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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 R.J. 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.

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

Armstrong, George Gordon

____-2007

Beasley, Doug Harold

1948-2012

Belich, Edward

1969-1994

Biles, H.A.

1942-2016

Bond, John Vernon

1937-2015

Bradford, Sydney Howard

1929-2016

Bushnell, Robert

____-2007

 

 

 

C-D

Cavan, Leonard Joseph

1929-2015

Served in Mackenzie in 1967 as LCdr, RCN, XO

Cavenagh, Orfeur John Alan

1925-2015

Cleugh, Ray

____-2003

Cook, Fred C.

1926-2015

deRosenroll, Glen Michael

1926-2006

E-F

Earl, Kevin William

1957-2016

Eatmon, Donald Arthur

1942-2016

Edmundson, Ken

1945-1995

Fallowfield, John Thomas

1947-2013

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

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

 

 

 

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

Rutherford, Robert

1939-2008

S-T

Smith, Ronald Lorne

____-2014

Drafted to Mackenzie 1962 / 2nd draft 1967

Staicue, Roy

____-2017

Turnbull, David Thomas

1930-2016

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

 

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


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, AB - 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

 

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

 

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

 

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, G., LS - 1962


Zbitnew, PO2, SN - 1978-1979

 

Photos and Documents

 

RCN Memories

Radio Check - Over

 

Links

HMCS Mackenzie - Commissioning Book

Ship's company photos for HMCS Mackenzie

 

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