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HMCS GODERICH J260 / 198

 

HMCS Goderich J260

From the collection of Harold Murray

Courtesy of Rick Murray

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Laid down: 15 Jan 1941

Launched: 14 May 1941 at Toronto, Ont.

Commissioned: 23 Nov 1941

Paid off: 06 Nov 1945

Re-Acquired by RCN: 1951

Fate: Sold for scrap in Feb 1959

 

Commissioned at Toronto on 23 Nov 1941, Goderich arrived at Halifax on 06 Dec 1941. She spent her whole career based at Halifax as a member, alternately, of Halifax Local Defence Force and Halifax Force. She was damaged on 18 Nov 1942, in a collision with the tanker Iocoma in Halifax harbour, which necessitated three weeks' repairs there. Goderich saw almost continuous service service, undergoing only one major refit at Liverpool, N.S., from 05 Mar to 15 May 1943. On 29 Jan 1943, she rescued survivors from the after section of the U.S. tanker Brilliant, which had broken in half during a storm. She was paid off at Halifax on 06 Nov 1945, and in 1946 placed in strategic reserve at Sorel. In 1951 she was re-acquired by the RCN and underwent modernization at Lauzon. Never re-commissioned, however, she lay in reserve at Sydney until sold in Feb 1959 for scrap.

 

Ship's company photos          Photos and Documents

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Reginald Ray Kenny, RCNR - 23 Nov 1941 - 20 Aug 1942

Lt J.H. Hughes, RCNR - 21 Aug 1942 - 07 Sep 1942

Lt Reginald Ray Kenny, RCNR - 08 Sep 1942 - 06 Apr 1943

Lt James Charles Pratt, RCNVR - 07 Apr 1943 - 06 Mar 1944

Lt William Percy Wickett, RCNVR - 07 Mar 1944 - 21 Mar 1944

Lt John Eastwood Taylor, RCNVR - 22 Mar 1944 - 15 Aug 1945

Lt R.C. Hayden, RCNVR - 16 Mar 1945 - 22 Aug 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

MYLES, Orville Ronald

Sto PO, A2405, RCNR

Lost at sea - 14 Aug 1943

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Erickson, Alfred Jerome

1915-2010

 

 

 

 

G-H

Hunt, David Herbert

1925-2012

 

 

 

 

I-J

Jones, Trevor George

1922-2015

 

 

 

 

M-N

MacKenzie, Norman Peter

____-2012

Murray, Harold L.

1918-1995

 

 

 

O-P

Oldland, Gordon Robert

____-1999

Pigeon, Paul J.

1926-2015

Served in Goderich 01 Oct 1944 - 26 Jun 1945 as a Ck(S), RCNVR

Pratt, James Charles

____-1994

4th Commanding Officer

 

 

S-T

Stewart, John Robert

1911-1978

Drafted to Goderich 09 Jun 1944 as Slt, RCNVR

Stewart, Wallace Earle

1925-2013

 

 

 

W-X

Witt, Arthur William

1924-2015

Served in Goderich 30 Jan 1945 - 26 Oct 1945 as A/Sto 1c, RCNVR

 

 

 

 

Ship's Mascots

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Timmy

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Former Crew Members

Boam, Cook -

 

Bogardus, Fredrick Wilson, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Mar 1942

 

Burke, James Joseph, Slt, RCNVR - 16 Apr 1945

 

Clarke, Donald, Lt, RCNVR - 21 Jun 1943

 

Corning, Keith Welton, A/Lt (E), RCNVR - 24 Apr 1944

 

Cumming, Edwin Keith, Lt (E), RCNVR - 01 Jun 1945

Cunningham, Cook -

 

Ellefsen, Ragnar Wichman, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 02 May 1942

 

Hall, William Hingston, Lt(E), RCNVR - 08 Mar 1945

 

Herbert, Joseph Andre Leopold, A/Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

King, Carman George, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Lawless, Howard Blais, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 27 Jan 1942

Lecky, John, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Mar 1943

 

McLean, Gordon Joseph, Slt, RCNVR - 08 Mar 1945

 

Perrins, Dennis Boyce, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1943

 

