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HMCS Ontario's First Voyage, May - November, 1945.

BELFAST to HONG KONG to ESQUIMALT, 1945. Department of National Defence Photographs.

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.



This is an extract from the unpublished memoirs of William Philip Hodgkin. He comments about the following paragraphs: " (This) is taken from an official report of proceedings written by the ship's Captain or someone delegated by him. Since I was the typist for the Captain it was logical that I would at that time make a copy for my own use. "


HMCS On­tar­io was commis­sioned at Belfast on 26th April 1945, under the com­mand of Captain H.T.W. Grant, DSO, RCN, the third naval vessel to bear the name. Her two pre­de­cessors having been commis­sioned in the Royal Navy in 1756 and 1818 respectively. The former was a single masted gaff-rigged fore and aft sloop launched at Oswego, on Lake Ontario, and was the second vessel to fly the British ensign on fresh water seas. The latter was an 18-gun sloop based at Plymouth and later in the West Indies.

HMCS On­tar­io built by Harland and Wolff at Belfast, was laid down in 1941 as HMS Minotaur, a cruiser of the Swift­sure class with a standard dis­place­ment of 8,000 tons and a length of 555'6. Her main armament consists of nine 6" guns mounted in triple turrets with a secondary armament of five twin 4" mountings and numerous light A.A. weapons. She also carried six 21" torpedo tubes in triple mountings.

A month after commis­sioning she sailed for the Clyde and thence to Scapa Flow for a short work-up.

Leaving the Clyde again on 30th June, she sailed for Malta, there to complete her full working up pro­gramme. From Malta, the ship pro­ceeded to Ceylon, calling enroute at Alex­and­ria, Port Said and Aden.

The 2,000-mile [sic] passage down the Red Sea between the two latter ports was not a pleasant one, being accompanied by a hot following wind which brought temp­eratures onboard to an uncomfortable average of 120 degrees. Arriving at Colombo on 19th August, Ontario stayed three days before leaving to join the fleet at Trin­comalee.

Leaving Trincomalee on the last day in August, the cruiser sailed for Hong Kong with HMS Glengyle and HMIS Llan­stephan Castle in company. Passing through the Malacca Strait minefield in daylight, 5th September, rendezvous was made with the remaining ships of the convoy, including the Escort Carrier HMS Smiter and mine­sweepers of the 6th Mine­sweeping Flotilla, who swept ahead of the convoy through the Singapore Straits.

On arrival at Hong Kong on Tuesday, 11th September, Ontario joined the flag of Rear Admiral C.S. Daniel, CB, CBE, DSO, commanding Task Group 111.2.

A week later Ontario landed three companies for the maintenance of order at Hong Kong. These companies took over the Taikoo Dock, Shouson and Fort Stanley. Very little trouble was experienced with the Chinese at these points and except for an occasional disturbance in the rice queues, they were most friendly.

On 1st October, all ships present in Hong Kong were ordered to sea as a pre­caution­ary measure, against an approaching typhoon. Whilst at sea, Ontario was ordered to the assistance of the crippled Admiralty Oiler, Wave King then in tow from Okinawa to Hong Kong, and now in further need of help owing to weather damage to her tug's steering gear and main engine.

Ontario arrived on the scene in the forenoon of 3rd October, but the weather was too heavy either to cast off the tow or pass a new line, and this was not attempted until the following day. The first line was passed in forty minutes, but unfortun­ately parted after two hours steaming. A second tow, which took two hours hard work to pass owing to the increasingly rough sea, held satisfactorily and speeds of six to eight knots were maintained until the ships arrived off Hong Kong on 5th October.

The RCN landing parties were re-embarked on relief by RN and Commando Units and on 28th October the ship sailed from Hong Kong for Manila on her first trip to Canada. Leaving Manila she sailed for Pearl Harbour, oiling enroute at Guam. From Pearl Harbour, where a stay of four days was made, Ontario set out on the final lap to Esquimalt, where she arrived on Tuesday, 27th November, 1945.

