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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.

 

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 G.H. 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

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

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

Cavenagh, Orfeur John Alan

1925-2015

Served in Crescent in 1951 as NavO

Charles, John Alexander

1918-2010

Clackson, Donald Richard

1935-2014

Coady, Francis Earl Matthew

____-2004

Cormier, Clarence Noel

1938-2016

Coulter, James Robert Boardman

1920-2004

8th Commanding Officer

15th Commanding Officer

Crossley, Sidney Ross

1920-2008

Crowley, Michael Joseph Patrick

1929-2015

Davies, Harold Lindsay

1936-2011

Down, John Trenchard

1921-2003

Dubowski, Steve John

1922-2013

 

 

 

E-F

Etherington, J.E.

1932-2015

Flanagan, Leonard George

1931-2013

 

 

 

G-H

Gammon, Bryan T.

1929-2008

Graydon, Leslie Patrick

1929-2015

Guy, Rex Geoffrey

____-2006

Hughes, Victor Wesley

1929-2001

 

I-J

Jeffers, William Cameron

____-2015

Johnson, Kenneth E.

1931-2017

 

 

 

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

Paulson, Frank

1931-1993

Peers, Robert Claude Kenrick

1927-2017

Served in Crescent in 1949

Peters, Joseph Henry

1923-2009

Pratt, James Charles

____-1994

14th Commanding Officer

 

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

Sauder, Wilton H.

1927-2016

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

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

 

 

 

U-V

Vassos, Jack

1928-2014

 

 

 

 

W-X

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

 

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

 

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

 

Links

Personal photo gallery of Reginald Heber (Smokey) Rhymes

Personal photo gallery of Vernon Little

Personal photo gallery of William Robert Williams

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

 

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