HMCS MACKENZIE 261

 

MACKENZIE Class Destroyer

 


 

 

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 MV 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. Initially based in Halifax for her first 5 months after commissioning she departed for Esquimalt on 02 Mar 1963. 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.

 


 

RCN Memories:     Radio Check - Over          Yes, we have ducks in the Canadian Navy

 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          The Ship's Bell          Commissioning Book

 

HMCS MACKENZIE Crew List - 11 Jul 1987

 


 

Commanding Officers

 

Cdr Andrew Barry C. 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 Ralph Louis McClean - 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.

 

Raymond Johnson, OS.CK - 1973 

 

David E. Baldwin, OSER - 1977

 

Kevin Smith - 1991

 


 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

BROUSE, Walter Harding

LS, RCN

died - 05 Jun 1966

 


 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

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Former Crew Members

 

 Note: entries c1976-1979 were from a ships recall list date 1976-1979

 

Abbott, PO2, BN - 1978-1979

 

Adams, OS/AB - c1976-1979

 

Albrecht, OS/AB - c1976-1979

 

Anderson, PO2 - c1976-1979

 

Andrews, S.D., Lt - c1976-1979

 

Badger, CPO2, WS

 

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

 

Batcheleor, Bert, PO1, ET - 1979

 

Baxter, LS - c1976-1979

 

Beaudoin, LS - c1976-1979

 

Bennett, PO2 - 1979

 

Berbeck, Robert, Jul 1974 - Jul 1978

 

Best, MS - c1976-1979

 

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

 

Bolton, J., MS, ER

 

Booth, PO1, BN - c1976-1979

 

Boucher, Butch, PO2, HT

 

Boudreau, OS/AB - c1976-1979

 

Boulter, PO2, ER - 1979

 

Bowden, PO1 - c1976-1979

 

Boyle, LS/MS, BN - c1976-1979

 

Brand, Max, PO2, FC - 1979

 

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

 

Brown, Rob, LS, NCIOP, 1989 - 03 Aug 1993

 

Brinacomb, OS/AB - c1976-1979

 

Campbell, PO2 - 1979

 

Campbell, OS/AB - c1979-1979

 

Clattenburg, PO2, ER - 1979

 

Cook, AB, RP

 

Corrigal, PO2 - c1976-1979

 

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

 

Cram, LS - c1976-1979

 

DeCosta, MS - c1976-1979

 

Denney, J., PO2, RP - c1976-1979

 

Dennis, WO - 1979

 

Desroches, J., PO2, BN

 

Dodkin, OS/AB - c1976-1979

 

Duhamel, Alfe, P2SG

 

Duncan, PO1 - c1976-1979

 

Dunn, PO2 - c1976-1979

 

Dzeoba, S., PO1, FC - c1976-1979

 

Erhardt, PO2, Pay Writer - 1979

 

Fletcher, PO1, RM - 1978

 

Fowler, R., PO2, ER

 

Frank, R., AB, BN

 

Franken, OS/AB - c1976-1979

 

Fredericks, W.J., Lt - c1976-1979

 

Gear, OS/AB - c1976-1979

 

Gerein, OS/AB - c1976-1979

 

Gillatley, LS - c1976-1979

 

Gray, D, PO1, ER - 1979

 

Gruben, PO2, RP - 1979

 

Gunderson, CPO2, WS - 1979

 

Gunsnowski, Edward, AB - 1964

 

Hall, OS/AB - c1976-1979

 

Hamm, PO1, ER - 1979

 

Hanlan, LS - c1976-1979

Harman-Wood, MS - c1979-1979

 

Harrison, D., P1. LT - 1979

 

Hartley, PO2 - 1979

 

Hill, B., PO1, RP - c1979-1979

 

Hemstreet, Peter, ABCK - 1965

 

Hillaby, Bruce, 62019-E, RCN

 

Hlasny, Stephen, CPO2, LT - 1976-1979

 

Hodgkins, W.B., LCdr, XO - c1976-1979

 

Holcombe, LS - c1976-1979

 

Howie, AB

 

