For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS ASSINIBOINE 234

 

NEVER UNPREPARED

HMCS Assiniboine 234

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1939-45,   Biscay  1944,   English Channel  1944-45

 

 

Laid down: 19 May 1952

Launched: 12 Feb 1954

Commissioned: 16 Aug 1956

Paid off for DDH conversion: 01 Jun 1962

Re-commissioned: 28 Jun 1963

Paid off for DELEX Refit: 23 Apr 1979

Re-commissioned: 16 Nov 1979

Paid off: 02 Jan 1989

Fate: Sold for scrap.

 

Assiniboine was the first ship delivered postwar to the RCN by Marine Industries Ltd., Sorel and was commissioned there on 16 Aug 1956. In January 1959, after two years' service on the east coast, she was transferred west, and in Jul 1959, had the honour of carrying Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip from Vancouver to Nanaimo. In Jun 1962 she began her conversion to a helicopter carrying destroyer (DDH), the first of her class to under the procedure, which was largely carried out by the Victoria Machinery Depot. Re-commissioned on 28 Jun 1963, she returned to Halifax. In Jan 1975, Assiniboine took off the crew of the freighter Barma, which was shipping water 185 miles off Boston. Between Apr and Nov 1979, she completed her Destroyer Life Extension (DELEX) program at Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal. On 30 Jun 1981, Assiniboine grounded on Point Pleasant Shoal at the entrance of Halifax Harbour. In Jan 1984, while en route to Florida for Exercise Northern Wedding, a crack was found in Assiniboine's main. She was forced to return to Halifax after a port visit at Fort Lauderdale while the rest of the squadron continued on the exercise.  En route to Halifax she had to remain within sight of land. Later that year, while acting as escort for the Tall Ships race from Bermuda to Halifax, Assiniboine took a lead role in the search for survivors of the lost British sailing vessel Marques, but sadly only one was found. On 17 Jul 1984 Assiniboine went into refit at Marine Industries Ltd., Sorel, Que. After thirty-two years' service, and with more than 700,000 nautical miles under her keel, she was paid off on 14 Dec 1988, afterward serving as a floating classroom for fleet technicians at Halifax until Jan 1995, when she was turned over to Crown Assets for disposal. She was sold for scrap in 1995.

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr E.P. Earnshaw, RCN - 16 Aug 1956 - 23 May 1958

