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HMS HEDINGHAM CASTLE - Yard No 345 - Castle Class Corvette - Royal Navy - Built 1943


Owners   Royal Navy
    Then commissioned into the Canadian Navy as HMCS ORANGEVILLE       
Registered     Keel Laid    23/07/1943
Type of Ship    Castle Class Corvette Launched    26/01/1944
      Handed Over    24/04/1944
Ship Details          
Length Overall    252' 0" Launch Details    
Length B.P.    225' 0" Weather    
Beam    36' 6" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     17' 6"      
Draught    11' 6"      
G.R.T.    1370 tons      
Complement     100 to 110 officers and men      
Engines    4 cyl triple expansion engine, developing 2,980IHP      
Props    1      
Speed    17 knots      
Armament     1 x 4 in gun, Squid projectile, 6 x Oerlikon guns, 15 depth charges      
Other known names   HMCS ORANGEVILLE    
Current Status        
Content on HMCS ORANGEVILLE will be added as and when available. 
Ships History

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.


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) Canada: Check daily to see the Deal of the Day! Save up to 50% on featured hotels!

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.


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Tales from the Ship

Here you will find the stories from the men and women who sailed on the ships, what was it really like to be working on a ship in a raging sea and in the pitch dark of night, the real stories some funny some sad, some good and some bad.

Dedicated to all the brave men and women who sailed the vessels from the Leith Shipyards.

Should you know of anyone who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch so that we can add the story here.


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