"Pusser neats and the tot are gone..... but not forgotten"
"The Navy Hymn"
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May 1954 - ABRP1
This site is not an "official" site (or an "unofficial" site for that
matter) of the Royal Canadian Navy, CAF (Navy) or DND. It is simply
an attempt to contact old shipmates and possibly meet some new friends. Nor
is it intended to be a historical naval record but simply my reflections
of some of the best years of my life.
The name of this site, "My Royal Canadian Navy" may be a bit of a misnomer
now. In January 2000 I put it on-line as a couple of pages in an attempt
to locate some of my old wingers. With the submissions, requests and suggestions
from many visitors, it has grown from it's humble beginning and more aptly
should be titled
"Our Royal Canadian Navy".
4 April 2008.. Len Goodman has submitted a photo of the 1965 or 1966 prep
School course at HMCS Naden. May be viewed on
4 April 2008.. Bill McDonald has submitted a photo of HMCS Shearwater's
"Nuf" circa 1952. May be viewed on
My name is Thomas Ross Spowart and I live in Welland, Ontario. In 1952
at the age of 17, I and two of my boyhood friends (Bruce and Ron) enlisted
in the Royal Canadian Navy. About 6 months later another of our "wingers"
(Dave) followed in our footsteps. We were born on the same street (
I really mean born on the same street.. the doctor made "house calls"
then) and altho I moved a couple of miles away at the age of eight , we kept
in contact. We even spent a number of years in the sea cadets together.
While in the navy we lost track of each other but I did meet Bruce and
Ron in 1957/58 after we left the navy and then, like so much flotsam and
jetsam we once again drifted our separate ways.
In 1999 I was reunited with Bruce (after 41 years) and Dave shortly
after. They live many miles from Welland now but I located Bruce through
an internet search and he led me to Dave. We reminisced about the "good
old" days and our navy escapades, and it made me think about the close
friendships I had made in the Navy. Joe Caine, "Pally" Jones, Ray
East, George Ashley, Arch Esplin and Harrison and Laporte
and so many others. I have been doing some searching on the internet
to find them with some success, and maybe, if there are other wingers out
there in cyberspace there is a possibility they may stop by here.
The links on the left of the page will lead you through a tour of my 5
years as a "Sailor for the Queen", with a little info about my 5 years
in the RCAF. The biography page tells what ships I served in and
when. Who knows, our paths may have crossed. Throughout the site there are
photos of ships, people, places and events. New additions are added frequently
I was discharged as a Leading Seaman, Radar Plot 2.
Browsing this site. As it is constantly
being changed and added to, the simplest method is to use the links at the
left to go to a topic then us the "back" button within the topic.
NOTE.. External links will open in a new browser
window. Use browser "back" button return here.
Canadian Tribal Destroyer
Note: The above Sioux and CTDA links
Jerry Proc's websites.
So here I am more than 50 years later reliving my past as "The Little
Drummer Boy". Now that is going full circle ;-).
(link at left "Band")
Click Image for enlargement
The photo albums of Petty Officer Robert
Jerry Hind has come into possession of the above
photo albums covering PO Fletcher's service in the RCN, mainly aboard HMCS
Daulphin K157, a WWII corvette. Many of the crew have been identified through
these photos and Mr Hind is attempting to identify the remainder. As I receive
the photos I will be placing them on the new 'Daulphin" web page along with
a listing of names of those already identified.
The "Dauphin" page is dedicated to all the ships and crews of the Corvette
(link at left "Dauphin")
Mark Carroll is seeking information about his grandfather, Kennie McLay
(auxillary tug Glendyne). Click tug image for further info and photos of
ship and crew.
Click photo for enlargement
Bill Featherstone and George Webster (#12 in photo) would like help in
identifying the Chief and Petty Officer's in this circa 1963-65 HMCS Gatineau
E-mail Bill at..
In 1983 Gerry Ouderkirk was restoring a boat in St Catharines, Ontario
when he found that someone had discarded some items in his garbage
dumpster. There were several newspaper articles and newspaper photos about
Magnificent including her 1950 (51??) cruise to New York City, accompanied
by Micmac and Swansea. There were also some personal photos which can be
viewed on my new "Maggie" page. (Link at left
In the "Subject" column of e-mail,
please use a reference
(such as MyRCN,or ship name)
so I will not mistakenly delete
it as junk mail.
Please Sign My Log
It aids finding
Read or Sign My Log
To aid in finding lost wingers in the logs, I have listed all entries
in each log by name. If you recognize a name you will be able to go the proper
But then again many of the entries do make interesting reading.
If you have reached this particular page by a search
engine or browser and DO NOT see the
of the internal website page links at the left,
click below to enter the site.
My Royal Canadian
"The Navy Hymn" midi file was sequenced by Barry Taylor and used
with his kind permission
Great Canadian Tunebook (new site)
Traditional Tunebook (old site)