For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS FORTUNE 151

Then OFFSHORE

Then GREENPEACE TWO (1971)

Then MV EDGEWATER FORTUNE

Then Yacht 151 WATER STREET (2015)

HMCS Fortune 151

 

Laid down: 24 Apr 1952

Launched: 14 Apr 1953

Commissioned: 03 Nov 1954

Paid off: 28 Feb1964

Fate: Sold in 1966. Still in service as of 2015

 

Built by Victoria Machinery Depot, she was commissioned on 03 Nov 1954. Specification on completion: Displacement: 396 tons, Length: 152 ft, Beam: 28 ft, Draught: 8 ft, Speed: 16 kts, Complement: 3 officers, 35 men, Armament: 1-40mm. After nine years of naval service, including acting as the flagship of the Second Minesweeping Squadron during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Fortune was decommissioned on 28 Feb 1964. Sold for commercial use, she was renamed Offshore, then later, Greenpeace Two. As Greenpeace Two she was used in an unsuccessful effort to hind a nuclear test in the Aleutians in Nov 1971. She served for many years as MV Edgewater Fortune as a charter vessel for tours of coastal British Columbia. In July 2015, she was purchased by Mike and Janice Fournier, renamed 151 Water Street, and converted to a private yacht.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr John Barclay Young, RCN - 03 Nov 1954 - 23 Aug 1955

LCdr Peter Robert Hinton, RCN - 24 Aug 1955 - 21 Mar  1957

LCdr Christopher Gordon Smith, RCN - 22 Mar 1957 - 13 Aug 1957

LCdr S.G. Moore, RCN - 14 Aug 1957 - 15 Feb 1959

LCdr Donald Mackenzie Waters, RCN - 16 Feb 1959 - 09 Jan 1962

LCdr Arthur Bruce Torrie, RCN - 10 Jan 1962 - 28 Feb 1964

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Armstrong, George Gordon

____-2007

Served in Fortune as SQN NavO and CommO

Bradford, Sydney Howard

1929-2016

 

 

 

C-D

Cox, Peter S.

1921-2014

 

 

 

 

E-F

Empey, Frederick William

1939-2013

Fowlie, William D.

1937-2016

 

 

 

G-H

Hinton, Peter Robert

1921-2008

2nd Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

I-J

Jackson, Roy Mathew

1927-2016

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kirkaldy, Lawrence

1931-2006

 

 

 

 

M-N

Michalko, Orest Paul Ray

1925-1995

Served in Fortune 14 Jun 1954 - 29 Jun 1954 as PO1 Naval Storesman

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Rombough, Wallace Ormand

1926-2006

Served in Fortune 02 Dec 1957 - 20 Jan 1959 as a P1ER4

 

 

 

 

S-T

Smith, Christopher Gordon

1920-1997

3rd Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

W-X

Webster, Ronald D.

1926-2016

 

 

 

 

Y-Z

Young, John Barclay

____-2016

1st Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Vowels, Gerry 

 

 

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

Links

Edgewater Fortune Adventures

Personal photo gallery for Orest Michalko

 

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