For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS FRASER 233

HMCS Fraser 233 - DND/RCN Photo

 

Battle honours and Awards:  Atlantic  1939-40

 

 

Laid down: 11 Dec 1951

Launched: 19 Feb 1953

Commissioned: 28 Jun 1957

Paid off for DDH Conversion: 02 Jul 1965

Re-commissioned 22 Oct 1966

Paid off: 12 Apr 1973

Re-commissioned: 11 Mar 1974

Paid off for DELEX Refit: 19 Oct 1981

Re-commissioned: 28 May 1982

Paid off: 05 Oct 1994

Fate: Broken up 2010-2011

 

Laid down by Burrard Dry Dock Co., Ltd, Vancouver and completed by Yarrows Ltd., Esquimalt, Fraser was commissioned on 28 Jun 1957, and served on the west coast. On 16 Jan 1958 Fraser, along with Cayuga 218, Crescent 226, Margaree 230 and, Skeena 207 departed Esquimalt, BC, for a Far Eastern Training cruise. On 07 Apr 1964, the ashes of Vice Admiral Howard Emmerson Reid, who Crossed the Bar 03 May 1962, were consigned to the sea from HMCS Fraser. On 12 Jan 1965 HMCS Fraser departed Esquimalt for blast tests of Kahoolawe, Hawaii. Blast test was conducted on 06 Feb 1965 and during the trip back to Esquimalt, on 23 Mar 1965 the ashes of Rear Admiral Ernest Patrick (Pat) Tisdall were consigned to the sea. Fraser arrived back in Esquimalt on 16 Apr 1965. Fraser then transferred coasts and proceeded to Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal, where on 02 Jul 1965 she began her conversion to DDH configuration. She was re-commissioned on 22 Oct 1966, and was thereafter based at Halifax. On 15 Jun 1967, Fraser conducted the first landings of a Sea King helicopter. She demonstrated the Canadian-designed Beartrap helicopter haul-down system at Washington, D.C., in Oct 1967. On 14 May 1969 Fraser attended the Spithead Review off Portsmouth as Canada's representative. During her 1970 Great Lakes deployment Fraser visited Thunder Bay as part of the celebrations of the amalgamation of Port Arthur and Port Williams into the city of Thunder Bay. On 12 Apr 1973, Fraser was paid off into Category "C" Reserve and was re-commissioned on 11 Mar 1974. On 17 Jul 1976, HMCS Protecteur, along with HMCS Skeena and HMCS Fraser arrived at Montreal in support of the 1976 Olympics. She underwent her DELEX refit at Canadian Vickers Ltd., between 19 Oct 1981 and 28 May 1982, and was thereafter something of a test vehicle. She was also the first RCN ship to be fitted (1986) with an experimental towed array sonar system (ETASS), and was made the test bed for the NIXIE torpedo decoy system and later a tactical aircraft beacon (TACAN). In 1988 she was equipped to operate the HELTAS helicopter, equipped for a passive acoustic role. Fraser was among the ships enforcing UN sanctions against Haiti between Oct 1993 and Mar 1994. She returned from her first tour in time for Christmas 1993, and sailed for her 2nd tour on 01 Jan 1994. On 10 Jan 1994, Fraser experienced a minor boiler room fire in which 4 crew members suffered minor injuries. Fraser arrived in the Haiti Op Area on 13 Jan 1994 and departed on 25 Mar 1994 having completed two tours during which she conducted 73 boardings and 450 hailings; spending 134 days on station. She arrived back in Halifax on 31 Mar 1994. By this time, she was the sole survivor of her class, and in October 1994, she replaced Assiniboine in her classroom role until 18 Dec 1997, when she arrived at Bridgewater to become a floating museum. The conversion to a museum never transpired and she was later sold and broken up at Port Maitland, Ontario 2010-2011.  Her 3"50 was removed and shipped to the Reserve Unit HMCS Prevost where it was mounted.

