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HMCS FRASER 233

Photos and Documents

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HMCS Fraser being launched in Vancouver from Burrard Dry Docks in 1953

HMCS Fraser 233, Pearl Harbor, 1963

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Fraser lit up for Christmas prior to 1965

Courtesy of Matthew Batten

HMCS Fraser 233 prior to 16 Feb 1965 - location unknown

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Operation Sailor Hat

 

On 06 Feb 1965 HMCS Fraser participated in a shock trial called Operation Sailor Hat. Below are a few photos and documents about the trial.

 

     

 

(1) Operation Hat Certificate issued to P1RP G.A. Broster  (2) Operation Sailor Hat badge designed and painted by P1 Broster (right) before the shock trials  (3) Operation Sailor Hat badge mounted on HMCS Fraser's funnel

 

              

 

(4 & 5) Dome of 4,500 lbs of explosives  (6) HMCS Fraser (right), secured, awaiting detonation  (7) Dome of explosives as seen from HMCS Fraser  (8) After the explosion .... 

 

           

 

Photos of the explosion taken from various view points

 

     

 

Three newspaper articles on the Operation Sailor Hat shock trials / explosion

 

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

The change from the White Ensign to the Canadian Flag on HMCS Fraser - 16 Feb 1965

 

         

 

The story behind the photos:  The CO decided that he wanted to try to stall as long as possible on the change. I am not sure where the ship location was at the time of the photos, but the CO ensured that this ship was the last one to change due to the time zones etc... so the last flying white ensign in the fleet!

 

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Communicators on HMCS Fraser - Fall 1969

Courtesy of Ronald J. MacDonald

Communicators on HMCS Fraser - Fall 1969

Courtesy of Ronald J. MacDonald

Communicators on HMCS Fraser - Fall 1969

Courtesy of Ronald J. MacDonald

Communicator on HMCS Fraser - Fall 1969

Courtesy of Ronald J. MacDonald

Communicator on HMCS Fraser - Fall 1969

Courtesy of Ronald J. MacDonald

Communicators on HMCS Fraser - Fall 1969

Courtesy of Ronald J. MacDonald

Communicators on HMCS Fraser - Fall 1969

Courtesy of Ronald J. MacDonald

LSRM Brian Fox, HMCS Fraser, October 1969

Courtesy of Ronald J. MacDonald

Helo crash on HMCS Fraser in 1972

Crossing the Line ceremony on HMCS Fraser - Exercise Eastlant '88

Courtesy of Shane Walters

HMCS Bonaventure and HMCS Fraser 233

Note that Fraser does not yet have her distinctive TACAN mast

HMCS Fraser 233

HMCS Fraser dressed for the Fleet Review during the 75th Anniversary of the Canadian Navy, Bedford Basin, Halifax

Courtesy of Ken Watson

© Ken Watson RCN

Newspaper article on HMCS Fraser's 20th Anniversary

Courtesy of Denis deKergommeaux

HMCS Athabaskan 282 and HMCS Fraser 233 during Exercise Team Work '88

Credit: Trident Magazine  Photographer: Cpl Herbert

Courtesy of Jarrod David

HMCS Fraser's 1980-1981 NATO Sail past

Courtesy of Frederick Dainard

HMCS Fraser's NATO sail past in 1980 just prior to a port visit in Rotterdam.  Upon sailing Rotterdam on 03 Dec 80, Fraser's CO informed the crew that they would, along with the NATO squadron, proceed to the Baltic as a show of force due to the crisis in Poland.  Fraser spent Christmas in Portsmouth, England; the first Canadian ship not to be home for Christmas since the Korean war.

