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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS MACKENZIE 261

 

BY VIRTUE AND VALOUR

HMCS Mackenzie 261, Glacier Bay, Alaska, Jul 1982

Courtesy of Peter Manninen

 

Laid down: 16 Dec 1958

Launched: 25 May 1961

Commissioned: 06 Oct 1962

Paid off for DELEX refit: 26 May 1986

DELEX refit completed: 16 Jan 1987

Re-commissioned: 16 Jan 1987

Paid off: 03 Aug 1993

Fate: Sunk as an artificial reef on 16 Sep 1995

 

First of her class, Mackenzie, built by Canadian Vickers, Montreal, was commissioned there on 06 Oct 1962. As with the other destroyer-escorts of her class, she is named after a famous Canadian river - the Mackenzie River in the North West Territories. Initially based at Halifax, she sailed for the west coast on 02 Mar 1963. Arriving in Esquimalt on 06 May 1963, she spent the remainder of her service life in Pacific waters. In April 1964, HMCS Qu'appelle (call sign CYQD) transferred from the East to the West coast and became the 2nd Squadron Senior ship. To avoid confusion with similar call signs - HMCS Mackenzie's was CGQD - HMCS Mackenzie, being the junior ship, had her call sign changed to CGYZ on 01 Aug 1964. On 02-05 June 1967, Mackenzie had a port visit in Powell River, BC. From 05-07 June 1967 she visited Sechelt, BC. On 04 May 1970, HMCS Provider 508, HMCS Mackenzie 261, HMCS Yukon 263 and HMCS Terra Nova 259 departed Esquimalt for a Far East cruise. On 30 Jun 1973, crew members of HMCS Mackenzie boarded and seized M/V Marysville in a reported million dollar drug seizure. Between 26 May 1986, and 16 Jan 1987, she received her DELEX refit at SRU(P). After 30 years of service, in the course of which she visited 96 foreign ports and steamed 845,640 nautical miles either as a unit of the 4th Canadian Destroyer Squadron or of Training Group Pacific, Mackenzie was paid off on 03 Aug 1993. On 16 Sep 1995, like several of her sisters, she was sunk off Rum Island, near Sidney, B.C., as a sport-divers' venue.

 

Historical note:  Mackenzie was commissioned in Montreal with a West coast crew and had a port visit in Halifax enroute to Esquimalt. This was her first trip through the Panama Canal and other than one exercise in the Caribbean after which she returned directly to Esquimalt she never returned to the Atlantic. She never had an East coast crew and other than her stop in Halifax after her commissioning in Montreal, she never returned to Halifax - the only one of the Cadillacs to do so.

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr Andrew Barry Crafurd German, RCN - 06 Oct 1962 - 29 May 1964

Cdr Henry John Wade, RCN - 29 May 1964 - 17 Jan 1966

LCdr Richard Dezso Okros, RCN - 17 Jan 1966 - 07 Mar 1966

LCdr Glen Michael De Rosenroll, RCN - 07 Mar 1966 - 11 Aug 1967

LCdr W.J. Draper, RCN - 11 Aug 1967 - 22 Nov 1967

Cdr O.J. Cavenagh, RCN - 22 Nov 1967 - 24 Jul 1969

Cdr Robert Cowie McLean - 24 Jul 1969 - 20 Jan 1971

Cdr George Gordon Armstrong - 20 Jan 1971 - 06 Aug 1972

LCdr Robert James Deluca - 06 Aug 1972 - 11 Sep 1972

Cdr R.H. Kirby - 11 Sep 1972 - 23 Jan 1973

Cdr Roger Douglas C. Sweeny - 23 Jan 1973 - 17 Sep 1974

Cdr R.L. Donaldson - 17 Sep 1974 - 21 May 1976

Cdr Jacques Joseph Chouinard - 21 May 1976 - 14 Jan 1977

Cdr John W. McIntosh - 14 Jan 1977 - 31 Dec 1978

Cdr H.R. Waddell - 31 Dec 1978 - 27 Aug 1981

Cdr T.C. Milne - 27 Aug 1981 - 19 Dec 1983

Cdr J. Nethercott - 19 Dec 1983 - 01 Aug 1985

Cdr K.A. Nason - 01 Aug 1985 - 25 Apr 1986

Cdr A.J. Hollington-Sawyer - 15 Sep 1986 - 09 Jul 1988

Cdr R.W. Bowers - 09 Jul 1988 - 20 Jul 1990

Cdr R.P. Harrison - 20 Jul 1990 - 04 Jan 1993

Cdr J.H.A.P. Lebel - 04 Jan 1993 - 03 Aug 1993

 

Captain for the day

 

Captain for the day is a tradition in the RCN where during the ship's Christmas celebrations, the Commanding Officer changes places with the youngest member of the ship's company.