Humphrey, J., PO2, ER

 

Illien, PO1, HT - 1979

 

Job, A., PO2, RP - 1979

 

Jacobson, LS - c1976-1979

 

Johansen, Larry, ABCK - 1965

 

Johns, AB, Sig

 

Johnson, PO1 - c1976-1979

 

Johnson, H., LS, ER

 

Johnson, Raymond, OS.CK - 1973

 

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

 

Kennedy, R., PO2, ER -1979

 

Kennedy, LS - c1976-1979

 

Kern, WO, MedA, Air Force - 1979

 

Kewin, MS - c1976-1979

 

Kimm, OS/AB - c1976-1979

 

Kolson, Howie, PO1, BN - 1979

 

Kupitz, MS - c1976-1979

 

Labbe, MS - c1976-1979

 

Leblanc, OS - 1987

 

Leclerc, PO2 - c1976-1979

 

Lefebvre, Pierre, P2CK, 1989-1992

 

Lesperance, J., PO1, RP - 1979

 

Livernoche, P., PO2, ER - c1976-1979

 

Love, D., LS, ER

 

Lysell, R.I., Lt - c1976-1979

 

MacCallum, MS - c1976-1979

 

Mackie, OS/AB - c1976-1979

 

Manz, AB, Sig

 

Marchand, OS/AB - c1976-1979

 

Marginet, PO2, SN - 1979

 

Marsh - 1978

 

Martin, LS - c1976-1979

 

May, MS - c1976-1979

 

McCraken, D., LCdr, EO - c1976-1979

 

McKinney


Miller, D., CPO1, ERA

 

Milligan, OS/AB - c1976-1979


Mills, R., CPO2, ER - 1979

 

Mitchell, Mike

 

Moller, PO2, RP

 

Mollison, D., PO2, BN

 

Montheit, OS/AB - c1976-1979

 

Morgan, LS - c1976-1979

 

Morin, PO2 - c1976-1979

 

Morrison, Lt, DeckO

 

Moses, PO1 - c1976-1979

 

Murray, OS/AB - c1976-1979

 

Oakley, LCdr, XO

Otis, MS - cv197601979

 

Pinnell, Terry, Lt - Jan 1980 - Jun 1981

 

Pinvidick, MS - c1976-1979

 

Plumb, OS/AB - c1976-1979

 

Plume, PO2 - c1976-1979

 

Polden, OS/AB - c1976-1979

 

Pottery, Roy, RP, Ship's Diver - 1969-1972

 

Provencher, L., MS, ER

 

Ragosnig, R., AB, ER

 

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

 

Rankin, OS/AB - c1976-1979

 

Raymond, L., P1SG

 

Reddick, PO2 - 1979

 

Richardson, PO1 - 1979

 

Riggs, B., CPO2, NS - 1979

 

Robertson, J., CPO1, ERA

 

Robinson-Vincent, LS - c1976-1979

 

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

 

Rumble, PO2 - c1976-1979

 

Schofield, R., PO1, ER - 1979

 

Sheppard, LS - c1976-1979

 

Shewan, PO2 - 1979

 

Sittler, OS/AB - c1976-1979

 

Skales, LS - c1976-1979

 

Smeeth, Donald, OS.ER / AB.ER - Sep 1977 - Mar 1980

 

Smith, OS/AB - c1976-1979

 

Smorong, OS/AB - c1976-1979

 

St Pierre, LS - c1976-1979

 

Stelwagen, OS/AB - c1976-1979

 

Stennes, CPO2, ER - 1979

 

Stewart, Barry, PO1, RM - 1979

 

Stow, Peter, XO - 1975-1976

 

Stranburg, PO1, WU - 1978

 

Stuart, Bob, 1981-1983

 

Sullivan, Phil, ABCK - 1965

 

Tanguay, PO2, RM - 1979

 

Tanner, CPO2, ER - 1979

 

Taylor, LS - c1976-1979

 

Taylor, PO2 - c1976-1979

 

Thibault, OS/AB - c1976-1979

 

Towns, D.B., Lt - c1976-1979

 

