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HMCS OKANAGAN SS74

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The 50-cent piece from the keel laying of HMCS Okanagan SS74

Courtesy of Steve St. Amant

The launching of HMCS Okanagan at Chatham Dockyards, 1966

HMCS Okanagan - Welcome Aboard Booklet

 

        

HMCS Okanagan arrives in Halifax for the first time

Source: Sentinel magazine

From the collection of Willie Waugh

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre 

Lt Mike Hurford with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau during a day sail on HMCS Okanagan

Source: The Sentinal Magazine Nov-Dec 1969

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

HMCS Okanagan departing Halifax early 1970s

Courtesy of / © John Hawley

HMCS Okanagan entering harbour in the Barbados circa 1970

Courtesy of / © John Hawley 1970

 

Sential Magazine April 1970 - They fight in the depths of the sea

 

                       

(1)                   (2)                 (3)                  (4)                   (5)                (6)                  (7)                  (8)                 (9)

 

(1) Cover - Slt Ian Sanderson (left) and LS Gary Derek (Sandy) Sanderson with the binoculars

 

(3) (Left) Commanding Officer Cliff Crowe on the Bridge. (Right) a look into the Engine Room at 77 Bulkhead.

 

(4) (Left) LS Rejean Daigle in the Radar Shack. (Right) LS Ernie Faid and PO2 Charlie Hillier in the Motor Room. (Charlie Hillier with the Mic)

 

(5) (Top Left) Lt Bill Sloan on the Bridge. (Top Right) is some crew on Forward casing enjoying the sun. (Bottom Left) (L-R) is LS Bob Mizuik, LS Paul Renner, LS Pat Rodden, LS Bob Evans, LS Keith Estabrooks and standing is LS Brian MacEachern. Taken in the After Torpedo Room during Tot Time. (Bottom Right) is PO1 George "Buddy" Thomas cutting Lt. Terry Jones's hair with AB Dave Van Kruiz looking on in Forward Torpedo Room.

 

(6) (Top Left) is crew on Fwd Casing getting sun. AB Brian Lapierre is at left drinking from a Coke can. Others is photo: LS Jerry Conway, LS Paul Renner with cigarette. (Top Right) Lt Terry Jones & LT Lloyd Barnes in the Wardroom. (Bottom Left) AB Steve Higdon in the Galley. (Bottom Right) a Fire Exercise outside the Galley at Bulkhead 49.

 

(7) (Top Left)  LS Fred Schatz on the helm. (Top Right) a Target. (Bottom Left) LS Brian MacEachern on the Main Blowing Panel in the Control Room. (Bottom Right) is LS Bret Aubrey in the Sound Room with headphones on.

 

(8) Commanding Officer Cliff Crowe on the Fwd Periscope with XO Dent Harrison as Officer of the Watch in the Control Room.

 

(9) (Bottom Right) Lt John Smith,  Engineering Officer. He eventually couldn't go to sea anymore so became a Medical Doctor in the Military. Still has his practice in Mineville, N.S. Retired as a Commander.

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

HMCS Okanagan - Great Lakes Cruise 1991

Courtesy of Keith Sherstobetoff

Swim-Ex on HMCS Okanagan

Courtesy of Joe Hayward

Swim-Ex on HMCS Okanagan

Courtesy of Joe Hayward

Swim-Ex on HMCS Okanagan

Courtesy of Joe Hayward

Laying out the lines on HMCS Okanagan

Courtesy of Joe Hayward

Rickey Coffey, Joe Hayward, Ed Hopkins and Bryan Blue on HMCS Okanagan

Courtesy of Joe Hayward

Crew list for 28 July 1973

 

This is a crew list of those that were on HMCS Okanagan S74 on 28 Jul 1973 when she was hit by RFA Grey Rover.

 

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

Officers

 

LCdr Jim Bell (CO)

LCdr Brian Fisher (XO)

LCdr Terry Jones

Lt Bill Hawes

Lt Bill Simmons

Lt Ian Jackson

SLt Peter Flewwelling

 

Cox'n

PO1 Bob Park

 

Comms Dept.

 

PO1 Kenny Robinson

LS Phil Rody

LS Fred Rowe

LS Bob Forbes

 

Clerk

 

Cpl JJ Gallant

 

 

Weapons Dept.

 

PO Terry Wyss

MS Bob Muziuk

LS Brian Cooper

LS Colin Vale

LS Gord Hamilton

 

Engineering Dept.

