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Photo Submitted by Michele Massick

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Skeena, 1934

I've shown this photo divided into six sections so the men are easily visible. A link to the complete, very wide, group photo is shown at the bottom. So far, the Commanding Officer, Cdr George Clarence Jones, the Engineer Officer, Lt-Cdr A.C.M. Davy, Petty Officer Ernest Harold Massick, and ABQR1 David H Freeman, are the only men identified. HMCS Skeena was commissioned June 10, 1931. She was based in Esquimalt from August, 1931 to January, 1935. She served with distinction in WW 2, until October 25, 1944, when she was wrecked in a storm off Iceland, with the loss of 15 of her crew. See the For Posterity's Sake website for more information. See also the very moving The story of the original HMCS Skeena, by Lt. Chris Barker.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Skeena, 1934.

Photo 1: The group photo is shown left-to-right, in six overlapping sections.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Skeena, 1934.

Photo 2: The officer sitting immediately to the left of the trophy table (his three stripes are clearly visible only in the full-size panorama) is Cdr George Clarence Jones, who was ship's commanding officer from 25 May 1932 to 14 May 1934. Sitting next to, and to the right of the tropy table is Lt. Cdr (E) A.C.M. Davy, the engineer officer. Standing immediately behind Lt. Cdr Davy is Petty Officer Ernest Harold Massick.
Some of the faces are clearer in the scan below.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Skeena, 1934.

Photo 3: This scan is a bit clearer than the one above and PO Massick's face is sharper.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Skeena, 1934.

Photo 4: Unfortunately, the ship's name is washed out, and only the bottom of the letters are visible on the lifebuoy.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Skeena, 1934.

Photo 5.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Skeena, 1934.

Photo 6 : Front row, 3rd from the right is ABQR1 David H Freeman.

CLICK HERE TO SEE A FULL SIZE COPY OF THE PHOTO.

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