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She was built to protect and escort allied convoys against the threat of German U-Boats during the 2nd World War.  Although her history plying the waters of the Atlantic and St. Lawrence was brief it did not diminish the bravery and sacrifice of her crew.  Their actions give testimony to the thousands of volunteer and enlisted personnel of all branches of the armed forces of Canada.  They trained, fought, were wounded and died in defense of their country and her allies.

Farm boys that had never set eyes on the ocean became sailors.  People from every walk of life became members of the Armed Forces of Canada because they believed it was the right thing to do.

The story of the Magog is a fragment of the bigger picture of World War Two.  It is however a glimpse into the valour and sacrifice that so many made. It is my way of saying thanks to my Father-In-Law, my Father and all the men and women who served, asking nothing in return but to to carry on with their lives in freedom. We can all respect this by taking a few moments in our life to say thank you to those that are still with us and those that have moved on.


I find this interesting as the Magog was commisioned in May of 1944, torpedoed in October of 1944, and decommisioned December 20, 1944.  She was however launched in September 1943 so in theory was in the water over that Christmas period.  This came from the Ray Harris collection of photos and appears to be a genuine card from the era and condition of it. I have a couple of theories maybe someone can help. email - Paul Hock

This is the most detailed picture I have. I found it recently in Harold (Bud) Robertson's files. If you click on the picture it will open the full photo in a new page. You can zoom in and see numerous crew members standing onboard.

HMCS Magog was a Canadian River Class Frigate.  She was laid down in Montreal at Canadian Vickers Ltd. on June 16, 1943, launched September 1943 and was commissioned May 7, 1944.  Her short career ended on October 14, 1944 when she was torpedoed by U-1223 in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and after being towed to Quebec City was declared a total loss and Decommissioned December 20, 1944.  Her namesake is the town of Magog, Quebec.

Many of Magog's crew went on to finish their service aboard HMCS Waskesiu

Here is a picture tour of a River Class Frigate in dry-dock in Australia. Sadly no WWII Canadian Frigates are preserved.
These pictures will give you some idea of what these ships were like.
HMAS Diamantina (K377)

World War II Canadian River Class Frigates

The corvette's flaws became obvious with the first trials at sea. To correct those problems, naval engineer William Reed designed a larger ship, the River class frigate. The frigate is faster, more comfortable and better armed than the corvette, with twice its autonomy; it can sail 13,335 miles at a speed of 12 knots.

As frigates were too large to sail down from the Great Lakes, frigate contracts between 1942 and 1944 were given to shipyards on the West Coast and along the deeper waters of the St. Lawrence. Sixty Canadian-built frigates were provided to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) starting in late 1943. The RCN received ten additional frigates built in Great Britain and originally destined to the Royal Navy.

Used mostly to escort convoys, frigates were the most valuable warships ever built in Canada for anti-submarine warfare.

The facility where HMCS Magog was constructed. 

Canadian World War II River Class Frigates - Crew 140 to 160 men

Length  91.9 m or 301'6"
Width  11.14 m or 36'6"
Draught 4 m or 13'1
Displacement 2,216 tons
Maximum Speed 19 knots
Armament: One 4-inch (100mm) twin gun at the fore. One 12-pound gun at the aft. Two Oerlikon 20mm twin guns on deck. Two Oerlikon 20mm twin guns on the aft platform. 145 depth charges. Two depth charge throwers on each side. Two rails at the stern. One 24-mortar "Hedgehog"

 Is this Magog or Runnymede? 
Runnymede was built around the same time and I believe was numbered K678 
Is the number on this Frigate an 8 or a 3?  
This is from Naval Archives Montreal Museum and they say it's "HMCS Magog


HMCS Magog
Class & type: River class frigate
Displacement: 1,445 long tons (1,468 t; 1,618 short tons)
2,110 long tons (2,140 t; 2,360 short tons) (deep load)
Length: 283 ft (86.26 m) p/p
301.25 ft (91.82 m)o/a
Beam: 36.5 ft (11.13 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.74 m); 13 ft (3.96 m) (deep load)
Propulsion: 2 x Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 2 shafts, reciprocating vertical triple expansion, 5,500 ihp (4,100 kW)
Speed: 20 knots (37.0 km/h)
20.5 knots (38.0 km/h) (turbine ships)
Range: 646 long tons (656 t; 724 short tons) oil fuel; 7,500 nautical miles (13,890 km) at 15 knots (27.8 km/h)
Complement: 157
  • 2 x QF 4 in (102 mm) /45 Mk. XVI on twin mount HA/LA Mk.XIX
  • 1 x QF 12 pdr (3 in / 76 mm) 12 cwt /50 Mk. V on mounting HA/LA Mk.IX (not all ships)
  • 8 x 20 mm QF Oerlikon A/A on twin mounts Mk.V
  • 1 x Hedgehog 24 spigot A/S projector
  • up to 150 depth charges


Please contribute to this website with information, links, pictures etc. email me at paul@hmcsmagog.com