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HMCS CRESCENT R16 / 226

HMCS Crescent R16

From the collection of H.J. Simmons

Courtesy of RCSCC Bowmanville

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Laid down: 16 Sep 1943

Launched: 20 Jul 1944

Commissioned: 10 Sep 1945

Paid off: 25 Feb 1953 for Type 15 conversion refit

Re-commissioned: 1956

Paid off: 01 Apr 1970

Fate: Broken up in or after 1971

 

In Jan 1945, after a year's discussion, the British Admiralty agreed to lend the RCN a flotilla of "C" Class destroyers for use against the Japanese. The Pacific war ended, however, before any of the eight ships had been completed, and only two were transferred. The previous ships to bear their names, Crescent and Crusader, had been lost during the war as HMC Ships Fraser and Ottawa; this time they retained their names although the transfer was made permanent in 1951. Crescent and Crusader were virtually identical to Algonquin and Sioux, differing principally in having only one set of torpedo tubes and in being armed with 4.5-inch guns instead of 4.7-inch. Both ships were commissioned on the Clyde in 1945, Crescent on 10 Sep 1945 and Crusader on 15 Nov 1945. Crescent arrived at Esquimalt in Nov 1945, having made the journey via the Azores and the West Indies. Crescent carried out training duties until taken in hand for a major conversion. She emerged in 1956 as a "fast A/S frigate," following an RN pattern which entailed stripping her to deck level, extending the fo'c's'le right aft, erecting new superstructure, and fitting completely new armament. She was now a near-sister to Algonquin, which had undergone similar transformation earlier. On 15 Jan 1958 HMCS Cayuga 218, HMCS Crescent 226, HMCS Fraser 233, HMCS Margaree 230, HMCS Skeena 207 departed Esquimalt, BC, for a Far Eastern Training cruise. In Feb 1959, HMCS Crescent and HMCS Assiniboine met at San Diego and exchanged crews. Crescent was paid off at Esquimalt on 01 Apr 1970. She left Victoria with Algonquin on 21 Apr 1971, for Taiwan, to be broken up. She arrived at Taiwan on 15 May 1971.

 

Photos and Documents          "To Many Chiefs and Not Enough Seamen" - The case of HMCS Crescent, 1949

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Charles Patrick Nixon, DSC, RCN - 10 Sep 1945 - 17 Dec 1946

LCdr J.C. O'Brien, RCN - 18 Dec 1946 - 04 Jan 1948

LCdr John Alexander Charles, RCN - 05 Jan 1948 - 15 Nov 1948

LCdr D.W. Groos, DSC, RCN - 16 Nov 1948 - 01 Dec 1949

LCdr Godfrey Harry Hayes, DSC, RCN - 26 Sep 1950 - 24 Sep 1951

Lt J.K. Hason, MBE, RCN - 25 Sep 1951 - 12 Oct 1951

Cdr J.C. Littler, RCN - 13 Oct 1951 - 14 Sep 1952

LCdr James Robert Boardman Coulter, RCN - 15 Sep 1952 - 15 Feb 1953

LCdr Donald Lloyd Davies, RCN - 16 Feb 1953 - 25 Feb 1953

Capt Paul Darymple Taylor, DSC, RCN - 31 Oct 1955 - 10 Mar 1957

Capt Michael Grote Stirling, RCN - 11 Mar 1957 - 17 May 1957

LCdr Lloyd Irwin Jones, RCN - 18 May 1957 - 15 Aug 1957

Capt Michael Grote Stirling, RCN - 16 Aug 1957 - 20 Jun 1958

Capt James Charles Pratt, RCN - 21 Jun 1958 - 18 Feb 1959

Cdr James Robert Boardman Coulter, RCN - 19 Feb 1959 - 14 Sep 1959

Capt R.W. Murdock, RCN - 15 Sep 1959 - 11 Jun 1961

Cdr Peleg Howland Cayley, RCN - 12 Jun 1961 - 11 Jul 1962

Capt Arthur David McPhee, RCN - 12 Jul 1962 - 11 Apr 1963

Cdr Vincent John Murphy, RCN - 12 Apr 1963 - 22 Oct 1964

Cdr H.C. LaRose, RCN - 23 Oct 1964 - 12 Aug 1966

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

KELLY, James Aubrey

LS, 3670, RCN

MPK - 04 Nov 1946 

MASON, John Kingsford Herbert

Lt, O-46990, RCN

died - 17 Apr 1952 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Anderson, Hugh Lorne

____-____

Andrews, James Kenneth

1928-2008

Anslow, John R.B.

