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HMCS SAGUENAY H03 / D79 / I79

Photos and Documents

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HMCS Saguenay entering Willemstad Harbour, Netherlands Antilles, 1934

In the winder of 1934, HMCS Skeena, HMCS Saguenay, HMCS Champlain and HMCS Vancouver took part in Winter exercises off South America.

From the collection of James A. Senior

Courtesy of Bob Senior

HMCS Saguenay seen from HMCS Sackville K181

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

HMCS Saguenay I79 with a disruption paint scheme

From the collection of CPO Lloyd Wallace

Courtesy of Peter Hanlon

Front pages from the Halifax Herald on the torpedoing of HMCS Saguenay

 

  

 

Individual articles below

Heroism Prevents Loss of Canadian Destroyer

Halifax Star, 11 Dec 1940

Newspaper article on the actions of CERA William Brooking, Chief Stoker Charles Branch and LT Engineer Harold Hutching Wright

Courtesy of Jim Courchene

Repair Saguenay

Newspaper article on the actions of Lt. G. Huntley Davidson and Joseph C. Robbins

Courtesy of Jim Courchene

Helped Bring The Saguenay To Port

Newspaper article on L/Sto Lawrence How and Sto PO Percy Schurman

Courtesy of Jim Courchene


Newspaper article on the torpedoing of HMCS Saguenay

Courtesy of Jim Courchene

Newspaper clipping of CERA William Brooking

Courtesy of Jim Courchene

Newspaper clipping of LS John E. Lipton

Courtesy of Jim Courchene

Note: name should read John F. (Francis) Lipton


Nova Scotia Heros in Saving Saguenay (2 articles)

The Halifax Herald

Courtesy of Jim Courchene

HMCS Saguenay Casualty List

The Halifax Herald

Courtesy of Jim Courchene

Newspaper article on HMCS Saguenay

The Halifax Herald

Courtesy of Jim Courchene

Nova Scotian sailors who were wounded when HMCS Saguenay was torpedoed

Herbert Clarke, J.F. Myers, Lloyd Finter and F.M. Sherlock

Courtesy of Jim Courchene

Newspaper article on the torpedoing of HMCS Saguenay

Courtesy of Jim Courchene

Newspaper article on the torpedoing of HMCS Saguenay

Courtesy of Jim Courchene

Newspaper article on the torpedoing of HMCS Saguenay

Courtesy of Jim Courchene

Tribute to those lost when HMCS Saguenay was torpedoed

Courtesy of Jim Courchene

Newspaper article on PO Richard Williams who was injured when HMCS Saguenay was torpedoed

The Daily Colonist, Victoria, BC 27 Jan 1945

Personnel preparing to fire depth charges as the destroyer HMCS Saguenay attacks a submarine contact at sea, 30 Oct 1941

Source: Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-204329

The Saguenay Song

Newfoundland songs, unknown in Canada before the Second World War, were on the lips of thousands of Canadian sailors once RCN warships began operating from St. John's and other ports of the Old Colony. When the River class destroyer Saguenay acquired her own song, the words were set to the Newfoundland tune "The Ryans and the Pittmans", more often known by the first line of the chorus: "We'll rant and we'll roar like true Newfoundlanders". The Saguenay's song tells of ·the ship's torpedoing. Later she had her stern blown off by her own depth charges in a convoy collision and ended her service career as a training ship at Cornwallis. 

 

Oh, the Saguenay sailed through the blue Caribbean,
The Saguenay sailed o’er the old Spanish Main,
From Dutch Curacao to misty Balboa
Through the Yucatan passage and right back again.

Chorus: We’ll zig and we’ll zag all over the ocean,
We’ll zig and we’ll zag all over the sea,
Until we strike soundings in Halifax Harbour;
From Sambro to Sable in thirty-five leagues.

And then one dark night, while out on the ocean,
A speeding torpedo crashed into our bow,
Through luck and fair weather she held us together,
And kept us all safe till we got alongside.

