For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS ATHABASKAN R79 / 219

Photos and Documents

Click on the thumbnail images to view the full size image

 

The launching of HMCS Athabaskan (R79) at Halifax shipyards on 04 May 1946

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

The launching of HMCS Athabaskan (R79) at Halifax shipyards on 04 May 1946

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

Newspaper articles on the mutiny onboard HMCS Athabaskan on 26 Feb 1949

 

     

 

Courtesy of Bill Kelleramn

Cordite smoke drifts from HMCS Athabaskan as she bombards targets on an island in the Taechon approaches. The destroyer, battered gun emplacements and destroyed warehouses and barracks. Photo originally published in CROWSNEST Magazine Vol. 3, No. 1, November, 1950

Harry Driemel on HMCS Athabaskan - 1950

From the collection of Harry Driemel

Courtesy of Daryl Driemel


Daily Orders - HMCS ATHABASKAN, Sasebo, Japan, Christmas Day, 25 Dec 1950

 

"HMCS Athabaskan Dec. 1950 - We were not going to be in port for X-mas but something happened and we had to go into dry dock for repairs. This resulted in a wild party as the rum for that few days that was left over from the issue instead of being tipped over the side was split to the crew; plus what was smuggled aboard was mixed in mess deck buckets. That's the way I remember it. I do not remember what happened to the turkey."

 

Courtesy of Gordon Howard

A "Korean" Christmas Card HMCS Athabaskan

Courtesy of Gordon Howard

HMCS Athabaskan 219 TAS dept. - 1950

Courtesy of Gordon Howard

Sailors from Athabaskan at a British canteen, Sasebo, Japan, 1950

Bill Dziadyk (1st on left), Gordon Howard (1st on right)

Courtesy of Gordon Howard

Last five minute ashore .....

 

HMCS Athabaskan readies to depart for her 1st Korean War tour

Newspaper article from the Victoria Daily Times - 06 Jul 1950

 

Crew listed in the article: Cook William Dziadyk; Cdr R.P. Welland, CO; CPO Charles N. Stroud; and, AB David Burke

 

From the collection of William (Bill) C. Dziadyk

Courtesy of Bill Dziakyk

 

William C. Dziadyk's photos from Athabaskan's 1st Korean War tour

 

Photo 1

photo 2

photo 3

photo 4

photo 5

photo 6

photo 7

photo 8

photo 9

photo 10

photo 11

photo 12

photo 13

photo 14

photo 15

photo 16

photo 17

photo 18

 

 

 

 

(1) Ed Melenka and Bill Dziadyk (right), Sasebo, Japan  (2) Bill Dziadyk on HMCS Athabaskan  (3) Bill Dziadyk on guard duty  (4-10) Bill Dziadyk touring Sasebo, Japan  (11) Bill and unknown friend/shipmate - location unknown  (12) Landing party returning to HMCS Athabaskan  (13) Unknown sailors on HMCS Athabaskan  (14-18) Harbour scenes - location unknown

 

From the collection of William (Bill) C. Dziadyk

Courtesy of Bill Dziakyk

 

 

Ed Chadwick's photos from HMCS Athabaskan's 1st Korean War tour

 

photo 1

photo 2

photo 3

photo 4

photo 5

photo 6

photo 7

photo 8

photo 9

photo 10

photo 11

photo 12

photo 13

photo 14

 

(1) Ed Chadwick on HMCS Athabaskan  (2) Jim MacKenzie on HMCS Athabaskan  (3) Unknown Chief on HMCS Athabaskan  (4) Harling and Harrah on HMCS Athabaskan  (5) HMCS Athabaskan in drydock at Sasebo, Japan  (6) Ed Chadwick with Peatman and Colley  (7) Ed Chadwick, HMCS Athabaskan, Christmas 1950  (8) Cdr Welland (right), Commanding Officer HMCS Athabaskan 13 Mar 1950 - 02 Jul 1951  (9) Electricians and Comm Rates on HMCS Athabaskan  (10) Ed Chadwick with Peatman and Klause on HMCS Athabaskan  (11) Ed Chadwick on HMCS Athabaskan, Kure, Japan - 1951  (12) Harrah, Peatman, Harling, Ledingham  (13) Electrical Party, HMCS Athabaskan, Feb 1951 (also posted on ship's company photo page)  (14) Newton, Harrah, Latimer, Maduik, Rennie & Chadwick, HMCS Athabaskan

