Le­gion Branch 026 of­fi­cially named HMCS Coat­i­cook

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS - By Matthew Mccully

The Coat­i­cook Le­gion, pre­vi­ously known as Branch 026, de­cided to of­fi­cially name the branch, so­lid­i­fy­ing a part of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s his­tory. Dur­ing Tues­day’s coun­cil meet­ing, Le­gion First Vice-pres­i­dent Marc Dauphin pre­sented the new charter to Coat­i­cook Mayor Si­mon Madore, to, from now on, rec­og­nize the Le­gion as HMCS (His Majesty’s Cana­dian Ship) Coat­i­cook (Branch 026).

While Coat­i­cook is not ex­actly known for its Naval ships, Dauphin ex­plained that the Le­gion’s name was cho­sen to hon­our the cit­i­zens of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity who pro­vided fund­ing for a river class frigate to sup­port the Cana­dian Navy dur­ing World War II.

At the be­gin­ning of the Sec­ond World War, Canada’s Navy had very few ships. Coat­i­cook was one of the towns across the coun­try to an­swer the call to help beef up the fleet. By the end of the war, Canada’s Navy was the third largest in the world, Dauphin said.

The HMCS Coat­i­cook, like other river class frigates, was known for its en­durance and anti-sub­ma­rine ca­pa­bil­i­ties. They were equipped with deck charges and of­ten used to pro­tect large con­voys of ships.

BER­TRAND THIBEAULT

Le­gion First Vice-pres­i­dent Marc Dauphin pre­sented the new charter to Coat­i­cook Mayor Si­mon Madore, to, from now on, rec­og­nize the Le­gion as HMCS (His Majesty’s Cana­dian Ship) Coat­i­cook (Branch 026).

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