Royal Canadian Navy : RCN Photos and History by the Men and Women Who Were There.

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This website started out as a place to display the photos I took during my three years in the RCN, but as I made contact with a few of my ex-shipmates, I've opened it up to show RCN-related photos taken by anyone. The photo above, by Robert Berbeck, is a prime example.

If you have photos of your time in the Canadian Navy, I would be glad to give you a section of this website so you can leave a history record of that part of your life.

Updated May 27, 2017

Click a link to view an individual section: [ Ronald Armstrong ] [ Carl Ash ] [ Howard "Buck" Bakody ] [ Gord Beattie ] [ Robert Berbeck ] [ Fred Bernhard ] [ Allan Bertelsen ] [ Ken Bowie ] [ Robert Brown ] [ Mike Cashaback ] [ Bob Cowie ] [ Robert Creber ] [ Ken Davy ] [ Charlie Dobie ] [ Neil A. Duval ] [ CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum ] [ Terry Findlay ] [ Richard Fish ] [ Peter Friesen ] [ John Gorman ] [ Jeff Griffiths ] [ Roger Hawkes ] [ Daniel Haydu ] [ Steen Heilbuth ] [ Don Henderson ] [ Russell Hodgkin ] [ Ken Johnson ] [ William & Donald Johnston ] [ Norman Josephson ] [ Ed Koski ] [ Roger Lambert ] [ Brian Lapierre ] [ Marcel (Joe) Lesage ] [ Ken Lloyd ] [ Don Logan ] [ Dave Macgregor ] [ Daniel Morgan MacNeill ] [ Al Malcomson ] [ Ken Marchant ] [ Ernest Harold Massick ] [ Claus Mathes ] [ Kenneth McCuish ] [ Gerry McLennon ] [ Jack Miller ] [ Vernon Clarence Miller ] [ Steve Monahan ] [ Phil Murphy ] [ Bruce Murray ] [ Gertrude Quinn ] [ Reginald H. Rhymes ] [ Dean Rogers ] [ James M. Ross ] [ Ernie Schoen ] [ Grant Sinclair ] [ Herbert Stephenson ] [ Larry Thivierge ] [ Jim Thorn ] [ Dave Tyson ] [ Larry Vipond ] [ Bert vonKalckreuth ] [ Jack Watson ] [ Gordon Wensley ] [ Austin "Rusty" Wright ] [ Don Young ]
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1967 Canadian Armed Forces Tattoo Reunion

Calling all those who were part of the 1967 Armed Forces Tattoo. A 50th anniversary reunion is being planned for 2017. Click to see the reunion website for details.

Thousands Feared At Risk From Asbestos On Warships.

Help came too late for former navy medical corpsman Harvey Friesen. Friesen, 72, has terminal lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure during his service on the frigate HMCS New Glasgow and he fears thousands of other ex-servicemen may be at risk of sharing his fate.
Click here to read the full 2007 news feature.

Click here to read The Canadian Lung Association's position statement on asbestos.


Yes, this is a history website, but "history" doesn't mean only 50 years ago or older. It also means yesterday. If you have photos of your time in the RCN, then I'm definitely interested. Please email Charlie Dobie.



1956: Micmac Division -- George Robert "Bob" Cowie's section.


cornwallis bulldog mascot
Postcard 1944-45, from the Kenneth A. Johnson collection.

1944-45: Unknown division -- Ken Johnson's section.

1952: Ottawa Division -- Ken Lloyd's section.

1954: Saguenay Division -- Robert Creber's and Larry Thivierge's sections.

1954: Vancouver Division -- Don Henderson's section.

1955: Unknown division -- Herbert Stephenson's section.

1955-56: Gatineau Division -- Peter Friesen's section.

1959: Assiniboine Division -- Roger Lambert's section.

1959: Terra Nova 1/59 Division -- Ed Koski's section.

1960: Assiniboine 2/60 Division -- Charlie Dobie's section.

1960: Kootenay 3/60 Division -- Claus Mathes' section.

1960: Skeena 1/60 Division -- Jeff Griffiths' section.

1960: Terra Nova 2/60 Division -- Robert Berbeck's section.

1961: Assiniboine 3/61 Division -- Mike Cashaback's, Roger Hawkes' and Bruce Murray's sections.

1961: Chaudiere 1/61 Division -- Carl Ash's section.

1961: Skeena 2/61 Division -- Dean Rogers' section.

1962: Columbia 2/62 Division -- Bert vonKalckreuth's and Gord Beattie's sections.

1962: MacKenzie Division -- History section.

1962: Restigouche 2/62 Division -- Dave Tyson's section.

1962: St Laurent 2/62 Division -- Jim Thorn's section.

1963: Assiniboine Division -- Steen Heilbuth's section.

1966: Assiniboine 2/66 Division -- Dave MacGregor's section.

1966: Restigouche 1/66 Division -- Richard Fish's section.

1966: St Laurent Division -- John Gorman's section.

1966: Skeena Division -- Al Malcomson's section.

1966: Terra Nova 1/66 Division -- Jack Watson's section.

1966: Terra Nova 2/66 Division -- Terry Findlay's and Brian Lapierre's sections.

1967: St Laurent Division -- Ronald Armstrong's section.

HMCS Montcalm :

1944: Restigouche Division -- James M. Ross' section.

HMCS York :

1943: "E" Class -- Daniel Morgan MacNeill's section.

1943: Fraser Division -- Daniel Morgan MacNeill's section.

1943: "W" Division -- Daniel Morgan MacNeill's section.

1944: Amherst Division -- Daniel Morgan MacNeill's section.

1944: Hamilton Division -- Daniel Morgan MacNeill's section.

1944: Ottawa Division -- History section.

1944: Saguenay Division -- Daniel Morgan MacNeill's section.

Unknown -- Western Canada :

1944: -- History section.

W.R.C.N.S. -- Galt, Ontario :

1942: -- Gertrude Quinn's section.


CFS Alert : 1957-58 -- Robert Creber's section.

HMCS Antigonish : 1943-45 -- Ken Marchant's section. 1965-66 -- Robert Berbeck's section.

HMCS Assiniboine : 1963 -- Robert Berbeck's and Don Young's sections. 1964-67 -- Phil Murphy's section.

HMCS Athabaskan : 1950's -- Ken Lloyd's section. 1959 -- Fred Bernhard's section. 1983 -- Brian Lapierre's section.

HMCS Beacon Hill : 1945-46 -- History section. 1967 -- Robert Berbeck's section.

HMCS Bonaventure : early 1960's -- History Section 1966 -- Robert Berbeck's section. 1967-68 -- Brian Lapierre's section.

CFB Borden : 1967 -- Ronald Armstrong's and Jack Watson's section.

HMCS Buckingham : 1959 -- Gerry McLennon's section.

HMCS Cape Breton : 1963 -- Grant Sinclair's section.

HMCS Carlplace : 1944-45 -- History Section.

HMCS Cayuga : 1953 -- Ken Lloyd's section.

HMCS Chaudiere : 1961 -- Ed Koski's section. 1962 -- Bert vonKalckreuth's and Claus Mathes' sections.

HMCS Chilliwack : 1941-42 -- Ken Lloyd's section. 1944-45 -- History section.

NRS Churchill : 1955 -- Larry Thivierge's section.

HMCS Columbia : 1962-64 -- Claus Mathes' section.

HMCS Cornwallis : 1944-45 -- Howard "Buck" Bakody's section. 1945 -- History section. 1959-61 -- Reginald H. Rhymes' section. 1961 -- History Section.

HMCS Discovery : 1970's & 1980's -- Ken Lloyd's section.

CFAV Dundalk : 1955 -- Joe Lesage's section.

HMCS Forest Hill : WW2 -- Ken Davy's section.

HMCS Fraser : 1957-59 -- Peter Friesen's section.

HMCS Giffard : 1944 -- James M. Ross' section.

HMCS Gloucester : 1955 -- Larry Thivierge's Section.

HMCS Grilse : 1961-63 -- Charlie Dobie's section. 1966 -- Robert Berbeck's section.

HMCS Haida : 1943-45 -- Ernie Schoen' section.

HMCS Huron : 1950-51 -- Reginald H. Rhymes' section.

HMCS Iroquois : 1961-62 -- Claus Mathes' section. 1980-82 -- Brian Lapierre's section.

HMCS Jonquiere : 1944-45 -- James M. Ross' section.

HMCS Kootenay : 1961-62 -- Don Logan's section.

HMCS Lanark : 1956-57 -- Reginald H. Rhymes' section.

HMCS Mackenzie : 1962-64 -- Dave Tyson's section. 1964 -- Robert Berbeck's section.

HMCS Magnificent : 1948-49 -- Larry Vipond's section. 1950 -- Neil Duval's section. 1951-52 -- Kenneth McCuish's section. 1953-55 -- Joe Lesage's section. 1956 -- Larry Thivierge's section.

HMCS Margaree : 1977-78 -- Brian Lapierre's section.

HMCS Naden : 1947 -- Reginald H. Rhymes' section. 1958-59 -- History section. 1968-69 -- Robert Berbeck's section.

HMCS Niobe : 1900, 1911 -- History section. WW1 -- William Dalton Johnston's section.

HMCS Nipigon : 1975 -- Brian Lapierre's section.

HMCS Okanagan : 1969-74, 1976 -- Brian Lapierre's section.

HMCS Onondaga : 1969 -- Brian Lapierre's section.

HMCS Ontario : 1945 -- History, Russell Hodgkin's, Ken Johnson's and Ernest Harold Massick's sections. c.1950 -- Norman Josephson's section. 1959 -- Herbert Stephenson's section.

HMCS Peregrine : 1945 -- History section.

HMS Prince of Wales : 1941 -- Ken Lloyd's section.

HMCS Prince Robert : 1939-45 -- CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum's section. 1941-45 -- Ken Bowie's and John ("Jack") Miller's sections. 1943-45 -- History section.

HMCS Provider : 1940-45 -- Allan Bertelsen's and Ken Lloyd's sections. 1966, 1969-70, 1972 -- Robert Berbeck's section.

HMCS Qu'Appelle : 1964, 1968 -- Robert Berbeck's section.

HMCS Quebec : 1953 -- Ken Lloyd's section.

HMCS Rainbow : 1911 -- History section.

HMCS Restigouche : 1973 -- Al Malcomson's section. 1983 -- Robert Berbeck's section.

HMCS Shearwater : 1962, 1968 -- Ronald Armstrong's section.

HMCS St Croix : 1960's -- Joe Lesage's section.

HMCS St Laurent : 1957 -- Don Henderson's section. 1964 -- Steen Heilbuth's section.

HMCS Ste Therese : 1944 -- History section. 1944-45 -- Steve Monahan's section. 1961-63 -- Charlie Dobie's and Robert Brown's sections. 1965 -- Steen Heilbuth's section.

HMCS Sioux : 1944 -- History Section. 1953 -- Ken Lloyd's section. 1958 -- Herbert Stephenson's section.

HMCS Skeena : 1934 -- Ernest Harold Massick's section.

HMCS Stadacona : 1950's -- Larry Vipond's section. 1972-73 -- Brian Lapierre's section.

HMCS Stettler : 1961-64 -- Gordon Wensley's section.

HMCS Swansea : 1949-50 -- Reginald H. Rhymes' section.

HMCS Terra Nova : 1963-64 -- Carl Ash's and Mike Cashaback's sections. 1964 -- Bruce Murray's section. 1969 -- Robert Berbeck's section.

HMCS Thetford Mines : 1944-45 -- History Section.

HMCS Tillsonburg : 1944-45 -- Vernon Clarence Miller's Section.

HMCS Warrior : 1948 -- Larry Vipond's section.

HMCS York : 1943-44 -- Daniel Morgan MacNeill's section.

HMCS Yukon : 1963-64 -- Mike Cashaback's section. 1977 -- Robert Berbeck's section.

W.R.C.N.S : 1942-45 -- Gertrude Quinn's section.

Images of some ships not listed above may be found in the Ship List section.

