Once a ship had been built and launched she then had to be out-fitted, and then complete sea trials
before being handed over to her new owners, in the case of a ship for the Royal Navy this meant she also had to be commissioned as fit for purpose, once commissioned she was then considered ready for action and would take her place in the fleet.
HMS HEDINGHAM CASTLE
The third of the class built at Leith, she was originally named H.M.S. HEDINGHAM CASTLE
While on the stocks at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb she was transferred to the Canadian Navy and she was re-named HMCS ORANGEVILLE She sailed under the Pendant: (K491)
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Named after the small town of Orangeville in South Ontario her Keel was laid down on the 23rd of July 1943 and she was launched January 26th 1944
after her sea trials she was commissioned on 24th April 1944. H.M.C.S. ORANGEVILLE served in the North Atlantic shepherding many convoys across the dangerous seas between Halifax Nova Scotia and the British Isles.
She was de-commissioned on 5th September 1946, being surplus to requirements she was sold on into the into mercantile service in 1947 and she was re-named Ta Tung.
She was to be re-named a further three times before we lose track of her.
We try here to give as full an account of her history as time and research permits, if you know of missing info or you have any photographs of her, then please get in touch and we shall update her story as we go along.