HMCS Matane (K 444)
Frigate of the River class
|Navy||The Royal Canadian Navy|
|Built by||Canadian Vickers Ltd. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)|
|Laid down||23 Dec 1942|
|Launched||29 May 1943|
|Commissioned||22 Oct 1943|
|End service||2 Nov 1946|
Decommissioned 2 November 1946.
HMCS Matane was eventually used as a breakwater in British Columbia, along the shores of Vancouver Island,south of the city of Campbell River and could be seen for many many years as the waves and tides slowly eroded her. Her bow ID number was very visible and at low tide.
Commands listed for HMCS Matane (K 444)
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|1||T/Lt.Cdr. Alan Herbert Easton, DSC, RCNR||22 Oct 1943||3 Apr 1944|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Arthur Frank Capel Layard, DSO, RN||4 Apr 1944||mid 1944|
|3||Lt.Cdr. William Roland Stacey, RCNR||4 Feb 1945||28 Mar 1945|
|4||T/Lt. Francis James Jones, RCNVR||29 Mar 1945||19 Jul 1945|
|5||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Paul Dalrymple Taylor, RCNVR||20 Jul 1945|
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Noteable events involving Matane include:
22 Apr 1944
German U-boat U-311 in the North Atlantic south west of Iceland in position 52°09'N, 19°07'W, by depth charges from the Canadian frigates HMCS Matane (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Layard, DSO, RN) and HMCS Swansea (A/Cdr. C.A. King, DSO, DSC, RCNR).
20 Jul 1944
Bay of Biscay, South of Brest Peninsula. HMCS Matane was struck by a glider bomb, launched by a Dornier 217. The ship was rendered dead in the water. There were three fatalities and a number of injuries attributable to the attack. Matane was towed into Plymouth by HMCS Monnow, and after major repairs returned to service. (1)
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