Archive #6
Sept 11, 2003 to Jan 04, 2004

Name: Keith Kennedy
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Comments: Hello and congratulations on a very fine webpage.
You have done great job and keep up the good work.

I served in Ottawa, Stettler, Jonquiere, Mackenzie, Gatineau, Quapelle and Saskatchewan variously as Communicator Radio, Radioman, Radioman Sea, Comtech Sea and Naval Elecronics Technician Systems. Joined as OSCR and 26 years later retired as C2NETS and that is not to mention I was at various times a Sergeant and Warant Officer but we wont get into that stuff.

Cheers, Keith

Sunday, January 4th 2004 - 11:26:35 PM

Name: martin harcourt
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Comments: 79-83 signalman (bunt) As in when flags were made of bunting. HMCS Saguenay, Great site!

Sunday, January 4th 2004 - 01:31:33 PM

Name: David Macmaster, ABAA
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Comments: I was one of the 4 kids from Welland, ontario who were sea-cadets; grew up in the same neighborhood and joined the RCN in 1952 and 1953. I joined on April 18, 1953 at HMCS Star in Hamilton, Ontario. Sadly, my alcohol problems led to an early discharge from the navy,which has been a life-long regret. Fortunately, I got into AA in 1956 and have been sober ever since.

I did my basic in the Iroquois Division at Cornwallis; was drafted to HMCS Ontario for the 1954 Silver Jubilee in Hobart, Tasmania. From there on to HMCS Shearwater for my training in meteorology. My drinking escapades got me thrown out of that program and sent to HMCS Stadacona for trainining as an anti-aircraft gunner. Prophetic that I had a badge on my arm with AA on it before I got into that fellowship. I spent my last months on HMCS Crusader doing scientific work before my shenagins became too much for the officers and shipmates, and I was sent off to detention and then out of the service. There was a time when I was very ashamed of this history and didn't want to talk about it. Now I realize I was in the services before there was good treatment for alcholism and addiction. I believe I may have had a fine career in the Royal Canadian Navy if my alcoholism had not made it impossible to succeed. Still, memories of my days in the navy are among my most treasured. Thankfully, people like me have a chance for treatment and recovery in today's armed services.

Wednesday, December 31st 2003 - 02:59:30 PM

Name: Ian Dawson
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Comments: This is a great site, Tom! I was a Sea Cadet in Winnipeg back in the late 60s and early 70s. I was a member of RCSCC CRUSADER aboard HMCS CHIPPEWA. I played in the Pipe Band. I also managed to do summer training at HMCS ESQUIMALT AND HMCS QUADRA. I loved every minute of it. GOOD LUCK and have a MERRY 2003 CHRISTMAS!

Tuesday, December 23rd 2003 - 12:30:44 AM

Name: Gordon Paul
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Comments: Served on Gatineau 65 to 68.Left thanks to mister Helyer.
No better time in my life.Hope to live long enough to dance on Mr Helyer s grave.BZ

Saturday, December 20th 2003 - 08:01:11 PM

Name: Rudy Sandness
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Comments: Really great website! Brought back many memories. Served RCN/CAF, Cornwallis - Skeena 2/66, West Coast 1966 to 1980 ships Mackenzie, Saskatchewan, Kootenay and Provider Then to East Coast 1980 to 1990 ships Athabaskan, Huron and Gatineau. Tks for the memories.

Thursday, December 18th 2003 - 07:48:46 PM

Name: Dennis Wilson
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Comments: La Hulloise 61-64 ABSN great times, super crew, 3 yrs on the "louse" was enough for me.....any of the old crew out there?

Wednesday, December 17th 2003 - 05:48:29 PM

Name: Bill Lee
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Comments: Iserved from 1968 to 1975, LSWU, Ship's Diver
Hmcs Annapolis
Great site I'll visit again!

Sunday, December 14th 2003 - 12:22:43 PM

Name: Garry Thomson
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Comments: Great site.
Need help locating ex Sea Cadets 1940=1960 in the Toronto area. Forming Association for info exchange and reunions.
If you are or know any old Sea Cadets please get in touch.

