HMCS Renard (S13)
HMCS Renard underway off Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, during World War II
|Career (United States)||Royal Canadian Navy Jack|
|Namesake:||Renard, the French word for "fox" (previous name retained)|
|Builder:||Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine|
|Commissioned:||27 May 1940|
|Decommissioned:||1 August 1944|
|Reclassified:||Z13, date unknown|
|Fate:||Returned to owner|
Operated as private yacht SS Winchester 1916-1917|
Served as United States Navy patrol vessel USS Winchester (SP-156) 1917-1919
Operated as private yacht SS Winchester and SS Renard 1921-1940 and as SS Renard from 1944
|Length:||225 ft (69 m)|
|Beam:||21 ft (6.4 m)|
|Draft:||8 ft (2.4 m)|
1 x 12-pounder gun|
2 x 21-inch (533-millimeter) torpedo tubes
Renard was built as the fast, steel-hulled, steam-powered, destroyer-like American civilian yacht SS Winchester in 1916 by Bath Iron Works at Bath, Maine. The United States Navy acquired her in 1917 for use as a patrol vessel during World War I, commissioning her as USS Winchester (SP-156). She performed patrol duty along the coast of Massachusetts and Connecticut in 1917-1918, then was employed in Virginia and at New York City in 1918 and 1919 testing minesweeping gear. USS Winchester was decommissioned in 1919 and sold back into civilian service in 1921.
Civilian career, 1921-1940
Once again SS Winchester, the yacht resumed her civilian service, first with Cox and Stevens of New York City. She was sold several times, first to Vincent Astor, then to Russell A. Alger, Jr., and then to Cornelius Vanderbilt III. She later was sold to B. P. McCurdy, this time being renamed SS Renard.
HMCS Renard was decommissioned on 1 August 1944 and returned to her owners.
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: HMCS Renard (Z 13) ex-S-13 ex-USS Winchester (SP 156)
- This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Department of the Navy Naval Historical Center Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships: USS Winchester (SP-156), 1917-1921. Originally the civilian yacht Winchester (1916)