Nov 5th, 1945 at Esquimalt

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Displacement: 8,800 tons standard

Length:555.5 ft (169.3 m)

Beam: 63 ft (19 m)

Draught: 17.25 ft (5.26 m)

Propulsion:Four Admiralty-type three drum boilers Four shaft Parsons steam turbines 72,500 shp (54,100 kW)

Speed: 31.5 knots (58.3 km/h)

Compliment: 867

Three triple 6-inch / 50 Mk 23 guns
Five dual 4-inch / 45 QF Mk 16 HA guns
Four quad QF 2-pdr guns
Six single 40 mm AA guns
Two triple 21 inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes

Other Mine Sweepers

Cite Article : Reference: www.navyhistory/sections/Ships/Minesweepers/HMCS_Courtenay.html

Source: NA