Thursday, December 11th 2003 - 01:01:35 PM

Name: Dave Meehan
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Comments: I found your site very interesting indeed.

Saturday, December 6th 2003 - 12:37:01 PM

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Comments: Great site. Joined CABOT 1972. released 2001. Served in HMC Ships QuAppelle, Restigouche (noploy 75), Skeena and of course all the Gates. Merchant ships, John Cabot, Cape Roger, Nonia,and the CN coastal fleet. Nice to see a few old running mates in this log. BZ on a great site

Wednesday, December 3rd 2003 - 11:56:22 PM

Name: A/Slt MacNeil P.I.
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Comments: I have a frind who more than likely has photos and perhaps info/articles on many of the ships of the RCN. If any of you within the guestbook would like to contact me I would be happy and honoured to assist if I can.
The Individual's name is William Fisher. He spent 20 years in the RCN then 20 in the CCG.
I hope to hear from you soon.
I appoligize, but I will be out of reach (more than likely) from Jan-Jul. I'll be on deployment.
Peter MacNeil

Monday, December 1st 2003 - 02:52:44 PM

Name: Peter Iain MacNeil
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Comments: A wonderful site! For a young Officer like myself, it is fantastic to be able to look back and learn from our predecessors and to honour and pay our respects to all of YOU who have gone before us to show the DUTY, HONOUR, AND COMMITMENT the RCN and the CANADIAN NAVY today hold in such high regard.

Bravo Zulu
P. I. MacNeil
Acting Sub-Lieutenant
Bridge Watchkeeper

Monday, December 1st 2003 - 02:43:13 PM

Name: George Walton CCY RFA
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Sunday, November 30th 2003 - 07:47:10 PM

Name: George Walton
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Comments: My God trapper! Do the memories flood back. Joined the RCN in March 63 (about 10 or 11 years after you). Cornwallis(and Comm School) hold some, let's say, memories. Visited Canada on leave a couple of months ago. My son and I drove down to Cornwallis and although somewhat altered, the ghosts were still on the playing fields and the Broadway!
The joining block is still there and the communications school is now for the reserves. Still at sea in the UK as a Chief Yeoman of Signals with the Royal Fleet Auxillary. Carry on and see you on the RAS course.... George Walton

Sunday, November 30th 2003 - 06:48:51 PM

Name: Gerry White
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Comments: Hope a youngster like me is welcome. Only joined in 1973. Thought nothing could be better.(seems I have forgotten freezing in the chains, wet as lookout, sleepless workups & recalls for Awkwards at 3 in the AM)

Ocean Traders are long gone, Bernard's too. Yes it's changed, some say for the worse. I wonder if the older guys were saying the same thing in 1973? Those that stay past 30 are getting rare now. Wonderful site. I hope to visit again. Just think of the memories that would have been unshared without the WWW. Thanks for using it for good things.

Gerry (WT) White

Monday, November 24th 2003 - 07:56:48 PM

Name: David Drysdale
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Comments: I was on the sioux as a summersailor 1963. Joined the reg RCN in 65 as an appertice at Naden Trade school Just as the RCN was going to hell and became armed forces du canada
I bitched and whined that this not out fit I signed up with after 4 years they let me out. In 1965 we had 20000 officers and men 50 some odd ships. Now it's less than 10000 and maybe 20 ships. This was all thanks to treuadu and his hench man p heller. If there's a hell I hope those bastards are in it. You've got a great site I 've enjoyed it very much.

Saturday, November 22nd 2003 - 01:04:15 AM

Name: Lew Knighton
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Comments: Found this site searching for old memories.
I arrived in Cornwallis in Feb 64 in Skeena 1/64
Spent the next 3 years mostly on Provider & Annapolis.
Left the service after 3 years but still think of it often and go thru my albums frequently.
It was a lifetime ago but a very enjoyable part of my life.

I followed in my Dad's footprints. He served 4 years during WW11 mostly aboard the corvette Kitchener.

This is a great site filled with memories.

