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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

 

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.

 

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 P.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     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

WILLDEY, Jack Reginald

LCdr, 078163, RCN

died - 03 Oct 1958 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Arthur, Robert Harold

1925-2013

Served in Chaudiere in 1959 as Electrical Officer

Beckett, Brian Harwood

1936-2013

Bédard, Cécilien

1937-2013

Served in Chaudiere as an LSET3

Bélanger, Marcel H.

1924-2016

Served in Chaudiere in 1959-1961 as LCdr, RCN, XO

Bowman, Donavin Bernhard

1940-2014

Served in Chaudiere 1959 - Mar 1962

Burck, David

____-1998

C-D

Chadwick, Edward Allan

1929-2016

Cripps, Keith

____-____

Served in Columbia in 1961 as an LSRP

Draibye, Mark

1930-2014

Drent, Jan Jansz

1935-____

Served in Columbia in 1965 as Lt, RCN, OpsO

E-F

Edwards, Murray Hilton

1927-2011

Falls, Robert Hilborn

1924-2009

3rd Commanding Officer

Fast, Allen

1934-2017

Flanagan, Leonard George

1931-2013

Flegg, Bruce

____-2011

Served in Chaudiere in 1961 as OSRP

G-H

Gammon, Bryan T.

1929-2008

Gorman, Andrew Drummond

1931-2007

Grainger, Robert Keith

1935-2007

Hart, William Edgar

____-2004

Hibbard, Earl George

____-2014

Hoskins, William Birnie

1941-2009

K-L

Kearney, Joseph Patrick

1935-2012

M-N

MacFarlane, George Richard

1922-2000

4th Commanding Officer

Mackie, Edward

1934-2007

Malkewich, Laurie James

1950-2003

Martin, Blair Joseph, RCN

1936-2014

Mason, John William R.

1923-2016

Served in Chaudiere 1959-1961 as LCdr, RCN, Engineering Officer

Mielke, Gordon Arnold

1941-2016

Merritt, James

1941-2016

Served in Chaudiere 1959-1966

Nairn, Herbert John

____-2007

O-P

Palmer, Jim

____-____

Served in Chaudiere in 1961 as P2FC

Paterson, William Argyle

1930-2007

Power, Mike

____-2016

Purdy, Donald Wesley

1930-2014

Q-R

Quick, Fred Albert

____-2016

Rusk, Harry

1928-2012

9th Commanding Officer

S-T

Sheals, Stephen John

____-2012

Served in Chaudiere in 1961 as LSSG

Spalding, James Dixon

1938-2016

Served in Chaudiere in 1967 as LCdr, RCN, XO

Thompson, C.H.

1925-2009

Turnbull, David Thomas

1930-2016

W-X

Watt, George T.

1931-2015

Woodruff, David S.

1934-2016

 

Former Crew Members

Adams, Garry, OSRP - 1961

 

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


Flanagan, L., PO Weapons - 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


Koski, Ed., OSEM - 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


Patrick, Larry, OSEM - 1961


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

 

Poirier, Wayne - 1966-1967


Pratt, J., AB - 1961

 

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

 

Wills, Al, FC - Apr 1969 - Jan 1970


Wood, Douglas, LSRP - 1961


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

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

HMCS Chaudiere Paying-off Booklet

 

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