Archive #13
Sept 1, 03, 2000 to Dec 18, 2001

Name: John Gorman

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Comments: Great site. I enjoyed it very much. My career in the R.C.N. started in 1966, when I trained at Cornwallis for four months (St. Laurent, 1/66), then to Shearwater for another similar period at Fleet School Air. From there to crash rescue squad and then the carrier Bonaaventure, then back to Shearwarwater, Stadacona, Millcove. I then worked at

B.I.O as an Oceanography Technician for a few years and then went off to Forestry School at M.C.F.T.. in Fredericton, took the Fed. Fisheries Officer program, did some work on international surveillance on the 200 mile limit and went ever to National Parks. Worked in Fundy, Kejimkujik and Cape Breton Highlands. Although still at it, I am soon going to take all my papers and memories and try the retirement thing soon..1966-2006 is a long spell. Anyone with a grad. pic. from St. Laurent, 1/66 send it along! You know where the real fun was!


Sunday, December 18th 2005 - 10:50:07 AM


Name: Dick Boon

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Comments: Nice visiting this site.

Joined RCN Dec 51 Retired 1977

Served in Quebec,Iroquois,Prestonion,Kotenay,Crusader,Sioux.Preserver,Cape Scott,D'Iberville,Hochelaga,Shelburne.Stad on courses,

Retired P2WS3.

Yours Aye Dick

Monday, December 12th 2005 - 10:40:14 PM


Name: Ed Foy

E-mail address: Tubbha Buddha @Hotmail.Com

Comments: Fantastic Site Looking for anyone that was in RCN BAND 54-58 Naden school of music 54 Stad 54--56 Shearwater 57 Maggie 55-56 Cornwallis 57-58 Royal Contingent Ottawa 57 Would like to link up with Mo. Reynolds {Drummer} K. Erskine {Clar} K. [goaf] Bradshaw {F.horn} P. Seymour {Tuba} D. Myra {slushpump} K. White Clar} D. Reid {Trum} W. French {Flute} _YA GOT THAT???

Friday, December 9th 2005 - 12:54:27 PM


Name: Don Ramsey

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Comments: I seved in the RCN from 1960 to 1965 was on the ATHABASKAN and then the GATINEAU in 63,64. Remember Featherstone and Don Tingley, used to run with a couple of wingers Grant Cooper and Bob Buckley. Had some great times, probably in retrospect the best times of my life. I am retired now and live in Port Hope, am the president of the Royal Canadian Legion branch 30, and if any of you old hairybags are ever in the area drop in for a wet and a story.

Tuesday, December 6th 2005 - 09:12:20 PM


Name: Qaisar Qayyum

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Comments: You have a nice site full of useful information and very interesting.

Keep the good work going. Kind regards,

Qaisar Qayyum.

Friday, December 2nd 2005 - 03:26:36 PM


Name: Brett Christensen

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Comments: Tom, finally, had the opportunity to pay a visit to your site and sign the guest book. Great site and a wonderful resource for shipmates to seek out one another. I hope I can find the time to get my site updated some day!

I am now up the road in Wasaga Beach. If you are ever in the area, drop me a line and we can share a mug!

Yours Aye,


Thursday, December 1st 2005 - 10:13:49 PM


Name: Ronald E. Elliott CD. RCN (Ret.d).

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Comments: I joined HMCS Cornwallis as a new-entry in 1949 (Sioux Div.) my div. officer was Lt. Casey Baldwin and Six-O, his dog. Capt. Musgrave was the C.O. and CDR. Budge was the X.O.

We had 22 weeks of training (at the double) and every morning the dress of the day was displayed on the mast on top of the seamanship school.

In the 60's I was a parade instructor,gunnery-range instructor, a divisional petty officer (Chaudiere div.)with Chief Ed Farndale. Anyone around who was in my division ???.

My parade chief was CPO George Boardman.

I also worked in the examination centre for a time.

In 1969, I did my release routine.

In 1997, I started the Cornwallis Military Museum in the old Protestant Chapel ( St. George's) and it is getting better and better every year, check out the Cornwallis Museum web-site for a complete picture. We are desperate for new members so check it out and help to preserve our history of the former base.

In 1990, I had raised the sum of $10,000 and had a naval monument erected opposite the main-gate where there is located an aircraft and a tank so, in fact it is now a memorial park, I wanted to guarantee that our sailors who had trained at Cornwallis would not be forgotten from the supreme sacrifice made in the 3 wars.

Congratulations on a very necessary web-site.

Ron Elliott CD. RCN (Ret'd)

Thursday, December 1st 2005 - 05:56:59 PM


Name: Bev Livingstone

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Comments: What a great web site .A photo of my Dad R Casmey sitting with the boy's having a few.Funny I have that same photo a little bent but kept for all these years.R. Casmey died in a minning accident in Labrador nl 1973. I would love to hear from anyone who knew him.As I was young and did'nt get to hear his stories of Korea, the ships he was on and the Boys I think mr. Parsons was one of them.Thanks so much Bev

Wednesday, November 30th 2005 - 08:29:22 PM


Name: Bob Casmey

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Comments: Good Day Sir. I am the son of Robert Casmey who is in a few photos of yours. I was just browsing one day and came across you site. How wonderful to see this. I have the very same picture of the four drinking beer around the table. I also have a few more old pictures of my fathers navy days. I would love to here about you and some stories you may have. Unfortunatly my father is deceased now but I still love remembering. Love to here from you.

