For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS LA MALBAIE K273
Built at Sorel, Que, she was laid down as HMCS Fort William. Renamed in Nov 1941, she was commissioned at Sorel on 28 April 1942 as HMCS La Malbaie. She arrived at Halifax on 13 May 1942 and, after working up there and at Pictou, joined WLEF late in Jun 1942. After undergoing mechanical repairs at Halifax from 11 Aug to 20 Dec 1942, she was assigned to EG C-3, arriving at Londonderry for the first time on 12 Jan 1943, from HX.221. She served with C-3 until her final departure from 'Derry on 26 Oct 1944. During this period she underwent a major refit at Liverpool, N.S., mid-Sep to mid-Dec 1943. Late in Dec 1944, she joined Halifax Force for the duration of hostilities, was paid off on 28 Jun 1945, at Sorel, and broken up at Hamilton, Ont., in 1951 at Hamilton. A pre-launching photo of La Malbaie served as the model for the 20 cent Canadian stamp of 1942.
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