Section updated May 5, 2017.




Charlie Dobie

Charlie Dobie, 2013

I'm Charlie Dobie, the creator and maintainer of this website. I joined the Royal Canadian Navy in September 1960, in Thunder Bay, Ontario, under the three-year On The Job Training (OJT) programme. I took basic training in Cornwallis, NS, and in January 1961 was posted to HMCS Ste. Therese, in Victoria BC. I served there as a sonarman (OSSN & ABSN) for the duration of my time and was released about July or August, 1963.

Photos are shown of these people: Abrams, Alford, Anaka, Balloid, Bernard, Bigcanoe, Boyce, Brown, Buck, Campbell, Caruthers, Compton, Dahl, Daniels, Demchuck, Dobie, Douville, Egger, Elgert, Evans(?), Fisher, Graw, Hall, Hamilton, Hammett, Hawkes, Healey, Hegler, Hergott, Hoffman, Kutzner, Lawson, Leeming, Leyden, McCaughey, McFarlane, Mullin, Oggelsby, Owens, Patterson, Pesclevich, Pounder, Sjolie, Spooner, Srubowich, Thorne, Toth, Trick, Wakefield, Waldron, Waters, Weir, Willway, Wright, Wurtz, Yeager.

Photos are shown of these ships: HMCS Assiniboine, Beacon Hill, HMS Belfast, HMCS Cape Breton, Grilse, Margaree, Ottawa, Ste Therese. Section updated April 30, 2017.

See Charlie Dobie's Section.




Robert Berbeck, 1960

Robert Berbeck, 2014

Robert Berbeck joined the RCN in 1960 and was trained as a signalman. He served on HMCS New Glasgow, Ste Therese, Cape Breton, Assiniboine, Qu'Appelle, Antigonish, Beacon Hill, Cowichan, Provider, Terra Nova, Mackenzie, Yukon, Restigouche, & Kootenay, and retired after 27 years with the rank of P1SG4.

Bob took the photo which appears at the top of this website page. It was taken onboard HMCS Qu'Appelle in July 1964, enroute to Acapulco. The photo is of his late brother-in-law John White.

Photos are shown of these people: Banks, Barre, Berbeck, Beverage, Brent, Briggs, Broadfoot, Broadwood, Buburuz, Calder, Campbell, Campbell-Hope, Chute, Cicconi, Corrigal, Dale, David, Davies, deBalinhard, Ethier, Fredrickson, Ganner, Hall, Hazzard, Heron, Hockley, Huber, Hunter, Johnson, Johnston, Kain, Kyle, L'Heureux, Landymore, Law, Lawrence, Leir, Linaker, Lloyd, Macadam, Madsen, McAdam, McCoy, McGregor, McLean, Mitchell, Patterson, Paul, Power, Powers, Puesch(?), Ratcliffe, Read, Reid, Renaud, Rogers, Rumble, Staples, Stewart, Thomas, Tucknott, White.

Photos are shown of (or on board) these ships: HMCS Antigonish, Assiniboine, Athabaskan, Beacon Hill, Bonaventure, Fraser, Grilse, Haida, Mackenzie, Micmac, Nipigon, Provider, Qu'Appelle, Restigouche, Saguenay, Saskatchewan, St Croix, Skeena, Terra Nova, Yukon. Section revised April 30, 2017.

See Robert Berbeck's Section.




Grant Sinclair's email address no longer works! He was an ABWU1 who served on HMCS Beacon Hill and HMCS Cape Breton. He left the RCN in February, 1964.




Another former navy member is John Gorman of Halifax, N.S. Like many others, John served the initial three year enlistment as a Naval Airman/Air Boatswain in the R.C.N., beginning in Cornwallis and on to Shearwater and HMCS Bonaventure with some time towards the end at Stadacona and Mill Cove. After leaving the navy, he went on to become an Oceanography Technician at the Bedford Institute and also a trained federal Fisheries Officer. He further graduated from the Forest Technology program in Fredericton, N.B. and spent 29 more years as a warden with Parks Canada.

  • One Path of Life -- The Thereafter. Here is an entertaining and well-written account by John Gorman of his time in the RCN -- mostly on HMCS Bonaventure -- and his subsequent 29-year career with Parks Canada. There are also two photos of John in uniform embedded in the document.
  • HMCS Cornwallis, 1966. Group photo of assault course, St. Laurent Division, July, 1966. You can see two different sizes of this photo.
  • HMCS Cornwallis march past. St Laurent Division, July 1966. Graduation ceremonies.
  • St. Laurent Division graduation. Official RCN group photo, July, 1966. You can see two different sizes of this photo.
  • John lives in the Halifax area and took a series of photos of decommissioned RCN ships and submarines which were waiting to be scrapped.
  • RCN Ship graveyard, 2009. Eight photos. The hulks of former HMCS Terra Nova, HMCS Gatineau and HMCS Fraser, waiting to be scrapped.
  • Submarine graveyard, 2009. Four photos. A former RN and two former RCN submarines waiting to be scrapped: HMCS Ojibwa, HMS Olympus, and HMCS Okanagan.




Dave Tyson joined the RCN in Winnipeg in April 1962 under the OJT programme. After basic training in Cornwallis, he served as a radar plotter on HMCS Mackenzie from October 1962 when it was commissioned in Montreal, until it went into dry-dock at Esquimalt for refit in 1964. He was then assigned to HMCS Naden until his release in 1965. He left as an ABRUPT.

  • Dave Tyson, 1962. Dave Tyson in a portrait taken at HMCS Cornwallis.
  • Dave Tyson, wedding photo. Dave and his wife were married in Feb. 1963.
  • HMCS Cornwallis, 1962. Group photo of Dave Tyson's division, Restigouche 2/62, at HMCS Cornwallis in April, 1962. Surnames so far: Ansdell(?), Aspinall, Barrow, Burr, Craig, Dodyk, Ferguson, Frechette, Harper, Jackson, James, Jenkins, LaRone, Labonte, Longford, Mattson, McCue, Pelocszi, Poole, Rainville, Storrier, Tyson, Vautour, Wallace, Walker, Worthington.
  • Sports at HMCS Cornwallis, 1962. This team displays a trophy, but what was the sport? Only Dave Tyson is identified.
  • HMCS Cornwallis, 1962. Nine photos taken at HMCS Cornwallis in 1962. Names so far: Dunker, Jackson, Lang, "Mouse".
  • HMCS Mackenzie, above and below decks. Six photos taken about 1964. The only surname so far is Hutchison.
  • HMCS Mackenzie Cruise Documents. Bluenose Cruise (Halifax to Esquimalt) 1962/63; JETEX, 1964; Crossing the Equator, June, 1964.




Robert (Bob) Brown and I were fellow shipmates and sonarmen on HMCS Ste Therese. For some reason he was then known as "Charlie Brown", and it was a surprise to me to get these photos from Bob Brown.




Phil Murphy served on HMCS Assiniboine from 1964 TO 1967. When the services were integrated he asked for a discharge and transferred to the U.S. Navy where he trained as a medical corpsman. He then transfered to the U.S. Marines and served for almost two years in Vietnam. Taking advantage of the G.I. bill he went to university, got his commission, and retired after a total of 35 years of active and reserve military service. Section updated April 30, 2013.

  • Phil Murphy, two portraits. One was taken at HMCS Cornwallis about 1964.
  • RCN recruiting poster. Official RCN recruiting photo shot on HMCS Assiniboine. Of five men, Gary Crawford, Richard Levack, and Phil Murphy are identified so far.
  • HMCS Assiniboine photos. Three DND photos of HMCS Assiniboine taken at different times, plus another of Phil's HMCS Assiniboine ship's jacket.




Roger Hawkes, 1961

Roger Hawkes, 2009

Roger Hawkes served as an ABWU on HMCS Ste Therese from 1962 to 1964 when he left the Navy. He re-enlisted after three years and sailed on HMCS Saskatchewan. After a year he transfered to the Fleet Diving Unit Pacific and served until 1975 when he had to leave because of a back injury. Section updated Sept. 15, 2015

  • Roger Hawkes, two portraits. One taken in HMCS Cornwallis photo in 1961, and a civilian photo taken in July 2009.
  • Recruits at Cornwallis, 1961 These recruits in front of the Kit Marking building are about to become Assiniboine 3/61 Division. So far, 42 of the 65 men shown have been identified. Surnames so far: Anderson, Austin, Bakody, Bist, Bjornson, Boswell, Brown, Brunton, Burvil, Caesar, Cashaback, Contant, Debray(?), Demers, Egger, Fleetwood, French, Hawkes, Hieta, Hill, House, Humby, Johanson, Kane, Knudson, Lacasse(?), Lithe, Lois, Macdonald, Maclean, Macphail, McLaughlin, Murray, Norman, Noseworthy, Ralph, Reed, Rowden, Schlosher, Skews, Srubowich, Venge, Voight, Waddeen, Wale, West, Woodrow, Yanda.
  • HMCS Cornwallis, 1961. Official RCN photo. These guys have completed the assault course and are pretending to look fierce. They are hilarious. Names so far: Austin, Hawkes, Hieta, Lewis, Little.
  • Remembrance Day march-past. Official RCN photo, November 1961. Assiniboine Division marches past the review stand inside the HMCS Cornwallis drill hall.
  • HMCS Cornwallis, Assault Course. 19 photos of the men of Assiniboine Division going through the assault course.




Al Malcomson joined the RCN in May 1966. He sailed on Qu'Appelle, Mackenzie, Oriole and Restigouche. With the rank of LSFC2, he transfered to the RCMP in 1976 where he served another 15 years. He was medically discharged to pension after falling three storeys off a hotel roof. Section updated February 1, 2017

  • Basic Training in HMCS Cornwallis. This is Al Malcomson's very entertaining account of his experiences during basic training at HMCS Cornwallis. There is one photo of him in his RCMP uniform in the document. Surnames: Asher, Barnes, Chapple, Douglas, Ellis, Ferguson, Field, Johnstone, Joynt, Kelly, Lepine, Martin, McDonnell, McGuigan, Mooney, Morley, Paddon, Parsons, Paul, Penny, Perkins, Plecas, Rawlings, Smith, Sousa, Tew, Waddington.
  • HMCS Cornwallis, 1966. Graduation photo of Skeena Division, who passed out Sept. 14, 1966. Almost everyone is identified. Surnames so far: Beaton, Begley, Belanger, Botting, Carbonette, Caroline, Cassita, Chappelle, Chitouras, Courchaine, Cygan, Dooley, Dorval, Doucette, Dufault, Field, Gervais, Gilchrist, Goodchild, Halley, Hiebert, Howard, Johnson, Kelly, Kidgin, Lagasse, Lepine, Logan, Lueck, Malcomson, McEvoy, McGinnis, McKluskey, McLaren, McWilliams, Moore, Morley, Nantel, Nicholson, Nitsa, Padden, Penney, Pepper, Peron, Plecas, Rawlings, Rourke, Rowe, Samuels, Sandness, Sinclair, Sine, Smith, Stirn, Tew, Townsend, Tymchuk, Vadanais, Waddington, Waters. You can see two different sizes of this photo. Revised February 1, 2017
  • Party time on HMCS Restigouche. On this 1973 cruise from Halifax to Esquimalt, HMCS Restigouche suffered greatly from a surplus of beer, a hardship illustrated by three photos. Surnames: Barclay, Brown, Malcomson, McKay, Roberts, Spooner, Sutherland, Theriauf.
  • San Juan and Manzanillo. Views of two ports visited by HMCS Restigouche on the 1973 cruise from Halifax to Esquimalt. Also a tall tale from Al Malcomson.




Carl Ash served in the Navy from 1961 to 1964. After basic training at HMCS Cornwallis he served on board HMCS Terra Nova.




Peter Friesen was in the RCN from 1955 to 1960. He served on HMCS New Glasgow from November, 1956 to June, 1957, and on HMCS Fraser, from June, 1957 to September, 1960. After he left the Navy he worked for five years as a bread salesman and baker, then for 38 years for a window company until he retired in 2003. While working at the window company he was also a lay minister and preacher. He continued his ministry after retirement until a heart attack and triple bypass surgery in November 2008. Section updated February 8, 2017.