Cdr James Robert Coulter, RCN - 24 May 1958 - 19 Feb 1959

Capt James Charles Pratt, RCN - 19 Feb 1959 - 17 Aug 1960

Capt J.A. Charles, RCN - 17 Aug 1960 - 18 Aug 1961

Cdr V. Browne, RCN - 18 Aug 1961 - 30 Apr 1962

Cdr Edgar Alfred Wiggs, RCN - 30 Apr 1962 - 22 Jun 1962

Cdr W.S. Blandy, RCN - 28 Jun 1962 - 15 Jan 1966

Cdr Thomas Leith Bourdillon Hebbert, RCN - 15 Jan 1966 - 15 Jul 1967

Cdr Gordon (Gordie) Lewis Edwards, RCN - 15 Jul 1967 - 06 Jul 1970

LCdr Robert Alan Ernest Cullwick - 06 Jul 1970 - 18 Aug 1970

Cdr Leonard Joseph Cavan - 18 Aug 1970 - 10 Jan 1972

Cdr Harley Buell Keiran - 10 Jan 1972 - 17 Jul 1972

Cdr Trevor Stephen Hayward - 17 Jul 1972 - 20 Nov 1972

Cdr Gerald George Freill - 20 Nov 1972 - 22 Dec 1972

LCdr R. Thomas - 22 Dec 1972 - 14 Apr 1973

Cdr John Robin Cornell - 14 Apr 1973 - 20 May 1974

LCdr R. Thomas - 20 May 1974 - 10 Jun 1974

Cdr Mark Hubert Taylor - 10 Jun 1974 - 16 Jul 1975

Cdr Edward Joseph Kelly - 16 Jul 1975 - 27 Jun 1977

Cdr Michael John Duncan - 27 Jun 1977 - 15 Apr 1979

LCdr Kim Beardmore - 15 Apr 1979 - 31 Jul 1979

Cdr George Douglas Braithwaite - 31 Jul 1979 - 10 Aug 1981

Cdr R. Moore - 10 Aug 1981 - 04 Jul 1983

Cdr Wilfred Gourlay D. Lund - 04 Jul 1983 - 01 Jun 1984

Cdr Roger Michael Bernard - 16 Jun 1984 - 01 Aug 1985

Cdr B.D. Neal - 01 Aug 1985 - 11 Jun 1987

Cdr D.G. McNeil - 11 Jun 1987 - 02 Jan 1989

forposteri

 

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

OLAN, Wayne John

AB, 63372-H, C.F. (Navy)

Lost at sea off San Juan, Puerto Rico - 20 Feb 1969 

 

RCN Memories - Lost at Sea - LSWU Olan

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Allen, Cecil Robert Copp

1956-2017

Arnold, John Martin

1933-2014

Served in Assiniboine in 1963 for haul down trials as Lt, RCN

Astles, Harold Kenneth

1922-2006

Blandy, Walter Stairs

1924-2014

Bowness, Kendrick Warren

1928-2016

Bridges, Richard James Baskerville

1923-1998

Served in Assiniboine 1959 - 1961 as P1RPI

Brown, Rodney Leslie

1961-2016

 

 

 

C-D

Cairney, John Dorrian

1929-2010

Callaghan, Brian

1934-2013

Carter, Lorne Fulton

1936-2012

Cavan, Leonard Joseph

1929-2015

11th Commanding Officer

Charles, John Alexander

1918-2010

Ciccolella, Antonio Vincenzo

1946-1999

Clark, David Wesley

____-2013

Cormier, Clarence Noel

1938-2016

Cottenden, Harry Roland

1930-2016

Coulter, James Robert Boardman

1920-2004

2nd Commanding Officer

Crawford, Gary

____-1982

Served in Assiniboine in 1968 as an Electrician

Crowe, Gordon Lee

1949-2014

Curran, John Garfield

____-2015

Currie, David Wayne

1946-2008

Dawson, Eric Jardine

1925-2006

Served in Assiniboine 1957-1959 as LCdr (E), RCN, E.O.

Doucette, Raymond Joseph Frank

1931-2016

Douglas, David Richard

1949-2011

Doutre, Gilles

1942-2016

Duncan, Michael John

1938-2012

20th Commanding Officer

 

E-F

Edwards, Gordon Lewis

1931-2011

Etherington, J.E.

1932-2015

Ferris, John Burgess

1943-2015

Fitzgerald, James O'Neill

____-2017

Fowlie, William D.

1937-2016

Fox, Robert E.

1939-2015

Freill, Gerald George

____-2013

 

 

 

G-H

Grainger, Robert Keith

1935-2007

Griffin, Edward Joseph

____-2010

Hagerty, Bernard I.

1926-2015

Hamilton, Robert Alexander

____-2011

Hannem, Dallas Norris

1940-2016

Harrietha, John Clarence

1931-2008

Hart, William Edgar

____-2004

Hayes,Guilford Roscoe

____-2008

Hazelwood, Eric Eugene

____-2015

Henry, Robert John

1932-2012

Hoffman, Herman E.

____-1995

Served in Assiniboine Nov 1966 - Apr 1970 as an ET

Hoskins, William Birnie

1941-2009

 

 

 

I-J

Jackson, Roy Mathew

1927-2016

Johnson, Kenneth E.

1931-2017

 

 

 

K-L

Kidder, Larry

____-2014

King, Herbert Frederick

1928-2014

Kirwin, James Terrance

1941-2010

Kuder, Gerald Ralph

1933-2014

Langlois, Stephen Gilbert

____-2014

Langman, Donald George

1929-2017

Lawlor, Patrick

____-2014

 

 

 

