Allied Warships

HMCS Matane (K 444)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 444 
Built byCanadian Vickers Ltd. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) 
OrderedOct 1941 
Laid down23 Dec 1942 
Launched29 May 1943 
Commissioned22 Oct 1943 
End service2 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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1T/Lt.Cdr. Alan Herbert Easton, DSC, RCNR22 Oct 19433 Apr 1944
2Lt.Cdr. Arthur Frank Capel Layard, DSO, RN4 Apr 1944mid 1944

3Lt.Cdr. William Roland Stacey, RCNR4 Feb 194528 Mar 1945
4T/Lt. Francis James Jones, RCNVR29 Mar 194519 Jul 1945
5T/A/Lt.Cdr. Paul Dalrymple Taylor, RCNVR20 Jul 1945

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Notable 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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Frigates of the Royal Canadian Navy 1943-1974

MacPherson, Ken


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