HMCS Ambler (Q11)

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HMCS Ambler
Name: Ambler
Builder: Tebo Yacht Basin Co., Brooklyn, New York
Launched: 1922
Commissioned: 6 May 1940
Decommissioned: 20 July 1945
Identification: pennant number: Q11/Z32
Fate: Sold 1947 to Greek interests
General characteristics
Class and type: Armed yacht
Displacement: 273 tons
Length: 130 ft (40 m)
Beam: 23 ft (7.0 m)
Draught: 10 ft (3.0 m)
Speed: 9 knots (17 km/h)
Complement: 21
Armament: 3 x .303 British machine guns

HMCS Ambler was an armed yacht that served in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) during the Second World War as a patrol and training vessel. Following the war the ship was returned to private interests.

Service history[edit]

At the onset of the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Navy was empowered to requisition any British, Canadian or Commonwealth ship from private owners that were in Canada at the time for use as auxiliary vessels.[1] Ambler was the only vessel taken from a Canadian owner and found to be acceptable for use by the navy. Constructed by Tebo Yacht Basin Co, in Brooklyn, New York, the vessel was launched in 1922. She had a displacement of 273 tons, was 130 ft (40 m) long, had a beam of 23 ft (7.0 m) and a draught of 10 ft (3.0 m). The ship had a speed of 9 knots (17 km/h) and carried a crew of 23.[1]

Ambler was requisitioned in 1940 and commissioned on 6 May 1940 at Midland, Ontario. initially carrying the pennant number Q11 and later Z32. The vessel was sent to Quebec City where she converted to an armed yacht and had three .303 British machine guns installed.

Ambler's initial posting was as a patrol ship in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and St. Lawrence River. She remained there until October 1941 when the ship was transferred to Halifax and used as a tender ship to HMCS Stadacona. In 1942 she was transferred to HMCS Cornwallis as a training ship and remained there for the rest of the war. Ambler was paid off on 20 July 1945 and placed in reserve at Sydney.[1]

In 1947, Ambler was sold to Greek interests.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Macpherson & Barrie, p.204