Tuesday, November 18th 2003 - 06:47:42 PM

Name: Raymond L. Chevrette
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Comments: Not sure if I am on the right site but I am looking for anyone with info on the HMCs Inch Arran. My Dad serverved on her during WW2.
Thanks and great site.
Regards and have a great day


Sunday, November 16th 2003 - 04:14:54 PM

Name: Linda Hockley (nee Mosson)
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Comments: Great site! There are 2 of us looking for anyone who was on the Canadian Armed Forces Tattoo in 1967. Anyone out there?

I was in Conestoga 33 in Cornwallis in 1966 - the first class without Chief Bailey! Also trade training at Naden, ended up at CFS Mill Cove, 3rd Watch with Chief Dyck. Got out in 1969.

Saturday, November 15th 2003 - 02:32:27 PM

Name: OS R. Thompson
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Comments: I stumbled onto your web site while looking for a song file to go with some lyrics for my Ship the HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN. While reading it I thought about my Grandfather and was wondering if you happen to know him Please email me if you get a chance and I will let you know his name and where we currently reside. Thank you very much,

R. Thompson

Monday, November 10th 2003 - 09:55:43 PM

Name: Pierre Dubuc
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Comments: I served aboard many ships from 1955 to 1960, my first one was h.m.c.s. Quebec a cruiser, hmcs Magneficent a carrier, hmcs Crusader a destroyer, hmcs Buckimham a fregate, fort erie a minesweeper i think and my last 2½ years aboard the Haida one of the best ship that i sail on. Am now a member of the friends of HMCS Haida and also member of the Canadian Tribal Destroyer Association.Will be a volunteer to work on the Haida (summer 2004)Am now retired from the Longueil/MONTREAL Police dept as a Detective Lieutenant after 35 years services.Please contact me.

Thursday, November 6th 2003 - 04:52:06 AM

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Comments: ser# 53831-h HMCS Shearwater/ Bonaventue/ VS880

Tuesday, November 4th 2003 - 06:38:32 AM

Name: Janice Wilson
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Comments: Hello
I enjoyed visiting your site.
I wonder if you could tell me where I might find information on earlier days (1940/50's Shearwater/Bonaventure/York)? (Discovery 1944, Scotian & Gatineau 1945. Honourably released in the rank of Master Warrant Officer Aug. 1968.
My father (CPO)Norman B. Modin, was an aircraft mechanic. We lived at Shearwater for several years.
I have no information on my father. He had a friend (Ricky Adlam, also in the Navy and at Shearwater). I have one early picture of my father with the M54 Division, HMCS York, April, 1944. If anyone knew my father, or can tell me where I might find information on his Naval career, please contact me. I have his Attestation Papers, etc. from the National Archives, but I would like to know some more informal information on him.
Thank you.

Saturday, November 1st 2003 - 11:17:35 AM

Name: George Haigh RAN 1957 -1963
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Comments: Navy cook Hmas Cerebus Hmas Sydney Hmas Melbourne Hmas Vendetta Nice site you have "I shall return"

Wednesday, October 29th 2003 - 04:08:16 AM

Name: Garry Thomson
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Comments: I am an ex Airtype from VC920 in Toronto. I got my start as a Sea Cadet at RCSCC Haida in 1950. I am looking for others who were in Haida, Temeraire or Vanguard. We have just held a reunion in Toronto with over 120 people attending. A new association is being formed and we want to hear from anyone connected with any of the Toronto Corps. Ex Cadets of Haida, Temeraire, Vanguard, Scarboro. Ontario, Ark Royal or Illustrious are requested to call
Garry Thomson
416 690 1063

Monday, October 27th 2003 - 10:27:10 AM

Name: Garry Thomson

Monday, October 27th 2003 - 10:17:24 AM

Name: Frank Michon
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Comments: Served in RCN 1961-1971 Marine Engineer
aboard HMCS sagunay,Fraser,Margaree,Jonquier,James Bay,Grileand Rainbow.
1971-1981 Construction Engineers Cold Lake, Edmonton,Comox,1CEU Winnipeg.
Looking for old Friends

Sunday, October 26th 2003 - 02:19:37 AM

Name: David Melanson, MSM, CD
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Comments: Serverd in the RCN from 1964-1969. HMCS Ottawa, HMCS Restigouche, HMCS Gatineau, HMCS Onondaga

Saturday, October 25th 2003 - 10:07:06 AM

Name: Don Carpenter
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Comments: I was attending H.M.C.S Acadia at the time of the transfer of Wallaceburg and Winnipeg. I found the pictures of that time very interesting. Look forward to more.

