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HMCS COWICHAN 162

HMCS COWICHAN 162

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1941-45,   Normandy  1944,   English Channel 1944-45

 

 

Laid down: 10 Jul 1956

Launched: 26 Feb 1957

Commissioned: 12 Dec 1957

Paid off: 1964

Re-Commissioned: 

Paid off: 22 Aug 1997

Fate: Sold to private interests. Tied up, neglected, at the wharf of the now closed Lambert Sawmill, Sooke, BC. Last seen June 2016.

 

Built by Yarrows Ltd., Esquimalt, she was commissioned on 12 Dec 1957, and was a member of Training Group Pacific until paid off for the final time on 22 Aug 1997. Her specifications on completion were: Displacement: 396 tons; Length: 152 ft, Beam: 28 ft; Draught: 8 ft; Speed: 16 kts; Armament: 1-40mm; Complement: 3 officers, 35 men. COWICHAN was sold to private interests and was last seen in June 2016, tied up at the the old Lamford Forest Products wharf, Sooke, BC - neglected and covered in graffiti.

 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          The Ship's Bell           Commissioning Ceremony

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr G.W.S. Brooks, RCN - 12 Dec 1957 - 27 Aug 1959

LCdr W.C. Wilson, RCN - 28 Aug 1959 - 30 Aug 1961

LCdr Richard Dezso Okros, RCN - 31 Aug 1961 - Aug 1963

LT A.P. Howard, RCN - Aug 1963 - Feb 1964

LCdr Duncan Edward Miller, C.A.F. - 1977

LCdr Robert Self, C.A.F. - dates unknown

LCdr David Cogdon - dates unknown

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Anderson, Thomas Read

1940-2017

Bond, James Mason

1926-2018

Commissioning crew. 1st XO

Boughton, Benjamin

1924-2008

 

 

C-D

Cogdon, David

1947-2018

Commanding Officer

dates unknown

Derhak, Wesley Gerald

____-2017

Dunwoody, Samuel George

1949-2019

 

 

 

F-H

Fast, Frank V.

Hill, Peter E.

1941-2019

 

 

 

I-J

Jackson, Peter John

1925-2016

 

 

 

 

K-L

King, Terry

____-2017

Kisby, Robert W.

Linscott, John David

1953-2015

 

 

M-N

McGowan, Harold Austad

1924-2010

 

 

 

 

O-P

Paterson, William A.

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Robertson, James W.

Rombough, Wallace Ormand

1926-2006

Served in COWICHAN 28 Apr 1967 - 12 Sep 1968 as a P1 MarEng

 

 

 

S-T

Salaga, Steven A.

1932-2018

Sarkany, James Michael

1955-2018

Self, Bob

1954-2010

Commanding Officer

dates unknown

Simpson, John B.

1939-2012

 

U-V

VanEk, Hendrick

1934-2016

 

 

 

 

W-X

Wickware, Michael John

1947-2014

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Hughes, Cyril

Miller, Duncan E.

Paries, Emil T., ABRP - 1958-1961

 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS COWICHAN 162 - date unknown

From the collection of Sid Dobing

Courtesy of Brian Dobing

 

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(WP104-WP105) 4 American and 4 Canadian minesweepers conducting exercises - 1962.  HMCS FORTUNE 151, HMCS JAMES BAY 152, HMCS COWICHAN 162 and HMCS MIRAMICHI 163  (WP106) HMCS COWICHAN flying her "Battle Flag"  (WP107) Sweep Exercise - 1962  (WP108) Lots of kelp on COWICHAN's minesweeping gear - Sweep Exercise 1962  (WP109) Sweep Exercise 1962 - HMCS MIRAMICHI 163 off to starboard of HMCS COWICHAN  (WP110) HMCS MIRAMICHI 163 flying her pirate flag on her jack staff

 

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(WP111) Officers on HMCS COWICHAN - 1962  (WP112) unknown, Frampton and CERA W. Curry on HMCS COWICHAN  (WP113) Engineers on HMCS COWICHAN - 1962  (WP114) Minesweeping squadron heading to Stockton, Ca - 1963  (WP115) HMCS COWICHAN's Paying-off crew - 1964

 

From the collection of William (Bill) Argyle Paterson, P1BN, RCN / C.A.F.

Courtesy of Bruce Paterson

 

Former HMCS COWICHAN 162 lies neglected alongside the old Lamford Forest Products wharf, Cooper's Cove, near Sooke, BC.

Photographer / Derek Lewers 2015, the Sooke Mirror News

Courtesy of G. Saunders

 

Historical note: The area where the former HMCS COWICHAN is tied up was the Sooke Forest Products (SFP) sawmill for many years. The name changed to the Lamford Forest Products after a group of employees took over the mill. The mill is now shut down.

Former HMCS COWICHAN, Cooper's Cove, near Sooke, BC - 2017

Photographer / Doug Clement 2017

Courtesy of Doug Clement of Doug Clement Photography, Victoria BC

 

The former HMCS COWICHAN 162 at the old Lamford Forest Products wharf, Cooper's Cove, near Sooke, BC - Apr 2020

 

Photographer / Courtesy of: David Weldon. Sooke, BC.

 

 

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