HMCS Matane

There has been only one vessel named Matane in the Royal Canadian Navy.

HMCS Matane (K444)

Commissioned at Montreal, Quebec on 22 October 1943, the River Class frigate Matane arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 13 November and began work-ups in St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia, completing the process at Pictou, Nova Scotia.

In April 1944, she joined Escort Group 9 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, as Senior Officer’s ship, thereafter serving mainly on escort and patrol duty in United Kingdom waters. Postwar reassessment of U-boat kills credits Matane with a share in the sinking of German submarine U-163 in the Bay of Biscay on 13 March 1943, and of U-311 in the North Atlantic on 22 April 1944. She was also present on D-Day. On 20 July, she was badly damaged by a German glider bomb off Brest and towed to Plymouth, England, by HMCS Meon.

After eight and one half months’ repairs at Dunstaffnage, Scotland, Matane worked-up up at Tobermory, Scotland and on 13 May 1945 sailed from Greenock, Scotland, to escort convoy JW.67 to North Russia. She was detached on 16 May, however, to help escort fourteen surrendered U-boats from Trondheim, Norway to Loch Eriboll, Scotland. After one round trip to Gibraltar as convoy escort, she left Londonderry in June for Esquimalt, British Columbia, via Halifax. She arrived at Esquimalt in July, and on 11 February 1946 was paid off into reserve. In 1947 she was sold, and her hull sunk the following year as part of a breakwater at Oyster Bay, British Columbia.

  • Builder: Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal, Quebec
  • Date laid down: December 23, 1942
  • Date launched: May 29, 1943
  • Date commissioned: October 22, 1943
  • Date paid off: February 11, 1946
  • Displacement: 1468.2 tonnes
  • Dimensions: 91.9 m x 11.1 m x 2.7 m
  • Speed: 19 knots
  • Armament: one 4-inch (102-mm) gun, one 12-pound (5.45 kg) gun, eight 20-mm guns (4 x II), one Hedgehog mortar and depth charges

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1944
  • Normandy 1944
  • Arctic 1945
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