Archive #3
Dec 19, 2001 to Jun 23, 2002


comox,bc,Canada, - Sunday, June 23, 2002 at 12:18:20 (EDT)

Bill Lord

Served two trips to Korea as "ping Merchant".Went from Basics to the BIG O and then to the Sioux. Anyone remember the batch of home brew we made in the mess in a large milk can. The Jimmy found it first. Wonder how it tasted
Taber,AB,Canada, - Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at 22:18:11 (EDT)

Jack Sheedy

Calgary,AB,Canada, - Monday, June 17, 2002 at 23:11:08 (EDT)

Andrew J. MacAulay

Great web site

Moncton,Canada, - Sunday, June 16, 2002 at 09:18:19 (EDT)

Hugh "Robby" Robins

Great site! Brought back many good memories. Except for a brief sojourn in "Slackers," my RCN service from 1954 to 1959 was mainly on the west coast. I was a stoker aboard the Crusader when she sailed for Halifax via the Panama Canal in 1955 or 56. We returned with HMCS Crescent. Sleeping in a bunk for the first time was wild, and cafeteria-style meal service was far far different than Crusader "amenities." Also served on HMCS New Glasgow, Sussexvale, Jonquire and St. Terese

Chilliwack,BC,Canada, - Monday, June 03, 2002 at 23:44:52 (EDT)

Robert OWEN

Served from May 1952 - May 1957. Served Aboard HMCS CHALEUR (144) - HMCS UNGAVA (148) 31st SUPPORT AIR GROUP - HMCS CAPE BRETON (100)

Mobile,AL,U S A, - Sunday, June 02, 2002 at 13:14:58 (EDT)




RR2 MAHONE BAY,N.S.,Canada, - Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 18:47:19 (EDT)

Bill Mcdonald

Thanks to your "Add to my Log" I was able to find an old buddy Jim Friars who had Logged in. We joined together and did our basic at Cornwallis in 1950 "Fraser" Division. Your site does an excellent service for old Matelots. Reading the Log it seems to do an excellent for young ones as well. Keep up the good work.

Toronto,ON,Canada, - Sunday, May 26, 2002 at 17:48:01 (EDT)

Speedy Gallant

Just came across your site,served 52-57,Cornwallis(columbia Div.)Naden,Ontario (52-53)Stadacona (53-54)Quebec (54-56)Assiniboine (56-57)including a couple of refresher courses at eastern passage (course content confidential) Great site.....Cheers Speedy

Canada, - Sunday, May 12, 2002 at 14:06:05 (EDT)

Butch Frederick

My only naval experience was Sea Cadets (RCSCC Brilliant, North Bay '52 - '56) but they were wonderful times for me and I have had a keen interest in the Canadian Navy ever since. I can't add anything to your site, which would be of any interest or value, but I just wanted to impress upon you the fact that I think it is the best effort of it's type that I have come across. Congradulations!!!!!!!!!!

Alvinston,Ontario,Canada, - Wednesday, May 08, 2002 at 13:27:56 (EDT)

Bill Croshaw

Hello again. I was looking at the great picture of the 'Columbia' and thought I would pass this on. HMCS Kootney was in a collision a few years ago, with a civi boat and damaged her bow extensively. Columbia was in storage at Esquimalt so the bow of the Columbia was cut off and it replaced the damaged bow of the Kootney. My brother was a CPO on the Kootney at the time. The Columbia is now part of the underwater diving reef on the west coast of British Columbia. The Columbia's bow continues to sail though. My brother is now retired from the CAF, he went out as a Master Warrant Officer.

Stonecliffe,Ont,Canada, - Tuesday, April 09, 2002 at 21:17:45 (EDT)


I wish I could have had the talent to do such a terrific job as you've done.Best regards,and I hope to see you in 'Peg in May for the runion. Karl(Specs)Reiter,ex ABNS1,8047-E

Houston,TX,USA, - Sunday, April 07, 2002 at 23:08:30 (EDT)

Kenneth Craig Garrett

Jerry Proc organized the web site HMCS Algonquin #1 and I sujpplied the pictures taken during war time.I am always pleased to hear & correspond by e- mail any one who had the pleasure of being in the Canadian navy war time or peace time.It is an honour to submit my query. I say wake up vets we are approaching the age of 80 Ken