Tremblay, LS - c1976-1979

 

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

 

Wildin, Matthew R., MS.PW

 

Windle, D., PO2, WS - 1979

 

Workman, T., PO1, ER - 1979

 

Wozny, WO, Air Force - 1979

 

Young, PO2 - 1979

 

Young, Gordon, LSCK - 1962-1965

 

Zbitnew, PO2, SN - 1978-1979

 


 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS MACKENZIE 261 - undated

HMCS MACKENZIE 261 - date unknown

From the collection of Sid Dobing

Courtesy of Brian Dobing

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 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

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

 


 

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(DS01) OS Don SMeeth on HMCS MACKENZIE - entering San Francisco - 1978

(DS02) Christmas dinner aboard HMCS MACKENZIE 1979. L-R:  CPO2 Dick Mills,  unknown,  Don Smeeth, AB Stinson,  unknown

Courtesy of Don Smeeth

 


 

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(SH01) HMCS MACKENZIE circa 1977-78

(SH02) Signalmen Johns, Manz and unknown on HMCS MACKENZIE

(SH03) HMCS MACKENZIE circa 1977

 

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

(SH05) 2nd photo Honour Guard - C2 Irving, P1 Strandbur, C2 Hlasny, C2 Woychuk, P1 Fletcher

(SH06) 3rd photo - On left of photo, Cox'n - D. Coughlin and XO - B. Hodgkins

 

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(SH09) Milt, Marsh, Nester on HMCS MACKENZIE, Nov 1978

(SH10-SH12) Captain Book Bi-Centennial, Apr 1978

(SH13) Lieut. Governor of BC invitation to HMCS MACKENZIE'S ship's company

 

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(SH14) HMCS MACKENZIE Christmas card - 1979

(SH15-SH17) Old Sailors Night on HMCS MACKENZIE, 24 Jan 1979

 

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Old Sailors Night on HMCS MACKENZIE, 24 Jan 1979

(SH18) Gunderson, Zbitnew, Abbott, Riggs, Batchelor

(SH19) Ken Irvine, Freeman AbbotT

(SH20) Bruce Riggs, Ken Irvine

(SH21) Cdr H.R. Waddell, C.O., Freeman Abbott, Ken Irvine

(SH22) Stennes, Tanner, Windle, Mills

 

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Old Sailors Night on HMCS MACKENZIE, 24 Jan 1979

(SH23) WO White, our Army Writer

(SH24) Irvine, Lesperance, Marsh, Hlasny

SH25) group photo

(SH26) Windle, Mills, Marginet, Boucher, Riggs

(SH27) group photo

 

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Old Sailors Night on HMCS MACKENZIE, 24 Jan 1979

(SH28) Dave Windle, Freeman Abbott

(SH29) Steve Hlasny, Ken Irvine

(SH30) Dave Windle, Steve Hlasny, Ken Irvine, Freeman Abbott, Ray Marginet

(SH31) Bart Batcheleor, Steve Hlasny

(SH32) the boys are starting to feel mellow

 

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Old Sailors Night on HMCS MACKENZIE, 24 Jan 1979

(SH33) The boys are starting to feel mellow

(SH34) Freeman Abbott, Steve Hlasny

(SH35) The Engineers

(SH36) Old Sailors night at it's close

(SH37) Grant, Nestor, Ken Irvine, Steve Hlasny 

 

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Old Sailors Night on HMCS MACKENZIE, 24 Jan 1979

(38) Running mates - Steve Hlasny, Ken Irvine, Freeman Abbott

 

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(SH39) HMCS MACKENZIE rescues two fishermen off Cape Flattery, May, 1979

(SH40) Mortar instruction on HMCS MACKENZIE, May 1979

(SH41) "They Work!" - HMCS MACKENZIE firing her mortars, May 1979

(SH42) Mortars Bombs Exploding

(SH43) Committal ceremony for the ashes of a Chief Gunner.  Piping party - CPO1 Coughlin, CPO2 Gunderson

 

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(SH44) At sea on HMCS MACKENZIE - Lt Morrison, Ken Irvine, Howie Kolson