Shortly after the ship's arrival in Canada, Ontario was placed in a state of care and maintenance with a reduced complement, and in February 1946 was allocated to the Reserve Fleet. In March she was taken in hand for an extended refit which is due to complete by August 1947, when Ontario will relieve Uganda in the fleet.


The following photos are a combination of the Al Brosseau, Russell Hodgkin and Ken Johnson collections. Many photos show up in both collections (one is in all three) and the credit line tries to reflect the best copy available. The photos are listed in negative number order -- the "ON" series of official photographs were numbered in the order the photos were taken. However, the single digit series (1-1 to 11-5) are not necessarily in order and they have been listed last.


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.


Updated May xx, 2017.

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Negative ON-0001 : 19 May 1945 :

HMCS Ontario in Belfast

Green ones breaking over foc'sle.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0002 : 26 May '45 :

HMCS Ontario in Belfast

Ship leaving shipyard at Belfast Northern Ireland, initial trip.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0003-1 : 27 May '45 :

HMCS Ontario in Greenock

Libertymen boarding Drifter at Greenock. Note the fellow in the lower left staring at the camera. He also did this in 0007.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0005-1 : 31 May '45 :

Lamlash, Scotland

HMCS Ontario's motor boat proceeding ashore at Lamlash, Scotland.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0007 : 10 June '45 :

HMCS Ontario, supply branch division

HMCS Ontario, Supply Division, march past -- Lt(S) K. Roy, RCN.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0007-4 : 10 June '45 :

Church service

Church service on the quarterdeck of HMCS Ontario.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0007-7 : 10 June '45 :

Ship's band

Ship's band on the foc'sle of HMCS Ontario.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0008 : 17 June '45 :

Ship's canteen

The canteen on HMCS Ontario. Men are Maki, Reed and Zeke.

Russell Hodgkin says: "I notice some of the items on the shelf are upside down, and the wood crate has been opened from the bottom. For decades a similar wood crate sat in our basement, opened from the bottom. Items I can read are: Crawford's Small Rich Tea. Players cigarettes, Kunzle Hot Chocolate Tablets, Kunzle Quality House Chocolates and Cakes, Sweet Caporal cigarettes, Craven A cigarettes, Lux Toilet Soap The Soap of the Screen Stars, Crispy Crunch. "

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0009-1 : 17 June, 1945 :

Connecting a fuel line

Letting go starboard anchor in River Mersey.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0009-2 : 17 June, 1945 :

Connecting a fuel line

Cleaning after oiling ship. The sailor standing at front, middle, right, has the name H. Agnew on his shirt.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0009-3 : 17 June, 1945 :

Connecting a fuel line

Same scene as above. H. Agnew is bending over at top, centre.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0009-4 : 17 June, 1945 :

Connecting a fuel line

Same scene as above. H. Agnew is bending over at left.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0010 : 23 June, 1945 :

Admiral Henry Ruthven Moore

UK Admiral Sir Henry Ruthven Moore is piped aboard HMCS Ontario.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0010-1 : 23 June, 1945 :

Admiral Henry Ruthven Moore

Captain of HMCS Ontario introduces UK Admiral Sir Henry Ruthven Moore and heads of departments. Moore was British Commander In Chief Home Fleet 1944 - 1945.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0011 : 26 June, 1945 :

HMS Truncheon

British T-Class Submarine HMS Truncheon, alongside HMCS Ontario at Scappa Flow.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0013 : 5 July, 1945 :

Gibraltar from HMCS Ontario

Gibraltar, seen from HMCS Ontario.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0013-1 : 5 July, 1945 :

Gibraltar from HMCS Ontario

Gibraltar, seen from HMCS Ontario.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0014 : 7 July, 1945 :

North Africa from HMCS Ontario

North Africa, seen from HMCS Ontario.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0015 : 8 July, 1945 :

