For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS SASKATCHEWAN H70
Former HMS FORTUNE
Commissioned on 27 Apr 1935 as HMS Fortune, she was serving with the 8th Flotilla, Home Fleet when the war broke out, and took part in the Norwegian campaign and the occupation of Iceland in May 1940. She also shared in the sinking of U 27, U 44, and the Vichy French submarine Ajax. On 10 May 1941, while escorting a Malta convoy, she was badly damaged by bombs and spent six months under repairs at Chatham, U.K. In Feb 1943, following two years' service with the Eastern Fleet, Fortune returned to the U.K. for major refit at London, and there on 31 May 1943, was transferred to the RCN as Saskatchewan. She was assigned to EG C-3, MOEF, until May 1944, then transferred to EG 12 for invasion duties. On 07 Jun 1944, she was attacked by U-984 (Oblt Heinz Sieder) but the torpedo exploded in the cat gear, causing no damage to the ship. HMCS Saskatchewan participated in operation "Dredger" against German escort vessels at the U-boat meeting points off Brest and southward. During the night of 5/6 Jul the 12th EG, comprising of Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, Skeena and Restigouche, attacked 3 patrol boats off Brest: V715 was sunk but not before hitting Qu'Appelle and Saskatchewan many times with small calibre gunfire. She proceeded to Canada in Aug 1944, to refit at Shelburne, N.S., returning to the U.K. in Jan 1945, first as a unit of EG 14, and then of EG 11. She returned to Canada the month after VE-Day and, after employment as a troop transport, was paid off 28 Jan 1946, at Sydney and broken up.