 

photo 15

photo 16

photo 17

photo 18

photo 19

photo 20

photo 21

photo 22

photo 23

photo 24

photo 25

photo 26

photo 27

photo 28

 

(15) Slinging a clean hammock, HMCS Athabaskan  (16) Electricians on HMCS Athabaskan - 1950  (17) At the brow of HMCS Athabaskan - 1950  (18) Ledingham and Harling, Kure, Japan - 1950  (19) Gordon Berry, Kure, Japan - 1950  (20) Gordon Berry, Kure, Japan - 1950  (21) Dick Pollock on HMCS Athabaskan, Kure, Japan - 1950  (22) Peatman and MacKenzie on HMCS Athabaskan, Kure, Japan - 1950  (23) Ed Dalton and John Corbett on HMCS Athabaskan, Kure, Japan - 1950  (24) On Patrol, Jan 1951 - taking on supplies  (25) On Patrol 1951- Bofor taking aim  (26) On Patrol 1951 - Top, port side forward  (27) On Patrol 1951 - HMNZS Tutira approaching HMCS Athabaskan  (28) On Patrol 1951 - HMCS Athabaskan following astern of HMS Theseus

 

 

photo 29

photo 30

photo 31

photo 32

phto 33

photo 34

photo 35

photo 36

photo 37

photo 38

photo 39

photo 40

photo 41

photo 42

 

(29) On Patrol 1951 - HMS Comus coming alongside HMCS Athabaskan  (30) On Patrol 1951 - HMCS Huron Astern - Rescue Station  (31) On Patrol 1951 - HMCS Athabaskan transferring mail to HMCS Cayuga 218  (32) On Patrol, Jan 1951 - South Korean refugees escaping down the coast  (33) On Patrol 1951 - Interrogating Korean Fishermen  (34) On Patrol 1951 - Korean Fishermen on their way  (35) HMCS Athabaskan Fo'c's'le Party  (36) Yokusuka visit - Midget submarine - Feb 1951  (37) Don Lory and Jake Ellis, Imperial Palace, Japan - Feb 1951  (38) Yokusuka visit - Imperial Palace - Feb 195  (39) HMCS Athabaskan in Kure Drydock, Mar 1951  (40) HMCS Athabaskan alongside Sasebo, Japan, 1951  (41) HMCS Athabaskan alongside Sasebo, Japan, 1951  (42) Ed Chadwick on HMCS Athabaskan, Sasebo, Japan, 1951

 

photo 43

photo44

photo 45

photo 46

photo 47

photo 48

photo 49

photo 50

photo 51

photo 52

photo 53

photo 54

photo 55

photo 56

 

(43) Kure, Japan - 1951  (44) Sasebo Harbour, Japan - 1951  (45) John Peatman, HMCS Athabaskan -1951  (46) Ed Chadwick (right), HMCS Athabaskan - 1951  (47) Lt Olsen, John Peatman, Lt Clarence Alfred Sturgeon, Ordnance Officer  (48) MacArthur, Klause, HMCS Athabaskan - 1951 (49) Ed Chadwick looking a little under the weather - 1951  (50-55) Ed Chadwick, Lory Ledingham and others hiking in the Sasebo Hills - 1951  (56) Hong Kong - 1951

 

photo 57

photo 58

photo 59

photo 60

photo 61

 

(57-59) HMCS Nootka, HMCS Cayuga, HMCS Athabaskan at a buoy, Sasebo, Japan, Mar 1951  (60) Award of Korean Presidential Citation to HMCS Athabaskan  (61) Nute Harrah and Ed Chadwick flying back to Canada via CP Air, Apr 1951

 

From the collection of Ed Chadwick, CPO, LM / ET, RCN, ret'd

Ed served in HMCS Athabaskan 1950 - 1951

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

 

Beer and Cigarette Issue Card for Donald Lory

From the collection of Donald Lory

Courtesy of Stuart Lory

Newspaper article reporting on HMCS Athabaskan's newspaper writers / reporters - 14 May 1951

From the collection of Donald Lory

Courtesy of Stuart Lory

Len B. (left) and Howard MacMillan (right) on HMCS Athabaskan during a Korean war tour

From the collection of Howard MacMillan

Courtesy of Eric Colaris

"Smoke Break"

