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HMCS COUGAR Z15

Former SABALO (1916) / (1919)

Former USS SABALO (1917)

Former BREEZIN' THRU (1921)

Then BREEZIN' THRU (1945)

HMCS Cougar Z15

 

Launched: 1916

Commissioned: 11 Sep 1940

Paid off: 23 Nov 1945

Fate: Sank Sep 1950

 

Commissioned on the west coast on 11 Sep 1940, Cougar was employed initially on A/S patrol from Esquimalt, then transferred in May 1942, to Prince Rupert Force.  In Jun 1944 she returned to Esquimalt as an examination vessel and was paid off on 23 Nov 1945.  Sold to a California buyer in 1946, she resumed her original name, Breezin' Thru, for a time before sinking in a hurricane at Kingston, Jamaica, in Sep 1950.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt William Reid Kirkland, RCNR - 01 Jun 1940 - unk

Lt T.M.W. Golby, RCNR - 20 Aug 1940 - 01 Jan 1941

Lt Harry George Denyer, RCNR - 02 Jan 1941 - 11 May 1941

Ch/Skipper George Francis Cassidy, RCNR - 12 May 1941 - 05 Nov 1942

Ch/Skpr Reginald Whitbourne Sparks, RCNR - 06 Nov 1942 - 07 Feb 1943

Skpr/Lt Eric William Suffield, RCNR - 08 Feb 1943 - 22 Feb 1943

Ch/Skpr Reginald Whitbourne Sparks, RCNR - 23 Feb 19 42 - 23 Nov 19 43

Skpr D.J. Smith, RCNR - 24 Nov 1943 - 12 Jan 1944

Skpr/Lt George Francis Cassidy, RCNR - 12 Jan 1944 - 22 Jun 1944

Skpr/Lt Kenneth Bennett, RCNR - 23 Jun 1944 - 15 Sep 1944

Skpr/Lt Kenneth Bennett, RCNR - 03 Oct 1944 - 15 May 1945

Skpr/Lt Walter Raymond Chaster, RCNR - 16 May 1945 - 22 Jun 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

K-L

Laurie, Wilford George Thomas

1915-2011

 

 

 

 

S-T

Shaw, William Peter Miles

1910-2003

Smyth, Sidney Hamilton

1924-2007

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Georgeson, Thomas Cumberland, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Apr 1945

LeVae, Gray Buxton, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 20 May 1944

McCombe, William, Skpr, RCNR - 24 Apr 1945

McLeod, Alfred Ernest, Skpr, RCNR - 27 May 1941

Owen-Jones, Bertram Glyndwr Killeen, Skpr, RCNR - 10 Jun 1940

Pearo, Lester Peter, Ch/Skpr - Jan 1943 / 08 Mar 1944

Pederson, Ragmar Lystrup, Skpr, RCNR - 17 Feb 1945

Peterson, Arthur Henry, Skpr/Lt, RCNR - 15 Feb 1945

Stanbridge, Thomas Marshall, Skpr, RCNR - 08 Apr 1944

 

 

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