____-2009

Bagshaw, Lawrence Brian

1914-1998

Bernard, Pierre Yves

1918-2015

Berryman, Bryan John

____-2014

Birch-Jones, Peter Meredith

1925-2009

Boggild, Kai Hugh

____-2002

Served in Crescent in 1949 as Lt (N), RCN, NavO

Bond, Jean-Noel

1931-2017

Bonoyer, Roger Agenor

1922-2007

Bourgeois, Charles William

1920-1991

Served in Crescent 16 Feb 1959 - 18 Feb 1959

Bowness, Kendrick Warren

1928-2016

Bradford, Sydney Howard

1929-2016

Bridges, Richard James Baskerville

1923-1998

Served in Crescent 1947 - 1948 as P1RP and 1958 - 1959 as P1RPI

 

C-D

Cairney, John Dorrian

1929-2010

Campbell, David

1928-2016

Cavenagh, Orfeur John Alan

1925-2015

Served in Crescent in 1951 as NavO

Chalmers, James Hunter

1930-2014

Charles, John Alexander

1918-2010

Clackson, Donald Richard

1935-2014

Coady, Francis Earl M.

____-2004

Collier, Russell Stanley

____-2018

Cormier, Clarence Noel

1938-2016

Cote, Joseph Jacques P.

1925-2018

Coulter, James Robert B.

1920-2004

8th Commanding Officer

15th Commanding Officer

Crossley, Sidney Ross

1920-2008

Crowley, Michael Joseph Patrick

1929-2015

Davies, Harold Lindsay

1936-2011

Dee, Stanley

1927-2017

Served in Crescent in 1964 as LCdr, RCN, X.O.

Down, John Trenchard

1921-2003

Driemel, Harry H.

1927-2002

Served in Crescent 19 Jan 1948 - 08 Sep 1949 and 10 Jan 1958 - 19 Feb 1959

Dubowski, Steve John

1922-2013

 

 

E-F

Eldridge, Richard

1924-2005

Served in Crescent in 1947, 1948 and 1951

Emberton, Ivor

1923-2004

Etherington, Jack E.

1932-2015

Fane, Peter Edward

1925-2013

Served n Crescent in 1951

Fell, Lloyd Allan

1927-2014

Flanagan, Leonard George

1931-2013

 

 

 

 

G-H

Gammon, Bryan T.

1929-2008

Good, Jack Williamson

1938-2018

Graydon, Leslie Patrick

1929-2015

Guy, Rex Geoffrey

____-2006

Hall, John Drummond

1922-2018

Hayes, Godfrey Harry

1919-2006

5th Commanding Officer

Hughes, Victor Wesley

1929-2001

 

 

 

I-J

Jeffers, William Cameron

____-2015

Johnson, Kenneth E.

1931-2017

Justice, David W.

1927-2018

 

 

K-L

Kilbride, Gerald

1931-2006

Kirby, Richmond Hill

1929-2006

Served in Crescent in 1963 as CCC1 SQN TAS Officer

Lambie, Vincent Frederick

1927-2009

 

Leroux, Lorne Emeril

1942-2011

 

Little, Vernon Earle

1924-1979

 

M-N

MacDonald, John

____-1963

MacFarlane, George Richard

1922-2000

Drafted to Crescent 28 Jul 1947 as Lt, RCN, NavO

Marcus, Daniel Leonard

____-2008

McArdle, Christopher Charles

1934-2017

Melvin, Dave Wallace

1928-2013

Muncaster, Douglas Albert

1925-2008

Munday, Robert William

1938-2009

Murphy, Vincent John

1923-2011

Myers, Frank S.

1928-2017

Neale, John

____-2010

Nixon, Charles Patrick

1917-2008

1st Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

O-P

O'Brien, John Charles

1918-1996

2nd Commanding Officer

O'Brien. Joseph M.