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr Raymond Phillips, RCN - 28 Jun 1957 - 03 Jan 1959

Cdr David Llewellyn MacKnight, RCN - 03 Jan 1959 - 04 Jan 1961

Cdr Donald John Sheppard, DSC, CD, RCN - 04 Jan 1961 - 06 Sep 1962

Capt G.H. Hayes, RCN - 06 Sep 1962 - 03 Oct 1962

Cdr Reginald Calvin Thurber, RCN - 03 Oct 1962 - 05 Aug 1964

Cdr Richard Carle, RCN - 05 Aug 1964 - 02 Jul 1965

Cdr John Frederick Watson, RCN - 22 Oct 1966 - 04 Jul 1968

Cdr Frederick William Crickard, RCN - 04 Jul 1968 - 17 Nov 1969

Cdr R.G. Guy - 17 Nov 1969 - 30 Jun 1971

Cdr Charles (Chuck) Morris Winton Thomas - 30 Jun 1971 - 12 Apr 1973

Cdr Leo Ivan MacDonald - 11 Mar 1974 - 15 Aug 1976

Cdr P.W. Cairns - 15 Aug 1976 - 12 Aug 1977

Cdr H.R. Waddell - 12 Aug 1977 - 18 Dec 1978

Cdr J.B. Elson - 18 Dec 1978 - 26 Jan 1981

Cdr J. Nethercott - 26 Jan 1981 - 01 May 1982

Cdr W.B. Hodgkin - 01 May 1982 - 12 Dec 1983

Cdr V.U. Auns - 12 Dec 1983  -  16 Aug 1985

Cdr B.M. Power- 16 Aug 1985 - 04 Jul 1988

Cdr I.G. Parker - 04 Jul 1988 - 19 Jul 1990

Cdr J.A.Y. Plante - 19 Jul 1990  -  19 Dec 1990

Cdr H.W. McEwan - 19 Dec 1990  -  10 May 1991

Cdr Ernest Philip Webster - 10 May 1991 - 23 Jul 1993

Cdr H.R. Smith - 23 Jul 1993 - 24 Oct 1994

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

HOOGERWERF, Johannes Patrick

P2BN

died - 28 Apr 1975 

LEGENDRE, Simon Joseph Jean

LSST, 48139-H

Lost at sea off the coast of Florida - 18 Feb 1975 

PINEAU, Gerald Joseph

LS, F806162

died - 12 Jun  1972 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Arntson, Maurice John

1933-2014

Aylward, William

____-2014

Baker, Mark Raymond

1963-2014

Banfield, Nelson Ralph

1917-2007

Served in Fraser in 1959 as Electrical Officer

Barnes, Jerry T.

1932-2017

Bédard, Cécilien

1937-2013

Bernays, Max Lepold

1910-1974

Served in Fraser as Cox'n circa 1957

Bertrand, Leo Joseph

1951-2017

Bolt, George Miller

____-2012

Served in Fraser in 1963 as Lt (E), RCN, Engineering Officer

Boughton, Benjamin

1924-2008

Bourgeois, Charles William

1920-1993

Served in Fraser in 1958

Bowditch, William Watson

1918-2010

Brown, William DeWitt

1930-2017

 

 

C-D

Carle, Richard

1926-____

6th Commanding Officer

Clark, George

1936-1977

Colclough, Frederick John

1931-2003

Conrad, Donald Edward

____-2015

Crickard, Frederick William

1930-2012

Currie, David Wayne

1946-2008

Dicks, Norman Thomas

____-2014

Dixon, Steve

____-2017

Doyle, Adrian Francis

1941-2015

 

E-F

Eccles, Brian George Wilfred

1943-2014

Empey, Frederick William

1939-2013

Esbaugh, Thomas Jerome

1952-2012

Farris, Terrance Leroy

1949-2004

Fleming, George C.

1936-2016

Freeman, David Henry

1912-2001

 

 

 

 

G-H

Goulet, Joseph Richard

1949-2017

Graham, John Umstead

1929-2008

Served in Fraser as Lt, RCN, Weapons Officer

Griffin, Edward Joseph

____-2010

Guy, Rex Geoffrey

____-2006

Haley, Richard Douglas

1964-2015

Hazelwood, Eric Eugene

____-2015

Henderson, Gordon

1937-1998

Served in Fraser in 1957 as an ABRP

Hicks, Oliver

____-2014

Hicks, Stanley Vernon

1936-1993

Served in Fraser 03 Apr 1961 -06 Jun 1963 as LSRM2

Hodges, Leslie J.

____-2014

I-J

Johnson, Kenneth E.

