For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS MARGAREE 230

 

WE ARE THE BEST

HMCS Margaree - 23 Sep 1962

Photographer: Walter E. Frost

Source: City of Vancouver Archives

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1940

 

 

Laid down: 12 Sep 1951

Launched: 29 Mar 1956

Commissioned: 05 Oct 1957

Paid off for DDH Conversion: 25 Sep 1964

Commissioned: 15 Oct 1965

Paid off for DELEX Refit: 05 May 1980

Commissioned: 1981

Paid off: 02 May 1992

Fate: Broken up in 1994

 

A product of Halifax Shipyards Ltd., Margaree was commissioned on 05 Oct 1957 for services on the west coast. She was named after the Margaree River, Cape Breton Island, NS. On 16 Jan 1958 Margaree, in company with Cayuga 218, Crescent 226, Fraser 233 and, Skeena 207 departed Esquimalt, BC, for a Far Eastern Training cruise, returning on 02 Apr 1958. She began her conversion to a DDH at Victoria Machinery Depot on 25 Sep 1964. Re-commissioned on 15 Oct 1965, she returned to Halifax. On 01 Apr 1979, some 200 nautical miles south of Halifax, using gunfire she sank the bow section of the tanker Kurdistan, which had been towed there for that purpose after breaking in half on 15 Mar 1979 south of Cabot Strait. On 12 Mar 1980, HMCS Margaree and HMCS Huron rescued the crew of the stricken M.V. Maurice Desgagnes. Margaree commenced her DELEX refit at Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal, on 05 May 1980, being towed to HMC Dockyard, Halifax when it appeared she might become ice-bound before its completion the following year. In later years she was several times Canada's representative in Standing Naval Force Atlantic (SNFL). In Aug 1991 Margaree took part in a re-enactment of the signing of the Atlantic Charter at Argentia, Nfld. Paid off on 02 May 1992, she was sold to Global Shipping Co., Tampa, Fl. for $193,393.00, departed Halifax under to of the Russian Tug Afanasiy for India to be broken up on 14 Mar 1994.

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr Joern Eilert Korning, RCN - 05 Oct 1957 - 10 Nov 1959

Cdr E.V.P. Sunderland, RCN - 10 Nov 1959 - 17 Aug 1960

Cdr J.H. Maclean, RCN - 17 Aug 1960 - 22 May 1962

Cdr J.L. Panabaker, RCN - 22 May 1962 - 26 Sep 1964

Cdr R.C. MacLean, RCN - 15 Oct 1965 - 03 Jul 1967

Cdr Peter Meredith Birch-Jones, RCN - 04 Jul 1967 - 23 Aug 1968

Cdr Richard Irwin Hitesman, RCN - 23 Aug 1968 - 25 Jul 1970

Cdr John Kinross Kennedy - 25 Jul 1970 - 24 Jan 1972

LCdr D. Nugent - 24 Jan 1972 - 05 Apr 1972

Cdr Robert Gordie Campbell - 05 Apr 1972 - 04 Jan 1974

Cdr Robert Earl George - 04 Jan 1974 - 18 Dec 1975

Cdr R.J. Lancashire - 18 Dec 1975 - 10 Aug 1977

Cdr Peter W. Cairns - 10 Aug 1977 - 13 Jul 1978

Cdr Robert (Bob) Anderson Rutherford - 13 Jul 1978 - 12 Aug 1980

Cdr P.J. Stow - 12 Aug 1980 - 29 May 1982

Cdr R.W. Allen - 29 May 1982 - 01 Apr 1984

Cdr J.M. Ewan - 01 Apr 1984 - 01 Jan 1986

Cdr Anthony Ewart Delamere - 01 Jan 1986 - 04 Jan 1988

Cdr T.N. Brockway - 04 Jan 1988 - 06 Jul 1989

Cdr G.G. Borgal - 06 Jul 1989 - 17 Dec 1991

Cdr D.O. Thamer - 17 Dec 1991 - 02 May 1992

 

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.

Leroy Hearns - 1969

Pierre Meunier, OSWU - 1970

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

HYNES, William Eldon

CD, MS, N25119208

died (diving accident) at Funchal, Madeira - 08 Feb 1991 

O'SULLIVAN, James John

CD, PO2, N43269

died - 07 Aug 1971 

WELLS, William Cory

Slt, V65003577

died (diving accident) at Funchal, Madeira - 08 Feb 1991 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Aalders, Murray Rodney

____-2011

Barlow, William Thomas

1951-2013

Barton, Alfred Michael

1936-2007

Bédard, Cécilien

1937-2013

Commissioning crew as a PO

Birch-Jones, Peter Meredith

1925-2009

Boivin, Neil Roland

1931-2016

Served in Margaree in 1969 as XO

Bond, John Vernon

1937-2015

Boutilier, Darryl Wayne

____-2003

Bradford, Sydney Howard

1929-2016

Brown, Rodney Leslie

1961-2016

Brush, Thomas F.

