History of Leith, Edinburgh

December 28, 2010

A Long Patrol

The first of the Castle Class Corvettes built at Leith, H.M.S. ” Flint Castle,” steamed 45,000 miles on convoy duty off the West African coast without docking for rest or repair.
It is almost certain she sank a large submarine, but the ” kill ” was not claimed as there was no trace other than oil coming to the surface.

Since the end of hostilities, ” Flint Castle ” has been a member of the force of Norwegian and British warships escorting thousands of German army and navy prisoners back to their country by sea from
Norway. .,

Two of this class, before completion, were transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy, their names being ” Hespeler ” and ” Orangeville,”
the names of two well-known Canadian towns

Both these ships undertook arduous convoy duties in the Western
Atlantic off the Newfoundland and Labrador coasts. ” Hespeler ”
was credited with the sinking of a U-boat. They belonged to the well known Canadian Squadron known as the ” Barber Pole ” group. The
group was so named because each of the ships had a’ red-and-white
barber pole on her funnel.

At the close of the German war, ” Hespeler ” was transferred by way of Panama Canal to the Pacific, and arrived at Vancouver exactly on V.J. Day, in time to take part in the victory celebrations.

Both she and her sister ship, ” Orangeville,” are now being sold out of the Canadian Navy, and will in all probability be converted into speedy passenger ships and go into the service of Union Steamships, Ltd., of Vancouver.

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