  • HMCS Cornwallis, Gatineau Division. The Division's official RCN group photo was taken in April, 1956. Most of the men are identified by last name only. Surnames so far: Allen, Anger, Badger, Bedard, Botsford, Boucher, Breteron, Bridges, Brown, Burr, Caudle, Chekan, Collison, Connelly, Cornelius, Crooks, Donnelly, Dueck, Flynn, Forbes, Fraser, Friesen, Frizzel, Gauthier, Goulden, Gray, Green, Hartung, Hempseed, Hickman, Hutton, Kemp, Latta, Leon, Lloyd, Lorette, Majalahti, Manuel, Mayhew, McGuigan, McKnight, McQueen, Melville, Michaud, Mikitka, Moulton, Ouellette, Piche, Pitman, Pye, Russelo, Sanderson, Saunders, Serplus, Smith, Taylor, Tigar, Wilson. Names added February 8, 2017.
  • HMCS Fraser, 1959. ABWS Peter Friesen and Sub. Lt. Elrington on board HMCS Fraser during inspection of the paint stores.
  • HMCS Cornwallis, 1955. Fourteen men and a CPO with rifles. The men had just finished the assault course. Surnames so far: Allen, Anger, Bridges, Fraser, Friesen, Frizzel, Green, Harris, Hartung, Majalahti, McQueen, Michaud, Smith. Names added July 7, 2016.
  • HMCS Fraser, ship's company, 1957. Three photos -- one of the ship's company taken in 1957, one of Peter Friesen on board in 1959, and another, undated, of HMCS Fraser at sea.




Wilfred Ronald Armstrong was an Aircraft Technician in the RCN from 1967 to 1970. He served on HMCS Bonaventure, VS 880 in HMCS Shearwater, etc. and serviced Tracker aircraft. Section revised October 27, 2016.

  • HMCS Cornwallis, St. Laurent Division. This official RCN group photo was taken in 1967. Surnames so far: Armstrong, Edwards, Linham, Olsson, Thomas. Updated October 27, 2016.
  • Ron Armstrong about 1967. Formal portrait, possibly taken at HMCS Cornwallis.
  • HMCS Cornwallis, obstacle course. These St. Laurent Division men finished the obstacle course. Photo taken in 1967. Surnames so far: Armstrong, Dixon, Lowery, Olsson.
  • HMCS Cornwallis, life in basic. 38 photos. Men of St Laurent Division in training -- marching, kit musters, and trying not to drown in the whaler. All names are needed.
  • CFB Borden, Aircraft Technician training. Group of 13 Navy and Airforce men. Photo taken in 1967. Only Ron Armstrong and Dave Thomas are identified.
  • HMCS Shearwater, VS 880 tracker squadron, 1962 and 1968. Three photos: 1962 and 1968 graduation and 1968 officers' mess dinner on HMCS Bonaventure. Only the mess dinner officers are identified. Surnames: Ainslie, Anderson, Baker, Beck, Cantlie, Duncan, Forbes, Gignac, Green, Hamilton, Havel, Horemans, Hughes, Jasper, Kemp, Kirwin, Lambert, Lanthier, MacLean, McBurney, McGraw, Meredith, Millar, Morris, Moyer, Nielsen, Postma, Reynolds, Rhode, Snowie, Stone, Swenson, Symonds, Tough, Vallee, Vangalen, Walker, Worth.




Ken Lloyd

Ken Lloyd joined the RCN in 1952, and was in Ottawa Division during basic training at HMCS Corn­wallis. He served in Korea then stayed in the Navy as a reservist after his first stint, retiring at the compulsory retirement age of 55 with the rank of C1BN4. He was a long-time member of HMCS Discovery and was Cox'n from 1980 to 1985. He died in Van­cou­ver on August 27, 2010, from Alzheimer's, age 75 years. Ken's photos are courtesy of Robert Berbeck. Ken was able to give only limited information about these photos before he passed. Some are official RCN photos, but others taken in the 1940's and 1950's, may be originals. However, it is not known who took them.

Ships shown in this section: HMCS Atha­baskan, Corn­wallis, Cayuga, Chil­liwack, Discovery, Provider 1, Quebec, Sioux, HMS Prince of Wales.

Surnames in this section: Blather­wick, Brown, Chan, Crewe, Docherty, Fournier, Fowler, Fox, Foxall, Gamble, Gosslin, Grimmer, Hamilton, Henshaw, Larson, Living­stone, Lloyd, Loverock, Mackay, Mainguy, McKinnell, McRossan, Munro, Murry, Olmstead, Paul, Roots, Roth, Suther­land, Taggart, Thornton, Wallace. Section revised April 5, 2017.

See Ken Lloyd's Section.




Jim Thorn served from 1962-67. He was a medic and served mostly at HMCS Stadacona in the hospital. He also worked at HMCS Cornwallis in the sickbay which was across the street from the main gate. He says he enjoyed his work as a medic and although he only served five years he remembers them fondly.




Don Young is a long-retired mechanical engineer who worked for Vickers-Sperry from 1963 to 1970. In this capacity he had a continuing connection with HMCS Assiniboine's VDS system, anti-roll fins, and helicopter testing equipment. Then with the RCN Dockyards at Esquimalt, Shearwater and Halifax designing, testing and repairing dockyard cranes and other equipment.

After joining a consulting company in 1970 he serviced and maintained cranes at DND Halifax.




ABVS1 Bert vonKalckreuth was in the RCN from May 1962 until 1965. During basic training at HMCS Corn­wallis he was in Columbia 2/62 Division. He served on HMCS Chaudiere from November 1962 until about October 1964, then at HMCS Shear­water until April 1965.

  • HMCS Cornwallis, Sunset Guard, 1962. Five photos of the Sunset Guard at HMCS Corn­wallis. Four are of Columbia 2/62 Division and one is of MacKenzie Division, Sunset Artillery. Surnames: Lewis, Mahar, Turpin.
  • Bert vonKalckreuth, then & now. Three photos: one is a portrait taken at HMCS Corn­wallis, another is of him in a messdeck on HMCS Chaudiere, and the third was taken February, 2011.
  • Heading home from Corn­wallis. Five photos. Nobody is identified, except for one man who was known as "Red".




Terry Findlay joined up in 1966 and after basic training he was in the first batch of airframe technicians to go to Camp Borden. Things didn't work out well for him and he was offered a change of trade or release. He chose release. He has submitted an official group photo of Terra Nova 2/66 Division as well as a portrait of himself at HMCS Cornwallis, age 17. On Feb. 1, 2013, Terry sent me, via Brian Lapierre, an undamaged photo of Terra Nova 2/66 Division, complete with all of the men's names.

  • HMCS Cornwallis, Terra Nova 2/66 Division. An enlarged version of the men only is also shown. Everyone is identified at least by last name. Surnames: Anderson, Bauer, Beckberger, Bedford, Breau, Brooks, Buchanan, Campbell, Carriere, Chamberlain, Chereneski, Dumas, Evans, Findlay, Fleet, Forsyth, Geoffry, Hamilton, Higdon, Hill, Holicza, Hollett, Houghton, James, LaFontaine, Lapierre, Lee, Little, MacDonald, Martin, McFarlane, McMurray, Mercer, Merrick, Mollison, Mulrooney, Nayko, Pendera, Priestly, Radmore, Rousson, Schmidt, Turcotte, Vivian, Wells, White, Wilsher, Wood, Workman.
  • Terry Findlay at HMCS Cornwallis. Formal portrait, about age 17.




Steen Laursen says: My name was Steen Heilbuth, ABSN, and I served on the Skeena, St. Laurent (world cruise in '64), the St. Croix and finished on the Ste. Therese, completing my three year hitch, March 20, 1963 to March 19th, 1966. In HMCS Cornwallis our division (Assiniboine) trained for the Sunset Guard and we performed at the then Dominion Day, July 1st celebrations on Parliament Hill. We were very proud!!

Looking back I have very fond memories, especially lucking out on a nine month around-the-world cruise. What young 18 year old wouldn't love that?

After leaving the service I again lucked out landing a thirty-year career as a firefighter with the City of Burnaby. I have been retired for just over ten years, living in Parksville, BC.

I stated above that my name was Steen Heilbuth which I have changed to my birth father's name of Laursen. I found out at the age of fifty years old that I was adopted. Quite a shock. Fortunately, I learned of my adoption soon enough to meet my birth parents in Denmark.

So there you have it in a nut shell. If you sailed with me please drop me a line. Steen Laursen, aka. Heilbuth.




Ed Koski says: "I joined March 15, 1959 in Sudbury, and was an OSLM (Electricians Mate). I was in Terra Nova Division 1/59 in Cornwallis and took part in Sunset Ceremony Guard (Rifles) and Queen's Honour Guard on (the Queen's) arrival in Gander Nfld. via BOAC, June 19, 1959. On her return (from the Royal Tour) we received her White Ensign in Halifax at the Citadell Hill Ceremony on July 31, 1959.

" I went on to commission HMCS Chaudiere in November 1959 with Dockyard Maties after Trade School in Stad and lived in Shearwater until the ship was ready." Section revised April 7, 2017.

  • HMCS Cornwallis, summer, 1959. Twelve photos of men in Terra Nova Division and back home in Sudbury, Ont. Surnames so far: Jamieson, Lowery, Montgomery, Rodgers.
  • Ed Koski, then & now. Ed Koski at the wheel of HMCS Chaudiere about 1961 and of HMCS Montreal, Sept. 2011.
  • HMCS Chaudiere, mostly 1961. Eight photos of Koski and his electrical dept. wingers on board Chaudiere. Surnames: Bedard, Bowman, Burrell, Cartille, Foisy, Jones, Macintosh, McCully, Patrick, Sawyer.
  • HMCS Cornwallis, Terra Nova Division. Group photo of Terra Nova Division, August 1959. Surnames so far: Baker, Banks, Bowman, Brown, Campangoni, Fenton, Folden, Gray, Hartley, Jamieson, Koski, Lowery, Lyman, MacDonald, McAuliffe, McCulley, Montgomery, Patrick, Poole, Rogers, Roggaveen, Sawyer, Serres, Shortt, Smith. Revised April 7, 2017.




Claus Mathes

Claus Mathes was in the RCN from November 1960 to November 1968. He was a Steward and left with the rank of Leading Seaman. After leaving HMCS Cornwallis (Kootenay 3/60 Division) in March 1961, he served on HMCS Iroquois (April '61 to Sept. '62), HMCS Chaudiere (Sept. & Oct. '62), HMCS Columbia (Oct. '62 to Nov. '64), and HMCS Hochelaga (LaSalle) CFB Montreal (Nov. '64 to Nov. '68). Most of his time at sea was served as Captain's Steward and his time in Montreal was spent serving in the Officers' Mess.

This section is different from the others in that Claus has a website, complete with his own RCN photos and digitized 8mm movies, so I've provided direct links to the various sections of his website here.

  • HMCS Cornwallis, 1960-1961. A video consisting of many photos of basic training, especially the Assault Course. Nobody is identified. This is a direct link to Claus Mathes' website.
  • HMCS Iroquois, 1961-1962. Three Youtube videos of HMCS Iroquois. These are original 8mm films taken by Claus Mathes.
  • HMCS Iroquois, 1961-1962. 16 photos taken of and on HMCS Iroquois, including two or three of the crew. Nobody is identified. This is a direct link to Claus Mathes' website.
  • HMCS Bonaventure. Eleven photos of HMCS Bonaventure. Two seem to be originals with the rest being official DND photos. None show crew members except at a distance.
  • HMCS Chaudiere, 1962. A very short Youtube video taken in Key West, Florida, September/October 1962.
  • HMCS Columbia, 1962-1964. Two Youtube videos of HMCS Columbia. One video shows entering harbour in thick fog; storm at sea. The other video is a slide show by Claus Mathes.