Inverary,Ontario,Canada, - Saturday, March 30, 2002 at 10:14:51 (EST)

william lawry

Very interestig site. Just started researching my grandfathers navy history. Looking for anyone who might have known him. His name was Gilbert M. Waddington from Belmont Park(Victoria)BC. Enlisted Feb. 18-52. Discharged Feb. 1962. Was on/at Hmcs Star,Cornwallis,Naden,New Waterford,Beacon Hill,New Glasgow,Sioux,Stadacona,Sussexvale and St Laurent. Any contacts, info or memories would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

St Catharines,on,Canada, - Sunday, March 24, 2002 at 12:25:36 (EST)

Bill Croshaw

Served in the R.C.N. Sept.1957 to Sept. 1962. H.M.C.S. Lanark, Buckingham, Sioux and H.M.C.S. Shelburne. Was a stoker on the Sioux Jan. 1959 to April 1961. A Happy Ship. Best five yrs of my life. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

Stonecliffe,Ont,Canada, - Friday, March 15, 2002 at 11:27:41 (EST)

Norm Dix

Did not think I would return to site so quickly and the reason is I have tried unsuccessfully to answer the prior entry for Tammy re her uncle John Booth. I could maybe help her in her research however apparently the e_mail address needs updating - Server has rejected address

Canada, - Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at 23:30:22 (EST)

Norm Dix

Very interesting site which brings back fond memories of the past - I served five years Jan/1951 to Dec/1955 and will be back to this site again fore-sure. Hi: any of you old tars remember Cdr David Budge's welcome address to new arrivals at Cornwallis?

London,On,Canada, - Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at 22:51:18 (EST)

Tammy Moore

Hi there. I have learned quite a lot by surfing thru your site. The reason why I came to it in the first place is that I came across some old photo's of my husband's family (they are not all that close) and found that his uncle was in the Navy. He and a bunch of other young men are wearing white navy hats with "Cornwallis" on the front of them. The base in my picture sure does look like the same one in your Cornwallis tab, but of course I don't know for sure. My question to you is...what would my husbands uncle be...can you tell by the uniform? I don't see any "badges" or anything. Just to let you know his uncle's name is John Booth and he looks to be approx. 17 years old, so that would make the year 1950. It could be later than the date I just mentioned though. Anything you could tell me about what his uniform means (if anything) what he did...anything at all would be so greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance. Tammy

Canada, - Monday, March 11, 2002 at 23:31:41 (EST)

Lee Mercer

Great site. My friend, an old salt,Bill Skeffington told me about it and now I have added it to the favorits.I am a stoker onboard HMCS Iroquois and I am in the Gulf of Omar doing our thing for Canada. I have been to the Athabaskan Momorial during Nato 99 as well as some other places of great rememberance to our fine country. I must say it was humbling. Again, great site Sir Lee Mercer MSER I have the watch

Darthmouth,N.S.,Canada, - Monday, March 11, 2002 at 18:11:29 (EST)

John Emrick

Hi Tom, every time I revisit I get new ideas for my own site at "under the cat" url above. Your pictures sure bring back lots of memories. I would like your permission to use a couple on my site if at all possible. Keep up the great work. John...PO1 Rtrd

North Bay,Ont,Canada, - Saturday, March 02, 2002 at 16:08:05 (EST)

earl johnson

Have been unable to find any of my old shipmates. Where are they all now??

ottawa,on,Canada, - Sunday, February 24, 2002 at 16:34:55 (EST)


Great site. For anyone who served at HMCS Quadra there is an alumni page. Check it out.

Powell River,BC,Canada, - Friday, February 22, 2002 at 00:21:31 (EST)

Glen Boswell

Joined in 63, severved on the Vickie, Columbia and Albro Lake as a sparker. Interesting sight. Trying to find more pictures of the Columbia etc

Ottawa,On,Canada, - Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 22:24:34 (EST)

Don Collins

This is the best site on the web! I believe we may have been shipmates on the Wallaceburg in the fall of 1952. I also sailed on the Quebec, the Swansea, the Toronto and the Maggie. My service time was July 51 to June 55 What a time we had. Was it really asgood as I remember.

