The History of the MATANE

Commissioned at Montreal on October 22, 1943, Matane arrived at Halifax November 13 and began working up in St. Margaret's Bay, completing the process in Bermuda. In April, 1944, she joined EG 9, Londonderry, as Senior Officer's ship thereafter serving mainly on escort and patrol duty in U.K. waters. She was present on D-Day. On July 20 she was hit by a German glider bomb off Brest and towed, badly damaged, to Plymouth by HMCS Meon. In April, 1945, she completed eight and one-half months' repairs at Dunstaffnage, Scotland, worked up at Tobermory and, on May 13, sailed from Greenock to escort convoy JW67 to North Russia. She was detached on May 16, however, to help escort 14 surrendered U-boats from Trondheim to Loch Eriboll. In June, after one round trip to Gibraltar as convoy escort, she left Londonderry for Esquimalt via Halifax. She arrived at Esquimalt in July and on February 11, 1946, was paid off into reserve there. She was sold in 1947 and her hull sunk in 1948 as part of a breakwater at Oyster Bay, B.C.

MATANE Statistical Data

  • Pendant: K444
  • Type: Frigate
  • Class: RIVER Class 42-43 Programme
  • Displacement: 1445 tonnes
  • Length: 301.5 ft
  • Width: 36.6 ft
  • Draught: 9 ft
  • Speed: 19 kts
  • Compliment: 8 Officers and 133 Crew
  • Arms: 1-4" (1 x II), 1-12 pdr.
  • Builder: Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal. Que.
  • Keel Laid: 23-Dec-42
  • Date Launched: 29-May-43
  • Date Commissioned: 22-Oct-43
  • Paid off: 02-Nov-46

Keywords: HMCS MATANE, Royal Canadian Navy Ship, Frigate, RIVER Class 42-43 Programme Class