During basic training at HMCS Cornwallis, Richard Fish was in Restigouche 1/66 Division. He passed away in 2015.

  • HMCS Cornwallis, 1966. Two photos: Restigouche 1/66 Division, official group photo and passing out parade. Names so far: Chalmers, Chutter, Clark, Cockerill, Crowe, Fish, Misner, Mutch, Pemberthy, Prevost, Pullin, Puttick, Reynolds, Rouleau, Spooner, Thompson, VanIderstine, Wessel.
  • HMCS Cornwallis, 1966. Eighteen official DND photos of buildings at HMCS Cornwallis, including an aerial photo of the whole base.
  • Restigouche Division, Assault Course. One DND photo of Restigouche Division in front of the Magazine, and eight DND photos of members of the Division during the Assault Course. Nobody is identified.




Bruce Murray joined the RCN in September, 1961, and was in Assinniboine 2/61 Division when he was in basic training at HMCS Cornwallis. After training he served on HMCS Terra Nova as a sonarman until his release in 1964.

  • HMCS Cornwallis, 1961. Two used and abused photos from Bruce Murray's time at Cornwallis. He is the only one identified.
  • HMCS Terra Nova, 1964. Three photos -- two on board HMCS Terra Nova and one on shore leave in Copenhagen. Names: Ash, Murray, Norman, Sinclair.




The late Allan Bertelsen served on HMCS Provider during World War 2 as a Morse Code operator. These photos were taken between 1940 and 1945. Shown are photos of Provider as well as of several Fairmile patrol boats. Included also are memorial cards dedicated to Canadian ships which were lost during the war. Allan passed away on May 6, 2013, at the age of 91. Section revised July 14, 2015.

  • HMCS Provider Crew Members, 1940's. HMCS Provider spent much time in Bermuda, provisioning ships from there. Allan Bertelsen and Douglas Maurice Parsneau are the only men identified.
  • HMCS Provider Photo Album, 1940's. Seven photos of HMCS Provider, HMCML Q106 & Q108 and an unidentified Italian submarine. Revised July 14, 2015.
  • World War 2 "In Memoriam" Cards for HMCS Alberni, Athabaskan, Bras D'Or, Charlottetown, Fraser, Levis, Louisburg, Margaree, Ottawa, Otter, Raccoon, Regina, Saguenay, Shawinigan, Spikenard, St Croix, Valleyfield, Weyburn, Windflower.




Dave Macgregor says: " I went through Cornwallis in Assiniboine 2/66. . . . I served on the Beacon Hill, Skeena, Kootenay, and Preserver, as an ABRM, also was stationed at CFS Mill Cove just outside of Halifax. I left after my five years in July, 1971. "

  • Assiniboine 2/66 Division. HMCS Cornwallis, 1966: the official graduation group photo of Assiniboine 2/66 division. Dave Macgregor is the only one identified.




Gord Beattie says: " I was in Columbia Division the summer of 1962 and have fond memories of the guard and our drill instuctors. I moved on and became a Radioman Special, training at HMCS Gloucester (Ottawa) and finished out my service in Moncton, NB and Frobisher Bay. I had a career as a Director of Supply Management with Nortel, working in Ottawa, Montreal, Santa Clara, CA and Raleigh, NC. I am now retired and living in Wake Forest, NC, the first village north of Raleigh. "

  • Sunset Guard, Columbia Division. HMCS Cornwallis, 1962: the official group photo of Columbia Division's Sunset Guard. Surnames so far: Beattie, Lewis, McDade, McEachern, vonKalckreuth.




Herbert Stephenson

The late Herbert Stephenson was from North Battleford, SK, and joined the RCN in January 1955. He served five years, was a gunnery rate, and was discharged in 1960 with the rank of ABWS1. The ships he served on included HMCS Sioux, HMCS Ontario, and HMCS Antigonish. Herbert died about 2008.

Most of these photos were taken during the assault course in June, 1955, at HMCS Cornwallis, and Herbert probably purchased those, but a few others were taken by Herbert and are of him and his friends at Cornwallis. There is only one each of crew members of HMCS Sioux and HMCS Ontario.

  • HMCS Cornwallis, 1955. 15 photos of the assault course at HMCS Cornwallis in June 1955. Nobody is identified.
  • HMCS Cornwallis, 1955. Four group photos taken before and after the men went through the assault course. Nobody is identified.
  • HMCS Cornwallis, 1955. Seven photos taken at HMCS Cornwallis, probably in June 1955. Only Herbert Stephenson is identified.
  • Victoria, BC, 1956. One photo of Herbert Stephenson and an unidentified shipmate, both with HMCS Naden cap tallies.
  • HMCS Sioux, 1958. Photo of seven crew members of HMCS Sioux, in 1958. Surnames so far: Hornesty, Recknagle, Smith.
  • HMCS Ontario, 1959. One photo of the crew milling about on the foc'sle of HMCS Ontario. Can anyone explain what's going on here?




Don Henderson joined the RCN in December, 1953. He served on HMCS New Glasgow, Athabaskan, James Bay, St Laurent and Granby. He was released in December, 1958 with the rank of LSCV1.

  • HMCS Cornwallis, 1954. Graduation photo of Vancouver Division, May, 1954. A link is provided to an enlarged version. Surnames so far: Arsenault, Barber, Bartello, Boulton, Channel, Dewba, Dupree, Evans, Ghillies, Henderson, Keyes, Low, McWalters, Moffat, O'Neil, Pernocious, Powell, Price, Reaume, Scott, Short, Tennant, Wadsworth.
  • HMCS Cornwallis, 1954. Group assembled before going through the assault course. Surnames so far: Henderson, Moffat, O'Neil, Scott, Tennant.
  • HMCS Cornwallis, 1954. Five photos of Don Henderson and his friends at Cornwallis. Surnames: Bartelo, Boulton, Channel, Henderson, Keyes, Low, McQuestion, O'Neil, Prentice, Reaume.
  • Don Henderson, 1954, 1957. Three photos of Don Henderson, one in Victoria, 1954, the others at sea, on HMCS St Laurent in 1957.
  • Guantanamo, Cuba, 1957. Two photos of men and ships at Guantanamo. Surnames: Bresett, Burk, Carley, Ganon, Henderson, Kerr.
  • HMCS St Laurent, 1957. Three photos -- one taken on the bridge, another of the ship taking a bit of a wave, and another of refueling at sea.




Brian Lapierre, 1966

Brian Lapierre, 2012

From Chauvin, Alberta, Brian Lapierre joined the RCN in September, 1966. He was in Terra Nova 2/66 Division in Cornwallis, and he remained in Cornwallis for a couple of months after Basic Training to play hockey with the Cornwallis Cougars. He trained as an electrician, and served on HMCS Bonaventure, Onondaga, Okanagan, Nipigon, Margaree, Iroquois, and Athabaskan. He retired in December, 1988 with the rank of Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class, and immediately started work as a civilian on the navy's new Frigate programme. His photo series ends with 21 photos of a get-together celebrating the 50th anniversary of the commissioning of HMCS Ojibwa, held in September, 2015.

The surnames of those shown in Brian's photos are: Alarie, Alberts, Alexander, Allen, Anderson, Angrinon, Anthony, Arnason, Aubrey, Bell, Berry, Biloski, Blagdon, Bonnah, Bouchard, Boucher, Brayshaw, Brennan, Brisson, Brown, Broyden, Buckley, Burke, Burnett, Burston, Byzewski, Cairns, Cameron, Campbell, Carrier, Carter, Chambers, Chatham, Chenie, Cherneski, Childs, Chisolm, Christie, Clahane, Clayton, Connolly, Conway, Cooper, Copeland, Courcy, Crowe, Cruikshank, Cumming, Dagenais, Daigle, Daly, Deak, Demers, Desprey, Desrosiers, Dietz, Dolomont, Doutre, Dube, Dunn, Durnford, Embree, Eng, Estabrooks, Evans, Ewan, Faid, Falconer, Farnholtz, Faucher, Ferguson, Finnamore, Flecknell, Fleet, Flewwelling, Franklin, Gainer, Gallant, Garceau, Gardner, Gebler, Gilbert, Girard, Glover, Goddard, Goldsmith, Gordon, Gorselin, Gray, Griffin, Guttin, Haines, Hall, Hamilton, Hanna, Harris, Harrison, Hawes, Hayward, Higdon, Hill, Hillier, Hills, Holland, Honsinger, Hood, Hopkins, Houghton, Huett, Hughes, Hunt, Hurford, Hynes, Irvine, Jackson, Jakoplic, Jenner, Jennings, Johnston, Jones, Kamermans, Kearn, Killiam, King, Kyle, Lake, Langlois, Lapierre, Larsen, Lavers, Lawhead, Layden, Lee, Legare, Lewis, Limoges, Llewellyn, Lloyd, Lovasi, MacDougall, MacEachern, Mackie, MacKinnon, MacLaughlin, MacMillan, Madison, Madynski, Malloy, Manning, Marcoux, Martel, Martin, Mason, McCluskey, McCulley, McDonnell, McEachern, McLean, McMillan, Meloche, Meunier, Middlekoop, Middleton, Milen, Miller, Mizuik, Mollison, Molloy, Morgan, Mossman, Mountan, Mowat, Mydynsky, Nesbit, Newman, O'Hara, Ouellet, Parker, Parsons, Parlee, Parry, Patterson, Pearce, Pease, Pepper, Pesant, Pfaff, Phillips, Piercey, Pindera, Pollard, Poulton, Pratt, Presley, Prosser, Provencher, Quinn, Radmore, Ranger, Reeve, Renner, Richards, Roach, Rockley, Rodden, Ross, Rousson, Rowe, Rozelle, Rubinich, Ruillard, Russell, Sadler, Sanderson, Santo, Sawyer, Schatz, Schmidt, Schneider, Schuman, Scott, Serafini, Shields, Sigrist, Smale, Smith, Soleman, South, Spencer, Squire, Starr, Steeb, Stoakley, Stone, Sullivan, Summers, Surette, Thomas, Thompson, Toyer, Tremblay, Turcotte, Turtle, Van Rooyen, Vermette, Vinnedge, Vondette, Wadell, Wagner, Waite, Walsh, Walton, Wambolt, Ward, Waugh, Webb, Wells, Whalen, Whitmore, Williamson, Wilson, Wing, Workman, Wright, Wyss, Yeo.

Canadian Navy ships shown: HMCS Annapolis, Athabaskan, Bonaventure, Bras d'Or, Cape Scott, Fraser, Fundy, Halifax, Iroquois, Margaree, Nipigon, Ojibwa, Okanagan, Onondaga, Ottawa, Protecteur, Provider, Restigouche, Skeena, St Laurent, Terra Nova.

American Navy ships shown: USS Alabama, Comte de Grasse, Flying Fish, Sea Leopard, Sea Robin, Sellers, Shiloh, Skipjack, Ticonderoga, Tigrone, Trepang, and others.

Other naval ships shown: FGS Augsburg, HNLMS Banckert, HMS Danae, HMS Dido, HMS London, HNoMS Narvik, FGS Rommel, HNLMS Van Nes, and others. Section revised April 30, 2017.

See Brian Lapierre's Section.




Ken Davy

Ken Davy was a sick-bay attendant on HMCS Forest Hill during World War 2. He says: " I joined at HMCS Star in Hamilton on Divisional Strength (reserve) in April 1943. I went on active service in 1944 and took my basic training at HMCS York in Toronto. As I was a Sick Bay Attendant, I trained in the RCN Hospital in Halifax. I served in the corvette HMCS Forest Hill for six months then after the end of hostilities served ashore until I was discharged in February 1946. I was still only nineteen. It was a great adventure for a young kid. "

  • HMCS Forest Hill. was a revised Flower Class corvette which was built by the British Navy and originally named HMS Ceanothus. She was commissioned on Dec. 1, 1943 and paid off on July 9, 1945. This is an official DND photo of her at sea.
  • Crew members of HMCS Forest Hill. Four photos taken in various places. Surnames: Davy, Normally, Webb.
  • HMCS Forest Hill in Halifax & Bermuda. Six photos taken on HMCS Forest Hill and ashore in Bermuda. Also a photo taken at HMCS Stadacona. Ken Davy is the only one identified so far.