 

CPO1 Sam Jennings

PO2 Buster Brown

PO2 Lloyd Blagdon

PO2 Ed Diplock

PO2 Tom Goddard

PO2 Bob Evans

LS Tug Wilson

LS Richard Patterson

LS Ron Lloyd

LS Keith Estabrooks

LS Robert Mowat

LS Dave Caldwell

LS Allen Bell

LS Al Goldsmith (possible)

AB Barry (Suzie) Hayward

 

Cooks

 

MS Dave Brannen

LS Bill Mydnyski

Cpl Gilles Perry

 

Steward

 

LS Gabe Deak

 

Radar Dept.

 

MS Fred Childs

LS Reg Daigle

LS John Hughes

 

Medic

 

PO2 Jim Scott

Electrical Dept.

 

CPO2 Dick Newman

PO1 Charlie Hillier

MS Bob Rockley

MS Paul Renner

MS Jack Malloy

LS Dave Yeo

LS Larry Smith

LS Brian Lapierre

 

 

Fire Control

 

Lou Martel

 

 

Storesman

 

MS Max Guttin

 

 

Sonar Dept.

 

PO1 Buddy Thomas

LS George Sullivan

LS Lucky Gordon

LS Tony O’Hara

LS Doug Cameron

LS Jim Harris

LS Vic Carter

LS Ray Middleton

AB Ian Diplock

Subron One & RN Sea Training Staff Riders

 

Cdr James C. Wood (SM1) 1st Cdn Submarine Squadron

LCdr Ed Murray (Technical Officer) 1st Cdn Submarine Squadron

Lt John Smith. Cdn Sea Training

Captain Tubby Squires (RN) (FOSM) RN Sea Training

Cdr Hugo White (RN) RN Sea Training

RN Chief in Sound Room (Name Unknown)

HMCS Okanagan SS74 after her collision with RFA Grey Rover. Photo taken by a cook on RFA Grey Rover - 28 Jul 1973

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

Damage to HMCS Okanagan SS74 after her collision with RFA Grey Rover - 28 Jul 1973

Courtesy of / © Brian Lapierre 1973

Damage to HMCS Okanagan SS74 after her collision with RFA Grey Rover - 28 Jul 1973

Courtesy of / © Brian Lapierre 1973

Damage to HMCS Okanagan SS74 after her collision with RFA Grey Rover - 28 Jul 1973

Courtesy of / © Brian Lapierre 1973

Damage to HMCS Okanagan SS74 after her collision with RFA Grey Rover - 28 Jul 1973

Removed parts on the casing

Courtesy of / © Brian Lapierre 1973

Damage to HMCS Okanagan SS74 after her collision with RFA Grey Rover - 28 Jul 1973

RN Chief and Tug Wilson on top of conning tower making repairs

Courtesy of / © Brian Lapierre 1973

Damage to HMCS Okanagan SS74 after her collision with RFA Grey Rover - 28 Jul 1973

A view of the fin showing the damage

Courtesy of / © Brian Lapierre 1973

Damage to HMCS Okanagan SS74 after her collision with RFA Grey Rover - 28 Jul 1973

Larry Smith and Richard Patterson amongst the damage

Courtesy of / © Brian Lapierre 1973

Damage to HMCS Okanagan SS74 after her collision with RFA Grey Rover - 28 Jul 1973

Brian Lapierre amongst the damage

Courtesy of / © Brian Lapierre 1973

Damage to HMCS Okanagan SS74 after her collision with RFA Grey Rover - 28 Jul 1973

Brian Lapierre amongst the damage

Courtesy of / © Brian Lapierre 1973

Damage to HMCS Okanagan SS74 after her collision with RFA Grey Rover - 28 Jul 1973

Brian Lapierre amongst the damage

Courtesy of / © Brian Lapierre 1973

Damage to HMCS Okanagan SS74 after her collision with RFA Grey Rover - 28 Jul 1973

P2 Don "Buster" Brown and LS Wayne "Tug" Wilson on top of conning tower making repairs

Courtesy of / © Brian Lapierre 1973

Damage to HMCS Okanagan SS74 after her collision with RFA Grey Rover - 28 Jul 1973

Brian Lapierre amongst the damage

Courtesy of / © Brian Lapierre 1973

Dave Yeo and Jack Malloy on the casing

Courtesy of / © Brian Lapierre 1973

The temporary fin installed; getting ready to sail home

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre 1973

Newspaper clipping on the collision between HMCS Okanagan and RFA Grey Rover on 28 Jul 73

