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HMCS ORKNEY K448

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A weather worn White Ensign from HMCS Orkney K448

Marcel Chasse brought this ensign home after the war.  It is proudly displayed by his son Robert

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

Notebook of Marcel Chasse

 

Though not highly detailed, this notebook mentions some of the port visits by HMCS Orkney, ship's routine, the collision with a merchant ship and the court martial of the CO. When she collided with SS Blairnevis, Marcel Chasse was on watch on HMCS Orkney as helmsman.

 

                             

 

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

HMCS Orkney K448

From the collection of Roy Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

Depthcharge from HMCS Orkney K448 exploding somewhere off the West coast of Canada

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

 

Webmaster's note: This photo being on the west coast would put the timeframe between Apr and May 1944.  Also, judging from the spectators, this is a training exercise.

Crew members Willis, Brazier, Colley, and Baston onboard HMCS Orkney

Source: Cheryl's blog - On The Sea - Photos from WWII - HMCS Orkney

Damage to the bow of HMCS Orkney after her collision with SS Blairnevis on 13 Feb 45.  SS Blairnevis sank after the collision.

Source: Cheryl's blog - On The Sea - Photos from WWII - HMCS Orkney

LS Bayliss onboard HMCS Orkney

Source: Cheryl's blog - On The Sea - Photos from WWII - HMCS Orkney

Crew members Harris, Jocky, Hogarth and Shuck onboard HMCS Orkney

Source: Cheryl's blog - On The Sea - Photos from WWII - HMCS Orkney

Cdr J.M. Roland, DSO & Bar, takes aim onboard HCMS Orkney

Source: Cheryl's blog - On The Sea - Photos from WWII - HMCS Orkney

White Ensign at half-mast on board HMCS Orkney for the death of President Roosevelt

Source: Cheryl's blog - On The Sea - Photos from WWII - HMCS Orkney

Depth charge exploding astern of HMCS Orkney

Source: Cheryl's blog - On The Sea - Photos from WWII - HMCS Orkney

HMCS Orkney crew loading hedgehogs. Three crew members were killed from a hedgehog explosion in Strathadam

Source: Cheryl's blog - On The Sea - Photos from WWII - HMCS Orkney

Two crew members of HMCS Orkney

Source: Cheryl's blog - On The Sea - Photos from WWII - HMCS Orkney

Crew of HMCS Orkney shooting at mines.

Source: Cheryl's blog - On The Sea - Photos from WWII - HMCS Orkney

HMCS Orkney Christmas Card from Jim Friend - Dec 1944

From the collection of James Thorpe Friend 

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

Native dugouts, Cortina, Nicaragua - taken during HMCS Orkney's transit from Esquimalt to Halifax, May-Jun 1944

From the collection of James Thorpe Friend 

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

Sourvenir photo taken at Club Atlantico, Panama - taken during HMCS Orkney's transit from Esquimalt to Halifax, May-Jun 1944

From the collection of James Thorpe Friend 

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

Wireless Station, HMS Malibar, Bermuda - taken during HMCS Orkney's transit from Esquimalt to Halifax, May-Jun 1944

From the collection of James Thorpe Friend 

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

HM Dockyard, Bermuda - taken during HMCS Orkney's transit from Esquimalt to Halifax, May-Jun 1944

From the collection of James Thorpe Friend 

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

St Georges, Bermuda (looking aft from bridge of HMCS Orkney) - taken during HMCS Orkney's transit from Esquimalt to Halifax, May-Jun 1944

From the collection of James Thorpe Friend 

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

Bermuda, HMS Mary Rose J360 visible on right of photo - taken during HMCS Orkney's transit from Esquimalt to Halifax, May-Jun 1944

From the collection of James Thorpe Friend 

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

HMCS Arvida K113 at Halifax - taken from HMCS Orkney K448

From the collection of James Thorpe Friend 

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

Forward gun and bridge of HMCS Orkney - photo taken from fo'c's'le of HMCS Orkney

From the collection of James Thorpe Friend 

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

(Escort Group) E.G. 16 on patrol - taken from HMCS Orkney K448

From the collection of James Thorpe Friend 

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

HMCS Charlottetown K244, HMCS Toronto K538 and HMCS Stettler K681 - taken from HMCS Orkney K448

From the collection of James Thorpe Friend 

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

Souvenir photo taken at the Copacabana night club, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

(L-R) Herrington, Scotty Moxam, Stew Davies, Jim Friend, Christianson, Sam Kotych, Reg Arthur, Ernie Quimbee 

From the collection of James Thorpe Friend

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

INS Mivtach K28 - formerly HMCS Orkney K448

Source: ShipSpotter.com.  Photographer Emmanuel L.

