Oys­ter Bay Break­wa­ter

RCN News - - News - By David J Shirlaw

Old ship­wrecks (some seen here) were used to build the break­wa­ter at Oys­ter Bay when the area was used as a boom­ing ground for the Iron River Log­ging op­er­a­tions. Courtesy Campbell River Mu­seum.

HMCS Char­lot­te­town

Com­mis­sioned at Que­bec City on April 28, 1944, Char­lot­te­town vis­ited her name­sake city en route to Hal­i­fax on May 22. She ar­rived in Ber­muda on June 18 for a month's work­ing-up, and on her re­turn to Hal­i­fax was as­signed to EG 16. She left Hal­i­fax on March 7, 1945, for Lon­don­derry, the group hav­ing been trans­ferred there, and was also briefly based at Portsmouth. In May she es­corted two con­voys to Gi­bral­tar and two back, and in mid-June left Lon­don­derry for Syd­ney NS. There she com­menced a trop­i­cal­iza­tion re­fit that was com­pleted at Hal­i­fax on Fe­bru­ary 28, 1946, and on March 3 left for Esquimalt. She spent the rest of the year train­ing cadets and new en­tries, and on March 25, 1947, was paid off at Esquimalt. She was sold the same yean and her hull ex­pended as a break­wa­ter at Oys­ter Bay BC.

HMCS Levis

(K400) Fri­gate Class RIVER Class 43-44 Pro­gram 1445 tonnes Length 301.5 ft Beam 36.6 ft Draught 9 ft Speed 19 kts Com­pli­ment 8 Of­fi­cers and 133 En­listed Arms: 2-4" (1 x II), 4-20mm, Hedge­hog Builder Ge­orge T. Davie & Sons Ltd. Lau­zon PQ Keel Laid 25Feb-43 Launched 26-Nov-43 Com­mis­sioned: 21-Jul-44 Paid off 15-Feb-46

HMCS Matane

Com­mis­sioned at Mon­treal PQ Oc­to­ber 22, 1943, Matane ar­rived at Hal­i­fax Novem­ber 13 and be­gan work­ing up in St. Mar­garet's Bay, com­plet­ing the process in Ber­muda. In April, 1944, she joined EG 9, Lon­don­derry, as Se­nior Of­fi­cer's ship there­after serv­ing mainly on es­cort and pa­trol duty in U.K. wa­ters. She was present on D-Day. On July 20 she was hit by a Ger­man glider bomb off Brest and towed, badly dam­aged, to Plymouth by HMCS Meon. In April, 1945, she com­pleted eight and one-half months' re­pairs at Dun­staffnage, Scot­land, worked up at Tober­mory and, on May 13, sailed from Greenock to es­cort con­voy JW67 to North Rus­sia. She was de­tached on May 16, how­ever, to help es­cort 14 sur­ren­dered U-boats from Trond­heim to Loch Eri­boll. In June, af­ter one round trip to Gi­bral­tar as con­voy es­cort, she left Lon­don­derry for Esquimalt via Hal­i­fax. She ar­rived at Esquimalt in July and on Fe­bru­ary 11, 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 BC.

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