1928-2002

Paulson, Frank

1931-1993

Peers, Robert Claude Kenrick

1927-2017

Served in Crescent in 1949

Peters, Joseph Henry

1923-2009

Pinkney, John William

1922-2010

Pratt, James Charles

____-1994

14th Commanding Officer

Prokopow, Thomas Knox

1931-2017

 

 

Q-R

Rhymes, Reginald Heber

1926-2006

Served in Crescent 23 Nov 1964 - 04 Nov 1965 as a P1SN3, RCN

Roberts, Ralph Donald

1931-2012

 

 

 

S-T

Salaga, Steven A.

1932-2018

Sauder, Wilton H.

1927-2016

Seright, Harry

1926-1994

Simpson, John Burton

1939-2012

Smedley, Charles Stanley

1910-1969

Served in Crescent in 1947 as CD Gunner (T)

Smith, Ronald Lorne

____-2014

Drafted to Crescent in 1957

Spalding, James Dixon

1938-2016

Served in Crescent in 1964 as Lt, RCN, OpsO

Squire, Thomas Alan

1927-2009

Staicue, Roy

____-2017

Stanbrook, Wilfred Thomas

____-2000

Served in Crescent 20 Jan 1965 - 13 Jun 1965

Stutter, Clifford E.

1931-2018

Sutherland, George Ross

1927-2014

Taylor, Paul Dalrymple

1910-1989

10th Commanding Officer

Taylor, Robert Dewey

1920-2010

Teeple, Clarence Norman

1935-2015

Tilley, Harold

1923-2013

Todd, Richard G.

1937-2018

Trafford, Gerald Raymond

1940-2018

 

 

U-V

Vassos, Jack

1928-2014

Volker, William George

1932-2017

 

 

 

W-X

Weigand, Edwin Vernon

1926-2018

Whitley, Lloyd Arnold

1939-2015

Served in Crescent as a PO Shipwright/Hull Tech

Williams, William Robert

1925-2001

Served in Crescent 11 Jul 1946 - 28 Apr 1948 as AB LTO, Elect. Mate 1c and Elect 5c, RCN

Witwicki, Anthony

1927-2006

 

 

Former Crew Members

Abraham, John Edward, A/Cd/Gnr - 25 Jun 1951

 

Andrews, Harvey John, A/Bosn, RCN - 01 Jul 1945

 

Bennetts, Hank - 1948

 

Brown, Donald (Buster), RCN - Jan 1958 - Apr 1958

 

Brown, Harry - 1948

 

Carr, Alister Gordon, A/Lt (L), RCN - 18 Jun 1951

 

Chambers, (Popeye) - 1948

 

Clements, Bob - 1948

 

Crump, David Ainslie, Slt, RCN - 28 Jul 1947

 

Denison, Frederick Edwin, Wt/Ord, RCN - 28 Jun 1948

 

Fell, Bud - c1948-1949

 

Gardner, Melvin Thomas, A/Lt, RCN - 28 Jun 1948

German, Andrew Barry Carford, Lt, RCN - 19 Jun 1947

 

Greene, Justin Wilfred de Puisaye, Lt, RCN(R) - 01 Apr 1946 / 18 May 1946

 

Hunt, William George, Slt, RCN(R) - 26 Jun 1946

 

James, Dick - 1948

 

Jamieson, William Malcolm, Lt (S), RCN - 29 May 1948

 

Kruncki, Ned - 1948

 

Lawrence, Harold (Hal) Ernest Thomas, Lt (G), RCN - 26 May 1947

 

Malott, Fred

 

Moore, Art D. - 04 Sep 1964

 

Olson, Vern, OSCR1, 39334-E, RCN - 05 May 1958 - Feb 1959

Ridge, Samuel Archibald, A/Gnr (T) - 13 Apr 1946

 

Savory, John Alfred, LCdr (E), RCNVR - 29 May 1945 (Stand by)

 

Schleen, Donald C. 