HMCS Ontario possibly entering Malta

HMCS Ontario entering Grand Harbour, Malta.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0016 : 9 July, 1945 :

Vice-Admiral of Malta, Frederick Dalrymple-Hamilton

Being piped aboard is Vice-Admiral of Malta, Frederick Dalrymple-Hamilton. He became Vice-Admiral Malta and Flag Officer, Central Mediterranean, in April 1945.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0016-2 : 9 July, 1945 :

Vice-Admiral of Malta, Frederick Dalrymple-Hamilton

Vice-Admiral of Malta, Frederick Dalrymple-Hamilton. He became Vice-Admiral Malta and Flag Officer, Central Mediterranean, in April 1945.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0017 : 13 July 1945 :

HMS Bleasdale

HMS Bleasdale closing for fuel.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0017-2 : 13 July 1945 :

HMS Bleasdale

Line is fired from HMCS Ontario to HMS Bleasdale.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0017-3 : 13 July 1945 :

HMS Bleasdale

HMS Bleasdale closing for fuel.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0017-4 : 13 July 1945 :

HMS Bleasdale

The fuel line is about to be passed over to HMS Bleasdale.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0017-5 : 13 July 1945 :

HMS Bleasdale

The fuel line is about half way to HMS Bleasdale.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0017-7 : 13 July 1945 :

HMS Bleasdale

The fuel line is hauled aboard HMS Bleasdale.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0018 : 13 July 1945 :

Gun crew

Gun crew ramming the shells home.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0018-1 : 13 July 1945 :

4-inch gun

4-inch gun. Russell Hodgkin says: "I realized "shoot" can be verb or a noun. The Ontario had five of these dual 4-inch guns. So the drill had an air of competition about it and Dad has noted it as a "shoot."

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0018-2 : 13 July 1945 :

4-inch gun

"Y" gun crew. Russell Hodgkin says: "HMCS Ontario had three Mk XXIII turrets with three six-inch guns in each. These are the men who crewed "Y" turret. But I have no idea what letter designated the other gun houses." These men are described as "X" gun crew in the official list of photos.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0019 : 18 July 1945 :

HMX Belfast towing HMCS Ontario

HMCS Ontario in tow of HMS Belfast (evolutions).

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0020 : 20 July 1945 :

HMS Chidingfold

Hunt class destroyer HMS Chidingfold (L31) oiling from HMCS Ontario (abeam method).

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0021 : 20 July 1945 :

HMCS Ontario ship's crest

HMCS Ontario ship's crest.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0022 : 20 July 1945 :

torpedo firing

Firing 'A' 21-inch torpedo.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0022-1 : 20 July 1945 :

torpedo recovery

Lowering whaler (torpedo recovery).

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0022-2 : 20 July 1945 :

torpedo recovery

Whaler leaves as HMCS Ontario starts to haul torpedo from the water.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0022-3 : 20 July 1945 :

torpedo recovery

Torpedo is about half-way up.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0022-4 : 20 July 1945 :

torpedo recovery

Torpedo is lowered to the deck of HMCS Ontario.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0023 : 20 July 1945 :

Catacombs, Rabat, Malta

HMCS Ontario crew members at the catacombs in Rabat, Malta. The catacombs are connected to St. Paul's Cathedral (photo below).

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0023-1 : 20 July 1945 :

St Paul's cathedral, Malta

St Paul's Cathedral at Rabat, Malta.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0023-2 : 20 July 1945 :

Unknown bay in Malta

HMCS Ontario rates swimming at bay, Ghain-Tuffieha, Malta.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0024 : 20 July 1945 :

HMCS Ontario leaving Malta

HMCS Ontario leaving Valetta, Malta.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0024-1 : 20 July 1945 :

HMCS Ontario leaving Malta

HMCS Ontario leaving Valetta, Malta.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0024-2 : 20 July 1945 :

HMCS Ontario leaving Malta

HMCS Ontario leaving Valetta, Malta.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0024-3 : 20 July 1945 :