Rusty Wright

The late Austin (Rusty) Wright was born in 1929 and served in the RCN from 1944 to 1949. He died about 2011. His daughter, Lynette Wright Lewis, sent me these photos in the hope that someone will be able to identify the ships and/or the men in them, in order to find out more about her father's naval career. The only ship which can be positively identified is HMCS Ontario. None of the other ships are numbered. Lynette says in part: ". . . (he) originally signed on in Calgary (Tecumseh), then stationed in Naden, Esquimalt. We understood that he was involved in searching for and destroying floating mines left from the war. "

  • HMCS Ontario. This is an official DND photo of her at sea. It is possible that Rusty Wright served on her.
  • HMCS Cayuga & two other ships. Three ship photos, one of which is identified as HMCS Cayuga on the back. Another is of what may be a Fairmile or a smaller launch.
  • Rusty Wright's personal photos. Four photos of Rusty Wright with various shipmates. One might have been taken at the Naden canteen, in another, a cap tally might read HMCS Antigonish.




Don Logan

Don Logan joined the RCN three-year program on 11 Nov 1960, and was in Margaree 3/60 Division in Cornwallis. He trained as a Signalman, then served on HMCS Kootenay, Fort Erie and Columbia and took release at the end of his third year, 10 Nov 1963. A year and a bit later, on 25 Sept 1965, he re-enlisted in the RCAF as a communicator. On 22 July 1970, he re-mustered to air crew, as an Observer/Airborne Electronic Sensor Operator (AESOp) spending 25 years flying Trackers with VS 880 in Shearwater, Argus's in Summerside, PEI, Argus/Auroras in Greenwood, N.S. and Auroras in Comox, B.C. On 29 Jun 1988 he was posted to the Aurora Software Development Unit (ASDU) in Greenwood for 3 yrs. and then to 415 Sqn, Greenwood. On 21 Sep 1994 he was posted to Wing Ops in Comox, as the Electronic Warfare Officer, until his retirement, on 30 July, 1995. Section updated January 14, 2017.

  • Don Logan's personal photos. Seven photos -- Don's wedding plus Don on HMCS Kootenay and HMCS Columbia. Ed Moir and John Shaw are the only others identified. Revised January 14, 2017.
  • HMCS Bonaventure & other ships. Eleven ship photos, all original colour slides taken by Don Logan. HMCS Bonaventure, Chaudiere, Columbia, Kootenay and Terra Nova.




Russell J. Watson

Russell (Jack) Watson was in the navy from April, 1966 to April, 1968. He was in Terra Nova 1/66 Division during basic training at HMCS Cornwallis. He left the navy when tri-service came into effect. At first he was a stoker then re-mustered to a cook. He was posted to HMCS Naden to train for the military tattoo but had to leave to have surgery. Returning from Naden he worked in the wardroom galley at HMCS Stadacona until he left the navy in April, 1968.

After leaving the navy, he went to culinary school at George Brown College in Toronto, then worked at the Royal York Hotel, head office for Canadian Pacific Hotels (now Fairmont). As of 2014 he was working on a cruise ship and hopes to retire there.

  • HMCS Cornwallis Terra Nova Division. An official DND graduation photo. Surnames so far: Andrews, Asher, Devito, Leaman, McDonnell, Robbins, Watson. A link is provided to an enlarged version.
  • CFB Borden Cooks' Course, 1967. An official DND photo. Only Allan R. Boon, Dale King, Dave Mitch Leblanc and Jack Watson are identified. A link is provided to an enlarged version.
  • Jack Watson's personal photos. Seven photos taken in various places -- Cornwallis, Stadacona, Naden and Lunenburg, NS. Surnames are: Andrews, Bond, Brule, Inglis, Hagarty, Hickey, Hillier, Hynes, Mole, Sanford, Savard, Wright.




Reginald H. Rhymes

Reginald H. Rhymes

Many thanks to Smokey's son, Gordon P. Rhymes, for these photos of his father. Originally from Burgeo NL, he enlisted in the Canadian Army in Halifax, in March, 1945 and served until May 15, 1946. Joining the RCN at the end of April, 1947, he served 25 years, retiring at the end of April, 1972. He passed away in 2006.

He served on HMCS Athabaskan, Cap de la Madelaine, Crescent, Haida, Huron, Lanark, Nootka, Penetang, Prestonian, Quebec, Saguenay, & Swansea, and was stationed in HMCS Cornwallis from 1959 to 1961. There is little information accompanying these photos, and few people other than Smokey are identified, but some locations have been determined by the dates in his service records. Section revised April 30, 2017.

See Reginald H. Rhymes' Section.



The Maiden Voyage of HMCS Ontario :
Belfast - Greenoch - Gibraltar - Malta - Egypt - Aden - Ceylon - Bay of Bengal - Hong Kong - Hawaii - Esquimalt.
May to November, 1945.

Kenneth Anthony Johnson and William Philip Hodgkin sailed on the maiden voyage of HMCS Ontario, from May to November, 1945. Not having their own cameras, they purchased official photos of the voyage and of life on board and ashore, which were made available to crew members at a cost of about 10 cents each. Although there are many photos in common, their purchases differed enough so that the two collections together provide an almost complete record of the trip.

Their sons, Ken Johnson, Jr., and Russell Hodgkin, have kindly provided me with these historic images. Thanks also to Al Brosseau who provided me with two photos of that voyage which were given to him by a cousin.

When I scanned Ken Johnson's collection I recorded the official negative numbers which were written on the back of each print. Because I scanned Ken's photos in the order I picked them out of the envelope, it never occurred to me that these numbers were in date order, and I arranged his dad's section by what I thought was common subject or location. Later research proved that I was wrong on many of my assumtions about location, etc.

The sections of the two shipmates (there is no indication they knew each other) have been presented together here. Ken Johnson's has been left as I first arranged it, with the addition of negative numbers in the photo descriptions, but Phil Hodgkin's section is in negative number order, which shows the progression of the trip from Belfast, Ireland, around the world to Esquimalt, BC. But more than that, in the latter section, the two collections have been combined into a photo album showing the complete trip.

There are many photos missing from the album, as the large gaps in the negative numbers show. If anyone can fill in the blanks, I would much appreciate copies of the missing photos.

March, 2016 -- A list of the photographs was discoverd in William Philip Hodgkin's papers. The photos are listed in negative number order and include the date and photo description. Most photos listed were taken by Leading Photographer Sydney H. Draper, V-57990.

February, 2017 -- These photos plus others in the series which are missing from this collection can be seen in the HMCS Ontario album on the "For Posterity's Sake" website.


Kenneth Anthony Johnson

Kenneth Anthony Johnson

In November, 2013 I received an email from Ken Johnson, which said in part: "My father (Kenneth Anthony Johnson) sailed on the HMCS Ontario. He had a lot of photos taken on their first voyage. Would these be of any interest? I also have a full size photo of the whole crew on the ship." To make a long story short, Ken mailed me the whole collection of photos and I scanned them at very high resolution. Fortunately they are almost all official RCN photo­graphs, so were taken with good quality lenses. Even though the prints are small, the scans produced sharp images.

Except for ten post­cards of HMCS Cornwallis which Ken Sr., mailed home in letters while he was there, the collection records the voyage of the newly-built HMCS Ontario from the Clyde on July 2nd, 1945, through various ports in the Mediterranean, through the Suez Canal, to Colombo, Ceylon, until her arrival in Hong Kong on Sept. 12, where her crew part­ici­pated in the Japanese surrender on Sept. 16. She stayed in Hong Kong until November 1st, when she left for home via Manilla and Pearl Harbour, arriving in Esquimalt on November 27, 1945.

From an undated Christmas card owned by Ken Johnson, Jr., it would seem that before Ken Sr. was on HMCS Ontario, he was a crew member of HMCS Spring­hill, a River Class frigate.

Special thanks is given to Tony Banham for identifying the many Hong Kong photos. Tony is the author of three books on the war in Hong Kong, with a fourth (and probably several more) being researched. Please see his fascinating website Hong Kong War Diary. Because of his information, I've been able to re-group many of the photos into several Hong Kong sections.

December 17, 2014 : Thanks also to Gehan Pinto who had a Ceylon History page on Facebook (April, 2017 -- now seems to be gone). He kindly sent me modern versions of many of the Ceylon photos and also helped me sort out those taken in Egypt. (This Canadian didn't know date palms don't grow in Sri Lanka).

March, 2015 : Thanks also to Russell Hodgkin, whose father's photo collection is immediately below this one. Russell was the one who clued me in to the fact that the negative numbers of the official photos are in order of occurrence, so arranging them in negative number order would show the progression of the voyage from start to finish. This insight also enabled us to identify many previously unknown locations.

November, 2015 : Thanks also to Alfred Lai, a Hong Kong-born Canadian who is an officer serving in the Canadian Army. He corrected previous descriptions of many of the Hong Kong photos and added new information to others.

March, 2016 : As mentioned above, a list of the photos taken during the voyage was found in the papers of William Phillip Hodkin (see the section immediately below). Several ships and people were identified by name in the list and they have been added to the photo descriptions as well as to the paragraphs below.

People identified so far: The Hon. Douglas Abbott, H. Agnew, Rear-Admiral V.G. Brodeur, Charlie Conway, Major-General F.W. Festing, Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser, Vice-Admiral G.C. Jones, Capt. Harold Taylor Wood Grant, Ken Johnson, Ernest Harold Massick.

Ships Shown: HMS Bleasdale, HMCS Haida, HMCS Matane, HMCS Ontario, HMCS Prince Robert, RMS Queen Mary. Also shown is a King George the 5th Class battleship, either HMS Anson or HMS Duke of York.

Section Revised May 27, 2017.

See Ken Johnson's Section.




Phil Hodgkin

Phil Hodgkin

William Philip Hodgkin joined the RCN in late 1941 when he was 17. He was 21 when HMCS Ontario sailed and was still considered to be RCN Volunteer Reserve at the time. His official title was "Writer". He retired from the Navy in 1966.

Phil's son (he was William Philip but was always known as "Phil") Russell Hodgkin, says his dad served on other ships and/or land bases before he joined HMCS Ontario. Russell is still searching through old doc­u­ments and photos for details, but it is certain that in April, 1944, he joined the RCN's head­quarters in Britain, HMCS Niobe, located in Greenock, Scotland, and worked in the Personnel Records Office there.

People identified so far: The Hon. Douglas Abbott, Rear-Admiral V.G. Brodeur, Vice-Admiral Frederick Dalrymple-Hamilton, Padre J.R. Edwards, Fitz, Vice-Admiral G.C. Jones, Lovick, Fred Mace, Maki, Mearns, Admiral Henry Ruthven Moore, Reed, St Pierre, Steenerson, Wall, Zeke.

Ships shown: HMCS Ontario, HMS Swift­sure, HMS Truncheon.

Section revised May 27, 2017.

See Russell Hodgkin's Section.




Larry Vipond

Larry Vipond

Larry Vipond served in the Air Branch from October 1945 until December 1957, most of that time at HMCS Shearwater, and onboard HMCS Magnificent, HMCS Labrador and a few weeks onboard HMCS Buckingham. He left the RCN with the rank of P1PC3, then worked for Sikorsky Helicopters for two years. He then went to business school in New Haven, CT, and worked for a Conn­ect­icut bank for 27 years, retiring on Jan. 1, 1990. Section revised April 30, 2017.

See Larry Vipond's Section.

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Dean Rogers

Dean Rogers was in Skeena 2/61 Division during basic training at HMCS Cornwallis. He says: " I was a Sea Cadet in my teenage years and rose to be senior cadet in the corps. My plan was to make the Navy my career. I joined at Halifax on Aug. 11, 1961 as a member of the Technical Apprent­ice­ship Plan, a seven year contract. I enjoyed my new entry training at Corn­wallis, was a Class Captain and was awarded "Best All Round Man" at graduation.

