For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS FRENCH Z23
Former RCMP Vessel FRENCH
Then LE FRANCAIS
A former RCMP vessel, she was commissioned at Halifax on 18 Sep 1939, for local patrol work. By the spring of 1942, French was based at Mulgrave, N.S., as an examination vessel, and in Dec 1942 was transferred to Saint John N.B. Force. In May 1943, she joined Sydney Force and returned to examination service work in the Gut of Canso, based once more at Mulgrave. For her actions as an Escort Vessel, she was awarded the Battle Honour 'GULF OF ST LAWRENCE 1942'. In Jan 1944, she rejoined Halifax Local Defence Force, but after completing a major refit at Lunenburg in Jul 1944 she returned again to Mulgrave. Sold to commercial interests after the war, French was operating out of Halifax as Le Francais as recently as 1953. On 15 Aug 1953 she was badly damaged in a hurricane off Cape May, N.J., and abandoned to the underwriters.