David E. Baldwin, OSER - 1977

Kevin Smith - 1991

 

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

BROUSE, Walter Harding

LS, 13447-E, RCN

died - 05 Jun 1966 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Anderson, Thomas Read

1940-2017

Armstrong, George Gordon

____-2007

Ash, Eldon Joseph

1931-2015

Badminton, Eric Charles

1937-1998

Barnes, Jerry T.

1932-2017

Bassingthwaite, James H.

1945-2016

Beasley, Doug Harold

1948-2012

Belich, Edward

1969-1994

Bemister, Herbert George

1929-2013

Biles, H.A.

1942-2016

Bond, Jean-Noel

1931-2017

Bond, John Vernon

1937-2015

Bradford, Sydney Howard

1929-2016

Bushnell, Robert

____-2007

 

C-D

Caldwell, Ralph Lutes

1927-2015

Cameron, Allan

1933-2018

Campbell, David

1928-2016

Cavan, Leonard Joseph

1929-2015

Served in Mackenzie in 1967 as LCdr, RCN, XO

Cavenagh, Orfeur John Alan

1925-2015

Chadwick, Edward Allan

1929-2016

Chalmers, James Hunter

1930-2014

Cleugh, Ray

____-2003

Cook, Fredrederick C.

1926-2015

Curell, Randy

1940-2013

Cuthbert, Lawrence J.

1933-2018

DeBoice, Jarvis

1937-2014

Deluca, Robert James

1936-2018

X.O. 1971-1972

9th Commanding Officer

deRosenroll, Glen Michael

1926-2006

4th Commanding Officer

Desjardins, Romeo E.

1921-2015

E-F

Earl, Kevin William

1957-2016

Eatmon, Donald Arthur

1942-2016

Ebner, Ernest Fredrick

____-2013

Edmundson, Kenneth D.

1945-1995

Fahey, Robert Gary

1940-2013

Fallowfield, John Thomas

1947-2013

Foster, Gordon Douglas

1927-2015

 

 

 

G-H

German, Andrew Barry Crawfurd

____-2011

1st Commanding Officer

Gordon, Raymond Turner

1929-2015

Gunn, Gary Douglas

1948-2008

Hannem, Dallas Norris

1940-2016

Hicks, Stanley Vernon

1936-1993

Served in Mackenzie 10 Sep 1965 - 17 Sep 1967 as P2RM3 and P2 Rad Sea 251. Drafted to Mackenzie 16 Jan 1971 as POTEL

Holland, Orville Derrick

1929-2016

 

 

 

 

I-J

Irvine, Kenneth George

1936-2001

Served in Mackenzie 1978-1979 as a C2BN

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kirby, Richmond Hill

1929-2006

Kux, Hubert Ernest

1944-2007

Langlois, Howard Francis Sr.

1931-2002

Legendre, Lucien

1948-2013

Linscott, John David

1953-2015

Logie, Robert Douglas

1928-2017

 

 

 

 

M-N

MacDonald, Elwood J.

1922-2005

Served in Mackenzie as Cox'n

MacPherson, Paul

____-2000

Mainguy, Daniel Nicholas

1930-2010

Manninen, Peter

1961-2016

Matheson, Duncan Leslie

1961-2005

McArdle, Christopher Charles

1934-2017

Miller, David Donaldson

1922-2007

Nelson, Raymond Gene

1938-2018

 

 

O-P

O'Connor, Don Patrick

1950-2009

Parsons, Harvey

1936-2016

Paterson, William Argyle

1930-2007

Peers, Robert Claude Kenrick

1927-2017

2nd Sqn Commander - Mackenzie was his flagship

Q-R

Randell, Robert

1941-2015

Redfern, Michael William

1939-2005

Russell, John Quentin

1944-2018

Rutherford, Robert

1939-2008

S-T

Schmitke, Edmund G.