HMCS Ontario leaving Malta

HMCS Ontario leaving Valetta, Malta.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0026-1 :

HMCS Ontario leaving Alexandria, Egypt

HMCS Ontario leaving Alexandria, Egypt with two Royal Navy destroyers manoeuvering for line ahead.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0028 :

Aden, Arabia

Aden, Arabia.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0029 :

HMCS Ontario, Y gun house

Interior of "Y" gun-house.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0030 or ON-0130 :

Leaving an unknown harbour

Leaving an unknown harbour.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0034-1 :

Leaving Trincomalee, Ceylon

Leaving Trincomalee, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0037 :

Ack Ack gun crews

Twin Oerlikon anti-aircraft guns.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0037-1 :

Ack Ack gun crews

Ack Ack gun crews.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0038 :

Paravane

Raising or lowering a paravane mine-sweeper.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0039 :

Bay of Bengal

Bay of Bengal and British troop transport.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0042 :

Lovick, Mearns, Fitz

Men identified as: Lovick, Mearns, Fitz.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0043-2 :

Six-inch turret

Drill -- six-inch turret. "Yolanda" = the "Y" gun house.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0046 :

Padre J.R. Edwards

Padre J.R. Edwards.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0046-1 :

Steenerson, Wall, Reed

Men are identified as Steenerson, Wall, Reed. It is assumed they are the men standing.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0047 :

Hong Kong General Staff

Major-General (UK) Frank Festing, GOC Hong Kong, and Staff.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0047-3 :

Hong Kong General Staff

Left is an unknown Lieutenant-Colonel and Major-General (UK) Frank Festing, GOC Hong Kong.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0050 :

In the Bay of Bengal

At sea in the Bay of Bengal. Russell Hodgkin com­ments: " There appear to be only two ships fol­lowing, but Dad has com­mented there were three. The two visible would be the LCIL's (Landing Craft Infantry Large). What is not visible is HMS Smiter, but Dad has noted the name on the back of the photo. HMS Smiter was an escort carrier, built as USS Vermillion, and returned to the US Navy in 1946. There was another HMS Smiter -- a Tank Landing Ship. In WW2 it was LST 3514. It did not get named Smiter until 1947, after the carrier was returned to the US. "

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0051-2 :

Hong Kong area

Probably Hong Kong. Exact location unknown.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0051-3 :

Hong Kong -- British Submarine

Hong Kong and British submarine.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0052 :

Eastern approaches to Hong Kong

Tony Banham identified this photo: "This photo was taken off Little Sai Wan (now Siu Sai Wan) in the Eastern approaches to Hong Kong harbour. Lyemun fort is on the left with Devil's Peak on the right. "

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0053 :

HMS Swiftsure off Hong Kong

HMS Swiftsure off Hong Kong.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0054 :

Hong Kong

Hong Kong. The tall building on the left is headquarters of the HSBC (Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation).

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0055 :

HMCS Ontario anchored in Hong Kong

HMCS Ontario anchored in Hong Kong harbour.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0056 :

Hong Kong area

Probably Hong Kong. Exact location unknown.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0058 :

HMCS Ontario anchored in Hong Kong

At left is Capt. Harold Taylor Wood Grant, Commanding Officer of HMCS Ontario. Beside him is Major-General F.W. Festing, British Army, General Officer Commanding Hong Kong.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0068 :

Fred Mace

Tha man is identified as Fred Mace. Hong Kong.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0069 :

Landing party in Hong Kong

Men coming ashore from motor launches. Definitely Hong Kong, possibly around Quarry Bay.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0072 :

Crew mustered on a jetty, Hong Kong

Hong Kong, probably Wanchai or East Point. Crew mustered on a jetty with full gear. Others are waiting in a truck -- license plate is "56680 RN".

