Royal Canadian Navy : Edmund Ferris

106 PHOTOS IN THIS SECTION BY EDMUND FERRIS

Edmund Ferris, early 2000's

Edmund Ferris, 1944-45

Edmund Ferris served as a seaman (Radar III) on both HMCS Cobalt and HMCS Ontario during WWII. After the war he went to work as an autobody man at Lakehead Motors in Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay, Ontario) and in the 1960's started his own autobody business, "Ferris and Marsh Autobody".

Now, at the age of 92 (November, 2017) he is a member and active participant in the Thunder Bay Naval Association, HMCS Griffin.

Most of the photos in his collection are duplicates of the official photos shown in the two sections above. I've shown only those which are missing in the above sections, as well as about 20 taken by Edmund (or with his camera by various friends). Scans are courtesy of Edmund's son, Robert Ferris.

Locations: Ceylon, Egypt, Hong Kong, Port Arthur (Ontario), Scotland,

Ships Shown: HMCS Cobalt (K124), HMCS Ontario, HMS Primula (K14), oiler Wave King.

Section revised January 12, 2018.


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Edmund Ferris 1944/45. 14 photos of Edmund Ferris and several unident­i­fied ship­mates on HMCS Ontario and on an unknown land base.

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Miscellaneous Photos 1944/45. Eight photos -- some of and on HMCS Ontario, a few taken in Egypt and Ceylon which don't appear in the Johnson or Hodgkin collections.

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HMCS Cobalt, 1944. Five photos. Mostly official photos purchased by Edmund Ferris. At least one of these photos appears elsewhere on-line. HMCS Cobalt was built in Port Arthur.

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HMS Primula. Two photos. Mis-identified as HMCS Pictou, the Primula was almost identical except for hull number.

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HMCS Ontario & Hong Kong, 1945. 15 photos. Official photos from ON-0039 to ON-0111, but showing only those missing from the Ken Johnson and Russell Hodgkin sections. Surnames: Bertrand, Creery, Desmezes, Edwards, Festing, Fraser, Pan, Welch, Williamson, Wood.

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Recovery of the Wave King, 1945. 14 photos. Official photos from ON-0113 to ON-0118-6, showing recovery of the oiler Wave King which had broken down in heavy seas.

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HMCS Ontario & Hong Kong, 1945. 19 photos. Official photos from ON-0119 to ON-0246, & F-4761, but showing only those missing from the Ken Johnson and Russell Hodgkin sections. Shows Japanese surrender celebrations, sports, arrival at Esquimalt, etc.

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Banknotes Collected on the Voyage. 29 photos. Bank­notes from Ceylon, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, Japan, and Malta.

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