HMCS Hepatica (K 159)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Canadian Navy|
|Built by||Davie Shipbuilding and Repairing Co. Ltd. (Lauzon, Quebec, Canada)|
|Ordered||22 Jan 1940|
|Laid down||24 Feb 1940|
|Launched||6 Jul 1940|
|Commissioned||15 May 1941|
|End service||27 Jun 1945|
Fo'c's'le extention at the New York Navy Yard (New York, New York, U.S.A.) completed on 8 June 1944.
Decommissioned and returned to the Royal Navy on 27 June 1945.
|Former name||HMS Hepatica|
Commands listed for HMCS Hepatica (K 159)
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|1||T/Lt. Charles Copelin, RCNR||15 Nov 1940||31 Oct 1941|
|2||T/Lt. Thomas Gilmour, RCNR||1 Nov 1941||11 Apr 1943|
|3||T/Lt. Henry Ernest Lade, RCNR||12 Apr 1943||5 Sep 1943|
|4||T/Lt. John Alexander Ferguson, RCNR||6 Sep 1943||4 Nov 1944|
|5||T/Lt. Eric MacPherson Lutes, RCNVR||5 Nov 1944||27 Jun 1945|
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Notable events involving Hepatica include:
23 Apr 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Benson, HMCS Collingwood (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W. Woods, RCNR), HMCS Hepatica (T/Lt. T. Gilmour, RCNR) and FFS Aconit. (1)
9 Oct 1942
HMCS Hepatica (T/Lt. T. Gilmour, RCNR) and HMCS Arrowhead (Cdr. E.G. Skinner, DSO, RCNR) together pick up 19 survivors from the Canadian merchant Carolus that was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of St.Lawrence near Bic Island in position 48°47'N, 68°10'W by German U-boat U-69.
11 Feb 1943
HMCS Hepatica (T/Lt.Cdr. T. Gilmour, RCNR) begins a refit at New York.
- ADM 173/17248
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.