Rank: Second Radio Officer
Force: Merchant Navy
Unit: Canadian Merchant Navy
Division: S.S. 'Viggo Hansteen' (of Norway)
While working as a clerk at Toronto Hydro in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Maude Steane enrolled at the Radio College of Canada to qualify as a Wireless Operator - 2nd Class. In May 1944, after completing this training, she joined the American-built merchant ship S.S. 'Viggo Hansteen'; the ship had been transferred to Norwegian registry for emergency war transport and was in New York City's port. Because women who had graduated with their radio operator tickets were banned from joining Canadian or any other Commonwealth ships, Maude had had to look elsewhere for work.
Daughter of Fredrick W. Steane and Elizabeth Amy Steane of Toronto.
Second Radio Officer Maud Elizabeth Steane is commemorated on Page 233 of Canada's Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance.
Second Radio Officer Steane is one of eight Canadian Women Mariners killed in action during wartime, and commemorated on a War Memorial Plaque, ceremoniously unveiled on 19 May 2002; it is affixed to an old-fashioned bandstand in Veteran's Park in Langford, British Columbia, Canada. It is believed to be the first world-wide war memorial dedicated to women merchant mariners who died at their posts in the two World Wars.
Those eight Women Mariners are:-
Stewardess Eliza (DEAN) KENNEDY,
Stewardess Jane (FOSTER) JOHNSTONE,
Stewardess Mary Elizabeth OLIPHANT,
Stewardess Hannah Russell (CRAWFORD) BAIRD,
Stewardess Lillie (COOK) GORBELL,
Second Cook Eileen POMEROY,
Stewardess Bride FITZPATRICK and
Second Radio Officer Maude Elizabeth STEANE.
MAUD E. STEANE
S. S. "VEGGO HANSTEEN"
14TH AUGUST 1944 AGE
WAS A WORDLESS SERMON