Volume 2, Part 1: Extant Commissioned Ships

HMCS Montréal

HMCS Montréal Badge

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Azure per pile transposed Argent above two bars wavy in base Azure a coronet of fleur-de-lis andmaple leaves Azure fimbriated Argent.


The ship is named after the city of Montreal. The badge depicts a stylized mountain bordering a river, and superimposed upon the mountain, a coronet of fleur-delis and maple leaves. The river represents the St. Lawrence River; the mountain, Mount Royal, in the midst of the city. The coronet indicates the mountain's royal name and is composed of fleur-de-lis and maple leaves, the former in recognition of the city's role as the leading metropolis of the province, and the maple leaves of the ship's status as a Canadian ship of war. The white and blue colours on the badge are those of the flag of the Province of Quebec.


TON BRAS SAIT PORTER L'ÉPÉE (We stand on guard for thee)


White and Blue


The Second World War

ATLANTIC, 1944-45.


First of Name

Shore establishment.
Naval Reserve Division, Montreal, Quebec.
Commissioned as a tender to HMCS Hochelaga II 1 November 1941.1
Recommissioned as an independent shore establishment 1 September 1942.2
Paid off 26 October 1943 and redesignated HMCS Donnacona.3

Second of Name

Frigate, River Class.
Commissioned 12 November 1943.4
Paid off 15 October 1945.5

Third of Name

Frigate, River Class.
Commissioned 12 November 1943.6
Paid off 15 October 1945.


The Second World War

Montréal served on escort duties in the North Atlantic with the 'Mid-Ocean Escort Force'.7

1. CNO/ONC 1666/41

2. CNO/ONC 2245/42

3. CNO/ONC 3172/43

4. Signal, 122040Z November 1943, NOIC Montreal to NSHQ, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, vol.11639, file/dossier HMCS Montréal

5. Signal 152004Z October 1945, D Halifax to COAC, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Montréal

6. Annual Historical Report/Rapport historique annuel 1994 -HMCS/NCSM Montréal, 29 March/mars 1995, file/dossier 1325-1, AHR/RHA1326-1677

7. Signal, 1646Z February 1944, C-in-C CNA to NSHQ, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Montréal; Signal, 022056Z October 1944, C-in-C CNA to NSHQ, Document Collection/collection de documents, NHS/SHM 8440, EG-26, vol.1

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