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HMCS MICMAC R10 / 214

 

MELKEDAE

 

FEARLESS

HMCS Micmac 214 circa 1954

"C/O at that time was Commander  George (Trigger) Wadds, a great skipper"

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

 

Laid down: 20 May 1942

Launched: 18 Sep 1943

Commissioned: 18 Sep 1945

Paid off: 30 Nov 1951

Re-commissioned: 14 Aug 1953

Paid off: 31 Mar 1964

Fate: Broken up in 1965

 

Built by Halifax Shipyards Ltd., Micmac was commissioned at Halifax on 18 Sep 1945. Alone of her class, she never fired a shot in anger but spent her entire career as a training ship. On 16 Jul 1947, she collided in fog with SS Yarmouth County off Halifax, suffering very extensive damage to her bows. While under repair she was partially converted to a destroyer escort, returning to her duties early in 1950. Her conversion was completed during 1952, and she was re-commissioned on 14 Aug 1953. In Apr 1963, 12 RCN ships, Algonquin, Micmac, Cayuga, St. Croix, Terra Nova, Kootenay, Swansea, La Hulloise, Buckingham, Cape Scott, CNAV Bluethroat and CNAV St. Charles, took part in NATO Exercise New Broom Eleven, an exercise designed to test convoy protection tactics (click here to see the newspaper article).  In Oct 1963, Bonaventure, Algonquin, Cayuga, Micmac and Saskatchewan took part in a NATO exercise in which all participating ships were battered by a severe North Atlantic storm (click here to see the newspaper article). At the end of 1963, after ten further strenuous years of training, NATO exercises, and "showing the flag", she was declared surplus and, on 31 Mar 1964, paid off at Halifax. Sold in 1964 to marine salvage Co., she was resold and in Oct 1964 she arrived at Faslane, Scotland and was broken up in 1965.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Ralph Lucien Hennessy, DSC, RCN - 12 Sep 1945 - 27 Mar 1947

LCdr John Coldecott Littler, RCN - 28 Mar 1947 - 05 Sep 1947

LCdr Frederick Charsley Frewer, RCN - 16 Nov 1949 - 30 Nov 1951

Cdr George M. Wadds, RCN - 14 Aug 1953 - 26 Aug 1954

Cdr J.C. Smyth, RCN - 27 Aug 1954 - 01 Sep 1955

Cdr E.T.G. Madgwick, DSC, RCN - 02 Sep 1955 - 08 Jul 1956

Cdr Latham Brerton Jenson, RCN - 09 Jul 1956 - 04 Aug 1957

Cdr N. Cogdon, RCN - 05 Aug 1957 - 13 Jun 1958

Cdr Andrew Barry Crafurd German, RCN - 10 Mar 1959 - 15 Dec 1959

Cdr G.R. Smith, RCN - 16 Dec 1959 - 09 Feb 1961

Cdr William James Stuart, RCN - 10 Feb 1961 - 14 Aug 1962

LCdr James Mortimer Cutts, RCN - 15 Aug 1962 - 31 Mar 1964

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

 

ACTON, Joseph William John

LS, 4458, RCN

killed - 16 Jul 1947 

APPLEYARD, Richard Alan

OS, 5734-H, RCN

killed - 16 Jul 1947 

CARTER, Robert Henry

OS, H6031, RCN

killed - 16 Jul 1947 

GAGNE, Gerard Louis

LS, H4146, RCN

killed - 16 Jul 1947 

GOODLAD, Thomas Alexander Anthony

AB, H5316, RCN

killed - 16 Jul 1947 

JELINEK, Rudolph Jose

 AB, N44564, RCN

died - 18 Nov 1960 

MANSON, Donald Stuart

OS, H6060, RCN

killed - 16 Jul 1947 

MARTEL, Joseph Gregoire Bernard

AB, H6172, RCN

killed - 16 Jul 1947 

MILLER, Lorne Harley

AB, V32747, RCNVR

died - 16 Jul 1947 

STEPHEN, Samuel Stewart

AB, 4075, RCN

killed - 16 Jul 1947 

WARD, Howard Hartnel

LS, 3958-H, RCN

killed - 16 Jul 1947 

 

 

 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Ayer, John Carleton III

1925-2011

Beecher, Scott Eaton

____-2102

Berryman, Bryan John

____-2014

Bonner, Albert Leo

1917-2004

Bonter, George Milton

____-2012

Bruce, William Ernest

____-2007

Burnett, Gerald Clarke

1935-2003

 

 

 

C-D

Clark, Donald Stanley

____-1963

Served in Micmac in 1953 as a Midshipman

Cruickshank, Robert Douglas

1927-2014

Curry, Donald George

____-2014

Doutaz, George E.

1922-2017

 

E-F

Franks, Robert John

1939-1992

Frewer, Frederick Charsley

1922-2004

3rd Commanding Officer

 

 

 

G-H

Galway, Ronald E.