Gun crew on HMCS Athabaskan R79 circa 1952

Courtesy of Bob Orrick

Unknown crew member on gun turret of HMCS Athabaskan R79

Courtesy of Bob Orrick

Fo'c's'le part ship hands on HMCS Athabaskan R79 circa 1952

Courtesy of Bob Orrick

Commanding officer of HMCS Athabaskan R79 and gunnery officer with Chinese "Burp" gun

Courtesy of Bob Orrick

HMCS Athabaskan R79 in ice off Korea - 1952

Courtesy of Bob Orrick

HMCS Athabaskan R79 in ice off Korea - 1952

Courtesy of Bob Orrick

Admiral Mainguy in seaman's mess on HMCS Athabaskan R79 circa 1952

Courtesy of Bob Orrick

Crewmen on HMCS Athabaskan R79 circa 1952

Courtesy of Bob Orrick

Polishing brass voice pipe on HMCS Athabaskan R79 circa 1952

Courtesy of Bob Orrick

Signalmen on HMCS Athabaskan R79 circa 1952

Courtesy of Bob Orrick

HMCS Athabaskan 219 enroute to Korea - 1952

Courtesy of Steven Hlasny

HMCS Athabaskan off Inchon, Korea - 1952

From the collection of Sid Dobing

Courtesy of Brian Dobing

Sea Training make-up artists apply their trade for a casualty exercise on HMCS Athabaskan

 

        

 

From the collection of Norman Bowers

Courtesy of Geoff Gambee

HMCS Athabaskan rescues downed American pilot off Korea - who apparently was worth his weight in ice cream

 

        

 

(1) US aircraft marks position of down's pilot for HMCS Athabaskan's whaler  (2) US pilot being brought aboard HMCS Athabaskan (3 & 4) American pilot being jack-stayed back to his carrier

From the collection of Norman Bowers

Courtesy of Geoff Gambee

HMCS Athabaskan in ice of Chodo, Korea, winter 1952-1953

From the collection of Norman Bowers

Courtesy of Geoff Gambee

 

HMCS Athabaskan in dry dock at Sasebo, Japan

From the collection of Norman Bowers

Courtesy of Geoff Gambee

Jackstay between HMCS Athabaskan and unknown ship - personnel transfer and bringing mail on board

 

     

 

From the collection of Norman Bowers

Courtesy of Geoff Gambee

Freighter off the Korean coast

From the collection of Norman Bowers

Courtesy of Geoff Gambee

Admiral Maingay on HMCS Athabaskan

From the collection of Norman Bowers

Courtesy of Geoff Gambee

"One of our guns"

HMCS Athabaskan

From the collection of Norman Bowers

Courtesy of Geoff Gambee

Unknown sailor as jetty sentry for HMCS Athabaskan

From the collection of Norman Bowers

Courtesy of Geoff Gambee

Unknown officer and sailors on HMCS Athabaskan

From the collection of Norman Bowers

Courtesy of Geoff Gambee

 

Poetry written by unknown sailors on HMCS Athabaskan during one of her Korean War tours.

 

Norman transcribed/printed the majority of the poems to make them easier to read. If the original was still in his collection it was added below the transcribed copy.

 

Atha-b

original

Navy Blue

original

When I Get Home

original

A Mother's Love

original

Ode to a Hunted Train

Korean Blues

A Sailor

A Mother's Letter

A Hitch in Hell

original

The Rocket

(Chief Wadell)

Swede

(not transcribed)

untitled

(not transcribed)

Why Is It

(not transcribed)

 

 

 

From the collection of Norman Bowers

Courtesy of Geoff Gambee

 

HMCS Athabaskan and HMCS Crusader, Kure, Japan - 02 Apr 1953

 

"Side by side at a jetty in Kure, Japan, are HMC Ships Athabaskan (left) and Crusader, while their ship's companies unite in divisions alongside. The Crusader, a Crescent class destroyer, has been in Korean waters for eight months, while the Athabaskan, Canadian-built Tribal class destroyer, is on her third tour of Korean duty."

