RCNVR Half Company Port Arthur
Naval Reserve Division, Thunder Bay, ON
First established on 03 May 1937 as the RCNVR Half-Company Port Arthur, it shared quarters with the Lake Superior Regiment at the Port Arthur Armoury. On 01 Nov 1941, she was re-named HMCS Griffon and commissioned as a tender to HMCS Naden. On 01 Sep 1942 she was re-commissioned as an independent shore establishment. HMCS Griffon moved into its current location at 125 Algoma St North in 1944.
Photos and Documents
RCNVR DIVISION PORT ARTHUR
First Draft, Port Arthur, ON, 1939
From the collection of Donald V. Dynes
Courtesy of Bill Dynes
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(11) Donald V. Hynes
Article from the Port Arthur News-Chronicle, Monday 11 Aug 1941
Big Naval Draft Leaves Here For Training At East Coast
Front: L-R: J. Parker, G.M. Cameron, D.C. Corner, A. Stewart, Stoker 11 A.E. Laframboise, J.B. McDonald, M. Adams, J. Elvish, Stoker II O. Hickey, A.P. Shewchuk, C. Scotia, Stoker II J. Yatcheson, S.E. Maley, H. Hamilton, L. Peppard, Stoker II D. McLeod
2nd row: L-R: Stwd P. Connelly, J. Coutts, W.A. George, Stwd H. Nicol, D.G. Straughan, P. Carroll, I.L. Andrychuk, Stoker II D.F. Silvagi, A. Leon, W.C. Ansley, R.E. Young, J. Mihichuk, N. Zrobok, S. Buick, Cook F. James
Back Row: L-R: Stoker II J. McKee, F. Gaving, Stoker II K. Grown, M. Naydo, Stoker II P. Sargent, A. McRie, Stoker II R. Findlay, R. Webster, A. Kukko, H.J. Ksoki, C.F. Brooks, W. Dawson, B. Sawchuk, W. Jarva and D. Murray.
J. Paker and H.J. Koski, shown in the photo did not go. They were replaced in the draft by G. Gauthier and F.L. Brickson, not in the picture.
(WP134-WP135) Mess Dinner HMCS GRIFFON 1952 (WP136-WP137) Mess dinner HMCS GRIFFON 1953 (WP138) Mess dinner / formal dance at HMCS GRIFFON 1953
(WP139-WP140) Invitation to HMCS GRIFFON's 20th Annual Chief and Petty Officers Mess Banquet - 1969
Death of the "Sweepers"
Memorial Service at HMCS GRIFFON 1964
From the collection of William (Bill) Argyle Paterson, P1BN, RCN / C.A.F.
Courtesy of Bruce Paterson