In my second six months of trades training at Naden I became convinced that my career choice was a bad one. Morale was very low and long term prospects looked bleak. After several requests for release I was discharged, honourably, on Jan. 7, 1963. I enrolled that fall at the University of British Columbia and graduated several years later from Dalhousie University in Halifax with a B.Sc. in geology. I have worked most of the subsequent years as a field geologist in mineral exploration and petroleum drilling. "

Dean says he is eager to contact old friends from his Cornwallis days and hopes they will contact him because of seeing the photos on this website. Section updated August 12, 2016.

  • HMCS Cornwallis : Kit Marking. Sixty-three recruits still in their civilian clothing in front of the Kit Marking building. Only Dean Rogers is identified.
  • Skeena 2/61 Division on Parade Square. About 40 men's faces are visible. Nobody is identified.
  • Skeena 2/61 Division at Assault Course. Two photos -- before and after photos of the same group of 13 men. Surnames: Baird, Henn, Hussich, Robertson, Rogers, Ross, Somerville, Trudball, Viem(?), Ward, Weckstrom, White, Wiseman.
  • Skeena 2/61 Division at Assault Course. Two photos -- before and after photos of a second group of 15 men. Surnames so far: Faulkner, Hunter, Knopp, MacKinnon, Marcellus, Moffatt, Partridge, Sherwood, Wensley.
  • Skeena 2/61 Division Graduation. Two photos. Skeena 2/61 won trophies for best division and for best division on the parade square. Most men are identified but missing names are needed. Updated August 12, 2016.




Jeff Griffiths, 1960

Jeff Griffiths, 2010

Jeff Griffiths joined the Navy in February 1960, and was in Skeena 1/60 Division during basic training at HMCS Cornwallis. He was a Victualing Storesman (ABVS) and served on HMCS Inch Arran until May 1962 when he was discharged after 27 months of service.

Afterwards, he was a pipe welder fitter for 40 years, and belonged to Local 46 of the Plumbers, Steam­fit­ters and Pipe Welders of North America. He lives with his wife in Fenelon Falls, Ontario.




Daniel MacNeill

Iain MacNeill [-- Iain's email address no longer works! May 1, 2017 --] says this about his father: " My father, Daniel Morgan MacNeill (V46139) . . . was a Big Band musician prior to the war. He attempted enlistment at several locations in 1940 (Vancouver) and in 1941 (Edmonton) but was denied on account of his age -- 27 years being considered too old. He was finally accepted for enlistment in August 1942 at Chippawa Recruitment Centre in Winnipeg at 29, when the recruitment standards were relaxed. As it turned out he really was as good as he said he was -- he had skills the Navy couldn't teach. He never abused his recruits and was a very competent, confident man with an innate ability to inspire and motivate people leading by example. He was a good guy to have on your side when it counted most. "

He was promoted immediately to Leading Seaman at HMCS York where he was tasked with training recruits. Starting in late 1944, he served on the HMCS Swansea until the end of the war.

Several photos were obtained by Iain from the Buscombe family collection -- LS Howard Buscombe and Daniel Morgan MacNeill were instructors together at HMCS York and remained fast friends during the war.

Photos in Daniel's section are almost all group photos of training divisions at HMCS York in Toronto, 1943 and 1944. Surnames in photos are: Andrews, Belcher, Borrows, Burrows, Buscombe, Clarke, Copeland, Gray, Heintzman, Hipwell, Knight, Long, MacNeill, Marshall, McMahon, Mulvihill, North, Ogradnick, Pettingher, Ryan, Seitz, Smith, Taylor, Webber. Section revised April 30, 2017.

See Daniel Morgan MacNeill's Section.




James M. Ross

Stephen M. Ross sent me this collection of photos, almost all originals taken by his father James Macey Ross, during his time in the Navy during WW2. James took his basic training at HMCS Montcalm in Quebec City, in early 1944, then signals training at HMCS Hyacinthe (see 45th anniversary website) in St. Hyacinthe, QC. After completing his training, he served for a short time on the corvette HMCS Giffard, then until the end of the war as a signals and electronics operator aboard the frigate HMCS Jonquiere.

The photos and information were sent to me already formatted into a scrap­book, so I've tried to preserve the look of the original as much as possible.

People shown: Jimmy Anderson, John Beasley, Brown, Casemore, Greg Clancy, William (Bill) Dafoe, Davis, Ernie Eaton, Lieut. Edwards, Captain Kidson, Darcy Legros, Lieut. Moran, Chris Novak, Jack O'Hearn, Tom Oliver, Alan Ross, Alexander Ross, Barbara Ross, Dorothy Ross, James Ross, Lyall Ross, Marjorie Ross, plus many more people who are unidentified.

Ships shown: HMS Deptford; Empire Control (a supply ship); HMCS Giffard; HMCS Jonquiere; The Lady Rodney (a troop ship); HMS Ramillies; HMS Roberts; HMCS Sussexvale; The Vest (a freighter?); LST #326. Revised Oct. 29, 2015.

See the James M. Ross photo collection.

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Mike Cashaback

Mike Cashaback, 2010

Mike Cashaback was in Assiniboine 3/61 at HMCS Corn­wallis, from September until December, 1961. He was drafted to HMCS Terra Nova along with Clyde Norman, Dave Sinclair, Jim MacLean, Bruce Murray, Vic French and probably a few more he can't remember. He was then drafted to HMCS Yukon, then being built in Vancouver, and was part of her com­mis­sioning crew on the 25th of May 1963. He served on her until his discharge in September 1964.

After leaving the Navy he changed one uniform for another by joining the Edmonton Fire Department where he spent 30 years, retiring as a Captain in 1994. He now lives in Spruce Grove, AB. Updated July 6, 2016.

  • HMCS Cornwallis, Assiniboine 3/61. Two photos. Official graduation photo of 66 men, 1 CPO and 1 PO, taken December, 1961. All but the CPO, PO and one man are identified by last name. Surnames so far: Austin, Bakody, Bist, Bjornson, Bordous, Boswell, Bowlet, Breton, Brown, Bruton, Burville, Carrierre, Cashaback, Contant, Cormier, Debray, Demers, DeVuyst, Fauvelle, Fleetwood, French, Gangnon, Gatchell, Grownow, Hawkes, Henry, Hieta, Hill, Hirschfeld, House, Humby, Irwin, Jamasson, Jenschewski, Kane, Knudson, Lauglin, Lavigne, Lemirs, Litke, Little, MacLean, MacLeod, Macphail, Monahagn, Murray, Norman, Noseworthy, Page, Parkins, Ralph, Reid, Schlosher, Skewes, Smith, VanDusen, Vinge, Voight, Waddeen, Wale, West, Westaff, Wood, Woodrow, Yanda. There is also a photo of Mike Cashaback, taken at Cornwallis.
  • HMCS Terra Nova at Sea & Ashore. Four photos. Three are of Mike Cashaback, the other is of the daily order sheet, July 16, 1962.
  • HMCS Yukon, 1963. A photo of HMCS Yukon before it was commissioned, plus a complete list of the commissioning crew.
  • On Board HMCS Yukon, 1963-64. Eight photos. Identified are George Bailey, Al Bostrom, Mike Cashaback, Dave Davies, John Palframan. L. Solomon.
  • Mike Cashaback, 2010, 2011 & 2012. Five photos. Mike has been busy building models and working with his local sea cadet corps. Surnames: Bostrom, Cashaback, Frith, Palframan.
  • Crew of HMCS Yukon, 1963-64. Seven photos. Surnames: Cashaback, Cocks, Boyle, Dingley, Flynn, Grady, Gray, Harris, Kilby, Kimber, Laidlaw, Plant, Uhrig. Locations include Copenhagen, Jamaica, Vancouver.




Ernest Harold Massick

Ernest Harold Massick

I received an email from Michele Massick whose husband's grandfather, Ernest Harold Massick, served as a Petty Officer on HMCS Skeena in 1934 and on HMCS Ontario during 1944-45. He also served on the mine sweeper HMCS Rockcliffe in 1947. He graduated from Fleet School in the early 1950's, retired as a Lt. Commander, and died in Qualicum Beach, BC, in 1977. He left behind a few photographs and not much information, so Michele is trying to piece together these loose threads to get a picture of his life. Section updated January 27, 2017.

  • Ernest Harold Massick as a PO & Earlier. Four photos of Ernest Harold Massick in "lower deck" uniforms. Except for one, they are undated and the locations are unknown.
  • HMCS Skeena, 1934 Crew Photo. This crew photo, taken in Esquimalt, shows 112 officers & men. Surnames so far: Davy, Freeman, Jones, Massick. Photo taken May 3, 1934. A link is given to the enlarged version. Updated January 27, 2017.
  • Possible Fleet School, 1950's? A large group photo of men and women of mixed ages. Possibly recruits and their families? Michele Massick's info is that this is a Fleet School group photo, date unknown. Ernest Harold Massick is the only one identified.
  • Ernest Harold Massick as an Officer. Seven photos: All but one show Ernest Harold Massick in officer's uniform. One is a group photo of engineering officers on HMCS Ontario.




Klaus Hans Friedrich Bernhard, 1959

Klaus Hans Friedrich Bernhard, 2011

Christina Bernhard's late husband, Klaus Hans Friedrich Bernhard, was born in 1936 in Vienna, Austria. He immigrated to Canada about 1957 and found employ­ment with one of the railways. Soon after, he joined the RCN for five years, and by May 1959 was serving on the Tribal Class destroyer HMCS Atha­bas­kan. During his time in the RCN he used the name Fred Bernhard. His enlistment papers have been lost so the exact dates are uncertain, but after serving for 2-1/2 years he was given an honorable discharge because of his mother's illness, and in 1960 he returned home to Vienna. He and Christina met in Vienna in 1961 and they emigrated to Australia in 1966. Klaus died in April, 2014 in Tasmania, Australia. Updated May 6, 2015.




Gordon Wensley, 1961-64

Gordon Wensley, 2013

Gordon Wensley joined the RCN in 1961 and was in Skeena 2/61 Division at HMCS Cornwallis during basic training. He served on HMCS Stettler until his release in 1964, with the rank of ABWS2.

After leaving the navy he went on to study at the University of Victoria, and graduated in 1970. He did graduate school at the University of Saskatchewan, then worked for the federal government until retiring in 1995. Section added November 21, 2014.

  • HMCS Stettler, about 1962. Ten photos of HMCS Stettler and crew. Surnames: Burton, Cooper, Fairbrother, Higginson, Hornsby, Johnson, Klimosko, Kozloski, McKinnon, McLean, Miller, Orvedall?, Peel, Porter, Scotten, Shelley, Vondette, Wensley.




John McKirdy Miller, ca 1941

John McKirdy Miller

Tom Miller sent me these photos from his father's album. John ("Jack") McKirdy Miller (1920-2000) joined the navy through the Edmonton recruiting office in Oct. 1940 as a probationary steward. He spent his first year at Naden and Royal Roads, most likely in training. He served in the officers' mess on HMCS Prince Robert from Oct­ober 1941 to Nov­ember 1944 and left that ship as a Petty Officer steward. He was then stationed at Shelburne NS and HMCS Naden until he was demobilized in September 1945. He is identified in the ship's company photo in the History Section of this website. For more information on HMCS Prince Robert, please see the HMCS Prince Robert tribute site.

  • HMCS Prince Robert & Named Crew. 23 photos of named crew members at sea and ashore, including Jack Miller. Known locations are Naples and Hong Kong. Surnames: Beets, Bloomfield, Dornan, Frankhom, Hope, Hughes, Hungar, Miller, Newell, Rickets, Schoen.
  • HMCS Prince Robert & Unidentified Crew. 14 photos of mostly unidentified officers and men of HMCS Prince Robert. Included are photos of a messdeck, the bridge, wardroom, a burial at sea, work parties, etc. One man, Gordon Stanley Corbett, has been identified.
  • HMCS Prince Robert Under Fire. Four photos showing the ship, explosions from a dive-bomber and an unknown armed merchant ship.
  • Hong Kong & Manila. Six photos taken from the ship, Hong Kong harbour, boats and people on the jettys. Based on Jack Miller's service time-line, these photos would have been taken in November, 1941.