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0073 :

Hong Kong headquarters

Headquarters ashore in Hong Kong.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0074 :

Mahjong

Mahjong.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0074-1 :

Street vendors, Hong Kong

Street vendors, Hong Kong.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0074-2 :

Hill Road, Hong Kong

Hill Road, Hong Kong.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0074-3 :

Hill Road, Hong Kong

A chow stall (simple street cafe) possibly in Wanchai.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0080 :

RCN patrol, Hong Kong

RCN patrol in Hong Kong.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0089 :

Labourers, Hong Kong

Labourers hauling heavy bags.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0090 :

Government House, Hong Kong

Tony Banham identified this photo: " Government House (where the Governor lived). You can see the tower modified by the Japanese during the occupation. "

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0090-1 :

Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser, Hong Kong

Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser, Hong Kong.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0090-6 :

Hong Kong Peace Treaty ceremony

Hong Kong Peace Treaty ceremony.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0090-7 :

Hong Kong Peace Treaty ceremony

Hong Kong Peace Treaty ceremony.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0090-8 :

Rear Admiral C.H.J. Harcourt at Hong Kong Peace Treaty ceremony

Rear Admiral C.H.J. Harcourt, Commander in Chief, Hong Kong, at Hong Kong Peace Treaty ceremony.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0091 :

searchlights in Hong Kong

Searchlights in Hong Kong.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0091-1 :

Fireworks in Hong Kong

Fireworks in Hong Kong celebrating Japanese surrender.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0091-2 :

Fireworks in Hong Kong

Fireworks in Hong Kong celebrating Japanese surrender.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0093 :

Possible sick parade, Hong Kong

Hong Kong, probably Lye Mun. This might be a sick parade. Tents are pitched outside.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0094 :

Hong Kong internment camp

A building in Stanley Internment Camp.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0097 :

Hong Kong internment camp

Stanley Civilian Internment Camp. Note the battle damage in the Prison Officers' Club (bullet holes in the buildings).

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0099 :

Hong Kong, Stanley prison

Hong Kong -- Stanley. The prison is in the mid-ground.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0100 :

Hong Kong, ferry

A Hong Kong/Macau/Canton ferry. Likely requisitioned by the Royal Navy. The location was the Aberdeen Docks south of the Island -- (info per Alfred Lai).

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0101 :

Hong Kong, dead body

Body of an executed prisoner or civilian.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0103 :

Hong Kong harbour

HMCS Ontario on the left with another naval ship to the right. Location identified as Hong Kong.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0122-1 :

Mail sorting area

This seems to be the mail sorting area.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0122-2 :

Mail call

Men receiving mail.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0123 :

Hong Kong, Japanese surrender celebrations

Ceremonies at a cenotaph, the bottom of which is wrapped in white cloth.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0123-1 :

Hong Kong, Japanese surrender celebrations

Ceremonies at a cenotaph, the bottom of which is wrapped in white cloth.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0124 :

Hong Kong, Japanese surrender celebrations

Fairey Barracudas fly in formation over the Japanese surrender celebrations. The building is the headquarters of the HSBC (Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation).

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0124-2 :

Hong Kong, Japanese surrender celebrations

Parade and review during the Japanese surrender celebrations.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0125 :

Hong Kong, Japanese surrender celebrations

Parade and review during the Japanese surrender celebrations.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0126 :

Baseball players, Hong Kong

Probably the captains of the Chinese and Canadian baseball teams.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0126-1 :

Baseball game, Hong Kong

A baseball game at Fort Stanley in Hong Kong. A paragraph from a document accompanying Ken Johnson's photos says in part: ". . . . In the afternoon a team from Ontario defeated a Hong Kong volunteer softball nine, who put up a very spirited performance, bearing in mind that it was their first game since being released from prison camp. The winners were presented with a trophy and medals inscrlbed in Chinese."

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0130 or ON-0030 :

Mail call

Leaving an unknown harbour.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0132 :

Japanese war memorial, Hong Kong

Third from left is Paul Saint Pierre. The inspecting captain is Capt. Harold Taylor Wood Grant, who was captain of HMCS Ontario from 17 March 1945 to 31 December 1945. In 1946 he was promoted to Rear Admiral and in Sept 1947 he became the Chief of Naval Staff in Ottawa, a position he held until his retirement at the end of 1950.