 

DND / RCN photo

From the collection of Donald Lory

Courtesy of Stuart Lory

 

Click here to view the associated newspaper article

 

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Athabaskan 219 - 1952

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Jacket patches from HMCS Athabaskan's 1952-53 Korean War Tour

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

US 7th Fleet of Korea during HMCS Athabaskan's 3rd Korean Tour - 1952-1953

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Coast of Korea - circa Jan-Mar 1953

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Athabaskan 219 off Chodo, Korea 1952-1953

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Athabaskan in ice off Chodo winter 1952-1953

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

US Fleet Sasebo Harbour, Nagasaki, Japan

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

USS Badoeng Strait

Photo taken from HMCS Athabaskan 219

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Athabaskan 219

DND / RCN photo

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Newspaper article on 700 lbs of ice cream owed to HMCS Athabaskan by the Yanks

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Newspaper article on Athabaskan joining the Train Buster Club

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Newspaper article on HMCS Athabaskan 219 completing her 3rd Korean War tour

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Newspaper article on Athabaskan's visit to Tokyo

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Invitation to HMCS Athabaskan's ship's dance - 14 Dec 1953

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Athabaskan's Return to Esquimalt - 16 Dec 1953

L-R: AB Ed Knipstrom, AB Leroy Kullman, LS Art Broster

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Athabaskan fueling from (believed to be) HMCS Ontario

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

ROK soldiers alongside Paenyang-Do

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Helicopter from USS Bataan delivering mail

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

LCdr C.E. Richardson, RCN, Commanding Officer HMCS Athabaskan 219 - 25 Oct 1954 - 15 Jan 1956

 

Courtesy of Christopher Richardson

Newspaper article on Joycelyn Joan Pilapil who was a stowaway on HMCS Athabaskan in 1955

Jacksonville daily Gazette, Monday 08 Aug 1955

A couple Athabaskan sailors ashore - location unknown - between Nov 1954 - Jul 1955

OS Terry Ingleson on right

From the collection of Terry Ingleson

Courtesy of Darren Ingleson

Terry Ingleson by the Squid launcher on HMCS Athabaskan between Nov 1954 - Jul 1955

From the collection of Terry Ingleson

Courtesy of Darren Ingleson

Jake Ellis and Harry Snaith at Cleaning Stations on HMCS Athabaskan circa Aug 1955

From the collection of Donald Lory

Courtesy of Stuart Lory

DND / RCN Photo

ABFC B.J. MacNeil, LSFC George Day and OSFC Pemberton in 7 Mess, HMCS Athabaskan in 1961

Courtesy of Patrick Fusk

LS Ivan Corkum and OS Gallagher in 7 mess on HMCS Athabaskan in 1961

Courtesy of Patrick Fusk

"The Captain's Toy" being brought on board HMCS Athabaskan in 1962

Courtesy of Patrick Fusk

Ruddy, MacNeil, Pemberton and Hick in front of  "A" gun on Athabaskan, 1962

Courtesy of Patrick Fusk

6-8 Mess on HMCS Athabaskan in 1963

Courtesy of Ben Kalkman

Photographer Ben Kalkman

Richard Miess by the forward gun of HMCS Athabaskan 219, Halifax, Jan 1964

Courtesy of Richard Miess

HMCS Athabaskan 219 all iced up after returning from sea, Halifax, Jan 1964

Courtesy of Richard Miess

Stoker Mess, names unknown, HMCS Athabaskan 219, 1964

Courtesy of Richard Miess

Stoker Mess, HMCS Athabaskan 219, 1964

Front left: Richard Miess, Centre left: unknown Rear left: Owen Jenkins

Front right: unknown, Centre right: Bill Dice

Courtesy of Richard Miess

Stoker Mess, HMCS Athabaskan 219, 1964

L-R: Richard Miess, Bill Dice and Don Patterson

Courtesy of Richard Miess


The Liberian tanker Amphialos broke up and sank approx 250 nautical miles south east of Liverpool, Nova Scotia on 01 Mar 1964.  34 of the 36 crew members were saved by HMCS Athabaskan 219.  One crewman drowned and one died on board HMCS Athabaskan. The Athabaskan tried to take the tanker in tow but was not able to.  After she broke apart, the stern sank but the forward part stayed afloat.  It was sunk by gunfire as it was a hazard to navigation.