Chorus

Source: The Crow's Nest Magazine Apr 1956

Herbert Edward Dowling

 

Leading Stoker, RCN, 1928-1946

Born: 22 May 1907   Crossed the Bar: 29 Jul 1978

 

HMCS Festubert, HMCS Champlain, HMCS Saguenay, HMCS Comox, HMS Uganda, HMCS Uganda, HMS Newfoundland

 

Herbert Edward Dowling

From the collection of Herbert Edward Dowling, RCN

Courtesy of Bill Cummins

 

click here to view Herbert Dowling's MTE course photo

Medals of Herbert Edward Dowling

1939-45 Star, Defense Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal w/bar, War Medal 1939-35, Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

Courtesy of Bill Cummins

Archibald William "Archie" Dowling, Stoker, RCN

 

Born: 04 Sep 1909   Crossed the Bar: 1992

 

HMCS Saguenay D79

 

From the collection of Archie Dowling

Courtesy of Bill Cummins

 

click here to view Archie Dowling's MTE course photo

HMCS Saguenay D79 entering Miami, Fla, April 1935

From the collection of James Senior

Courtesy of Bob Senior

 

HMCS Saguenay and HMCS Champlain, Miama, Fla

From the collection of James Senior

Courtesy of Bob Senior

HMCS Champlain (left) and HMCS Saguenay (right) in the graving dock, St. John's, NFLD - date unknown.

From the collection of James Senior

Courtesy of Bob Senior

Saguenay sailors ashore - 1936

Front left, James A. Senior, front right believed to be Herbert E. Dowling. Sailors in back unknown

From the collection of James Senior

Courtesy of Bob Senior

HMCS Saguenay D79 transiting the Panama Canal, Jan 1938

 

     

 

From the collection of James A. Senior, RCN

Courteys of Bob Senior

H.E. Dowling (left) in Lima, Peru

HMCS Saguenay D59 - 1938 Cruise

From the collection of Herbert Edward Dowling, RCN

Courtesy of Bill Cummins

Crossing the Line - Equator - 1330 hrs 04 Feb 1938 - HMCS Saguenay D79

Ships on this deployment - HMCS Saguenay D79, HMCS Skeena D59, HMCS St. Laurent H83 and HMCS Fraser H48

 

  

 

(Above) Crossing the Line certificates of Herbert Dowling and James Senior

From the collection of Herbert Edward Dowling, RCN //  James A. Senior, RCN

Courtesy of Bill Cummins // Bob Senior

 

        

 

(1) King Neptune's Court  (2 & 3) Crossing the Line  (4) Officers Crossing the Line

 

From the collection of James A. Senior, RCN

Courtesy of Bob Senior

 

Note: In 2017, 79 years after the event,  the families of Herbert Dowling and James Senior are comparing notes about Herbert's and James' time on HMCS Saguenay.

Herbert Dowling (left) part time ships barber

HMCS Saguenay D79

From the collection of Herbert Edward Dowling, RCN

Courtesy of Bill Cummins


HMCS Saguenay D79 Christmas card

From the collection of Archie Dowling

Courtesy of Bill Cummins

1937 Coronation Fleet Review souvenir programme cover

From the collection of Herbert Edward Dowling, RCN

Courtesy of Bill Cummins

HMCS Saguenay D79 at the 1937 Coronation Fleet Review

From the collection of Herbert Edward Dowling, RCN

Courtesy of Bill Cummins

Newspaper article from the Halifax Chronicle Herald about the 1938 cruise

From the collection of Herbert Edward Dowling, RCN

Courtesy of Bill Cummins

Obituary of AB John Pulley from the Montreal Gazette, 05 Dec 1933

From the collection of Herbert Edward Dowling, RCN

Courtesy of Bill Cummins


Funeral service at sea for AB John Pulley - 04 Dec 1933

 

Casket with the body of AB John Pully with guard by the stern gun of HMCS Saguenay D79

 

From the collection of Herbert Edward Dowling, RCN

Courtesy of Bill Cummins

Funeral service at sea for AB John Pulley - 04 Dec 1933

 

Engines stopped - lower the ship's ensign - committal party assembled on lee side of quarter deck - committal service commences

 

From the collection of Herbert Edward Dowling, RCN

Courtesy of Bill Cummins

Funeral service at sea for AB John Pulley - 04 Dec 1933

 

The body of AB John Pulley is readied for committal to the deep

 

From the collection of Herbert Edward Dowling, RCN

Courtesy of Bill Cummins

Funeral service at sea for AB John Pulley - 04 Dec 1933

 

Casket sliding from "committal board" to sea from under ship's ensign. "Caps off" by crew.

