HMCS Hochelaga

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HMCS Hochelaga
HMCS Hochelaga, with a 12-pounder visible forward.
Career (Canada)
Name: Hochelaga
Namesake: Hochelaga
Operator: Royal Canadian Navy
Builder: Hawthorn & Company, Leith, Scotland
Launched: 1900
Acquired: 1914
Commissioned: 13 August 1915
Decommissioned: 31 March 1920
Renamed: HaChayal Ha'Ivri, 1946
Fate: Seized by Royal Navy, 1946
General characteristics
Type: Armed yacht
Displacement: 628 tons
Length: 193 ft (59 m)
Beam: 28 ft (8.5 m)
Draught: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h)
Armament: 1 x 12-pounder

HMCS Hochelaga was a commissioned patrol vessel of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) that served in the First World War and postwar until 1920. Hochelaga is a historic name associated with Canada, the voyages of Jacques Cartier, and the city of Montreal.

Service life[edit]

Built in Scotland and originally named the yacht Waturus, she was owned by Charles Stephen the Archduke of Austria and was sold to Randal Morgan, an American in 1902.[1] She was acquired by the RCN in 1914. After performing coastguard duties for a number of years, she was sold and became a Pictou-Charlottetown ferry. Sold again in 1942, she was eventually renamed HaChayal Ha'Ivri ("Jewish Soldier") and used in a 1946 attempt to carry Jewish immigrants to Palestine, now known as Israel, at the time controlled by the British. Departing Antwerp on 14 July 1946 and carrying some 550 passengers, she was seized off Haifa by the British destroyer HMS Saumarez.


  1. ^ As reported in the New York Times of 8 June 1902