(SH45) At sea on HMCS MACKENZIE - Barry Stewart, Ken Irvine

(SH46) HMCS MACKENZIE (foreground) going up the Sacramento River. Max at the hatch

(SH47) Ken Irvine receiving his C1s. HMCS MACKENZIE - at sea

(SH48) Doug Miller receiving his C1s. HMCS MACKENZIE - at sea

 

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(SH49) BBQ on HMCS MACKENZIE at sea - Richardson, Howie Kolson

(SH50) BBQ on HMCS MACKENZIE at sea - Freeman Abbott, Marsh, Bert Batcheleor

(SH51) Dave Windle on HMCS MACKENZIE (foreground, centre)

(SH52) "Beauty Contest" during a Banyan on HMCS MACKENZIE - The contestant all in white with the black hat is Donald Smeeth

 

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(SH53) HMCS MACKENZIE entering Peurto Vallarta, Mexico

(SH54) Coming alongside Peurto Vallarta - the Love Boat had just left

(SH55) Some recreational sailing - Ken Irvine, Freeman Abbott

(SH56) Recreational sailing - Heading for the beach - Steve Hlasny

(SH57) Recreational sailing - Freeman Abbott, Ken Irvine, D. Molson

 

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(SH58-SH59) Steve Hlasny para-sailing in Puerto Vallarta ... and coming in for a landing on the beach

(SH60) Freeman Abbott having a swinging time ashore

(SH61) RPs bash ashore at Long Beach, Calif.  Lesperance (centre)

(SH62) Max Brand cooking our steaks

 

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(SH63) Freeman, Moller, Dennet, Raymond and Irvine

(SH64) HMCS MACKENZIE entering Esquimalt Harbour

(SH65) Looking astern on HMCS MACKENZIE, one last look at the Strait of Juan de Fuca

(SH66) HMCS MACKENZIE passing Duntz Head

(SH67) Coming alongside C Jetty - was to be my last trip

 

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

(SH68) Old Sailors' caps with various cap tallies

(SH69) "Some new, some old"

(SH70) Ken Irvine and Freeman Abbott

(SH71) Norm Bone, Steve Hlasny

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

 


 

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(GD01-GD03)  Boiler room consol of HMCS MACKENZIE 261

Courtesy of Garth Davies


 

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(BR01) Burma Road on HMCS MACKENZIE 261

(BR02) 4 MESS on HMCS MACKENZIE 261

(BR03) Burma Road just outside Sickbay on HMCS MACKENZIE 261

(BR04) Portside view of the bridge on HMCS MACKENZIE 261

 

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(BR05) HMCS MACKENZIE'S Tadpole Breakfast for Crossing the Equator during Ex SOPLOY '82

(BR06) OSBN Bruce Roper enjoying his tadpole breakfast prior to the Crossing the Line Ceremony during Ex SOPLOY '82

 

Courtesy of Bruce Roper

 


 

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(PM01) Crossing the Line ceremony on board HMCS MACKENZIE during exercise SOPLOY 82

 

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(PM02-PM05) Crossing the Line ceremony on board HMCS MACKENZIE during exercise SAMPLOY 83

 

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(PM06-PM07) HMCS MACKENZIE flying her paying off pennant, 03 Aug 1993

Courtesy of Peter Manninen

 


 

The End

 

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(MAC001) Tug Seaspan scout towing the former HMCS MACKENZIE towards her final resting place - Courtesy of Robert Berbeck
(MAC002) Former HMCS MACKENZIE just prior to the scuttling charges being detonated. Source: Canadian Naval Alumni page on Facebook

(MAC003) Scuttling charges being detonated - the former HMCS MACKENZIE being sunk as an artificial reef. Source: Canadian Naval Alumni page on Facebook

(MAC004) 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

 

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(MAC005) The bridge of the former HMCS MACKENZIE - 10 Mar 2015.  Source: Canadian Naval Alumni page on Facebook

(MAC006) Side scan sonar image of the former HMCS MACKENZIE taken on 22 May 2020.  Courtesy of Len Burton

 


 

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