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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS Matane K444

Source: Photo scrap book of Telegraphist Ron Bailey

Published with permission of Grant Bailey


Battle honours and awards;  Atlantic  1944,   Normandy  1944,   Arctic  1945



Laid down: 23 Dec 1942

Launched: 29 May 1943

Commissioned: 22 Oct 1943

Paid off: 11 Feb 1946

Fate: Sold for scrap. Hulk was sunk as a breakwater in 1948


Launched at Montreal on 29 May 1943, she was commissioned there on 22 Oct 1943, Matane arrived at Halifax 13 Nov 1943 and began working up in St. Margaret's Bay completing the process at Pictou. In Apr 1944, she joined EG 9, Londonderry, as Senior Officer's ship, thereafter serving mainly on escort and patrol duty in U.K. waters. On 22 Apr 1944 HMCS Matane sunk German U-boat U-311 in the North Atlantic south west of Iceland in position 5209'N, 1907'W, by depth charges from the Canadian frigates HMCS Matane (LCdr. A.F.C. Layard, DSO, RN) and HMCS Swansea (A/Cdr. C.A. King, DSO, DSC, RCNR). The fact that U-311 was destroyed by the depth charge attacks of Matane and/or Swansea, was unknown until years after WWII, when German and British intelligence attributed the kill to these two ships, as opposed to attack by aircraft, the latter having been thought to be the case prior to the post-war analyses. She was present on D-Day. On 20 Jul 1944 she was hit by a German glider bomb off Brest and towed, badly damaged, to Plymouth by HMCS Meon. In Apr 1945, she completed eight and one-half months' repairs at Dunstaffnage, Scotland, working up at Tobermory and, on 12 May 1945, sailed from Greenock to escort convoy JW.67 to North Russia. She was detached on 14 May 1945, however, to help escort 14 surrendered U-boats from Trondheim to Loch Eriboll (click here to see photos in HMCS Monnow's Gallery). In June, after one round trip to Gibraltar as convoy escort, she left Londonderry for Esquimalt via Halifax. She arrived at Esquimalt in Jul 1945 and on 11 Feb 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.


Commanding Officers

LCdr Alan Herbert Easton, DSC, RCNR - 22 Oct 1943 - 03 Apr 1944

A/Cdr Arthur Frank Capel Layard, DSC, RN - 04 Apr 1944 - 26 Jul 1944

A/LCdr Francis William T. Lucas, RCNVR - 27 Jul 1944 - 19 Sep 1944

Lt J.M. Ruttan, RCNVR - 20 Sep 1944 - 03 Feb 1945

LCdr William Roland Stacey, RCNVR - 04 Feb 1945 - 28 Mar 1945

A/LCdr Francis James Jones, RCNVR - 29 Mar 1945 - 19 Jul 1945

LCdr Paul Dalrymple Taylor, RCNVR - 20 Jul 1945 - 27 Nov 1945

LCdr Charles Patrick Balfry, DSC, RCNR - dates unknown 


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

AUCOIN, Amedee Patrick

Sto PO, V25073, RCNVR

died - 15 Jun 1944   

AUCOIN, Paul Bert

Stwd, A1174, RCNR

DOW - 21 Jul 1944 

LAING, John McGregor

L/Sto, V59271, RCNVR

killed - 20 Jul 1944 

WATERHOUSE, Douglas Reginald

Sig, V51112, RCNVR

MPK - 21 Jul 1944 


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Bailey, Ronald Merlin


Bondy, Martin


Buchanan, Robert Eldred





Coates, John Jeffrey


Cooke, Philip Chesshire Hamel


Cox, Peter S.





Easton, Alan Herbert


Engstrom, Stanley Robert


Ferguson, Larry


Fox, John Hamilton




Garvey, William David


Hardie, Alvin Archibald


Henry, Richard Stuart





James, Percy Wilfred


Johnson, Oscar B.


Johnston, Carl E.


Jones-Francis, James




Lazich, Samuel J.


Leake, Douglas


Lundale, Robert Samuel





Mauro, Vic


Served in Matane 28 Oct 1944 - 22 May 1945 as a Signalman

Murduff, Charles Orville






Polinski, Dominic







Stacey, William Roland


5th Commanding Officer

Stanyer, Francis Donald


Swarbrick, Robert Anthony


Taylor, Bernard Kenneth


Taylor, Frederick Clement


Taylor, Paul Dalrymple


7th Commanding Officer






U-Boats Sunk

U-311 (Kptlt Joachim Zander) sunk on 22 Apr 1944 by HMCS Swansea K328 and HMCS Matane K444 in position 52-09 N, 19-07 W. Of her crew of 51 there were no survivors.


Former Crew Members

Christie, Bob  


Ducheneau, Hubert Powell, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Forrest, Alan, L/Torpedoman 


Giesler, Nig  


Griffin, Vincent Oswald, Lt (E), RCNVR - 16 May 1945


Hodgson, Stu


Hunt, Frederick Raymond, Lt, RCNVR - 09 Feb 1944


Jandras, Henry Lawrence, Lt (E), RCNVR - 08 Feb 1945


Jessiman, Tam


Layard, Arthur Frank Capel, A/Cdr - 22 Jan 1944


Lucas, Francis William (Bill), Lt, RCNVR - 17 Apr 1944

Martin, Bob  


MacDougal, "Mac"  


Massey, Edwin, PO


McGurk, "Mac"  


McNab, Edward Nelson, Lt (El), RCNVR - 15 Mar 1945


Lynch, William Peter, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Parish, William (Bill), Signalman  


Pettis, Roland  


Price, Rowland Herbert, Lt, RCNVR - 09 Feb 1944


Quist, Jack Ernest, Slt (El), RCNVR - Jan 1944

Rogers, Buck  


Ross, Lewis Burns, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 05 Mar 1945


Scully, Danny  


Thompson, George Montgomery, Lt, RCNVR - 09 Feb 1945


Toban (Tobin), Gene (Jean), Yeoman


Tomlinson, Albert, Telegraphist


Travers, Junior  


Wilde, Don  


Wilson, "Flat Top"  


Young, Ron


Yuill, Red  


Photos and Documents



Canadian Naval Officer Took Surrender of the German Submarine U-968

HMCS Matane - A Remembrance Day Tribute by Grant Bailey

Paying Respect to an old Friend - WWII Vets pay a visit to the remains of HMCS Matane

Personal photo gallery for Frederick Taylor

Protecting the Sea Lane by Martin Bondy

Ship's company photos for HMCS Matane