 

Stewart, George Charles, Lt (E), RCN - 04 Jun 1949

 

Tofflemire, Bob, RP

 

Treherne, Thomas Claude, Lt (S), RCN - 13 Apr 1947

 

Turner, John Russell, Cd (E), RCN - 28 Jun 1946

 

Tuttle, Ernest, PO - 1949

 

Waters, Donald Mackenzie, Lt, RCN - 12 Jul 1945

 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS Crescent

Courtesy of Daniel Miller

HMCS Crescent R16

From the collection of Harry Seright

Courtesy of Sam Seright

HMCS Crescent R16

From the collection of Harry Seright

Courtesy of Sam Seright

William R. Williams, HMCS Crescent, Panama City, 1947

From the collection of William R. Williams

Courtesy of Brian Williams

William R. Williams on HMCS Crescent, 1947

From the collection of William R. Williams

Courtesy of Brian Williams

William R. Williams (on gun barrel) and shipmates on HMCS Crescent, 1947

From the collection of William R. Williams

Courtesy of Brian Williams

Williams, Blater and Penny, HMCS Crescent, Panama City, 1947

From the collection of William R. Williams

Courtesy of Brian Williams

Ernest Tuttle Pitches Navy Team To Win

Newspaper article from the Picton Gazette, Mar. 16, 1949

Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: John Lyons 2016

 

It is not known if these two photos are our HMCS Crescent or HMCS Crusader - circa 1950

From the collection of William C. Dziadyk

Courtesy of Bill Dziadyk

HMCS Crescent and HMCS Ontario, Esquimalt, BC circa 1950-1951

Courtesy of Gordon Howard

HMCS Crescent 226 after conversion

HMCS Crescent 226 transiting the locks of the Panama Canal with HMCS Algonquin 224 and HMCS Columbia 260 during the Halifax - Esquimalt transfer Feb-Apr 1967. Photo taken from HMCS Algonquin.

Courtesy of Peter Magwood

HMCS Crescent in Amsterdam, 23-31 Mar 1962

Courtesy of Allan Briscoe

Newspaper article on the arrival of HMCS Crescent at Esquimalt, BC

From the collection of H.J. Simmons

Courtesy of RCSCC Bowmanville

Newspaper articles on the arrival of HMCS Crescent at Esquimalt, BC

From the collection of H.J. Simmons

Courtesy of RCSCC Bowmanville

"Hello darling! Welcome home!

Newspaper article on the arrival of HMCS Crescent at Esquimalt, BC

From the collection of H.J. Simmons

Courtesy of RCSCC Bowmanville

Newspaper article on the arrival of HMCS Crescent at Esquimalt, BC

From the collection of H.J. Simmons

Courtesy of RCSCC Bowmanville

A Christmas card from HMCS Crescent

Courtesy of Art Moore

HMCS Crescent ship's company dance - 31 may 1957

From the collection of Vern Little

Courtesy of Don Little

HMCS Crescent Feb 1959

Arriving at San Diego to tie up along side HMCS Assiniboine for the crew swap

Courtesy of Stephen Hlasny

HMCS Assiniboine, and HMCS Crescent along side for the Big Exchange Feb 1959

 

"In an orderly fashion by messes we exchanged ships while alongside inn San Diego. I actually preferred the Crescent, older ship she had been converted with modernization of the Operations department plus all the updated equipment, with bunks similar to what the Yanks had for bunks, strapped canvas."

 

Courtesy of Stephen Hlasny

Cadets Robert Rice (left) and Jack Cummer (right) on the twin bofors on HMCS Crescent, 03 Sep 1946

From the collection of Robert Rice

Courtesy of J.D. Ford

Cadet Robert Rice leaning on the gun barrel on HMCS Crescent, 03 Sep 1946

From the collection of Robert Rice

Courtesy of J.D. Ford

HMCS Crescent 1947 Calendar

From the collection of William R. Williams

Courtesy of Brian Williams

HMCS Crescent Fastball Champions 1948, West Indies

Courtesy of Rick James

 P.O.s Boats Crew HMCS Crescent - 1948, West Indies

 

Dick James - Hank Bennetts - Bob Clements - Ned Kruncki - Harry Brown

"Popeye" Chambers (Cox)

 

Courtesy of Rick James

HMCS Crescent sailors ashore - c 1948 - 1949

L-R Bud Fell, Harry Driemel, unknown

From the collection of Harry Driemel

Courtesy of Daryl Driemel

 

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