Cambridge,On,Canada, - Wednesday, February 13, 2002 at 17:51:31 (EST)

Gerald W Leach (Yeoman)

Just a correction to the term Dibby-Dab. It was a termed for young OD Stokers that were employed wipping up spilled oil off the decks of the engine room and boiler room decks (floors) They did not like to term hence they tagged it non-stokers as a way of putting off the task they were suited for...

Dartmouth,NS,Canada, - Monday, February 11, 2002 at 10:18:29 (EST)

Jim Friars

Joined 1950, Brunswicker to Cornwallis,Fraser Div. 1951 to Ontario, to Iroquois, to Swansea, to Toronto, to Maggie . Left In June 1955. You have a great site. Congrats.

Thornbury,On,Canada, - Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 12:16:07 (EST)

Joe Kearney - C2CK3

Thanks for getting back to me so promptly Tom. I think that this is an invaluable contribution you are making. I also joined in 52 and was in Cornwallis from Aug 4th to Dec. 13th. Crescent Division. I retired in 1977 Ships: 1953-55 Micmac Any shipmates 1955-57 Stad (pool) 1957-60 Restigouche Any shipmates 1960-63 Cornwallis (ships company) Any shipmates 1965-68 Gloucester Any shipmates 1969-70 Bonaventure (cancomflt staff) Any shipmates 1970-71 Protecteur (cancomflt staff) Any shipmates 1971-72 CFB Petawawa 1972-73 Chaudiere 1974-75 Sakatchewan Looking for: Ray Nelson, Gus Boomer, Dale Rix, Brian Gammon, Bob Levin, Herbie McNairn & Anybody else who served on Chaudiere and Sakatchewan 1975-77 CFB Toronto

Belleville,On,Canada, - Saturday, February 09, 2002 at 13:41:57 (EST)

Joe Kearney

Great idea Tom. how do we go about listing our name, ships and wingers we're looking for.

Belleville,On,Canada, - Friday, February 08, 2002 at 23:25:26 (EST)

Marty Flowersmith

Former 'Stoker' HMCS HURON 2nd (Island Bulldozer) Trip . Enjoyed your site.Am transfering all my RCN Pics and Dips to disks and came across yours through the CTA List.Now theres a great site for weekly interest. You take care and maybe we will get tied up in a yarn or two--- site and a weekly pleasure site which

River Denys,NS,Canada, - Monday, February 04, 2002 at 17:09:00 (EST)

Robert (Bob) Kranstz

You have a great web page, it sure brought back memories for me, especially the pictures of Cornwallis, who could forget that 6 months of your life. I was on the Algonquin 1958 and it was interesting going through the history you have of all the ships. You deserve a lot of credit for the many hours you must have put in

Burlington,On,Canada, - Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 11:11:33 (EST)

Norm Van Tassel
Nice Job on your Webite I know what happened now in 52 I left the Cornwallis Area and joined the Army because you arrived in my home town. Now you know why all the Digby Boys joined the Army rather than the Navy. Although I was in the Sea Cadets in Cormwallis in my eary years. I served in Korea with The Queens Own Rifles at the same time you were there.

Winnipeg,MB,Canada, - Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 08:21:30 (EST)

Bob Turner

Joined RCNVR in June of 1945 at HMCS Chippawa, then on to HM Signal School at St. Hyacinthe, Que. to take a Huff-Duff course, and then posted to a frigate, HMCS Inch Arran at Slackers (Halifax). Along with four other frigates, we formed Escort Group 28 for mid-Atlantic convoy duty. Along with HMCS Buckingham, we escorted U-889 into Shelbourne, N.S. at the beginning of May, 1945. After returning to civilian life, I worked for Canadian Pacific Railway as a telegraph operator and train dispatcher on the north shore of Lake Superior for many years. I will turn 76 on my next birthday in July of 2002. You have an excellent web site. Both of my two sons were in Sea Cadets.

