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Gatineau (H.M.C.S.)

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Registry #1 RN H.61 Registry #2 H.61 Registry #3
Name 1 1943 Express (I) (H.M.S.) Name 5
Name 2 1943 Gatineau (H.M.C.S.) Name 6
Name 3 Name 7
Name 4 Name 8
Year Built 1943 Place Newcastle-on-Tyne Area Lancs Country UK
Designer (nk) Measurement (imp) 329' x 33.3' x 10.8'
Builder Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd. Measurement (metric)
Hull Steel Displacement
Gross Tonnage Type 1 Destroyer, (River-class)
Registered Tonnage Type 2
Engine 2 steam turbine engines Engine Manufacture
Repower Propulsion Twin Screw
Rebuilds Call Sign
Pendant  # H.61 Masters
In 1943-1946 she was in service with the Royal Canadian Navy. In 1952 she was sold to Morris Greene, Victoria BC for scrapping.
Fate Registry closed Date 1952-00-00
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Significance of Name
She was (as H.M.S. Express) one of the escorts to HMS Reulse and HMS Prince of Wales when she was sunk by the Japanese in 1941. At the end of the Second World War she was laid up in the ship boneyard at Bedwell Bay in Indian Arm BC. Her hulk was used to form a breakwater at Royston, BC.
Government of Canada The Canadian Navy List Ottawa ON; Freeman, David J. (2000); MacFarlane, John M. (1990) Capital Iron: Scrap dealers in Lotusland. In Resolution (Newletter of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia); Sooke Region Museum (1989);;
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