Lord God, by the power of your Word you stilled the chaos of the primeval seas, you made the raging waters of the Flood subside, and you calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee.


As we commit the earthly remains of our brother
John Pulley to the deep, grant him peace and tranquility until that day when John and all who believe in you will be raised to the glory of new life promised in the waters of baptism.


We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

 

From the collection of Herbert Edward Dowling, RCN

Courtesy of Bill Cummins

Funeral service at sea for AB John Pulley - 04 Dec 1933

 

A wreath is laid on the ocean grave of AB John Pulley

 

From the collection of Herbert Edward Dowling, RCN

Courtesy of Bill Cummins


A/Slt Douglas McKenzie Brown 0-9383 RCNVR - date unknown

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

 


 

This tunic belonged to Lt Brown.  It is in the collection of Kevin Joynt. Lt. Brown lost all his uniforms when HMCS Saguenay had her stern blown off, this was his replacement tunic.  He had this tunic when he was onboard HMCS Athabaskan G07. He was transferred off Athabaskan, on request, one month before she was sunk.

 

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

H.E. Dowling at Cape Haitian

HMCS Saguenay D79 - 1935 cruise to Jamaica and Haiti

From the collection of Herbert Dowling

Courtesy of Bill Cummins

H.E. Dowling outside the tomb of King Henri Christophe at Cape Haitien, Haiti

HMCS Saguenay D79 - 1935 cruise to Jamaica and Haiti

From the collection of Herbert Dowling

Courtesy of Bill Cummins

Nelson Rutt and H.E. Dowling (right) posing in from of a pile of cannon balls at the Castle of Blood (Citadelle Laferriere), Cap Haitien, Haiti

HMCS Saguenay D79 - 1935 cruise to Jamaica and Haiti

From the collection of Herbert Dowling

Courtesy of Bill Cummins

H.E. Dowling (left) and Jack Mackenzie on HMCS Saguenay in Kingston, Jamaica

HMCS Saguenay D79 - 1935 cruise to Jamaica and Haiti

From the collection of Herbert Dowling

Courtesy of Bill Cummins

Herbert Edward Dowling

 

HMCS Saguenay, HMCS Champlain

 

From the collection of Herbert Dowling

 

Courtesy of Bill Cummins

HMCS Saguenay after being rammed by SS Azra 12 miles South of St. John’s and 50 miles South East of Cape Spare,15 Nov 1942, and lost her stern when her depth charges exploded

From the Rose family collection

Courtesy of Bud Rose

HMCS Saguenay in the graving dock at St. John's, NFLD after her collision with SS Azra. The two Carly Floats which were mounted on the starboard stern at 'Y' Turret have been removed, and a protective canvas for workers has been install over the stern work area.

 

From the Rose family collection

Courtesy of Bud Rose

Five crew of HMCS Saguenay, 09 Jan 1938, Bermuda

Fred Rowe standing, 2nd from left

From the collection of Jean Martin

Courtesy of Jean Martin via Vignettes of Reta

Meisner and Fred Rowe (right), HMCS Saguenay, Puerto Culebra, Costa Rica 1938

From the collection of Jean Martin

Courtesy of Jean Martin via Vignettes of Reta

Fred Rowe (right) and shipmate, Panama, HMCS Saguenay, 1938

From the collection of Jean Martin

Courtesy of Jean Martin via Vignettes of Reta

Fred Rowe on HMCS Saguenay, Acapulco, Mexico, 1938

From the collection of Jean Martin

Courtesy of Jean Martin via Vignettes of Reta

Fred Rowe (left) and Dinty Moore on HMCS Saguenay, Acapulco, Mexico, 1938

From the collection of Jean Martin

Courtesy of Jean Martin via Vignettes of Reta

Ira Johnson and shipmate on HMCS Saguenay circa 1939

From the collection of Ira Johnson

Courtesy of Marie Paulowich

Thomas G. Mosher on HMCS Saguenay, date unknown

From the collection of Thomas Mosher

Courtesy of Gordon Rhymes

 

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