From the Al Brosseau collection.

Negative ON-0140 :

Japanese war memorial, Hong Kong

Sight-seeing in Hong Kong at the Japanese War Memorial (later blown up).

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0144-1 :

Happy Valley, Hong Kong

Admiring Happy Valley, Hong Kong.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0145 :

Marching band, Hong Kong

Marching band, Hong Kong.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0145-1 :

Marching band, Hong Kong

Marching band, Hong Kong.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0152 :

Group in Hong Kong

Group in front of what seems to be a large garage or depot, probably in Hong Kong. Note the truck behind them with RN2608 or RN2G08 plate. Man front row centre is wearing an officer's cap. Are they motor mechanics?

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0153 :

Group in Hong Kong

An overview of the vehicle depot. The Japanese suicide boat shown in the photo below, can be faintly seen inside the door at the far left. The officer in the photo above is also in this one, standing between two Chinese men to right of centre.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0154 :

Group in Hong Kong

Group in front of a Japanese "Shinyo" suicide boat, with three Chinese men on top. The officer in the centre is the same officer as in Negatives #ON-0152 & ON-0153, above.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0188 :

Enginroom

Blacksmithing in the enginroom.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0195 :

Enginroom

Stokers in the enginroom. Evidently the nickname of the man on the right was "Chesty".

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0197-1 :

Enginroom

Stokers in the enginroom.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0197-2 :

Enginroom

Stokers in the enginroom.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0198 :

Enginroom

Stoker in the enginroom.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0198-2 :

Enginroom

Enginroom.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0198-3 :

Enginroom

Enginroom.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0198-4 :

Enginroom

Enginroom.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0198-5 :

Enginroom

Stoker in the enginroom.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0201 :

HMCS Ontario, messdeck

HMCS Ontario, messdeck.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0211-1 :

Full crew of HMCS Ontario

Entering an unknown harbour.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0213 :

Full crew of HMCS Ontario

A group of Petty Officers of HMCS Ontario.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0214 :

Full crew of HMCS Ontario

This has previously been identified as taking place in Pearl Harbour, but Tony Banham says probably Hong Kong. Exact location still unknown.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0214-1 :

Full crew of HMCS Ontario

This has previously been identified as taking place in Pearl Harbour, but Tony Banham says probably Hong Kong. Exact location still unknown.

From the Al Brosseau collection.

Negative ON-0215 :

Full crew of HMCS Ontario

Full crew of HMCS Ontario.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0217 :

HMCS Ontario, below deck

HMCS Ontario, below deck.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0217-1 :

HMCS Ontario, below deck

HMCS Ontario, below deck.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0224 :

HMCS Ontario, officers & petty officers

Unidentified group of officers and petty officers.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0234 :

HMCS Ontario, officers & petty officers

Unidentified group of officers and petty officers. The officer front row centre is a Commander.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0238 :

Hula dancers in Hawaii

Hula dancers in Hawaii.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0239 :

Hula dancers in Hawaii

Hula dancers in Hawaii.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0240 :

Hula dancers in Hawaii

Hula dancers in Hawaii.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0241 :

Hula dancers in Hawaii

Hawaiian dancer in front of audience.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0242 :

Hula dancers in Hawaii

Officer (the Executive Officer?) dancing with one of the girls.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0243 :

Hula dancers in Hawaii

The Commanding Officer dancing with one of the hula dancers.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative ON-0247 :

Unknown petty officer

Unknown petty officer. The calendar above his head shows Wednesday, November 21, six days before HMCS Ontario arrived in Esquimalt.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0248 :

Unknown petty officer

Damaged whaler.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0249 :

Bow wave

The ship takes a bow wave.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0250 :

Bow wave

The ship takes a bow wave.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0250 :

Roll

Roll.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0251 :

Roll

Roll.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0252 :

HMCS Ontario at sea

At sea.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative ON-0253 :

Roll

Roll.