____-2006

Commissioning crew as CPO Weaponsman

Burnett, Gerald Clarke

1935-2003

Served in Margaree 1977-1979 as a PO2 Weapons rate

 

 

 

C-D

Caisse, Joseph Andre Richard

1961-2017

Served in Margaree as an ABSW

Callaghan, Brian

1934-2013

Carter, Lorne Fulton

1936-2012

Clark, David Wesley

____-2013

Cook, Fred C.

1926-2015

Cook, George

____-____

Cottenden, Harry Roland

1930-2016

Currie, Alexander Joseph

____-2016

Currie, David Wayne

1946-2008

Curry, Walter

1918-2017

Daley, Robert James

1939-2011

Davidson, Des

1929-2010

Served in Margaree as P2RT

Dean, Thomas George

1947-2012

Delamare, Anthony Ewart

____-2002

18th Commanding Officer

Dobing, Sidney

1922-2013

E-F

Elliott, Ronald Edwin

____-2011

English, Raymond C.

1945-2016

Esbaugh, Thomas Jerome

1952-2012

Falconer, William

1927-2012

Falldien, Einar Sherwood

____-2013

Farquharson, Kenneth Lionel

1924-2010

Ferguson, Elmer Alexander

1926-2016

Fisher, George Brown Kennedy

____-2005

Served in Margaree as a C2ER

Flood, Joseph Arthur

1920-1991

Served in Margaree as a C1RT

Fortin, J.L.A.

____-1985

Foster, Kenneth Sinclair

1934-2010

Served in Margaree at Lt, Weapons Officer

 

 

 

 

G-H

Gavin, R.

1925-2006

Served in Margaree as P2VS

Gilleno, Frederick Charles Giles

1964-2014

Gorman, Andrew Drummond

1931-2007

Grainger, Robert Keith

1935-2007

Haas, R.

1929-2009

Served in Margaree as CPO2 ET

Haley, Richard Douglas

1964-2015

Hall, A.

____-____

Served in Margaree as P1AM

Hazelwood, Eric Eugene

____-2015

Henderson, Clyde Lewis

1947-2013

Served in Margaree 1967-1971

Hitesman, Richard Irwin

1931-1986

7th Commanding Officer

Hoffman, Herman E.

____-1995

Served in Margaree Aug 1976 - Apr 1978 as a C2ET

Holbrow, William Leonard Daniel

1946-2006

Holland, Orville Derrick

1929-2016

Hoskins, William Birnie

1941-2009

Hughes, Kenneth Thomas

____-2006

Served in Margaree as a P1BN

K-L

King, Kenneth Richard

____-1999

Served in Margaree 1977-1979 as C1ERA

Lake, Robert Martin

1940-2012

Lawlor, Patrick

____-2014

Liddard, Kenneth Robert

____-2015

Lilly, Thomas Leroy

1936-2015

Served in Margaree as Chief ET about 1970-1971

Lindal, Robert Carl

1936-2008

 

 

 

 

M-N

Mahon, Brian Alphonsus

____-2000

Matchem, Clarence Calvin

____-2017

Served in Margaree Sep 1978 - Jul 1979

McGowan, Stewart Edwin

1938-2014

McInnis, Ronald Reginald

1929-2006

Served in Margaree in 1964 as P2QM

McVey, S.R.

1944-2017

Merritt, James

1941-2016

Served in Margaree 1971-1973 and 1974-1976

Miller, Edward Edgar

____-____

Moore, Calvin Frederick

1952-2009

Final paying off crew. CPO2, Combat Coordinator

Neal, Kenneth Martin

1919-2014

Served in Margaree as C1ET

Neil, Thomas Wilson

1959-2016

Served in Margaree as a Stoker

Nicholson, Edward Ian

1930-2008

Served in Margaree as P2VS

 

 

 

 

O-P

Pantano, Ricki Frederick

____-2003

Pettis, Rodney G.

____-2013

Served in Margaree 1978-1979 as a P1ER

Pringle, James C.

____-2013

 

 

Q-R

Randell, Robert

1941-2015

Served in Margaree as ABWS

Rayment, Lloyd

1934-2016

Rusk, Harry

1928-2012

Served in Margaree in 1961 as LCdr, RCN

Rutherford, Robert

1939-2008

 

S-T

Schofield, Lorne Atwood

1929-2010

Scoville, William Clifton

____-2016

Served in Margaree 1977 to 1979

Seright, Harry

1926-1994

Spencer, Alan

1930-2016

Spiesz, John-Henry

1931-2009

Stanick, Steve

1962-2013

Strum, Gordon Eugene

____-2012

Sullivan, George Dennis

1945-2012

Taylor, Richard Keith

1954-2006

Served in Margaree in 1979 - for Navigator qual training

Taylor, Robert Dewey

1920-2010

Thomas, George Robert

1933-2011

Served in Margaree as a PO2 Bos'n

Tracey, Lester Marshall

____-2005

Tucker, William Michael

1938-2011

 

 

U-V

VanEk, Hendrick

1934-2016

Vergouwen, Peter J.

