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There has been only one vessel named Lunenburg in the Canadian Navy’s history. Commissioned on December 14, 1941 at Québec City, Québec, the Flower Class corvette Lunenburg arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia on December 13 and after completing a work-up did escort duty between Halifax, Nova Scotia and St. John’s, Newfoundland.
In July 1942, she was transferred to Halifax as escort to Québec City-Hamilton Inlet (Labrador) convoys. She arrived at Sydney, Nova Scotia on August 31 to join Gulf Escort Force, but two weeks later was dispatched for Operation Torch duties. Arriving at Londonderry, Northern Ireland on September 27, she proceeded to Liverpool, England for extra anti-craft armament. In November she began a four-month period escorting convoys between the United Kingdom and the Mediterranean.
At the end of March 1943, she returned to Liverpool for a major refit, including forecastle extension, which was completed on August 17. After a brief sojourn in Canadian waters, she was assigned to Escort Group 6, Western Approaches Command, arriving at Plymouth, England, in late November. For the next five months she operated in support of convoys between the United Kingdom and Gibraltar, Londonderry and other United Kingdom ports, as well as patrolling the Northwestern Approaches from her Londonderry base.
When frigates replaced the group’s corvettes in April 1944, Lunenburg went to Western Approaches Command, based at Portsmouth, England for invasion duties. For the next five months she was primarily employed in the English Channel. She left Londonderry on September 23 for a refit begun at Saint John, New Brunswick, but completed at Halifax in mid-January 1945.
Following a work-up in Bermuda, she returned to the United Kingdom to serve with Plymouth Command until the end of the war. In May 1945 she visited St. Helier during the reoccupation of the Channel Islands. Lunenburg left Greenock, Scotland in mid-June for Halifax. She was paid off at Sorel, Québec on July 23 and broken up at Hamilton, Ontario in 1946.
DISPLACEMENT: 950 tons
DIMENSIONS: 62.5 m x 10.1 m x 3.5 m
SPEED: 16 knots
ARMAMENT: one 4-inch (102-mm) gun, one 2-pound (0.9 kg) gun, six 20-mm guns
(6x1), one Hedgehog mortar and depth charges.
CANADIAN BATTLE HONOURS:
Gulf of St. Lawrence 1942
North African 1942-43
English Channel 1944