From the CPO W.P. Hodgkin collection.

Negative F-4754 :

HMCS Ontario in Esquimalt

Vice Admiral G.C. Jones, the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), and Rear Admiral V.G. Brodeur, the Commanding Officer Pacific Coast (COPC), come aboard HMCS Ontario.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative F-4755 :

HMCS Ontario in Esquimalt

Overview of the assembled troops and officials on the quarterdeck of HMCS Ontario.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative F-4756 :

HMCS Ontario in Esquimalt

The Minister Of National Defence, The Hon. Douglas Abbott, addresses HMCS Ontario's ship's company.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative F-4757 :

HMCS Ontario in Esquimalt

HMCS Ontario about to tie up at the jetty in Esquimalt Harbour.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative F-4758 :

HMCS Ontario in Esquimalt

HMCS Ontario approaches the jetty in Esquimalt Harbour.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative F-4759 :

HMCS Ontario approaching Esquimalt

HMCS Ontario approaches the entrance of Esquimalt Harbour.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative F-4760 :

HMCS Ontario approaching Esquimalt

HMCS Ontario approaches the entrance of Esquimalt Harbour, escorted by HMCS Matane.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative F-4762 :

HMCS Ontario in Esquimalt

Capt. Harold Taylor Wood Grant, commanding officer of HMCS Ontario, speaks into CBC microphones.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative F-4764 :

HMCS Ontario approaching Esquimalt

HMCS Ontario in Esquimalt Harbour. The Tribal Class destroyer ahead of her has no number. Russell Hodgkin comments in part: ". . . . but look at the stern of the Ontario. She is in full on emergency reverse to avoid a collision. The Ontario I believe had the right of way, and there were some strong words spoken as a result of the incident. "

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative F-4765 :

HMCS Ontario approaching Esquimalt

HMCS Ontario approaches the entrance of Esquimalt Harbour.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative F-4766 :

HMCS Ontario approaching Esquimalt

A crowd of relatives greets the ship in Esquimalt Harbour.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

No Negative No. :

HMCS Ontario at sea

Unknown location. Hand-written "131" on the back of the print.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #1-1 :

HMCS Haida

HMCS Haida (G63) in an unknown location.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #1-2 :

HMCS Haida

RMS Queen Mary which was painted grey and used as a troop ship during the war.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #1-3 :

Unknown harbour

Unknown harbour with many naval ships anchored in it. Could this be the Clyde?

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #1-4 :

Unknown

Unknown fields and building.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #1-5 :

RMS Queen Mary

RMS Queen Mary on the left with what may be a small aircraft carrier on the right.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #1-7 :

Scene in Malta

Negative number places it in Malta. Note the swimmer approaching the gondola.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #2-1 :

Leaving Valetta, Malta

Leaving Valetta, Malta.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #2-2 :

Sunken ship

Aircraft flying low.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #2-3 :

Sunken ship

Aircraft flying low.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #2-4 :

Sunken ship

Foc'sle of HMCS Ontario.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #3-1 :

unknown tropical village

Unknown tropical village.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #3-2 :

Ship damaged by mine

Damaged destroyer, pennant No. H59. This might be the remains of HMS Gallant which had her bow blown off when a mine detonated her forward mag­azines in Jan­uary, 1941, killing 65 of her crew. She was towed to Malta and repairs were started but before they were finished, in 1943, she was further damaged in an air-raid and written off. She was sunk as a block ship in Sep­tem­ber, 1943.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #3-4 :

Sunken ship

The sign says TOUSSOUM, which identifies it as a post on the Suez Canal.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #4-2 :

Victoria Gate, Valetta, Malta

Victoria Gate in Valetta, Malta.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #4-3 :

Valetta, Malta

Harbour of Valetta, Malta.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #4-4 :

War damage in Valetta, Malta

Street with noticeable war damage in Valetta, Malta.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #5-1 :

Alexandria, Egypt

Boy sleeping in the shadow of a pole.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #5-2 :

Alexandria, Egypt

Street scene.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #5-3 :

Alexandria, Egypt

Street scene -- woman carrying child.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #5-4 :

tea-seller

Tea-seller.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #5-5 :

Alexandria, Egypt

Holy man?