Thursday, October 23rd 2003 - 09:29:42 PM

Name: richard douglas
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Saturday, October 18th 2003 - 08:40:35 PM

Name: Don Curry
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Comments: Great Site: Joined 1952 served on Ships Portage Algonquin Hmcs toronto Fort Erie Dischared 1957 as LSRP2 a wonderful experience

Thursday, October 16th 2003 - 11:14:54 AM

Name: Terry Pinnell
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Comments: Absolutely a first rate site. I joined Kootenay 2/64 and today, 15 Oct, I am celebrating my 39th year in uniform. From RCN lower decks to CF has been a fun ride.
Does anyone know if the staff in Flag building had a distictive cap tally.

BZ and thanks for the memories
Terry Pinnell

Wednesday, October 15th 2003 - 03:15:16 PM

Name: donnie labrech
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Comments: i joined the r.c.n. in 1951 went to cornwallis. was in fraser division.went to the west coast and went aboard the h.m.c.s.naden. which was re-commisioned to the (Quebec)landed in stadacona went aboard a mine-sweeper for awhile then back to stad. stayed there untill i was released.

Sunday, October 12th 2003 - 08:11:54 AM

Name: Philip Anderson
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Comments: Hi Thomas,
You have a geat website.
I hope you get mine OK, have not used it in some time.
Send me a message, if you get a moment.

Monday, October 6th 2003 - 10:08:16 AM

Name: Robert (Bob) Cook
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Comments: I joined the RCN in 1958 and retired in 1978. I was a Radar Firecontrolman. Retired as WO. Served on Fort Erie, Sioux, Cayuga, Chaudiere, Athabaskan II (twice), Algonquin I (twice), Saguenay, Cape Scott, Iroquois II.

Friday, October 3rd 2003 - 04:19:51 PM

Name: Ron Bezant
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Comments: Rainbow Division HMCS Cornwallis August to December 1953
HMCS Lauzon 1954-55
Newport Corner Naval Radio Station 1955
HMCS Stadacona (L School) 1955-56
HMCS Shearwater, Bonaventure, Key West, Rivers MB 1956-1967
CFB Clinton 1967-69
CFB Esquimalt 1969
NDHQ (Rockcliffe) 1969-73
Lahr, West Germany 1973-77
CFB Trenton 1977-79
NDHQ Ottawa 1979-82 and 1987-88
307 CFTSD Orenda, Mississauga 1988-1990

Thursday, October 2nd 2003 - 01:45:08 PM

Name: Bill Featherstone
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Comments: Hi Tom...just checking back, as I do regularily looking for "lost wingers" . Found a bunch of "Air types" from Shearwater and a RA class photo from DND, (they sent me). It's posted on my link, via your "LINKS". I noticed in the entry just prior to this one, Rolly West. I'm sure we were at VX10 together. Sent him an email, but no response just yet..

Great stuff you're doing Tom. A few of us old RA's are trying to get enough guys together for an informal reunion, I'll keep you all posted.


Bill (Barney) Featherstone, ex-LSRA,

Wednesday, October 1st 2003 - 02:27:19 AM

Name: Rolly West
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Comments: Ships; Magnificent; Bonaventure, Oriole; Antietam;
Valley Forge
Bases; Cornwallis; Shearwater; Stadacona; Naden; Borden
Foreign Bases; Norfolk; Key West; Baden-Soellingen
Squadrons; VS880; VS881; 1TAG; 743; VX10; 421; 441; 439;
VS26; VS36; 1CAG
Length of Service; June,1950 to June, 1981

Tuesday, September 23rd 2003 - 02:43:37 PM

Name: Norrie Millen
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Comments: Surfed in form Gun Plot Oz site whilst researching Loch Class frigates. Great site. Look me up sometime.

