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HMCS CHAUDIERE 235

 

FORTUNE FAVOURS  THE BRAVE

HMCS Chaudiere 235 - 11 Jul 1970

Photographer: Walter E. Frost

Source: City of Vancouver Archives

Click on the above photo to view a larger image

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944,   Normandy  1944,   Biscay  1944

 

 

Laid down: 30 Jul 1953

Launched: 13 Nov 1957

Commissioned: 14 Nov 1959

Paid off: 23 May 1974

Fate: Sunk as an artificial reef on 05 Dec 1992

 

Built at Halifax Shipyards and the last of her class, Chaudiere was commissioned on 14 Nov 1959. On 02 Oct 1967, she left Halifax to serve on the west coast. Her intended conversion to an IRE was abandoned for reasons of economy, and in 1970 her complement was reduced to training level. On 23 May 1974, she was paid off and thereafter used as a source of spare parts for others of her class. Her bow was removed in 1989 to replaced that of Kootenay, which had been damaged in a collision. Chaudiere was sunk as a sport divers' wreck in Sechelt Inlet, B.C., on 05 Dec 1992.

 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          The Ship's Bell          Commissioning Book          Paying-off Book

 

Shipboard Newspaper - Chaudiere Hot Pot

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr V.J. Wilgress, RCN - 14 Nov 1959 - 25 Apr 1961

Cdr Philip John Pratley, RCN - 24 Apr 1961 - 11 Apr 1963

Cdr Robert Hilborn Falls, RCN - 11 Apr 1963 - 25 Aug 1964

Cdr George Richard MacFarlane, RCN - 25 Aug 1964 - 17 Jan 1966

Cdr John Irwin Manore, RCN - 17 Jan 1966 - 26 Aug 1967

LCdr W.G. Brown, RCN - 26 Aug 1967 - 24 Nov 1967

LCdr J.L. Woodbury, RCN - 24 Nov 1967 - 08 Dec 1967

LCdr Philip G. Bissell, RCN - 08 Dec 1967 - 20 Jan 1970

Cdr Harry Rusk - 20 Jan 1970 - 30 Jun 1971

LCdr David Redford Donaldson - 30 Jun 1971 - 23 May 1973

LCdr Joseph Guy Comeau - 24 May 1973 - 23 May 1974

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

WILLDEY, Jack R.

LCdr, RCN

died - 03 Oct 1958

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

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Former Crew Members

 

Adams, Garry, OSRP - 1961

 

Adamthwaite, Dave V., Lt (N), OpsO, WpnsO, TrgO - Jan 1974 - Jun 1974 

 

Arsenault, Steve - 1967

 

Baillie, Larry - 1967

 

Becevel, Michael, Radioman


Bowman, Don, ABLM - 1961


Bracken, J., OSFC - 1961


Brewer, Jim, OSEM - 1961

 

Brooks, John


Caine, M., PSBN - 1961


Charter, Jim, P1ER - 1961


Crocket, Harry - P2RP - 1961


Davis, Ken - LSWS - 1961


DeCosta, EM - 1961


Derosie, K, LSEM - 1961


Dingle, George, OSFC - 1961


Dixon, OSRP - 1961


Dorion, OSLM - 1961


Easton, William, P1ET - 1961

 

Gilmore, D., OSRP - 1961

Gosslin, OSRP - 1961


Hansen, H.P., Slt, Assistant NavO - 1961


Hogue, Lloyd, OS Weapons - 1961


Holmes, Douglas, OSRP - 1961


Holston, (Hammer), OSLM - 1961


Jones, Brian, OSLM - 1961

 

Kalkman, Ben - 1967


Kelly, D., OSRP - 1961


Kurts, David, CPO2 RPI - 1961


Leclanc, Edward, OSRP - 1961


Lemay,  ABRA - 1961

 

Lesuik, Les, P1RM - 1969


Letourneau, LSRA - 1961


Little, P2ET - 1961


MacIntosh, John or Bruce, OSRP - 1961


Makin, E.A., Lt, Gunnery Officer - 1961


Martin, E., PO Shipwright - 1961


Mason, William, OSRP - 1961

 

McAuliffe, William "Bill", OSLM - 1961

 

Merritt, Jim, OSRP - 1961

 

Miller, Duncan E.

Paterson, Bruce - 1971

 

Patrick, Larry, OSEM - 1961


Players, Reg., C1BN, Cox'n - 1961

 

Poirier, Wayne - 1966-1967


Pratt, J., AB - 1961

 

Rayner, Jim, Bos'n, RCN(R)

 

Richmond, Robert (Bob), ABLT1


Ruhloff, Udo, OSRP - 1961


Sawyer, Ralph, ABLM - 1961


Scrivens, C., P1BN, Buffer - 1961

 

Shoemaker, Jim - 1967


Smith, Mark, ABLM - 1961


Squires, Bill, LSRP - 1961


Steffens, J., LSSN - 1961

 

Sutherland, Ted, OSRP - 1961


Thomas, LSRA - 1961


Thriverge, Rob, BN - 1961


Tremblay, OSLM - 1961

 

Watts, Randall John

 

Wills, Al, FC - Apr 1969 - Jan 1970


Wood, Douglas, LSRP - 1961


Young, A.E., Lt, NavO and CommO - 1961

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

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From the collection of Terrance O'Hearn

 

HMCS Chaudiere 235 circa 1965

Photographer: Raymond Cumby on HMCS Ottawa 229

Courtesy of Raymond Cumby

HMCS Chaudiere 235 - 11 Apr 1969

Photographed by Walter E. Frost

Source: City of Vancouver Archives

George (Cowboy) Watt, RT (left) and Les Lesuik, P1RM, 3 Mess, HMCS Chaudiere, 1969

From the collection of George Watt

Courtesy of Christopher Whatt

 

HMCS CHAUDIERE - 1971

 

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(BP01) unknown sailor in HMCS CHAUDIERE's mortar well  (BP02) HMCS CHAUDIERE's mortars. Note the bit of smoke drifting from the mortar barrels  (BP03) Mortars landing  (BP04) Cleaning the mortars on HMCS CHAUDIERE after a shoot  (BP05) HMCS CHAUDIERE in drydock in Esquimalt, BC

Courtesy of Bruce Paterson

 

Donavin (Don) Bernhard Bowman as helmsman on HMCS Chaudiere 235

© / Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

Welcome Aboard booklet for HMCS Chaudiere 235

May 73-May 74 time frame

 

        

 

HMCS Chaudiere Arrives for Paying Off Ceremony

Newspaper clippings for the Victoria Times Colonist

Courtesy of Stu Doran


Former HMCS Chaudiere being sunk as an artificial reef 05 Dec 1992

Source: Artificial Reef Society of BC

 

   

 

former HMCS Chaudiere 235 being sunk as an artificial reef on 05 Dec 1992

 

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