Battleship HMS King George V, Scapa Flow

Photo taken from HMCS Orkney K448

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

British aircraft carrier at Scapa Flow, 1941

Photo taken from HMCS Orkney K448

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

British aircraft carrier at Scapa Flow, 1941

Photo taken from HMCS Orkney K448

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

Unknown Canadian corvette departing Sydney, NS

Photo taken from HMCS Orkney K448

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

A Canadian corvette we met on our way to Sydney, NS

Photo taken from HMCS Orkney K448

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

A British freighter sinking south of Newfoundland

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

 

Gibraltar

Photo taken from HMCS Orkney K448

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

HMCS La Hulloise arriving at Gibraltar

Photo taken from HMCS Orkney K448

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

HMS Redmill, an American built destroyer that was transferred to the Royal Navy on 30 Nov 1943. On 27 Apr 1945 she was torpedoed off West Coast of Northern Ireland by an acoustic torpedo fired from U-1105. 28 killed. 60 feet of her stern blown off. She was towed by to Lisahally, N.I. She was declared a constructive total loss.

Photo taken from HMCS Orkney K448

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

British Submarine P53 which was exercising with us in Loch Alsh

Photo taken from HMCS Orkney K448

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

Officers on the bridge of HMCS Orkney K448 during evolutions

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

Somewhere in the North Atlantic

Photo taken from HMCS Orkney K448

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

Quarterdeck of HMCS Orkney K448 awash in heavy seas

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

"Our Maple Leaf on the funnel"

The funnel Maple Leaf of HMCS Orkney when she was part of the 25th Escort Group

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

HMCS Orkney K448 with her broken nose in dry dock at Dunstaffnage, Scotland after her collision with the British freighter SS Blairnevis on 13 Feb 1945 in the Mersey River estuary.

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

Results of the collision - taken from inside the Sickbay

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

 

Graves of three of our shipmates who were killed on HMCS Strathadam, 11 Apr 1945, when a hedgehog exploded during the attack on U-1302

Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

 

Graves of Dennis McEwan, Jimmy Friend, Clifford Purdy

 

From the collection of Marcel Chasse (HMCS Orkney K448)

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

 

  

 

In 2015, James Friend's daughter, Barbara Hamlin, visited her father's grave. This photo shows the Belfast City Cemetery 70 years later. Photo taken 13 Aug 2015

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

Chief E.A. Dudney (known as the most un-pusser chief in the Navy) on HMCS Orkney K448

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

The Three Chiefs

L-R: Chief Cox'n William R. Harding, Chief Stoker Timelin, C.E.R.A. Hollett on HMCS Orkney K448

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

Lt Macaulay playing the bag pipes on V.E. day in Londonderry

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

A WREN trying to play the bag pipes on V.E. day in Londonderry

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

 

Surrendered U-boats at Londonderry after V.E. day

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

AB Watson, E.A. L. Durning, Stoker Ward, and PO "Al" Shedden in the ship's whaler at Shelburne, NS

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

"Sea Boat Away"

Sea boat from HMCS Orkney K448

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

"Our Stokers" on HMCS Orkney K448

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

Behind the 12-pdr shelter on HMCS Orkney on our way to Sydney, NS

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

Looking aft on HMCS Orkney from the Search Light platform on the Port side. The bow of HMCS French Z23 is visible in the background at Sydney, NS

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

Looking aft on HMCS Orkney K448 from the Crow's nest.  The bow of HMCS French Z23 is visible in the background at Sydney, NS

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

L/Writere "Al" Marostica and AB Wilkes on the bridge of HMCS Orkney K448 in Sydney, NS.  HMCS Chaudiere H99 across the jetty in the background.

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

HMCS Orkney K448 - De-ammunitioning ship in Sydney, NS before refit - circa Jun-Jul 1945

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

Ammunitioning pendant flies above our "Lucky Dolphin"

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

De-ammunitioning on the quarterdeck HMCS Orkney in Sydney.

"By the looks of things, something much be going wrong"

 

Lt A. Trotman, PO Bill Webb, AB Leslie Cote, AB Plager and Marcel Chasse

 

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

HMCS Orkney K448 - Storing ship

Stwd Guay, AB K. Sanborn, AB A. Mork, and AB R. Fraser

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

Stewards on HMCS Orkney K448

 

Front: L/Stwd Scott, Stwd Pearson

Back: Stwds Gray, Taylor and Guay

 

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

Lt Nelson Jules Castonguay, (The Jimmy), The Buffer, PO Hynes and PO LSO Stevens

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

 

Webmaster's note: Lt Nelson Castonguay later became the Orkney's Commanding Officer from 22 May - 02 Sep 1945

My OPal Quartermaster AB Stewart Carnduff and AB Rivers Swanee on HMCS Orkney K448

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

 

Webmaster's note: possibly taken after return to Canada after the war as the Quartermaster is not armed.

 

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