1926-2001

German, Andrew Barry Crawfurd

____-2011

9th Commanding Officer

Hamilton, Robert Alexander

____-2011

Harich, John Louis

____-2014

Hennessy, Ralph Lucien

1918-2014

1st Commanding Officer

Houston, James Henry

____-2007

 

 

 

 

I-J

Iorio, Richard

1936-2014

Jenson, Latham Brerton

1921-2004

7th Commanding Officer

 

 

 

K-L

Kearney, Joseph Patrick

1935-2012

Kowalsky, Karl James

____-2008

Krehbiel, Richard Merle

1916-1983

Lees, Joseph Clifford

1937-2007

Served in Micmac 10 Mar 1959 - 27 Oct 1959

Lewis, Keith Dunham

1926-2011

M-N

Mahoney, Leo James

1920-2003

Marshe, Gerald Ian

1932-2011

Mifflin, Frederick John

1938-2013

Served in Micmac in 1959 as Slt, RCN

Mitchell, Stanley Falconer

1926-2005

Morton, John Patrick

1929-2016

Murray, Arthur William

1920-2014

 

 

 

 

O-P

Peeling, Donald Albert

1929-2012

Pelletier, Roger Ivan

1934-2016

Preston, Anthony John

1925-2008

 

 

Q-R

Roberts, Bernard

____-2006

Rollinson, Frederick M.

____-1950

 

 

 

S-T

Shaw, Colin Heggerston Purves

1925-2009

Served in Micmac in 1947 as A/Lt, RCN

Shimmin, Robert Allen

1924-2012

Small, Ronald

____-2013

Smith, Herbert Hartley

1920-2007

Somers, George Henry

1921-2009

Stitt, Don M.

1924-____

Swim, Ronald Floyd

____-2014

Tate, David Henry

1931-2015

Served in Micmac in 1962 as LCdr, RCN, OpsO

Timbrell, Robert Walter

1920-2006

Titus, Alexander Cowan

1927-1950

Tomlinson, Gordon Earle

1925-2015

 

 

 

 

U-V

Vondette, Henry William

1924-2006

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Angle, Walter H., 5887-H

 

Brennen, Michael Francis, Slt, RCNVR - 16 Apr 1945

 

Boulton, Kenneth, Signalman, RCN - Oct 1956 - Jan 1957

 

Brown, Donald (Buster), RCN - Oct 1959 - Jun 1962

 

Campfield, Derek Oliver, Lt, RCN(R) - 09 Apr 1946

 

Cheriton, William Ross, Lt (El), RCNVR - 10 May 1945

 

Connors, Thomas Edward, A/Lt, RCN(R) - 08 Jul 1946 / Lt, RCN - 10 Jun 1947

 

Davies, David Lloyd, Lt, RCN(R) - 10 Jul 1946

 

Dear, Harold Claud, Wt (E), RCN - 01 Jul 1945

 

Eden, Lawrence Kenneth, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Mar 1945 (Stand by)

 

Evans, Roger Albert, A/Slt, RCN - 07 Jun 1950

Hatfield, Byron Maxwell, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 12 Apr 1945 (Stand by)

 

Huculak, Walter, Lt (L), RCN(R) - 17 May 1946

 

MacDonald, Robert Ross, Lt (L), RCN - 29 Jul 1950

 

McClung, Alan Russell, Gnr (T), RCN - 24 May 1946 / Gnr (TAS) (T), RCN - 24 May 1947

 

Moore, Art D. - 17 Dec 1961

 

O'Brien, Gerald Patrick, Lt, RCNVR - 07 May 1945 (Stand by)

 

Okros, Richard Dennis, Slt, RCN - 1953

 

Richardson, Harry (Henry), 19096-H - 1956

Skelton, Peter Hamilton, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Mar 1945 (Stand by)

 

Slade, Stuart Leonard, Lt, RCN  01 Mar 1945

 

Smith, Malcolm Edward, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Mar 1945

 

Stapleton, Dennis, Gunner

 

Stonehouse, Llewellyn Owen, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Jun 1945 (Stand by)

 

Sullivan, Gerald (Jerry) - Jun 1950 - Feb 1951 

 

Tanner, George William, Gnr (T), RCN - 01 Feb 1945

 

Trottier, Fred, Sto 1c - Jul 1946 - Aug 1947 / PO2 - Apr 1950 - Aug 1950 / P1ER-C2ER - Sep 1962 - Mar 1964

 

Walton, David Martin, Lt (S), RCN - 15 May 1947

 

Photos and Documents

 

RCN Memories

Mediterranean Mooring

Shore Patrol

The Battle of St. Margaret's Bay

 

Links

My service on board HMCS Micmac by Fred Trottier, CPO, RCN, ret'd

Remembering R10 - The story of Micmac and the collision with SS Yarmouth

Ship's company photos for HMCS Micmac

 

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