1926-2018

Smith, Ronald Lorne

____-2014

Drafted to Mackenzie 1962 / 2nd draft 1967

Sophonow, ________

1940-2017

Staicue, Roy

____-2017

Stalker, Fredrick Glen

1935-2018

Turnbull, David Thomas

1930-2016

 

 

 

 

U-V

Volker, William George

1932-2017

 

 

 

 

W-X

Warneken, Edward Vincent Neil

1944-2014

Watson, Robert Bruce

1920-2009

Watt, George T.

1931-2015

 

Former Crew Members

Abbott, PO2, BN - 1978-1979

 

Badger, CPO2, WS

 

Baldwin, David E., OSER - Nov 1977 - 1979

 

Batcheleor, Bert, PO1, ET - 1979


Bennett, PO2 - 1979

 

Berbeck, Robert, Jul 1974 - Jul 1978

 

Bokor, Kenneth, OS/ABRP - Jul 1982 - Feb 1985

 

Bolton, J., MS, ER

 

Booth, PO1, BN


Boucher, PO2, HT - 1979


Boulter, PO2, ER - 1979

 

Boyle, LS, BN


Brand, Max, PO2, FC - 1979

 

Brown, Gerry, P1RM (POTEL) - 1990 - 1992


Campbell, PO2 - 1979


Clattenburg, PO2, ER - 1979

 

Cook, AB, RP

 

Coughlin, D., CPO1, WU, Cox'n - 1978-1979

 

Dennet, J., PO2, RP


Dennis, WO - 1979

 

Desroches, J., PO2, BN

 

Dzeoba, S., PO1, FC

 

Erhardt, PO2, Pay Writer - 1979

 

Fletcher, PO1, RM - 1978

 

Fowler, R., PO2, ER


Francis, D., Lt, EO


Frank, R., AB, BN

 

Gray, D, PO1, ER - 1979


Gruben, PO2, RP - 1979


Gunderson, CPO2, WS - 1979

 

Gunsnowski, Edward, AB - 1964


Hamm, PO1, ER - 1979


Harrison, D., PO2, LT - 1979


Hartley, PO2 - 1979

Hill, B., PO1, RP

 

Hemstreet, Peter, ABCK - 1965

 

Hlasny, Stephen, CPO2, LT - 1976-1979

 

Hodgkins, D., LCdr, XO - 1978

 

Howie, AB


Humphrey, J., PO2, ER

 

Illien, PO1, HT - 1979

 

Job, A., PO2, RP - 1979

 

Johansen, Larry, ABCK - 1965

 

Johns, AB, Sig

 

Johnson, H., LS, ER

 

Johnston, R.J., P2NWT - Apr 1992 - Aug 1993


Kennedy, R., PO2, ER -1979


Kern, WO, MedA, Air Force - 1979


Kolson, Howie, PO1, BN - 1979


Lesperance, J., PO1, RP - 1979

 

Livernoche, P., PO2, ER


Love, D., LS, ER

 

Manz, AB, Sig


Marginet, PO2, SN - 1979

 

Marsh - 1978

 

McCraken, D., LCdr, EO


McKinney


Miller, D., CPO1, ERA


Mills, R., CPO2, ER - 1979

 

Moller, PO2, RP


Mollison, D., PO2, BN


Morrison, Lt, DeckO


Oakley, LCdr, XO

 

Okros, Richard Dennis, LCdr, RCN, XO (and temp C.O.) - 1966

 

Pinnell, Terry, Lt - Jan 1980 - Jun 1981

 

Provencher, L., MS, ER

 

Ragosnig, R., AB, ER

Randall, M., PO1, FC - 1978-1979

 

Raymond, L., PO1, SIG


Reddick, PO2 - 1979


Richardson, PO1 - 1979

 

Riggs, B., CPO2, NS - 1979

 

Robertson, J., CPO1, ERA

 

Rogers, Reg - 1978 - 1980, 1984 - 1986, 1989 - 1992

 

Schofield, R., PO1, ER - 1979

 

Shewan, PO2 - 1979


Sinkinson, B., PO2, ET - 1979


Stennes, CPO2, ER - 1979


Stenson, A., CPO1, ERA - 1979


Stewart, Barry, PO1, RM - 1979

 

Stow, Peter, XO - 1975-1976

 

Strandburg, PO1, WU - 1978

 

Stuart, Bob, 1981-1983

 

Sullivan, Phil, ABCK - 1965

 

Tanguay, PO2, RM - 1979


Tanner, CPO2, ER - 1979


Trotter, PO1, ET - 1979


Tyre, Dave, PO2, SG - 1979

 

Vincent, LS, NS

 