Bob Casmey

Wednesday, November 30th 2005 - 05:49:54 PM


Name: dave campbell

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Comments: from your web i had an inquiry as to a long lost father who served in subs in scotland as a result a son who had never seen his dad was reunited via the internet after 40 years .see my pic is still prominent for the sioux dave

Wednesday, November 30th 2005 - 11:47:50 AM


Name: Janice Carroll

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Comments: Hi, I was wondering if you could post for any friends of my dad, Charles(Chuck) Vennall. He passed away in OCT 05. I'm looking for any stories people may have about him. He joined in OCT 50, and spent lots of time at sea. Thank you for the help.

Janice Carroll

Monday, November 28th 2005 - 02:13:57 PM


Name: Ron. L. Eplett (Epps)

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Comments: Ahoy fellow extot drinkers;

Tom, great site, congratulations and compliments to you for all of your hard work. I served on the H.M.C.S. Restigouche, from August 60 to June 63, and was a ABRP2. Spent days & days on the plotting table & MADP! I've met one ship mate..

Matt Offer. Anybody else out there?

Talk to you soon I hope. "Up Spirits, hands to muster for grog". (Remember)?

Sunday, November 27th 2005 - 01:12:03 AM


Name: Drew MacDonald

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Homepage URL: http://Google Drew Macdonald

Comments: I like what you have done with your site.

All the best.

Drew MacDonald

Commanding Officer SS74, SS72, SS73, and OIC HTSM Olympus.

Thursday, November 24th 2005 - 05:04:07 PM


Name: Don Sheward

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Comments: Enjoyed your site, good work. Many memories.

Arrived here via the HMCS Sioux web site.

Joined Sioux Mar 1960 Left Jun 1961

Then progressed through, HMCS Columbia, 1962-1964

HMCS Assiniboine, 1966-1968

HMCS Yukon, 1971-1974

HMCS Annapolis, 1977-1979

HMCS Margaree, 1981-1982

Stadacona & Osborne Head in the gaps.

Saturday, November 19th 2005 - 09:12:43 PM


Name: lawson baron

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Comments: Enlisted RCN Sep.51. Cornwallis,Kootenay Div.til Feb.52

electrician course til Jun.52

Haida Jul.52-Jul.53.

York Jul.53-Dec.53

Thunder Dec.53-Mar-54.

Labrador Mar.54-Nov.54

Newport Corners Nov.54-Nov.55

York Nov.55- Discharge Sep.56


Apr.1956 til Nov.74

Served at Camp Borden,Trenton,Downsview,Hamilton AFB. California,Uplands, Chatham, Camp Borden,Cold Lake, Marville,France, Lahr,West Germany,AMDU Trenton, Stn.Trenton .

Honourable release Nov.1974

Wednesday, November 16th 2005 - 09:10:42 AM


Name: peter leach

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Comments: Hello there!

I found your background and its similarity to mine fascinating! Like you, I joined my Navy (Royal Australian) in 1952 at the age of 17. My first ship was HMAS Bataan, a Tribal Class Destroyer, and I was discharged in 1958, as you were. I joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1960 as a Service Policeman. The only difference was in our naval departments - I was a Signalman. I now live in retirement in Brisbane Queensland and am President of the local Naval Associaation Sub-Section, also involved with Naval Cadets.

Sunday, November 13th 2005 - 01:40:10 AM


Name: Doug (speedy) Gallant

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Comments: Just browsed your site and liked it very much,I was in the Navy in 52-57 and served on H.M.C.S Brunswicker,Cornwallis,Naden,Ontario,Stadacona,Quebec,and Assiniboine,Whish I had the common sense then that I think I have now perhaps I would not have got into so much trouble

Friday, November 11th 2005 - 07:31:14 PM


Name: Roy Stoner

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Comments: I have set up a new R.C.N. Group on Flickr please have a look & add to it if you like.

Also looking for my best man Wayne Dunbar. I joined 1958 - 1968.

Wednesday, November 9th 2005 - 01:15:29 PM


Name: P2EA Gordon Coldham

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Comments: Joined 1952; Cornwallis Athabaskan division; after a stint on HMCS Quebec and HMCS Micmac, ended up as an airdale at HMCS Shearwater..1952 to 1972..

Sunday, November 6th 2005 - 06:43:49 PM


Name: Tom (Tiny) Wright

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Comments: Joined Oct/64-Terra Nova 3/64

I was given the trade of air fitter and sent to Shearwater.

Sailed on Bonaventure, Assinnaboine, ships company, and Iroquois.

Served 15 years in Shearwater then Trenton, Lahr Germany and Winnipeg.