Courtesy of Derrick Payne

HMCS Fraser's 1980-1981 NATO Sail past

Courtesy of Frederick Dainard

HMCS Fraser's 1980-1981 NATO Sail past

Courtesy of Frederick Dainard

HMCS Fraser's 1980-1981 NATO Sail past

Courtesy of Frederick Dainard

HMCS Fraser's 1980-1981 NATO Sail past

Courtesy of Frederick Dainard

The Battle of Deadman's Bay, 1968

Thurlo Munroe, far right, Bob Verge, Butch Boucher

Courtesy of Thrulo Ian Munro

 

"We took on St Laurent and Gatineau in the whalers with 4 grapefruit guns each, lots of ammo and lots of beer. What a hoot. Our XO, Josimite Sam (LCDR Hayward, was our pirate captain). We won the battle because the other 2 ran out of ammo. We were firing grapefruits at each other, not blanks. We even made up a second battleboard and had Deadman's Bay on it. Hayward was one of the finest XOs I ever sailed under. Our whole crew, officers included were one of the tightest knitted groups I ever went to sea with from the skipper down.. The whole battle happened because St Laurent had a gun crew and while we were doing a jackstay transfer, they closed up their gun crew and took a shot at us with their grapefruit gun. Our skipper said, they're not getting away with that!!!! The challenge went out and Gatineau said they wanted in on it too. This is how battles happen. Only rules were, no rowing, no outboards. We cut off our white uniform pants and spray painted t-shits. Jeeze, fighting Communist Aggression was hard in those days. Those were the days"

Newspaper article on HMCS Fraser visiting Thunder Bay, Ont. - year unknown

Courtesy of Art Moore

Painting from the door of the main cafeteria aka "The Cave" on HMCS Fraser 233

 

Artist: Paul F. Prudhomme

Courtesy of Mike O'Keefe

HMCS Fraser 233

HMCS Fraser 233

Courtesy of Ken Watson

© Ken Watson RCN

HMCS Fraser 233

HMCS Fraser 233

HMCS Fraser 233

Painting on the door of the Main Cafeteria (MS & Below Mess) on HMCS Fraser 233, 1992.

Artist - Bernie Viscount

Courtesy of Christopher Thomas

Artwork on the door to the ETASS room on HMCS Fraser

Courtesy of James Fisher

Christmas dinner on HMCS Fraser 233, Dec 1993, en route back to Halifax from Operation Forward Action, Haiti (part 1)

Courtesy of Ken Johnson

 

Doug Brown (left)

far end of table J.P. Lariviere on left and possibly Mark Meadows on right

middle left Doug Brown, opposite of Doug (in civil shirt) is Barry Sheppard

far end of table on left is Chris Thomas; 2nd from right leaning in and facing camera with PML is Fisher (?? not entirely sure)

Gilles Gregoire and Johnson

 

If you can identify anyone in these photos, please send me an EMAIL so that I can update the captions


Letter from Denis deKergommeau, Lt (N), ret'd - Fraser commissioning crew member - to the Fraser's CO requesting info on her paying off, and the CO's reply

Courtesy of Denis deKergommeaux

 

 

 

The End

 

HMCS Fraser does her final sail past and then is towed to Part Maitland to be broken up

 

HMCS Fraser 233 - Paying off pamphlet / schedule

 

        

 

Courtesy of Denis deKergommeaux

HMCS Fraser paying off sailpast - 05 October 1994

Courtesy of Roger Scott

Newspaper article on HMCS Fraser's Sailpast

Courtesy of Denis deKergommeaux

Last steaming watches on HMCS Fraser 233

Courtesy of Phil Warnell

Courtesy of Fabrice Mosseray

Source: Esprit de Corps magazine 1995

Newspaper article from the Trident Magazine, 18 May 1995, on the efforts by private groups to save HMCS Fraser from the breakers yard

 

Courtesy of Fabrice Mosseray

HMCS Fraser under tow to scrap yard in Ontario 12 Sep 2010

Photographer © Jean Hémond - This photograph is not to be re-used or re-published without permission of the copyright owner

Further photographs by Jean Hémond may be found at the following link: naturepainter's photostream

5 photographs of HMCS Fraser 233 being towed through the Welland Canal en route to the scrap yard 18 Sep 2010

Photographs published with permission of photographer © Paul Beesley, www.Shiphotos.com

 

           

HMCS Fraser 26 September 2010

Photographer Harry Snowden

Former HMCS Fraser being broken up at Port Maitland, Ont,  21 May 2011

 Photographer Cameron Meikle

 

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