1931-2016

Vermette, Raymond Wilfred

1932-2016

Served in Margaree for NATO 1977 as Cox'n

 

 

W-X

Wavryk, Walter Lawrence

____-2015

Willdey, Thomas

1943-2011

Wilson, Wellington Bruce

1927-2016

Wroclawski, Joseph Paul Edward

____-2014

 

 

Former Crew Members

Anderson, J. Randy, P1RM, POTEL - 1992 (Paying off Crew)

 

Anderson, Larry, MSEW - 1977

 

Argue, Nick B., P1SG, Yeoman (Paying off Crew)

 

Bakody, David, C2ERA - 1988 

 

Bateman, C.J., OSRM - 1992  (Paying off Crew)

 

Bidal, Mike, LSER - 1986 - 1991

 

Burbidge, Don, Slt, OOW - Jan 1976 - Oct 1978 / Lt (N), NAVO - Oct 1978 - Jan 1979

 

Buxton, Roger, LCdr, XO - 1977

 

Chapman, John, RP - 1978

 

Cheeseman, Lewis G., ABER - 1976 - 1979

 

Corn, W. Earle, C1SG, Cox'n - 1992  (Paying off Crew)

 

Coté, Jean, EW - 1977

 

Currie, Tom - 1990

 

Dolomont, Bob, Flight Observer - 1977

 

Duffield, G.R., OSSG - 1992  (Paying off Crew)

 

Eldershaw, D.C., ABSG - 1992  (Paying off Crew)

 

Evans, Mike R., MSRM - 1992  (Paying off Crew)

 

Flynn, Danny, CBM (Buffer) - 1990

 

Gibbons, John, RP - 1978

 

Hannah, G.A., LCdr, XO - 1992  (Paying off Crew)

Hopkins, (Hoppy), RP - 1978

 

Keefer, Linton, RP - 1978

 

Keeping, D.D., OSRM - 1992

 

Keeping, J.W., P2SG, Deputy Yeoman

 

Kennedy, Ted - 1990

 

Kruck, Cliff, P1RM, POTEL - 1990

 

Lapierre, Brian - Jan 1977 - Jan 1979

 

Lamb, C.J.A., LSSG - 1992  (Paying off Crew)

 

Lance, Mark

 

Lavalee, Rick, MSEW - 1977

 

Lee, Paul, RP - 1978

 

Locke, Calvin, OSER-LSER - Apr 1969 - Nov 1973 

 

Lowery, Brian, Electrician - 1986 - 1989, 1990 - 1992 (Paying off Crew)

 

Master, Rick, MSRT - 1977

 

Matthews, Arthur, Sgt, FF 1990 - 1992 (Paying off Crew)

 

McDougall, Keith, LSEM2, Dec 1972 - Mar 1975   

 

Moseley, B.A., Lt (N), CBTO - 1992  (Paying off Crew)

 

Murphy, A.J., LSSG - 1992   (Paying off Crew)

O'Brian, Harold, RP - 1978

 

O'Donnell, W.M., LSRM - 1992  (Paying off Crew)

 

Olsen, Darren Mark

 

Payne, Derrick - 1978

 

Peltiere, Michelle, RP - 1978

 

Pendergast, P.T., Slt, CommO - 1992  (Paying off Crew)

 

Pitts, Noel, RP - 1978

 

Reykdal, G.S., ABSG - 1992 (Paying off Crew)

 

Ritzhaupt, Jurgen, EW - 1977

 

Ruohoniemi, Brian - 1990 - 1992 (Paying off Crew)

 

Simpson, Jeff, EW - 1977-1981

 

Sleigh, Mike, MSSN/P2SN - 1973 - 1975

 

St. Pierre, D.J., OSRM - 1992 (Paying off Crew)

 

Stew, George E, SG

 

Thorn, Lloyd, EW - 1977

 

Valley, Dave, ER - 1970 - 1973

 

Weir, Garry, P2RM, Training PO / A/POTEL - 1992  (Paying off Crew)

 

White, S.R., ABRM - 1992  (Paying off Crew)

 

Young, Robert C., MSSG - 1992 (Paying off Crew)

 

Photos and Documents

 

RCN Memories

Saved by a cuppa coffee

 

Links

HMCS Margaree 230 Commissioning Booklet

Personal photo gallery of Sid Dobing

 

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