Vowels, Gerry 

 

Watson, Bryan, FC Tech - 1978 - 1981 


White, G., WO, Army Writer - 1979

 

Wickett, L., LS, ER


Windle, D., PO2, WS - 1979


Workman, T., PO1, ER - 1979

 

Woychuk, W., CPO2, VS - 1978


Wozny, WO, Air Force - 1979


Young, PO2 - 1979

 

Young, Gordon, LSCK - 1962-1965


Zbitnew, PO2, SN - 1978-1979

 

RCN Memories - Radio Check - Over

 

Links

HMCS Mackenzie - Commissioning Book

Ship's company photos for HMCS Mackenzie

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

HMCS Mackenzie 261, Hong Kong - 1964 Far East Cruise

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Mackenzie 261 departing Vancouver - Jul 1964

Note that she is flying her original call sign CGQD.  In April 1964, HMCS Qu'Appelle (call sign CYQD) was brought around from Halifax to Esquimalt and became 2nd Squadron Senior ship. To avoid confusion between the call signs, and with Mackenzie being the junior ship to Qu'Appelle, her (Mackenzie's) call sign was changed on 01 Aug 1964 to CGYZ.

Courtesy of Robert Berbeck

Cooks off HMCS Mackenzie in Japan, 1965

 

L-R: LS Gordon Young, AB Peter Hemstreet, AB Larry Johansen, AB Phil Sullivan

 

Photo of Gordon Young 52 years later     Photo of Peter Hemstreet 52 years later

 

Courtesy of Gordon Young

HMCS Mackenzie - 29 Sep 1965

Photographer Walter E. Frost

Source: City of Vancouver Archives

HMCS Mackenzie on SEATO Exercise Jet64 in Indian Ocean.

1964 - Ken Watson RCN 1961-1968

HMCS Mackenzie circa 1977-78

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Signalmen Johns, Manz and unknown on HMCS Mackenzie

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

HMCS Mackenzie circa 1977

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

On the occasion of  Badger leaving the ship at the entrance to Esquimalt Harbour for Release Centre, Feb 1978

 

       

 

2nd photo Honour Guard - C2 Irving, P1 Strandbur, C2 Hlasny, C2 Woychuk, P1 Fletcher

3rd photo - On left of photo, Cox'n - D. Coughlin and XO - B. Hodgkins

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Milt, Marsh, Nester on HMCS Mackenzie, Nov 1978

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Lieut. Governor of BC invitation to HMCS Mackenzie's ship's company

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

HMCS Mackenzie Christmas card - 1979

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Old Sailors Night on HMCS Mackenzie, 24 Jan 1979

 

     

 

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Old Sailors Night on HMCS Mackenzie, 24 Jan 1979

 

           

(1) Gunderson, Zbitnew, Abbott, Riggs, Batchelor  (2) Ken Irvine, Freeman Abbott  (3) Bruce Riggs, Ken Irvine  (4) Cdr H.R. Waddell, C.O., Freeman Abbott, Ken Irvine  (5) Stennes, Tanner, Windle, Mills  (6) WO White, our Army Writer  (7) Irvine, Lesperance, Marsh, Hlasny

 

           

 

(8) group photo  (9) Windle, Mills, Marginet, Boucher, Riggs  (10) group photo  (11) Dave Windle, Freeman Abbott  (12) Steve Hlasny, Ken Irvine  (13) Dave Windle, Steve Hlasny, Ken Irvine, Freeman Abbott, Ray Marginet  (14) Bart Batcheleor, Steve Hlasny

 

           

 

(15) The boys are starting to feel mellow  (16) The boys are starting to feel mellow  (17) Freeman Abbott, Steve Hlasny  (18) The Engineers  (19) Old Sailors night at it's close  (20) Grant, Nestor, Ken Irvine, Steve Hlasny  (21) Running mates - Steve Hlasny, Ken Irvine, Freeman Abbott

 

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Captain Book Bi-Centennial, Apr 1978

 

     

 

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

HMCS Mackenzie rescues two fishermen off Cape Flattery, May, 1979

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Mortar instruction on HMCS Mackenzie, May 1979

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

"They Work!"