Monday, September 22nd 2003 - 09:04:26 PM

Name: Gary Willis
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Comments: I was aboard H.M.C.S. HAIDA when she paid off in 1963.We had some Haida natives come to Halifax for the paying off ceremonies.We also had a shipmate on board by the name of Jones who himself was a Haida.

Sunday, September 21st 2003 - 06:58:49 PM

Name: Ken Sevinski
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Comments: EX: RCN
LSWS3 HMCS Stettler & HMCS St.Croix

Saturday, September 20th 2003 - 09:59:24 AM

Name: Ian P Evernden
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Comments: I came across this page quite by accident on Sept 14/03 and logged in. I note than my name shows as Everden (not an uncommon mistake). Correct spelling is EVERNDEN . :-))

I served in the RCNVR from May 25, 1943 until Ocober 25, 1945. I was 17 1/2 years of age when I enlisted.
I spent 2 months at HMCS Cornwallis, after enlisting at HMCS Montreal (Drummond St). From there I was sent to Halifax and served aboard the HMCS Iroquis, undergoing refit. From there it was onto Newfoundland where I lived aboard the floating barracks, the HMCS Avalon, tied up at the jetty on the southside of the harbor in St. Johns. The entry in and out of the harbor was tricky for torpedo nets were strung across the entrance and and S turn was required. It was outside those gates where I first realized that one could experience 6 meals a day (the roll of the sea and me didn't agree for three days - but I got used to it and I survived.) I served in the dockyard on the Fire Department until September of 1944. I requested sea duty and it was granted and I went aboard the HMCS Beauharnois
(K540), a flower class Corvette, a fine ship and a great crew of guys. I did the North Atlantic convoy - 5 runs(I think) from Newfoundland to Londonderry, N. Ireland. Not too many of us WW2 RCNVR are around anymore I was one of the youngest. Always the youngest in any group that I was in.

Today I live in the Boston area - my lifes work has been as Professional Fire Protection Engineer. Seeded by my time in the Navy. I am healthy and I still work and swim every other day. Looks like I'll be around for another 25 years anyway.

Seeing as WW2 was on my watch I am happy I didn't miss it. I entered the RCNVR a boy - I emerged a man - with a sense of "duty" which has served me well all through my life.
To all those who have been marked with good fortune to have served in the Canadian Navy in whatever capacity - I salute you. GOD BLESS !

Monday, September 15th 2003 - 03:14:51 PM

Name: Ian P Evernden

Sunday, September 14th 2003 - 01:30:21 PM

Name: linda blackwell
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Homepage URL: http://outlook express
Comments: I am the eldest daughter of Fred Rumley also of Welland Ont.I live in Penticton BC.My dad is terminally ill and I found your website while searching for the naval hymn which is to be played at his funeral.He served i ww11 on the Kincardine.I have been unable to find much info on that ship. I read where you were asking about George Ashley.If it is the same man, he came from Nova Scotia with my dad in 1947 I think. He was my godfather and passed away 2 years ago in Edmonton Alberta.

Friday, September 12th 2003 - 10:57:09 PM

Name: Yves Jacques
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Comments: Here are two links that you may add to your Museum section for ships of the Canadian navy. This is almost unknown but as they are located in my area, I thought it might be a good idea to share with some old shipmates:

HMCS Nipigon - now an artificial reef in the Lower Saint-Lawrence area in Ste-Luce near Rimouski. Although in French, the site offers some good pictures:

HMCS Bras D'Or - located at "Le Musée maritime du Québec" at L'Islet on autoroute 20 near Quebec city:

Friday, September 12th 2003 - 02:47:33 PM

Name: Yves Jacques
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Comments: Outstanding site. Brings back a lot of memories

Thursday, September 11th 2003 - 09:44:40 AM

Name: Tom Spowart
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Comments: This is the start of a new log. The previous log has been archived as Archive #5 which may be viewed on the log page. By keeping the current log entries between 45 to 50, then archiving, it makes it easier to search the name listings for former shipmates and wingers.
And it makes it much easier for me to keep a listing..
The names in the archives have been enlarged in blue font.

Tuesday, September 9th 2003 - 10:07:05 PM

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