From the Halifax Herald 30 Jul 73

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

Newspaper clipping on the collision between HMCS Okanagan and RFA Grey Rover on 28 Jul 73

From the Scottish Sunday Express 29 Jul 73

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

Newspaper clipping on the collision between HMCS Okanagan and RFA Grey Rover on 28 Jul 73

From the Sunday Mirror 29 Jul 73

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

Newspaper clipping on the collision between HMCS Okanagan and RFA Grey Rover on 28 Jul 73

From News of the World 29 Jul 73

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

Members of the "Crunch Bunch"

 

Crew members of HMCS Okanagan, who were on board when she was hit by RFA Grey Rover, got together in Halifax for a reunion on 28 Jul 2013.

 

(L-R) Dave Brannen, Brian Lapierre, Brian Fisher, Terry Wyss, Dick Newman, Reg Daigle, Jim Scott, Brian Cooper, Fred Rowe, Keith Estabrooks, Buster Brown, Jim Gordon, Lloyd Blagdon

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

Crew members of HMCS Okanagan, who were on board when she was hit by RFA Grey Rover, got together in Halifax for a reunion on 28 Jul 2013

Brian Lapierre and a bottle of Navy Rum brought out for a special occasion

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

Crew members of HMCS Okanagan, who were on board when she was hit by RFA Grey Rover, got together in Halifax for a reunion on 28 Jul 2013

Jim Gordon (left) and Brian Lapierre measuring out the tots

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

Crew members of HMCS Okanagan, who were on board when she was hit by RFA Grey Rover, got together in Halifax for a reunion on 28 Jul 2013

 

(L-R) Dave Brannen, Jim Scott, Reg Daigle, Jim Gordon, Buster Brown, Brian Lapierre, The Bartender, Lloyd Blagdon, Fred Rowe, Dick Newman

 

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

Crew members of HMCS Okanagan, who were on board when she was hit by RFA Grey Rover, got together in Halifax for a reunion on 28 Jul 2013

 

(L-R) Brian Fisher, Dick Newman, Buster Brown, Jim Gordon, Brian Lapierre, Lloyd Blagdon

 

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

Article written by Donald "Buster" Brown" for the Trident magazine, is about the collision between HMCS Okanagan and RFA Grey Rover in 1973 and the reunion of the "Crunch Bunch" in 2013.  It is published here courtesy of Donald "Buster" Brown

The Last Tot on HMCS Okanaga, 31 Mar 1972

 

Pat Rodden, Ross Webb (Coxn) and Brian McEachern behind Coxn

 

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre 1972

The Last Tot on HMCS Okanaga, 31 Mar 1972

 

CPO2 Ross Webb (Coxn), Brian McEachern, LS Wilf Broyden

 

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre 1972

The Last Tot on HMCS Okanaga, 31 Mar 1972

 

CPO2 Ross Webb (Coxn), LS Jerry Conway, LS Dave Brennan, LS Wilf Broyden

 

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre 1972

The Last Tot on HMCS Okanaga, 31 Mar 1972

 

Certificate presented to LS Brian Lapierre after drawing his lat tot on HMCS Okanagan, Mar 1972

 

© Brian Lapierre 1972

Kite Flying on HMCS Okanagan - 1976

Recognized on the bridge is Rick Limoges

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre 1976

Kite Flying on HMCS Okanagan - 1976

Recognized on the bridge is Rick Limoges

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre 1976

Kite Flying on HMCS Okanagan - 1976

Rick "Beercan" Limoges, J.J. Surette, Brian Cooper, and Pierre Alarie preparing their kites on HMCS Okanagan

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre 1976

Kite Flying on HMCS Okanagan - 1976

Rick "Beercan" Limoges, J.J. Surette, Brian Cooper, and Pierre Alarie preparing their kites on HMCS Okanagan

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre 1976

Kite Flying on HMCS Okanagan - 1976

Recognized is Mitch Ewan

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre 1976

Kite Flying on HMCS Okanagan - 1976

"She's flying"

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre 1976

Card Hockey on HMCS Okanagan

 

Every submariner who has gone to sea knows the routine. Many hours of work, watches, sleep and then repeat of the same. Time can pass very slowly sometimes. In a persons off time you would probably read or watch the evening movie in the "forends" on the old 16mm projector before the days of VCRs and DVD players.

