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Ship ClassFlower-class Corvette
Hull NumberK172
BuilderCanadian Vickers Limited, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Laid Down20 Feb 1940
Launched26 Jun 1940
Commissioned31 Oct 1940
Decommissioned25 Jun 1945
Displacement940 tons standard
Length205 feet
Beam33 feet
Draft12 feet
MachineryTwo fire tube Scotch boilers, one 4-cycle triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine, one shaft
Speed16 knots
Range3,500nm at 12 knots
Armament1x101.6mm BL 4in Mk.IX gun, 2x2x .50cal machine guns, 2x2x .303cal Lewis machine guns, 2x Mk.II depth charge throwers, 40x depth charges on 2 rails


ww2dbaseCorvette Trillium was ordered by the British Royal Navy for use by the Royal Canadian Navy. She entered service in 1940. She was decommissioned from the Royal Canadian Navy in Jun 1945 after the end of the European War and was transferred back to her original owner, the United Kingdom. She escorted 44 convoys between Newfoundland; Halifax, Canada; Iceland; and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, with the final one arriving in Northern Ireland on 6 Jun 1945. She was sold into the civilian market after the German surrender. She operated under the name of Olympic Runner in 1950, Otori Maru No. 10 starting in 1956, and Kyo Maru No. 16 starting in 1959. She was in service through the 1970s.

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Last Major Revision: Mar 2012

Corvette Trillium (K172) Interactive Map


Officers on the bridge of Canadian corvette HMCS Trillium, circa 1940-1942

Trillium Operational Timeline

20 Jan 1940 Corvette Trillium was ordered.
20 Feb 1940 The keel for corvette Trillium was laid down.
26 Jun 1940 Corvette Trillium was launched.
31 Oct 1940 HMCS Trillium was commissioned into service with Lieutenant Commander Ronald Fraser Harris in command.
21 Apr 1941 HMCS Trillium rescued 24 survivors of the British merchant ship Empire Endurance, which was sunk between Iceland and Ireland on the previous day by German submarine U-73.
15 Nov 1941 Lieutenant Henry Drummond Campsie was named the commanding officer of HMCS Trillium.
19 Dec 1941 Lieutenant George Edward Gaudreau was named the commanding officer of HMCS Trillium.
26 Feb 1942 Lieutenant Philip Cabell Evans was named the commanding officer of HMCS Trillium.
22 Feb 1943 German submarine U-606 sank British merchant ship Empire Redshank in the North Atlantic; 47 survivors were picked up by HMCS Trillium.
23 Feb 1943 HMCS Trillium rescued 58 survivors of US merchant ship Chattanooga City and 53 survivors of US merchant ship Expositor, both of which were sunk by German submarine U-606 in the North Atlantic on the previous day.
25 Mar 1943 Lieutenant Ralph Marcus Wallace was named the commanding officer of HMCS Trillium.
18 Apr 1943 Lieutenant Philip Cabell Evans was named the commanding officer of HMCS Trillium.
10 Jun 1943 The work to extend HMCS Trillium's forecastle at Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, United States was completed.
22 May 1944 Lieutenant Kenneth Elliot Meredith was named the commanding officer of HMCS Trillium.
25 Jun 1945 HMCS Trillium was decommissioned from service.
27 Jun 1945 HMCS Trillium was transferred to the British Royal Navy.

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1. Gerald Campbell says:
22 Nov 2012 06:47:37 PM

My father, John Franklin Campbell, had served on the Trillium as signalman. On one of his many voyages, he was involved with the rescue of many men after 3 ships were torpedoed off of the east coast in February 1943. I still have an old yellowed picture cut out from The Hamilton Spectator newspaper that my grandmother had saved.
2. Judith Jenner says:
15 Jun 2020 04:09:02 PM

My father John Edward (Jack)Jenner also served on the Trillium as a radio man. I am interested in finding a list of all the convoys they escorted and U-boat battles during the war and any crew lists showing him onboard. I'll have to check out The Hamilton Spectator archives for that article.

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