Volume 2, Part 1: Extant Commissioned Ships

HMCS Toronto

HMCS Toronto Badge

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Azure a mural crown Argent masoned Sable surmounted by a beaver proper holding in the dexter paw a fid spike Or.


A mural crown over the shield in the arms of a community usually indicates that the place is or was a fortified settlement. In the Arms of Toronto reference to Old Fort York is made by the display of the mural crown above the shield. This is surmounted by a beaver, which here is intended to refer to industry and also to the fact that Old Fort York was once a centre of fur trade with the Natives in that region.

The badge of Toronto does honour to that city by using the crest from the civic arms with necessary and appropriate difference by having the beaver hold a fid which associates the Toronto beaver with things nautical.




Blue and White


The Second World War



First of Name

Frigate, River Class.
Commissioned 6 May 1944.1
Paid off 27 November 1945.2
Converted to a Prestonian Class ocean escort and recommissioned 26 November 1953.3
Paid off 14 April 1956.4

Second of Name

Frigate, Halifax Class.
Commissioned 29 July 1993.5


The Second World War

Toronto served on escort duties off the coast of Nova Scotia and in the North Atlantic with 'Halifax Force'.6

1. Daily States (RCN Weekly States), 9 May 1944, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520/1650-DS Vol.39

2. SMC/FDN, HMCS Toronto, 271530 November 1945

3. SMC/FDN, HMCS Toronto, 262225 November 1953

4. SMC/FDN, HMCS Toronto, 162305 April 1956

5. Annual Historical Report/Rapport historique annuel 1994 - HMCS/NCSM Toronto, file/dossier 1325-1, 11 February/février 1994, AHR/RHA 1326-1237

6. Signal, C IN C CNA to NSHQ, 031303Z March 1945, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Toronto

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