Brampton,On,Canada, - Monday, January 28, 2002 at 20:36:53 (EST)

LS Jason Intini

Hello, I'm currently on my Junior Leadership Course at CFB Esquimalt. I have an assignnment on the history of HMCS/CFB Cornwallis to write up. If anyone has other web pages that I could view to assist me, please let me know at;

Victoria,BC,Canada, - Friday, January 18, 2002 at 01:13:06 (EST)

paul livingstone

my name is paul livingstone, looking for aanyone that was in in Naden in 1958

maple ridge/bc /canada,B.C,Canada, - Sunday, January 13, 2002 at 06:30:15 (EST)

paul livingstone

Iam X SPARKER looking for an old ship mate Terry Fingleman he is also a sparker we did com school toghter @H.m.c.s Naden in i beleve 1958 and this is a great site thaank you

Maple Ridge,B.C,Canada, - Sunday, January 13, 2002 at 06:25:03 (EST)

LD Camille Anctil

Served on th HAIDA from 55/57 , it would be a pleasure to reminiscent with friends from that era

Greenfield Park,Canada, - Saturday, January 12, 2002 at 18:57:31 (EST)


Hey Tom,are you going to the reunion in'Peg,5/17/02? If so,Id sure like to meet you. Best regards for the New Year Specs(ex-ABNS1)

Houston,Tx,USA, - Friday, January 11, 2002 at 18:57:19 (EST)

Leonard C Hawtin

Born Oakville ont 1932,joined RCN at HMCS Star as a stoker mechanic.Retired 1977 P1 er.Looking for old buddies,servedon Hmcs Cedarwood 1952

Nanaimo,bc,Canada, - Saturday, January 05, 2002 at 16:26:51 (EST)

Wayne LaPorte

I joined the Navy in March 1953 And left in March of 1958. After Cornwallis I went to Naden then shortly after to HMCS Ontario while she was still in drydock. I spent all of my time on her except for short periods in Naden on course.

Morrisburg,ONT,Canada, - Sunday, December 30, 2001 at 19:38:42 (EST)

Donald Rose (Rosie)

I was a stoker on the last trip to Korea. I was a friend of the upper deck stocker MacKay Ashley.

Calgary,AB,Canada, - Monday, December 24, 2001 at 22:22:44 (EST)



BEAUPORT,QC,Canada, - Sunday, December 23, 2001 at 18:22:07 (EST)

Doug Mackay

A great site for old R.C.N. sailors.

Canada, - Sunday, December 23, 2001 at 15:02:39 (EST)

Lew Knighton

joined Cornwallis Skeena 1/64 then on to Stadacona for six weeks training .Spent most time on Provider in 64 and Annapolis in 65 and 66 Enjoying your site and Merry Christmas to all Sunday Dec.23/01 05:50est

Toronto,On,Canada, - Sunday, December 23, 2001 at 05:49:48 (EST)

Sylvie Gagnon

I'm a Lt(v) of Rcscc Sioux at Laval, Quebec. the RCSCC is a Cadets corps, the name of the cadets corps is Sioux, Sorry for my english, i speak french only. We made an history for the HMCS Sioux for the cadets corps because we given this name for the destroyer of the canadian navy the cadets corps borned in september 1952. If you write me in french (super). Do you have some informations about the Sioux and more. Thanks a lot.

Pierrefonds,qc,Canada, - Sunday, December 23, 2001 at 00:18:16 (EST)

Sam Crowshaw

What a surprise to find out about your Web Site, it's just great. Another ex-hairy bum Bill Shedden from Toronto just sent it to me. I'm the Crowshaw in the Elmer photo. I'm in touch with John Munton so will pass on your URL and to others I know. Will be in touch latter. Regards: Sam

Grande Prairie,AB,Canada, - Wednesday, December 19, 2001 at 22:00:08 (EST)

Karl H.Reiter

I joined RCN at Chippewa in 9/52,after transfering fron RCSC then RCNR,discharged in 9/57. Served in/at Cornwallis(of course),Naden,Sault Ste.Marie,Crusader,Sussexvale,Royal Roads,and discharged at Naden in'57. I'd love to hear from old wingers.I intend to attend the RCNA reunion in Winnipeg ,May 15th.Hope to see y'all there. Thanks Tom for a great site

Houston,Tx,USA, - Wednesday, December 19, 2001 at 19:13:53 (EST)

Douglas Parker (P1ET-Retired)

Joined the RCN on Sept 25,1964 and retired Oct 16, 1996. It was fun while it lasted!!

Lr. Sackville,NS,Canada, - Wednesday, December 19, 2001 at 00:51:34 (EST)

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