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HMCS GALIANO

Former CGS Galiano

HMCS Galiano

 

Laid down: 1913

Launched: 1913

Acquired by RCN: 1917

Commissioned: 15 Dec 1917

Foundered: 30 Oct 1918

 

In late Oct 1918, the Galiano, just returned from the Queen Charlotte Islands (now Haida Gwaii) and, in need of some repair, was sent with supplies to the light house at Triangle Island off Cape Scott at the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island. A number of her regular crew were unable to make the trip due to illness as the 1918 flu pandemic had reached her base at Esquimalt. She set out towards the Queen Charlotte Islands from Triangle Island at 5 pm on 29 Oct 1918. When she made her only distress call at 3 am the next morning, she was estimated to be within visual range of the light at Cape St. James 95 miles from Triangle Island. She was never heard from again and went down with the loss of all hands. At the time of her distress call, there were heavy seas running at her location in Queen Charlotte Sound. She was lost just days after the SS Princess Sophia ran aground on Vanderbilt Reef, near Skagway, Alaska also in heavy weather. The Naval Memorial in Ross Bay Cemetery, Vancouver Island, British Columbia bears the names of 39 officers and men who were lost at sea.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt R.M. Pope, RCNVR - 15 Dec 1917 - 30 Oct 1918

 

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

 

AIRD, James

AB, VR5334, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

AITKEN, Peter

AB, VR5893, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

BATE, George Douglas Stanley

Ship's Cook 3c, VR6117, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

BENTLEY, William James

LS, VR5672, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

DOBBYN, Matthew

Sto 1c, VR7057, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

EBBS, Wilfred Arthur

AB, VR5328, RNCVR

died - 30 Oct 1918 

EDMONDS, Peter Whitton

ERA 4c, VR5723, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

GILBERT, Joseph

Bos'n, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

GREENSHIELDS, Frank

CERA, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

HANBURY, Charles Lambert

ERA 2c, VR1247, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

HUME, Arthur Edward

Sto 1c, VR5353, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

JEWKES, Arthur Lawson

AB, VR5284, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

JONES, Alan Owen

AB, VR5901, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

KANEEN, Thomas Freer

L/Sto, VR6381, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

KING, William Jones

AB, VR5921, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

MacLEAN, Neil

LS, VR5016, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

McGUFFIN, Hudson

OS, VR6194, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

McLEOD, Roderick

Boy, VR6161, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

MERCER, Harold

ERA 4c, VR6418, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

MUNRO, Alexander Eric Paul

LS, VR5727, RNCVR

MPK 30 Oct 1918 

MUSTY, George Henry

Sto 1c, VR6733, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

NEARY, Michael John

W/T 4c, 195, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

NEWTON, Roy Ernest

Boy, VR6187, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

ORDANO, Austin Rodolphe

AB, VR6159, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

PETERS, Frederick George

Boy, VR7016, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

POERE, Edward Christopher

LS, VR5344, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

POPE, Robert Mayes

Lt, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

1st Commanding Officer

PRICE, Noel George

L/Sto, VR5654

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

REEVES, Alfred James

Ship's Cook 1c, VR199, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

STAFFORD, William John

AB, VR6147, RNCVR

MPK 30 Oct 1918 

STIRRUP, Harold

Sto 2c, VR6728, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

TABONE, Michael

Victualling PO, VR4785, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

THERIAULT, William Garfield

Sto 2c, VR7020, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

VINICOMBE, James

CPO, VR5725, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

WALLACE, William

Boy, VR6193, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

Aged 15 yrs 7 mos

WATSON, Philip Alexander

ERA 2c, VR2717, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

WHITWORTH, Frederick

L/Sto, VR5046, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

WILLIAMSON, George

Victualling PO, VR5416, RNCVR

MPK - 30 Oct 1918 

YOUNG, John

Sto 1c, VR974, RNCVR

MPK 30 Oct 1918 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

Q-R

Raine, Thomas Chester

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Drafted to CGS Galiano in 1913 as W. Op 1c

 

 

 

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

George Douglas Stanley Bate and the Lost Ship, the Galiano

Newspaper transcriptions about the loss of HMCS Galiano

Ship's company photos for HMCS Galiano

 

 

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