William Dalton Johnston

William Johnston sent me a col­lection of photos taken by his grand­father and by his father. His grand­father, William Dalton Johston, served on HMCS Niobe during WW1, and he was in Halifax at the time of the Halifax Explosion, December 6, 1917, when a munitions ship exploded in Halifax Harbour, destroying most of the down­town area. The explosion killed about 2,000 people and wounded about 9,000.

William's father, Donald Ross Johnston, served on the Flower class corvette, HMCS North Bay, which performed convoy duty in the North Atlantic during 1944-45.

February, 2016 -- Many thanks to National Archives military archivist Alex Comber for identifying and re-clas­sifying most of these photos. The main problem is dis­cover­ing where William Dalton Johnston actually served. Although he was tech­nic­ally a crew member of HMCS Niobe, that ship was a depot ship, and as such, loaned out crew to other ships on an as-required basis. Photo locations which had once been ident­ified as HMCS Niobe, Alex Comber has ident­ified as being taken on HMT Olympic, one of the two sister ships of RMS Titanic. She was used as a troop carrier during WWI, and spent much of the war carying troops between Europe and Halifax. Other photos were taken on a ship much too small to have been either Niobe or Olympic, but was possibly a patrol ship, sweeper, or drifter, which has yet to be identified. In fact, the only photo which can be positively identified as HMCS Niobe is the group photo of 29 crew members, one of whom is almost certainly William Dalton Johnston.

Photos were taken in Halifax harbour or at sea. The only person identified is William Dalton Johnston.

World War 1 ships identified: RMS Aquitania, RHS Araguaya, HMS Berwick, HMS Cornwall, HMS Devonshire, CS Lord Kelvin, RMS Olympic, Trawler TR-1, and German U-Boat UC-97.

World War 2 ships identified: HMCS Annapolis, HMCS Assiniboine, HMCS North Bay.

Click here to see William Dalton Johnston's Section.

Section revised April 30, 2017.




Robert Creber

Robert Creber

Bob Creber served in the RCN from April 1954 to April 1959. He was in Saguenay Division during basic training at HMCS Cornwallis, and after that was in the communications supplement division. He served at HMCS Gloucester in Ottawa, HMCS Churchill in Manitoba on Hudson Bay, CFS Alert in the Northwest Territories and at Resolute Bay, also in the Northwest Territories.

Bob says he doesn't have too many photos left of his naval career, but those below were mostly taken at CFS Alert, and mostly in the pitch dark -- the sun was disappearing below the horizon when he arrived in August 1957, and was just re-appearing when he left in March 1958. He lives near Orlando, Florida. Section added April 17, 2015.




Kenneth McCuish

Kenneth McCuish

Kenneth McCuish was from New Glasgow, NS. He joined the RCN in 1951 at the age of 22 and retired in 1975. He was based in Halifax and remained there throughout his naval career. He served on the HMCS Magni­ficent, Nipigon, Iroquois, Nootka, Algonquin, Resti­gouche, Skeena, Swansea, and others. Most of these years he worked in the engine room of the ships. He was also based at HMCS Stadacona where he taught refrigeration. When he retired he immediately started his own successful refrigeration repair business in Halifax, which is still in operation today. He died in 1996 at the age of 67.

The photo series of 12 shots onboard ship during exercises in the Meditteranean and off the coast of England, were taken by Ken onboard the HMCS Magnificent in 1951 - 1952. The film containing these photos was developed and printed almost 50 years after they were taken when the film canister was discovered in the home of a friend in 1996, the year he died.

Ken's photos are courtesy of his daughter Susan Logue. Section added April 21, 2015.




Ken Bowie, age 17

Ken Bowie, age 89

Kenneth Bowie entered the Navy in the spring of 1941. He took basic training in Edmonton and Esquimalt, and served as a stoker aboard HMCS Prince Robert for four years before returning home to Red Deer, Alberta.

After a few odd jobs he started Alberta Bowie Construction and became a prominent home builder for many years. He expanded the con­struc­tion company into a sub­sidiary, Alberta Bowie Tile and Floor Cover­ings. An opportunity pre­sented itself and he pur­chased Motor Inn Towing. He entered the oil and gas business, pur­chasing a bulk service station he named Bowie Bear Bulk. He then started two oil and gas drilling companies. He also ran a successful company called Happy Valley, teaching Calgarians how to ski. These suc­cessful ventures, particularly oil and gas, led him to become the owner and operator of Willow Park Golf and Country Club in Calgary. He is actively involved in the day-to-day operations, and started the Willow Park Charity Classic which has raised over $10,000,000 for various charities over the years, and continues to raise approx­imately $500,000 every year.

Not content to rest on his laurels, he recently created another new company in the restoration business. He reached another milestone on August 8th 2015, when he turned 90 years old (and going strong).

Ken's photos are courtesy of his son Melvin James Bowie. They include snaps of Ken in uniform as well as official navy photos of the crew and various individuals on board HMCS Prince Robert. Also included are official photos of the capture of two German U-boats -- U190 and U889, which surrendered in Newfoundland. Section revised July 6, 2016.

  • HMCS Prince Robert Crew. Four photos, all official DND photos. One is of the whole crew on the foc'sle, others are of morning inspection and gun crews.
  • Captain For A Day, Christmas, 1943. Three photos. Ken Bowie was the youngest crew­member on HMCS Prince Robert on Christmas Day, 1943, so he was made ship's Captain. A photo of him in the Captain's uniform, another of the document recording the event, and one of a receipt for money sent home.
  • Photos of Ken Bowie. Four photos of Ken Bowie -- one in Gibraltar and at least two in Red Deer, Alberta.
  • HMCS Prince Robert At Sea Five photos of the ship -- Panama Canal, off the coast of Africa, at sea, and under attack from a German Fock Wulf.
  • Surrender of German U-Boats. Six photos of German U-boats after surrender. Identified are U-190 and U-889, both of which sur­rend­ered to the RCN in Newfoundland. Revised July 6, 2016.




Vernon Miller, 1944/45

Vernon Miller, later years

Vernon Clarence Miller entered the RCN April 13, 1943 and was discharged October 9, 1945. Not too much is known about his naval career, but he served most of his time on HMCS Tillsonburg, a Castle Class Corvette, which spent her entire time on convoy duty in the Atlantic. Photos were taken in Bermuda, London, England, Newfoundland and aboard ship. These photos are courtesy of his son Alan Miller. 15 photos added September 9, 2015.




Roger Lambert, 1959/60

Roger Lambert says: " I joined the RCN in September 1959, and like those at that time I was sent by train to HMCS Cornwallis for basic training. With that completed I was instructed that I was chosen to attend Royal Roads for training as a helicopter pilot. I informed my Divisional Officer that I would not do so. I was "hauled-up" in front of the Executive Officer as a defaulter and was fined a month's pay for "behaviour unbecoming" and was then redirected to HMC Commun­i­ca­tions School in Cornwallis, to be trained as a Visual Communicator and at graduation became a Signalman.

" I served in HMCS Resolute and was then drafted to Stadacona to await the refit of HMCS Fort Erie. After joining Fort Erie in Saint John, NB and sailing in her for a period, I requested transfer to Commun­i­ca­tions Special and was sent to Ottawa, HMCS Gloucester for training. From there I was sent to HMCS Aklavik, Inuvik, Coverdale, Churchill, Alert, with a very short stay in Bermuda.

" I enjoyed my time as a "291er" working "down the hall" and with that group of 'sailors'. If you wish to learn more about the branch please visit Jerry Proc's website, where you will find a great deal of information on the "291er world".

" In 1970 I resigned from the RCN and went to work for Simpsons-Sears for 23 years, and then opened my own accounting/taxation practise until I mostly retired in 2000. I now work as a Senior Consultant, in taxation, for Canada's leading tax company. " Section added September 9, 2015.

  • HMCS Cornwallis, Assiniboine Div., 1959/60. Four photos -- one of recruits' first day as new entries, still in civilian clothing, another at graduation, one of a march-past, another of a kit-muster.
  • Ships & Stone Frigates. Ten photos of ships and bases where Roger Lambert served. Shown are: HMCS Churchill, Coverdale, Fort Erie, Gloucester, Inuvik, Resolute. Surnames: Collier, Daws, Fowler, Lambert, Latrace, Lennon, Malone, Moore, Putnam, Stad, Strangway, Upward.




Howard Bakody, 1944

David Bakody sent me these photos relating to his father, CERA Howard "Buck" Bakody, who was an instructor in Marine Technical Engineering at HMCS Cornwallis during World War 2.

David says ". . . he always spoke very highly of Cornwallis and was so fond of sailors/stokers and ERA's he instructed . . . he once mentioned it was hard sending them off to sea only to hear some were lost aboard the ships that were sunk by German U-boats." Section added September 18, 2015.




Gerry McLennon

Bryan McLennon sent me these photos of his father, PO Gerry McLennon, who was a bosun serving on HMCS Buckingham. The ship was stationed in Hamilton, Ontario, during the summer of 1959 for reserve training, and the ship's whaler crew, coxswained by PO McLennon, won the Carling Trophy in a race against 16 other entries. All but one of the photos are of the race, the whaler crew, and the trophy presentation. Section revised October 28, 2015.

  • HMCS Buckingham, 1959. Seven photos of the winning Carling Trophy whaler crew and trophy presentation to HMCS Buckingham. Only Gerry McLennon is identified.




Steve Monahan

Steve Monahan served on HMCS Ste Therese during 1944 and 1945. Not much information is available about his navy career, but the first photos show him as an Able Seaman, and by 1945 he was wearing a Sub-Lieutenant's uniform. His photos were sent to me by his nephew, Michael Monahan, who lives in Ireland. Section added December 4, 2015.

  • HMCS Ste Therese, 1944-45. Four photos -- three of crew members and the other of Steve Monahan in uniform in Canada. Surnames: Alexander, Birchmore, Boomer, Bryson, Byron, Chase, Clarke, Dyment, Easterbrooke, Evans, Monahan, Portington, Thiffault, Williams.




HMCS Prince Robert

Many thanks to Tom Miller (see his father's photos on this website) for obtaining these photos from CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum, and especially to the museum itself for giving me permission to reproduce them on this website.

All of these photos are of HMCS Prince Robert and/or members of her crew, and span the years from about 1939 to 1945.

For many more photos, memories, diaries and anecdotes by HMCS Prince Robert crew members, please see the HMCS Prince Robert Tribute Website. Section updated December 6, 2015.




Neil A. Duval

Many thanks to Jim Duval for thie collection of photos taken by his father, Lt. Neil A. Duval, mostly on HMCS Magnificent in 1950. Neil's navy career started during WW2 when he served as a stoker from July 1944 to May 1946. He then became a civilian fire-fighter with the Department of National Defense, Naval Service, until he re-joined the RCN in May 1949 with the rank of Lieutenant. He served variously at HMCS Stadacona, Magnificent, & Naden. He later served as Area Naval Fire Chief and Base Fire Chief at Naden, and in 1957 was promoted to Lieutenant-Commander. In 1959 he was appointed to Headquarters as Assistant Director of Fire-fighting, then appointed Director of Firefighting in 1960. Section added January 17, 2016.




Ken Marchant

Many thanks to Ken Marchant for this account of his World War Two career in the RCN. He joined at the age of 16 in July 1943 and served as a stoker on HMCS Antigonish from late 1943 to the end of the war. He prepared his own pdf file, which is published below. Section added April 7, 2016.




