For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS MATAPEDIA K112
Commissioned at Quebec City on 09 May 1941, Matapedia arrived at Halifax on 24 May 1941. She was assigned to Sydney Force as a local escort until late Sep 1941, when she was transferred to Newfoundland Command for ocean escort work between St. John's and Iceland. On her first trip, she left Sydney on 29 Sep 1941 for Iceland with convoy SC.47. After three round trips she left St. John's on 06 Feb 1942, with SC.68 for Londonderry, returning in Mar 1942 with ON.70. It was to her only trip to the U.K., as she joined WLEF on her return and, with the exception of a stint with Gaspé Force from Nov to Dec 1944, remained with WLEF until the end of the war. She underwent a major refit at Pictou from 08 May 1943, she was rammed amidships in a thick fog off Sambro Lightship by SS Scorton, and seriously damaged. After temporary repairs at Dartmouth from 10 Sep to 12 Oct 1943, she was towed to Liverpool, N.S., for full repairs and refit, including fo'c's'le extension. This was completed early in Feb, 1944, and a month later she proceeded to Bermuda for two weeks' workups, on her return joining EG W-4 for the balance of the war. She underwent one further major refit from 15 Feb to 28 Apr 1945, at Halifax, again followed by workups in Bermuda, but the war was over now and she was paid off at Sorel on 16 Jun 1945. Matapedia was broken up at the Steel Company of Canada, Hamilton, ON in 1950.