 

In the early 70's I took an old card game and turned it into a tournament. We had two players per team, all of the teams in the NHL at that time. We played the typical NHL schedule then went into the playoffs. The finals of course being held in the "forends" complete with spectators, hand made jerseys and the "Okanagan Cup" made by the engine room staff out of a grease can, painted silver with the boats crest and a red light on top which could be flashed when a goal was scored. These tournaments brought great fun for participants and spectators alike.

 

Okanagan Cup Winners

 

1971 - Montreal Canadian with Herbie Wambolt and Peter Llewellyn defeated the New York Rangers of George Reach and Vic Carter.

 

1974 - Vancouver Canucks with Doug Cameron and Gord Hamilton defeated the Buffalo Sabres of Vic Carter and Brian Cooper.

 

Card hockey on HMCS Okanagan - Apr 1971

Okanagan Card Hockey Tournament

Montreal Canadian with Herbie Wambolt and Lew Llewellyn defeated the New York Rangers of George Roach and Vic Carter

Card hockey on HMCS Okanagan - 1971

Recognized are Bob Evans, Stu Hall, Wilfie Broyden, George Roach, Peter Llewellyn, Herbie Wambolt, Vic Carter

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre - 1971

Card hockey on HMCS Okanagan - 1971

Recognized are Bob Evans, Stu Hall, Wilfie Broyden, George Roach, Peter Llewellyn, Herbie Wambolt

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre - 1971

Card hockey on HMCS Okanagan - 1971

Recognized are Bob Evans, Stu Hall, Wilfie Broyden, George Roach, Peter Llewellyn, Herbie Wambolt

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre - 1971

Card hockey on HMCS Okanagan - 1971

Recognized are Vic Carter, Herbie Wambolt, Peter Llewellyn, George Roach and Wilfie Broyden

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre - 1971

Card hockey on HMCS Okanagan - 1971

Recognized are Reggie Daigle, Peter LLewellyn and Herbie Wambolt

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre - 1971

Card hockey on HMCS Okanagan - 1971

Recognized are Bob Evans, Stu Hall, Wilfie Broyden, George Roach, Peter Llewellyn, and Herbie Wambolt

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre - 1971

Card hockey on HMCS Okanagan - 1971

Recognized are Wilfie Broyden, Peter Llewellyn Vic Carter and George Roach

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre - 1971

Card hockey on HMCS Okanagan - 1971

Recognized are Bob Evans, Stu Hall, Wilfie Broyden, George Roach, Peter Llewellyn, Herbie Wambolt and Vic Carter

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre - 1971

Card hockey on HMCS Okanagan - 1971

Recognized are Reggie Daigle, Fred Childs, Herbie Wambolt and Peter Llewellyn

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre - 1971

Card hockey on HMCS Okanagan - 1971

A graceful loser, Vic Carter

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre - 1971

Card hockey on HMCS Okanagan - 1971

"A goal"

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre - 1971

Card hockey on HMCS Okanagan - 1971

President Brian Lapierre presenting "winnigs" to Larry Schneider

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre - 1971

Card hockey on HMCS Okanagan - 1971

President Brian Lapierre presenting "winnings" to Doug Cameron

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre - 1971

Card hockey on HMCS Okanagan - 1971

Vic Carter, Brian Lapierre and George Roach with the "Okanagan Cup"

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre - 1971

Swimex and BBQ on HMCS Okanagan - 1970

Recognized are Ian Sanderson and Charlie Hillier

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre 1970

Swimex and BBQ on HMCS Okanagan - 1970

Recognized is Gord Parlee

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre 1970

Swimex and BBQ on HMCS Okanagan - 1970

Paul Renner climbing the scrambling net

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre 1970

Swimex and BBQ on HMCS Okanagan - 1970

Lloyd Blagdon and Jim Pfaff swimming

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre 1970

Swimex and BBQ on HMCS Okanagan - 1970

Billy Layden cooking with Mitch Ewan, Charlie Hillier and Tommy Goddard

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre 1970

Swimex and BBQ on HMCS Okanagan - 1970

Recognized are Cliff Crowe (CO), Ian Sanderson and Bill Layden

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre 1970

A submariners jacket crest that was bought by Robert Snelling almost 30 years ago - which has just resurfaced  -  01 Jul 2014

Courtesy of Robert Snelling

HMCS Okanagan's paying off sail past

Courtesy of Daniel Asselin

HMCS Okanagan's paying off sail past

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

HMCS Okanagan is paid off and the ensign is lowered for the final time.

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

 

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