HMCS Mackenzie firing her mortars, May 1979

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny 

Mortars Bombs Exploding

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Committal ceremony for the ashes of a Chief Gunner

 

Piping party - CPO1 Coughlin, CPO2 Gunderson

 

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

At sea on HMCS Mackenzie

Lt Morrison, Ken Irvine, Howie Kolson

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

At sea on HMCS Mackenzie

Barry Stewart, Ken Irvine

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

HMCS Mackenzie (foreground) going up the Sacramento River. Max at the hatch

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Ken Irvine receiving his C1s. HMCS Mackenzie - at sea

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Doug Miller receiving his C1s. HMCS Mackenzie - at sea

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

BBQ on HMCS Mackenzie at sea

Richardson, Howie Kolson

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

BBQ on HMCS Mackenzie at sea

Freeman Abbott, Marsh, Bert Batcheleor

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Dave Windle on HMCS Mackenzie (foreground, centre)

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Banyan on HMCS Mackenzie

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

HMCS Mackenzie entering Peurto Vallarta, Mexico

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Coming alongside Peurto Vallarta - the Love Boat had just left

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Some recreational sailing - Ken Irvine, Freeman Abbott

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Recreations sailing - Heading for the beach - Steve Hlasny

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Recreational sailing - Freeman Abbott, Ken Irvine, D. Molson

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny


Steve Hlasny para-sailing in Puerto Vallarty ... and coming in for a landing on the beach

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Freeman Abbott having a swinging time ashore

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

RPs bash ashore at Long Beach, Calif.  Lesperance (centre)

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Max Brand cooking our steaks

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Freeman, Moller, Dennet, Raymond and Irvine

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

HMCS Mackenzie entering Esquimalt Harbour

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Looking astern on HMCS Mackenzie, one last look at the Strait of Juan de Fuca

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

HMCS Mackenzie passing Duntz Head

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Coming alongside C Jetty - was to be my last trip

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Old Sailors Night on HMCS Mackenzie, Apr 1980 - to help the CP

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Old Sailors Night on HMCS Mackenzie, Apr 1980 - to help the CP

"Some new, some old"

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Old Sailors Night on HMCS Mackenzie, Apr 1980 - to help the CP

Ken Irvine and Freeman Abbott

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Old Sailors Night on HMCS Mackenzie, Apr 1980 - to help the CP

Norm Bone, Steve Hlasny

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

HMCS Mackenzie 261 enroute to San Diego and the gunnery range at San Clemente Island circa 1980-1981

Copyright / Courtesy of Brad Stewart

Not for commercial use without permission of Brad Stewart

Boiler room consol of HMCS Mackenzie 261

Courtesy of Garth Davies

Boiler room of HMCS Mackenzie 261

Courtesy of Garth Davies

Boiler room of HMCS Mackenzie 261

Courtesy of Garth Davies

HMCS Mackenzie - Burma Road

Courtesy of Bruce Roper

HMCS Mackenzie - 4 Mess

Courtesy of Bruce Roper

HMCS Mackenzie - Burma Road just outside Sickbay

Courtesy of Bruce Roper

HMCS Mackenzie - Bridge (view from Port side)

Courtesy of Bruce Roper

Tadpole Breakfast Menu on HMCS Mackenzie

Exercise Soploy '82

Courtesy of Bruce Roper

OSBN Bruce Roper enjoying his tadpole breakfast.

Exercise Soploy '82

Courtesy of Bruce Roper

Crossing the Line ceremony on board HMCS Mackenzie during exercise SOPLOY 82

Courtesy of Peter Manninen

Crossing the Line ceremony on board HMCS Mackenzie during exercise SAMPLOY 83

 

        

 

Courtesy of Peter Manninen

Freedom of the City of Victoria is bestowed upon the crew of HMCS Mackenzie in 1985 for the Navy's 75th anniversary. Admiral Thomas, LCdr Redman is the guard officer, and the Mayor (Peter Pollen)

Courtesy of Brian Forsyth


HMCS Mackenzie flying her paying off pennant, 03 Aug 1993

Courtesy of Peter Manninen

Tug Seaspan scout towing the former HMCS Mackenzie towards her final resting place

Courtesy of Robert Berbeck

Former HMCS Mackenzie just prior to the scuttling charges being detonated.

Source: Canadian Naval Alumni page on Facebook

Scuttling charges being detonated - the former HMCS Mackenzie being sunk as an artificial reef

Source: Canadian Naval Alumni page on Facebook

Two newspaper articles on the scuttling of the former HMCS Mackenzie as an artificial reef

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

The bridge of HMCS Mackenzie today

Source: Canadian Naval Alumni page on Facebook

 

 

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