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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS GRILSE SS71

Former USS BURRFISH

HMCS Grilse 71

Source: City of Vancouver Archives.  Photographer Walter E. Frost

 

Laid down: 24 Feb 1943

Launched: 18 Jun 1943

Commissioned: 13 Sep 1943

Paid off: 11 May 1961

Commissioned in the RCN: 11 May 1961

Paid off: 02 Oct 1969

Returned to USN: 02 Oct 1969

Fate: Sunk as a target on 19 Nov 1969

 

Commissioned as USS Burrfish on 13 Sep 1943, she was borrowed from the USN and commissioned as HMCS Grilse on 11 May 1961 at New London, CT. After she was paid off she was returned to the USN. On 19 Nov 1969 she was sunk as a target off San Clemente Island, CA.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Edmond Gilbert Gigg, RCN - 11 May 1961 - 02 Dec 1962

LCdr G.C. McMorris, RCN - 03 Dec 1962 - 27 Sep 1964

LCdr J. Rodocanachi, RCN - 28 Sep 1964 - 09 Sep 1966

LCdr M. Tate, RCN - 09 Sep 1966 - 20 Aug 1988

LCdr Carl Edwin Falstrem, RCN - 20 Aug 1988 - 02 Dec 1968

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Barker, Michael John

1940-2007

Bond, John Vernon

1937-2015

Brown, William DeWitt

1930-2017

Commissioning crew

Button, Fred John

1935-2013

 

C-D

Dykes, John Russell

1938-2008

 

 

 

 

E-F

Ebner, Ernest Fredrick

____-2013

Fisher, Brian John

____-2017

 

 

 

G-H

Gigg, Edmund Gilbert

1924-2013

1st Commanding Officer

Holland, Orville Derrick

1929-2016

 

 

 

I-J

Irvine, Kenneth George

1936-2001

Served in Grilse 1964-1966 and 1968

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kirk, Peter

1935-2017

Langlois, Howard Francis Sr.

1931-2002

 

 

 

S-T

Therrien, Bert

1938-2011

Thompson, Roy George

1927-2012

Thomson, William G.

1933-2016

Tudor, David T.

1926-2008

 

Y-Z

Zerbin, Helmut

1927-2016

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Scott, Jim, MA

 

 

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

HMCS Grilse - Submariners Association of Canada East

History of USS Burrfish

Through A Canadian Periscope - Canada's Submarine Heritage 1914-2014

 

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