M-N

MacLeod, Max Daniel

1930-2015

Marcotte, Grant William

1934-2006

Matchem, Clarence Calvin

____-2017

Served in Assiniboine Jan 1969 - Dec 1971

McGowan, Stewart Edwin

1938-2014

McLean, Mark Donald

1961-2014

Mielke, Gordon Arnold

1941-2016

Mifflin, Frederick John

1938-2013

Served in Assiniboine in 1957 as a Slt, RCN

Molloy, John Patrick

____-2011

Munday, Robert William

1938-2009

Murray, Douglas

1948-2014

Muxlow, John Roger

____-2015

 

 

 

 

O-P

Ouellet, Rene Joseph

1940-2009

Parry, Albert

____-____

Patterson, Donald Victor

1942-2016

Served in Assiniboine 1974-1978

Penwarn, George

____-1965

Plant, Gordon

____-2010

Pratt, James Charles

____-1994

3rd Commanding Officer

Pringle, James C.

____-2013

 

 

 

Q-R

Rusk, Harry

1928-2012

Served in Assiniboine in 1964 as LCdr, RCN, XO

 

 

 

 

S-T

Sauer, Eugene Gilbert

1948-2015

Sawyer, Thomas Anthony

1926-2013

Silvester, Henry

1919-2013

Simpson, John Burton

1939-2012

Smith, Ronald Lorne

____-2014

Drafted to Assiniboine in 1959

Smith, Robert Paul

1928-2012

St. Germain, Jean Joseph Dominique

1932-2011

Strang, Albert P.

1948-2014

Statham, David John

____-2016

Served in Assiniboine as LCdr, XO 1978-1979 (approx)

Squire, Robert Davison

1924-2008

Served in Assiniboine as Chief Electrician

Tait, Frederick Thomas

____-2017

Teeple, Clarence Norman

1935-2015

Tobin, Richard Francis

1961-2013

Tomlinson, Samuel George

1927-2016

Served in Assiniboine in 1960 as Lt, RCN

Tooms, Arthur

____-2003

Tracy, James Richard

1959-2014

 

 

 

 

W-X

Waller, Harold Taylor

1940-2013

Wareham, Earle A.

1922-2016

Whalen, David Bertram

1941-2016

Whitley, Lloyd Arnold

1939-2015

Served in Assiniboine as a PO Shipwright/Hull Tech

Wickware, Michael John

1947-2014

Wilson, Joseph Frank

1922-2012

Wright, Gregory Lloyd

1948-2013

Wright, Gregory Thomas

____-____

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Addison, Tim

 

Berbeck, Robert, Jun 1963 - Feb 1964

 

Bradley, Paul, LSET - 1968

 

Brousseau, Rene, P1ET - 1968

 

Brown, Ted, Radioman - 1969

 

Cayley, Peleg Howland, Slt, RCN - 05 Jul 1944

 

Cuthbert, Tom, LSET - 1968

 

Doiron, Alfie, LSET - 1968

 

Hawley, John, FC - Oct 1972 - Jun 1976

 

Hlasny, Steve, LS

Hutton, Robert (Bob), Sig

 

Kavanaugh, Karl, P2ET - 1968

 

Kimber, Norman, LSWU, RCN - 1966-1967

 

Larcheveque, Richard, OBSV/AESOP - 1980-1981 (aircrew)

 

Malloy, Jock, LSET - 1968

 

McGaw, Tom, LSET - 1968

 

McLeod, David, ABET - 1968

 

Melnyk, Pete, Radioman - 1969

 

Nordstrum, Dale, AB - 1960

Okros, Richard Dennis, Lt, RCN, SQN Gunnery Officer - 1955

 

Reaume, Wayne, 27146-H

 

Robbins, Wayne - 1969

 

Silvester, Jim Clark, PO1, QR2, RCN(R) -08 Apr 1961 - 18 Apr 1961

 

Thomas, Jake, Radioman  - 1969

 

Thomas, Robert - 1968

 

Tofflemire, Bob, RP

 

Vermette, Gary, ABET - 1968

 

Watson, Bryan, ABFC - Sep 1968 - Jul 1969

 

Photos and Documents

 

RCN Memories

Brace for Shock! - HMCS Assiniboine hits HMS Cleopatra

Lost at Sea - LSWU Olan

 

Links

Personal photo gallery for Jim Silvester

Ship's company photos for HMCS Assiniboine

 

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