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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS GRIFFON

Former RCNVR Half Company Port Arthur

Naval Reserve Unit

Thunder Bay, ON

 

125 Algoma Street North, Thunder Bay

 

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

Click on the above photo to view a larger image

 

(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.

 

 

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(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

 

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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

 

 

 

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