Service, Walter McIndoe, War (E), RCNR - 16 Feb 1944

 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS Goderich J260

From the collection of Harold Murray

Courtesy of Rick Murray

Timmy - Ship's Mascot for HMCS Goderich J260

From the collection of Harold Murray

Courtesy of Rick Murray

 

Click here to view the newspaper article from the May 1945 issue of the Crow's Nest on Timmy

Harold Murray on the fo'c's'le of HMCS Goderich J260

From the collection of Harold Murray

Courtesy of Rick Murray

A cramped messdeck - crewmembers of HMCS Goderich J260

From the collection of Harold Murray

Courtesy of Rick Murray

A cramped messdeck - crewmembers of HMCS Goderich J260

From the collection of Harold Murray

Courtesy of Rick Murray

HMCS Goderich J260 in drydock being repaired after her collision with tanker Iocoma in Halifax harbour

From the collection of John Stewart

Courtesy of Jim Stewart 

HMCS Goderich J260 in drydock at Saint John, NB, being repaired after her collision with tanker Iocoma in Halifax harbour

 From the collection of Paul Pigeon

Courtesy of Patricia Pigeon 

 

Photos from the collection of Arthur Witt during his time serving in HMCS Goderich J260

 

These photos were taken on or from HMCS Goderich.  If you can identify anyone please send me an email

 

        

 

                       

 

                    

 


 

Unknown merchant ship sinking

 

           

 

 

This above photo is from the collection of Paul Pigeon.  It is not known who Jean-Guy Desforges (of 8245 Berri Nor, Montreal) is - crew member of Goderich or perhaps a survivor of the merchant ship. If you have any info on him please send me an email.

 


 

        

 

(1) S.S. Gulhag sitting low in the water  (2) Unknown corvette   (3) Approaches to Halifax   (4) Gate vessels operating the anti-submarine nets Halifax

 


 

Submarine U-889 (either in Shelburne or Halifax, NS)

 

She was commissioned in to the RCN as HMCS U-889 for trials and testing. She was transferred to the USN in Jan 1946 for disposal. Note in the photos that her periscope and other pieces of equipment have  been removed.

 

              

 

(1 & 2) U-889 with a Fairmile motor launch on her portside   (3) HMCS Goderich approaching U-889 from astern - Fairmile moving away (forward)  (4) HMCS Goderich coming alongside U-889. Note the buoy just to the left of the sub that she is secured to.  (5 & 6) HMCS Goderich alongside U-889

 

           

 


 

 

                 

 

(1) Flags and pennants on HMCS Goderich for V.E. Day (2) Sweep deck of HMCS Goderich - rough seas   (3) Sweep deck of HMCS Goderich - line secured to the paravane   (4) HMCS Goderich (foreground) merchant ship on the horizon   (5) HMCS Huron G24   (6) tug approaching HMCS Goderich through ice   (7) Minesweepers alongside

 

        

 

(1) Photo appears to be of Halifax Harbour   (2) Two corvettes and a minesweeper in Halifax. Outboard corvette is HMCS Barrie K138 - identified by the artwork on the face of her bridge. The minesweeper (inboard) is HMCS Kentville J312   (3) Hospital ship Lady Nelson   (4) unknown vessel - possibly a troop ship

 


 

Minesweepers at work off the approaches to Halifax

 

           

 

(4) HMCS Kentville J312

 

        

 

(1) three minesweepers in formation astern of HMCS Goderich   (2) Either preparing to stream or retrieving the paravane on HMCS Goderich

 


 

 

Webmaster's note: This photo is of an island (location unknown) - but was significant enough for Arthur Witt to photograph it. If anyone can identify it, please send me an email

 

In a mess deck on HMCS Goderich J260

From the collection of Arthur Witt

Courtesy of Dale Witt

 

Click here to view the photo with numbers

 

(10) Witt, Arthur William

In a messdeck on HMCS Goderich J260

L-R:  Boam, Pigeon, Cunningham, unknown, unknown

From the collection of Paul Pigeon

Courtesy of Patricia Pigeon

In the galley on HMCS Goderich J260

L-R:  Boam, unknown, Pigeon

From the collection of Paul Pigeon

Courtesy of Patricia Pigeon

 

 

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