Courtesy of Ben Kalkman

 

Click here to read the article from The Crowsnest Magazine on the rescue

Train Busters Club Certificate

Presented to HMCS Athabaskan 219

(Source: Newspaper article in the Rocky Mountain Outlook - Canadian navy excelled at 'train busting' 

HMCS Athabaskan 219 doing full power trials

Courtesy of Bob Orrick

Agenda for HMCS Athabaskan Reunion - 1972

Courtesy of Bob Orrick

HMCS Athabaskan 219 - 1961

Courtesy of Art Moore

HMCS Athabaskan 219 "Iced up"

Courtesy of Art Moore

HMCS Athabaskan 219 approaching HMCS Bonaventure for a RAS - circa 1962/63

Courtesy of James Merritt

Station card of Steven Hlasny on HMCS Athabaskan

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Collision between HMCS Athabaskan 219 and HMCS Bonaventure

 

In midsummer 1962 when ships of the Destroyer Escort Squadrons were being re-assigned, HMCS Athabaskan proceeded to Marine Industries Ltd. at Sorel Quebec. There she would undergo a major refit which was completed by midsummer 1963, but her radar system was not. Athabaskan was one of only two ships with this type Radar System, (Cayuga was the other) and any repairs had to be carried out at Portsmouth England. Following her work-ups, Athabaskan was assigned as "plane guard' for the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure, exercising in the North Atlantic. From there, Athabaskan was to proceed to Portsmouth England for radar refitting. During a refueling operation in mid Atlantic, the two ships struck each other with the Athabaskan receiving serious damage.

 

Following the collision, HMCS Bonaventure proceeded to Invergordon, Scotland to the former WW II Royal Naval Base and ship refueling facility. While damage to the Carrier's Hull was minimal, her fuel supply was below the accepted permissible level. Invergordon, Scotland was the nearest docking facility capable of docking an air craft carrier. HMCS Athabaskan received considerably more damage to her super structure and commutation aerials than the "Bonnie". Without the required fuel she was to receive from the Carrier, Athabaskan had to make way to the nearest port which could facilitate her requirements. This port was the shipyards of Hartland and Wolff in Belfast - Northern Ireland. Having received temporary repairs, HMCS Athabaskan proceeded on her mission which was the overhaul of her radar system at Portsmouth England - a service not available in Canada. Permanent repairs necessitated by the collision with HMCS Bonaventure at sea, would now be carried out at Portsmouth.

 

              

 

(1) Jackstay between Athabaskan and Bonaventure

 

(2) Athabaskan receives fueling line from Bonaventure

 

(3) Moments after the collision. Fuel line severed on both end. The haze in the photo is black smoke from Athabaskan's funnels

 

(4) Athabaskan pulling away from Bonaventure. Haze caused by funnel smoke from Athabaskan

 

(5) Athabaskan at Hartland and Wolff, Belfast, Northern Ireland, undergoing repairs

 

(6) Athabaskan at Portsmouth, England. Radar domes removed for servicing; new aerials installed. Note; the ‘Radar Domes’ were located aft of the flying bridge and looked like two large spot lights.

 

(7) Photo of Athabaskan showing the radar domes aft of the flying bridge

 

Courtesy of Bud Rose, HMCS Athabaskan 219


HMCS Athabaskan arrived in St. John's on Friday 13th September for a one night stay. On the morning of the 14th Sept, members of the ship's company from HMCS Cabot - HMCS Avalon and RCSCC Terra Nova were taken onboard and the ship sailed for Harbour Grace. The ships company of HMCS Athabaskan, HMCS Cabot and RCSCC Terra Nova formed the Canadian Naval contingent for the annual "Armed Forces Day Ceremonies" in Harbour Grace Nfld. A contingent from the U S Naval Base - Argentia, represented the U S Navy.

 

In all, over 2000 military personnel took part in this parade, which way out numbered the total population of the town, and its capacity to host such a long parade. The final result for the RCN which was being led by the HMCS Athabaskan with the Navy Band and Colour Party in the lead, was that they were misdirected up the wrong road. This road (Gravel) began to narrow in width and then finally terminated all together in a farmer's field. There was no dismissal of ship's company as everyone simply broke away as if it was a route.

 

The Athabaskan sailed for Halifax straight from Harbour Grace, and HMCS Cabot and RCSCC Terra Nova returned to St. John's by military convoy.

 

Courtesy of Bud Rose, HMCS Athabaskan 219

HMCS Athabaskan 219 RASing from HMCS Ontario - 1958

Newspaper article on HMCS Athabaskan's Korean War ship's Company Reunion - 1973

Newspaper: Victoria Times 28 Jul 1973

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Athabaskan 219 - date unknown

Courtesy of Dennis McGillivray

DND/RCN photo

 

USE YOUR BROWSER'S BACK BUTTON TO RETURN TO THE PREVIOUS PAGE

 

HOME PAGE     SHIP INDEX      CONTACT