1931-2017

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kennedy, William Carter

1922-2011

Laforme, George Richard

1942-2016

Lawler, Karl Elbert

1930-2014

 

 

M-N

MacIntyre, Norman Elwell

____-2015

MacKnight, David Llewellyn

____-1998

2nd Commanding Officer

Mailloux, Richard Joseph

____-1992

Mainguy, Daniel Nicholas

1930-2010

McLeod, Cathel James

1919-2017

McGowan, Harold Austad

1924-2010

McIntyre, Earl L.

1934-2016

Mitchell, Stanley Falconer

1926-2005

Mohr, Richard Walter

____-2008

Nagel, Thomas

____-2017

O-P

Oivanen, Gary Lawrence

1934-2013

Opdebeck, Neil Francis

1941-2014

Peacocke, Jerome Douglas

1949-1994

Peterson, Raymond

1927-2013

Served in Fraser in 1957 as an LSRP

Phillips, Raymond

1921-2014

1st Commanding Officer

Pringle, James C.

____-2013

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Rayment, Lloyd

1934-2016

Reynolds, David Edward

1961-2016

 

 

 

S-T

Saunders, James Patrick

1955-2001

Schonwald, Donald Roy

1937-2011

Seibel, Arthur J.

1925-2016

Shaw, George A. Sr,

1937-2006

Simpson, Jim

____-2015

Statham, David John

____-2016

Spalding, James Dixon

1938-2016

Served in Fraser in 1963 as Lt, RCN

Spencer, Alan

1930-2016

Sullivan, Blair Gerard

1933-2013

Tudor, David T.

1926-2008

Served in Fraser in 1965 as CPO Radioman

W-X

Webb, Frederick Arthur Henry

____-1992

Webster, Harry Alexander

1936-2017

Whalen, David Bertram

1941-2016

Wong, Ping Zunn

1947-2017

Wright, David L.

1942-2017

 

Former Crew Members

Androwski, Donald, LSCK - 1964

 

Bakody, David, P2ER3 - 1974 

 

Bidal, LSER - 1994

 

Brown, Delbert

 

Brower-Berkhoven, Isaac

 

Broster, Gordon Arnold (Art) - Jul 1965

 

Cale, K. Donald (Don), ABER-LSER - 1967-1971 

 

Carter, R., P1RP - Dec 1957

 

Cox, LSER - 1994

 

Debusschere, Paul

 

Day, MSER - 1994

 

deKergommeaux, Denis - Commissioning Crew as P2EF3

 

Derkac, ABLM - Dec 1957

 

Duffy, Ronald, LS - 1964

 

Dunlop, P2RP - Dec 1957

 

Ferguson, Harold, ABTAS - Dec 1957

Fox, Brian, LSRM - 1969

 

Fraser, W., C2SH - Dec 1957

 

Green, MS, MarEng - 1994

 

Hawley, John, ABFC-LSFC - 1972

 

Jones, LSRP - Dec 1957

 

Kennedy, LS, MarEng - 1994

 

Kennedy, N., P2EM - Dec 1957

 

Lemire, OS, MarEng - 1994

 

Lesoway, P., P1VS - Dec 1957

 

Mann, D., C2TAS - Dec 1957

 

McDowell, R., C2ST - Dec 1957

 

McLellan, Jack, POCK - 1964

 

McLeod, K., C2CV - Dec 1957

 

Moore, Art - 1969

 

Moore, Dennis, AB - 1964

Morash, AB, MarEng -1994

 

Munroe, Ken, C1RT - Dec 1957

 

Orr, LS, MarEng - 1994

 

Reaume, Wayne, 27146-H

 

Reid, J., P1SH - Dec 1957

 

Sleigh, Mike, ABSN/LSSN - 1967 - 1971

 

Sprauge, P2TAS - Dec 1957

 

Sterling, Clay, P2ER - Dec 1957

 

Stutter, C., LSRT - Dec 1957

 

Tyleman, OSER - 1994

 

Warnell, LSER -1994

 

Webberly, Bob, CPO1, Cox'n - 1975

 

Wheeler, Roy, CSCV - Dec 1957

 

Wiebe, William, ABER - 1964

 

Zilinsky, Larry - Dec 1964 - Apr 1965

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

HMCS Fraser Commissioning Booklet

Ship's company photos for HMCS Fraser

 

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