George Cowie

Many thanks to Mark Cowie for these photos found in his father's personal papers. Mark knows virtually nothing about his father's RCN career except that he served in Esquimalt. These photos show his father, George Robert (Bob) Cowie as an officer cadet. The prints are dated June 1956, and the locations seem to be Halifax or on-board an unknown ship, either a Tribal class destroyer or a frigate. Section revised February 7, 2017.

  • Cadets at HMCS Stadacona, 1956. Two photos of officer cadets. Only cadet Robert Cowie is identified. Location is a land base, probably HMCS Stadacona. Life ring says "Micmac 1956", which is probably their training division.
  • HMCS Fort Erie and Halifax, 1956. Eleven photos -- shown are HMCS Fort Erie and HMCS Lanark on what might be their first sea exercise after re-commissioning. Also HMCS Labrador, Loon, Nootka, and HMCS Quebec. Revised February 7, 2017.




Gertrude Quinn

Gertrude Quinn, 1982

Many thanks to Barbara (Good) Gateley for this collection of photographs belonging to her mother. Barbara writes in part: " Gertrude Alice (Quinn) Good joined the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service in September 1942. She trained in Galt, Ontario, Esquimalt, B.C. and Halifax, N.S. She worked mainly in Ottawa and was stationed at Kingsmill House. In the course of her duties, she met Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mme Chiang-Kai-Chek and Princess Alice who was the wife of the wartime Governor-General to Canada. Gertrude mostly known as "Trudy" by her mates, was demobilized in January 1946 whereupon she returned home to Bathurst, N.B.

" In August 1947 she married Gordon Franklin Good, who had served for six years overseas in the Carleton and York Regiment from New Brunswick. They participated in many battles, including the Battle of Ortona, breaking the Nazi stronghold in the east. Gordon died in 1981 and Gertrude died in 1985. "

Photos were taken in Galt & Preston, Ont.; Ottawa, Ont.; Halifax, NS; and Victoria, BC.

Many photos of people are unidentified, but some were noted:
Surnames of WRCNS Officers & Wrens: Alvey, Cameron, Campbell, Carlson, Carpenter, Corkchran, Crosby, Currie, Dawson, Ellah, Embury, Gillespie, Hancock, Heaven, Holroyde, Isherwood, Kidder, Kirby, Lamb, Lauzen, Lovatt, Mackie, Mason, Matusky, McFee, McLelland, Moggy, Parkin, Peden, Phillips, Quinn, Samuels, Sawley, Smith, Sturdee, Taylor, Tunks.
Surnames of RCN men: Anderson, Baxter, Beck, Bennett, Froment, Gould, Gyllick, Hart, Humphries, Jones, Lister, Loggie, Mack, Malone, Oswald, Rattrey, Read, Renton, Schafer, Seaby, Simpson, Smith, Steele, Valenti, Warren, Wicks, York.
RCN Ships: Two photos were taken on board HMCS Uganda, in Victoria, BC. Section revised May 13, 2017.

See the Gertrude Quinn photo collection.




Ernie Schoen, 1944

Ernie Schoen, 1969, age 51

Many thanks to Ernie Schoen's son, Irwin (Buzz) Schoen, for the photos in this section. He writes of his father:

" My father joined the RCNVR in Saskatoon, was trained at Naden and went overseas where he was in HMCS Haida's original ship's company until the end of the war. He was a Chief Steward in charge of the wardroom. He never talked about the war but there was an envelope with various pictures from that time in our house when we were growing up. If I remember rightly, he was friends with the photographer on the ship and many of the photos came from him. When my father died in 1983, I took the photos from the envelope that I wanted -- mainly ones with him in the picture and sent the rest (originals) off to some Haida Association address. I cannot remember what most of the other photos were of but I know there were shots of HMCS Athabaskan and certainly the one of the ship's company which is on the present Haida Association website. I do not know what ever happened to the photos I sent as I never heard back from anyone. The only photos I have left are the ones I sent you.

" My son was searching the internet last year and came across a photo of his grandfather in a file posted by Tom Miller. I did not know Tom, but his father Jack Miller (see Jack Miller's section on this website) trained at Naden with my father, and he and his future wife were best man and bridesmaid for my parents' wedding in Victoria before Dad shipped overseas. In contacting Tom, he also had many other photos from that time which our family has never seen. It was Tom who suggested I also forward whatever photos I have to you as well. " Section revised January 16, 2017.




Many thanks to Norman Josephson's son, Gord Josephson, for the photos in this section. He writes: " We found these and other pictures after the death of our mother. They were pictures of ships that my father had acquired during his service in the Canadian Navy at the time of the Korean war. My father (Norman Josephson) passed away when I was in my teens and he never was one to discuss his days in the service with us so we have no information from that period. . . . . could you please point me in the right direction to identify these ships? "

So far, there are four photos of ships -- three of HMCS Ontario and one of the submarine USS Queenfish tied up alongside what may be a Tribal class destroyer or HMCS Ontario. Two other photos are of a land base, probably HMCS Naden. Section added February 4, 2017.

  • Probably HMCS Naden. Two photos -- one of men on the parade square and another of construction or repairs to some buildings, probably at HMCS Naden.
  • HMCS Ontario in Drydock. Four photos, three of which are of HMCS Ontario in Yarrows drydock in Esquimalt. The other is of the USS Queenfish tied up alongside a Canadian ship.




Daniel Haydu, 1962

Daniel Haydu, 1962

Many thanks to the late Daniel Haydu's sister, Barb Conroy, for these photo. She says that Daniel was in Gatineau Division at HMCS Cornwallis during the winter of 1962. He trained as an engineer and served on HMCS Buckingham and HMCS Bonaventure, and left the navy at the end of his three-year term in 1964.

Danny then worked at the Prince George pulpmill in the steam plant, then Prince Rupert Hospital steam plant prior to retiring. He died in 2014. Section added February 8, 2017.

  • Daniel Haydu, 1962-64. Five photos -- one taken at HMCS Cornwallis, two of Daniel in his uniform and two in later civilian life.




Joe Lesage, 1951

Joe Lesage

Many thanks to the late Joe Lesage's son, Richard Lesage, who sent me these copies of photos and documents in his father's collection. Richard says that his father enlisted in 1951 and retired in 1973. He passed away in 2008. He was a Naval Storesman and reached the rank of CPO2.

The photos and documents show that after basic training at HMCS Cornwallis, Joe Lesage served on HMCS Cape Scott, Magnificent, Ottawa, St Croix, Skeena, and CFAV Dundalk. He was also stationed at Kindley Air Force Base in Bermuda in 1954, and at various times at HMCS Hochelaga, Shearwater, Cornwallis, Stadacona, and Patricia Bay, BC. Section revised April 21, 2017.

  • Joe Lesage, Portraits & Documents. Ten personal photos -- wedding photo, portraits and Joe Lesage's Certificate of Service. Surnames: Berube, Gagnier, Lesage, Reid.
  • HMCS Magnificent, 1954. Six photos of aircraft and crew members as well as one of the ship. Surnames of people shown: Coffin, Kennedy, Lesage.
  • CFAV Dundalk. Three photos of the ship and a few crew. Nobody is fully identified except for Joe Lesage.
  • Kindley A.F.B., Bermuda, 1954. Eleven photos of the base, a few of the men as well as aircraft. Surnames: Brown, Cavanaugh, Gagnon, Lesage, Lizotte, Martin, Mawhinney.
  • Hockey and Trade Course Groups. Three photos, one of an unknown navy hockey team, presumably in Halifax. Two other group photos were taken at HMCS Cornwallis and HMCS Hochelaga. None of the photos are dated. Surnames: Anderson, Baudoin, Bennett, Bissonnette, Chatters, Cooper, Cormier, Derry, Doucette, Doyle, Duffy, Durst, Francis, Gibson, Gosleigh, Groot, Hamilton, Heywood, Hodgson, Jamieson, Jardine, Klein, Lamontagne, Landerkin, Lauresend, Lesage, Leuoil(?), Lynch, MacEachern, McCaulay, McLeod, McRitchie, Nelson, O'Brien, Oros, Parent, Parker, Prete, Roberts, Rouleau, Shick, Siple, Speary, St Onge, Stone, Taylor, Turner, Warner, Waters, Wilson, Wing.
  • Miscellaneous Photos. 20 photos of various ships, places and people, many unidentified. Includes a 1942 photo of HMCS The Pas and one taken inside HMCS St Croix in the 1960's. Also photos of HMCS Bonaventure, Cayuga, Margaree, Protecteur, etc. Surnames: Desjean, Graham, Greenberg, Henneberry, Jones, Leblanc, Lesage, Meyers, Norris, Reid, Smith, St George, Stoddard, Taylor, Vokey.




Larry Thivierge, 1956

Larry Thivierge, 2008

Larry Thivierge joined the RCN in 1954 and was in Saguenay Division from April 12 to August 28, 1954. He was an Electrician's Mate and served on HMCS Magnificent, HMCS Lanark, and HMCS Stadacona. He served until 1959 and left with the rank of ABLM1.

Larry is a ham radio operator with the call sign of "VE3GT". More details on his ham radio career can be found on the website. Enter his callsign VE3GT into the search box at the top left of that website, ensuring it is set to "By Callsign".

Surnames of identified people: Archer, Atkin, Benson, Bond, Bordinuck, Burleigh, Burnby, Case, Chabot, Chanin, Chapman, Cheyney, Clark, Creber, Cummings, Duggan, Duschene, Ferguson, Fisher, Frechette, Gamble, Glenn, Grimes, Hansen, Harris, Hermiston, Hutchinson, Johnson, Jones, Kitchen, Laframboise, Lang, Lawrence, Lepinski, Lowe, McGrath, McLeish, Miller, Newman or Neuman, Porteous, Preece, Quackenbush, Ramsbottom, Rayworth, Roue, Satchel, Shier, Simpson, Small, Stoddart, Tennant, Tennent, Thivierge, Turbide, Wakeford, Wentzell, White, Wright, Young, Zwicker.

Ships and land bases shown: NRS Churchill, HMCS Gloucester, HMCS Iroquois, HMCS Lanark, HMCS Magnificent, HMCS Stadacona, and USS Spikefish.

Click here to see Larry Thivierge's Section.

Section revised May 6, 2017.




This section contains historical photos related to the RCN. If you have any photos in your family album, taken by yourself, or perhaps a friend or relative, please send me a scan as I would love to use it in this section.

Surnames in this section: This is not a complete list -- for example, the complete ships' companies of HMCS Niobe and HMCS Rainbow are listed, per the 1911 census. Alexander, Bank, Benson, Biletchi, Bordinuck, Boyd, Brown, Campbell, Colburn, Commerford, Corbet, Creber, Creechan, Creed, Dicy, Domshy, Duhamel, Duy, Eaglesham , Gagnier, Glover, Grant, Gray, Handley, Hansen, Hart, Helfrich, Hill, Holowaty, Hood, Kite, Lang, Lindley, Long, Lowe, Mazur, McGinnis, McMurdo, Miller, Montague, Montgomery, Monture, Morina, Nairn, Oberich(?), Pope, Rayworth, Rennie, Richards, Ryan, Seguin, Simpson, Small, Smith, St Pierre, Sykes, Thivierge, Turbide, Webber, Wright.

Ships shown in this section: HMCS Beacon Hill, HMCS Bonaventure, HMCS Carlplace, HMCS Chilliwack, HMCS Cornwallis, HMCS Huron, HMCS Naden, HMCS Niobe, HMCS Ontario, HMCS Peregrine, HMCS Prince Robert, HMCS St Laurent, HMCS Sioux, HMCS Ste Therese, HMCS Thetford Mines, HMCS York. Section revised May 5, 2017.

See the Historical Photos Section.

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Click here to see this section of photos of RCN Ships, mostly without members of the crew visible. Most are DND photos but some are originals taken by those who submitted them to me. There are many other such photos in the sections above and I don't intend to re-shuffle the items on the website, so they'll stay there. Section updated April 21, 2017.

HMCS Assiniboine, DND photo HMCS Athabaskan, DND photo HMCS Bonaventure, DND photo HMCS Provider, DND photo HMCS Ste Therese, DND photo



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