Retired in '93 and signed up with the 434 Sqn back in Shearwater then to Greenwood. After closing of 434 back to Shearwater. Finally retired for good Dec. 04 after app. 40 years. Even though I was an "Air Type" always considered my self Navy.

Friday, November 4th 2005 - 12:13:55 PM


Name: Kay Luna

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Comments: Joined the Navy on August 31st 1946 at Tecumseh. Basic Training in Naden. First ship HMCS Crescent. Then to Stad for Wireless Telegrapher course. Back to Naden and then drafted back to Crescent as ABCM1. Then spent time on Uganda Ontario and ML 124 as well as the Signal Tower in the Dockyard. Drafted to Cayuga June 1950 and off to Korea for first trip. Short draft to Athabskan to relieve Gord Edwards so that he could get back to Canada for Officer Training. Same Gord Edwards who became Admiral Edwards.

Back to Canada in 1951 and Discharged.

Tuesday, November 1st 2005 - 12:09:17 PM


Name: Jim McAlister ex-SigTO

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Comments: With the approach of Remembrance Day, my thoughts go back some 60 years.

We were SO of W8 and had just delivered a convoy to New York City and were tied up at Staten Island Navy Yard.

I was the duty signalman on the jetty on the morning of May 8th, 1945 when I received a message from the Canadian NOIC New York to advise that Germany had surrendered and the war in Europe was at an end.

I will never forget the addendum to the message which read as follows:


Monday, October 31st 2005 - 09:22:21 AM


Name: John Arthur Thompson (deceased in 1973)

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Comments: My birth father, John Arthur Thompson (deceased in 1973), served on the Corwallis or Yukon at some time in the early 60's, I think in 62 or 63. I am searching for anyone who might have know him and has some stories to share. I have pictures I can email to jog anyone's memory.

Sunday, October 30th 2005 - 07:14:13 PM


Name: Emil paries

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Comments: ABRP..Cornwallis Nootka X11 Div.5 Mar - 21 Jul 1956, Sunset Guard Cornwallis .HMCS Naden,New Glasgow,Stettler,Sioux,and my last ship Cowichan.Took discharge after 5 years service.You have done a great job on this site.Brought back many memories.Keep up the good work

Friday, October 28th 2005 - 01:03:53 PM


Name: Bob Hampshire

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Comments: Great site, brings back a lot of memories. I joined Fraser Div 1/67, ABRP2, served HMCS Kootenay, 67/68, HMCS Bonaveture 69/70, HMCS Margaree 70/71. Some of my best years.

Friday, October 21st 2005 - 02:58:11 PM


Name: Lin Hegelheimer

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Comments: RCN 1961-1969, Cornwallis Dec 61-Apr 62 Mackenzie 1/61, joined HMCS Lauzon Apr.62-Apr. 63.Joined Swansea Apr.63-June 64.Hmcs Stadacona June 64-Nov. 64 two's course. Bonaventure Nov 64-Apr. 66.Hmcs Fraser May 66-May 68.Hmcs Cape Scott May 68-Jan. 69 Released Jan. 69. Got out as a Killick Stoker. I am looking for any past shipmates any trade or stoker trade. My e-mail adress is

Sunday, October 16th 2005 - 07:27:54 PM


Name: Walter (Wes) Short

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Comments: Joined 4 Mar 1965

Member Kootenay 1/65 in Cornwallis

Started off as a Radioman, went to Electronic Warfare and Finished off as a Nesop

Wednesday, October 12th 2005 - 06:37:53 PM


Name: sean barnabe

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Comments: Joined in 66 Rest1/66, did time in the 67 gun crew then on to the sask for 30 months and then chignecto and left in 71 would like to hear from any ship mates from those times,nickname was Barney. hope to hear from some of the mates that I sailed with.

Monday, October 10th 2005 - 11:16:23 AM


Name: Randy E. Gollmer

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Comments: Great site. Loved the Hymn...and the White and Blue Ensigns. Brings back memories of when Canada had a real Navy...RG

Thursday, September 22nd 2005 - 03:06:15 PM


Name: Geoffrey Reesor

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Comments: This page brought back quite a few memories for me. I was a member of RCSCC Haida between 1993 and 1999 when I retired. I regret that I did not pursue a career in the military but still treasure many of the joys that I received as a cadet.

Wednesday, September 21st 2005 - 10:20:50 PM


Name: Gordon McWhaw

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Comments: I am very impressed with your site. Given this country's naval heritage one would think there would be more recognition. You are providing a great service to our country. As an aside I would like to get in touch with a visual signaler from WWII with corvette experince for a research project I am on. Can you help out? My email address is Thanks

Saturday, September 17th 2005 - 05:40:02 PM


Name: Doug Burke

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Comments: RCN 1959-1961 HMCS Lauzon, Outremont& Lanark

Wednesday, September 7th 2005 - 11:29:10 PM


Name: Dave Cain

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Comments: Nice visiting this site. Nice seeing names I havent seen in years here. Was in slackers for a maggie bonnie reunion 643 Sailors at it was great meeting so may old friends. I love this site Keep up the Great Work

Saturday, September 3rd 2005 - 09:50:19 AM


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