HMCS Matapedia

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HMCS Matapedia K112.

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

HMCS Matapedia (K112)

Commissioned at Québec City on 9 May 1941, the Flower Class corvette Matapedia arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 24 May. She was assigned to Sydney Force as a local escort until late September when she was transferred to Newfoundland Command for ocean escort work between St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Iceland. On her first trip, she left Sydney, Nova Scotia, on 29 September for Iceland with convoy SC.47. After three round trips she left St. John’s, on 6 February 1942, with SC.68 for Londonderry, Northern Ireland, returning in March with convoy ON.70. It was to be her only trip to the United Kingdom, as she joined Western Local Escort Force on her return and with the exception of a stint with Gaspé Force from November to December 1944, remained with Western Local Escort Force out of Halifax until the end of the war. Matapedia underwent a major refit at Pictou, Nova Scotia, from 8 May to 21 July 1942 and in June 1943 became a member of Escort Group W-5.

On 8 September 1943, she was rammed amidships in a thick fog off the SambroLightship, at the entrance to Halifax Harbour, by the merchant chip SS Scorton. Seriously damaged, she underwent temporary repairs at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, from 10 September to 12 October. She was towed to Liverpool, Nova Scotia for full repairs and refit, including forecastle extension. This was completed early in February 1944, and a month later she proceeded to Bermuda for a two week workup. On her return she joined Escort Group W-4, remaining there for the balance of the war. She underwent one further major refit from 15 February to 28 April 1945 at Halifax, again followed by workups in Bermuda, but by then the war was over and she was paid off at Sorel, Quebec, on 16 June. Matapedia was broken up at Hamilton, Ontario in 1945.

  • Builder: Morton Engineering and Dry Dock Co., Québec City, Québec
  • Laid down: 2 February 1940
  • Date launched: 14 September 1940
  • Date commissioned: 9 May 1941
  • Date paid off: 16 June 1945
  • Displacement: 950 tons
  • Dimensions: 62.5 m x 10.1 m x 3.5 m
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Crew: 85
  • Armament: one 4-inch (102-mm) gun, one 2-pound (0.9 kg) gun, two 20-mm guns (2 x I), one Hedgehog mortar and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1941-1945
  • Gulf of St. Lawrence 1944
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