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #6-1 :

Alexandria, Egypt

Probably Alexandria, Egypt.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #6-3 :

Cinema Ferial

Sign reads "Cinema Ferial". A google search shows it to be in Alexandria, Egypt.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #6-4 :

street scene

Street scene. Where?

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #6-5 :

Sunken ship

Sunken ship. Manila? Pearl Harbour?

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #7-1 :

Ceylon

Street scene with small streetcar. "Colombo" is part of the streetcar sign.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #7-2 :

Ceylon

New Kathiresan Kovil (Temple). Gehan Pinto says: " There are three (Hindu) Kovils along Sea Street, but they all belong to the Kathiresan complex. Some reno­va­tions have been made so one of them now is called New Kathiresan. "

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #7-3 :

Ceylon

Street scene.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #7-4 :

Ceylon

A view of the Kathiresan Kovil (Temple), Sea Street, Pettah, Colombo.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #7-5 :

Ceylon

A view of the Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque, 2nd Cross Street, Pettah, Colombo.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #8-1 :

Ceylon

Street scene with taxi or small bus. Sign on vehicle reads "Kandy".

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #8-2 :

Ceylon

Street scene with vehicles parked outside the Grand Hotel. The sign on the large wagon is for a mer­chant, K. Podi Singho, illegible number on Stewart Street, Slave Island, Colombo. Gehan Pinto says: " The Hotel in the photograph is actually a local restaurant -- (large restaurants are usually named as Hotels in Sri Lanka). "

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #8-3 :

Hong Kong street scene

Hong Kong street scene.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #8-4 :

Alexandria, Egypt

A view of the Saad Zaghloul Pasha Monument and Square, Alexandria, Egypt.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #8-5 :

Alexandria, Egypt

Overlooking a harbour and buildings from a hillside. A naval ship can be seen in the distance.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #9-1 :

Canadian graves in Hong Kong

Canadian graves in Hong Kong. Surnames are Latimer, McIndoe, Rogers, Shore.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #9-2 :

Canadian graves in Hong Kong

Canadian graves in Hong Kong. Surnames are Begg, Black, Buxton, Smith, Whitney.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #9-4 :

Admiralty, Wanchai, & Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Looking down at Admiralty, Wanchai, and Causeway Bay. The old building in the bottom left corner is the Bowen Road military hospital. The China Fleet Club (left) and the Missions to Seamen (right) buildings are the two large six storey buildings on the waterfront on the left of the photograph.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #10-1 :

Market, Hong Kong

Hong Kong market.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #10-2 :

Street scene, Hong Kong

Hong Kong street scene.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #10-3 :

Parade, Hong Kong

Hong Kong street scene or parade.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #10-4 :

Flower vendor, Hong Kong

Hong Kong street scene --flower vendor.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #10-5 :

Hong Kong

Probably Hong Kong. Exact location unknown.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #11-1 :

Tiger Balm garden, Hong Kong

Tiger Balm garden off Stubb's Road in Hong Kong.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #11-2 :

Tiger Balm garden, Hong Kong

Tiger Balm garden off Stubb's Road in Hong Kong.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #11-3 :

Tiger Balm garden, Hong Kong

Tiger Balm garden off Stubb's Road in Hong Kong.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #11-4 :

Hong Kong

Chinese boat. The boy on board at right is wearing a navy hat.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

Negative #11-5 :

Hong Kong

Items being passed onboard HMCS Ontario from small boats.

From the Ken Johnson collection.

 


Many thanks to Russell Hodgkin and Ken Johnson for these photos.


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