HMCS ARROWHEAD Pennant Number K145
Arrowhead (ex-HMS Arrowhead), built by Marine Industries, Sorel, launched 8 August 1940 and completed 21 November 1940. Building Time 8 month 11 days
9 Oct 1942 HMCS Hepatica (T/Lt. T. Gilmour, RCNR) and and HMCS Arrowhead (Cdr. E.G. Skinner, DSO, RCNR) together
Arrowhead was built in Canada for the RN, one of ten such ships, but was handed over to the RCN from new,at the end of the war she was returned to the RN but never sailed with an RN commission.
Originally a short focsle flower class she was rebuilt in early 1944, looking at the paintwork, which is the cammoflage scheme for the Western Approaches ships, this image may have been taken after that refit.
Arrowhead was, I think, one of the few Canadian flower class to be named after a flower ( perhaps Ken can confirm this I'm not much up on plants) most where named after Canadian towns and cities and as such Canada wanted to cal them the town class but the name was already allocated to the lend lease four stacker destroyers.
She is seen here with HFDF (Huff Duff) antenna at her masthead and a radar lanter for a type 271 radar showing to port of the mast.
Moved to worlds navies
There were ten Flowers built for the RN but transferred to the RCN on loan in May 1941. Their names were not changed. In addition to Arrowhead, the RCN received Bittersweet, Eyebright, Fennel, Hepatica, Mayflower, Snowberry (notable, among other things, as the subject for the Revell model kit), Spikenard, Trillium and Windflower. Spikenard and Windflower were war losses, while the rest were returned to the RN post-war.
A story of Spikenard is that, prior to sailing on her last convoy, her Captain, LCDR H.G. Shadforth RCNR, while enjoying some leisure at the Crowsnest Officers' Club in St John's Newfoundland (which still exists to the best of my knowledge), pounded a spike into the floor. The spike has since been preserved and bears a plaque "Spikenard, His Spike". She was lost with all hands.
In two minds which section to place the photo, as she was loaned to the RCN by the RN who had them built.
Agree with the move it is logical as she only served in the RCN and was laid up in the UK immediately on her return, awaiting disposal
I agree with Pusser on this, as this vessel was built for and has alway's been an R.N. vessel, she was however bravely crewed by the Canadian Navy during her wartime service and then returned to RN Reserve" Stock" who then disposed of her for Whaling in 1948. Capt ken were the "Coders" on Canadian Warships RN or RCN?