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HMCS NOOTKA R96 / 213

 

TIKEGH MAMOOK SOLLEKS

 

READY TO FIGHT

HMCS Nootka R96 - prior to 1949

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

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Battle honours and awards:  Korea  1951-52

 

 

Laid down: 20 Apr 1942

Launched: 26 Apr 1944

Commissioned: 09 Aug 1946

Paid off: 15 Aug 1949

Re-Commissioned: 20 Aug 1950

Paid off: 16 Jan 1953

Re-commissioned: 15 Dec 1954

Paid off: 06 Feb 1964

Fate: Broken up in 1965

 

Built by Halifax Shipyards Ltd., Nootka was commissioned on 07 Aug 1946, at Halifax, Nootka served as a training ship on the east coast and in the Caribbean until her conversion to a destroyer escort in 1949 and 1950. Ear-marked for Korean duty, she transited the Panama Canal in Dec 1950, for the first of two tours of duty in that theatre of war. Returning to Halifax via the Mediterranean at the end of 1952, she became the second RCN ship to circumnavigate the globe. During 1953 and 1954 she underwent further conversion and modernization, afterward resuming her original training duties. In 1963, with Haida, she toured the Great lakes in the course of a summer's cruising. She was paid off at Halifax on 06 Feb 1964, and broken up at Faslane, Scotland in 1965.

 

HMCS Nootka's tours in Korea

 

1st Tour: Departed Halifax: 25 Nov 1950  //  Arrived in Op Area: 14 Jan 1951  //  Departed Op Area: 20 Jul 1951  //  Arrived Halifax: 21 Aug 1951

2nd Tour: Departed Halifax: 30 Dec 1951  //  Arrived in Op Area: 12 Feb 1952  //  Departed Op Area: 09 Nov 1952  //  Arrived Halifax 17 Dec 1952 *

 

* Returned to Canada via the Suez Canal thus circumnavigating the globe.

 

RCN Memories:     Mines off Korea

 

Photos and Documents

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr Herbert Sharples Rayner, DSC, RCN - 07 Aug 1946 - 17 Jun 1947

LCdr Michael Grote Stirling, RCN - 18 Jun 1947 - 05 Sep 1947

Capt Hugh Francis Pullen, OBE, RCN - 06 Sep 1947 - 16 Aug 1948

Cdr A.H. G. Storrs, DSC & Bar, RCN - 17 Aug 1948 - 15 Aug 1949

Cdr Alexander Beaufort Fraser-Harris, DSC & Bar, RCN - 29 Aug 1950 - 16 Sep 1951

LCdr Charles Edward Richardson, RCN - 17 Sep 1951 - 14 Oct 1951

Lt F.P.R. Saunders, RCN - 15 Oct 1951 - 28 Oct 1951

Cdr Richard Miles Steele, DSC, RCN - 29 Oct 1951 - 16 Jan 1953

LCdr E.M. Chadwick, RCN - 15 Dec 1954 - 04 Nov 1956

Cdr T.S.R. Peacock, RCN - 05 Nov 1956 - 31 Jul 1957

LCdr C.E. Coles, RCN - 01 Aug 1957 - 16 Aug 1957

Cdr I.A. McPhee, RCN - 17 Aug 1957 - 06 Jan 1959

Cdr Raymond Arbuthnot Bourchier Creery, RCN - 07 Jan 1959 - 09 Sep 1961

Cdr S.M. King, RCN - 10 Sep 1961 - 08 Nov 1962

Cdr V.J. Murphy, RCN - 09 Nov 1962 - 09 Apr 1963

Cdr D.S. Bethune, RCN - 10 Apr 1963 - 06 Feb 1964

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

GAUTHIER, Leon Armand

OS, 11708-H, RCN

Lost at sea - 11 Jan 1951 

STEEVES, Francis Ronald

Writer, 50731 RCN

MPK - 12 Jun 1947 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Allaby, Donald Glendon

1936-2010

Allan, John

1928-2014

Armstrong, George Gordon

____-2007

Served in Nootka as NavO

Atkinson, William Henry Isaac

1923-2015

Served in Nootka in 1958 as LCdr (P), RCN, XO

Bell, Joseph A.

1922-1995

Bonner, Albert Leo

1917-2004

Served in Nootka in 1948

Boyle, Denis Richard

1935-2014

Burke, Patrick James

____-2014

Bush, Charles Leonard

1924-2014

Served in Nootka in 1950

 

C-D

Cardy, John Herbert

1936-2014

Carter, Lorne Fulton

1936-2012

Cassidy, William John

1935-2017

Casswell, George W.

1919-2011

Christie, Robert William

1937-2006

Served in Nootka in 1961

Coates, John Jeffrey

1919-2010

Cocks, Robert William James

1925-2006

Served in Nootka in 1948 as Lt (P), RCN

Considine, Michael Auriel

1923-2009

Served in Nootka in 1948 as Slt, RCN

Crossley, Sidney Ross

1920-2008

Cummins, John James

1931-2013

Dawson, Gerald Aloysuis

____-2007

Digou, Raymond Frederick

1919-2010

Dubois, Bernard

____-2009

 

 

E-F

Fell, Lloyd Allan

1927-2014

Flanagan, Leonard George

1931-2013

Fraser-Harris, Alexander B.F.

1916-2003

 

 

G-H

Goleski, Bernard

1932-2006

Guthrie, Kenneth L.

____-2008

Hanington, Daniel Lionel

1921-1999

Served in Nootka in 1947 as Lt, RCN, NavO.  Drafted to Nootka 28 Jun 1949 as Lt, RCN

Harris, Kenneth Harry

____-2016

Hart, William Edgar

____-2004

Hatfield, Clarence Emerson

____-2017

Hayes, William Prine

1919-2009

Served in Nootka in 1946 as 1st Lt

Healey, Leslie

1916-1997

Served in Nootka in the 1950s as Lt (L), RCN

Hughes, Kenneth Edward

1925-2017

Commissioning crew

 

I-J

Jacuzzi, Bruno Christopher

1928-2007

Jamieson, Kenneth

1919-2006

Served in Nootka in 1954 as a Lt (L), RCN

Jatiouk, Donald M.

____-2015

Jenkins, Donald

1928-2015

Jette, Marcel Joseph Alphonse T.

1912-1987

Served in Nootka in 1947 as LCdr, RCN, XO

K-L

Keeler, Morton

____-1995

Knowler, John

____-2005

Leary, Joseph E.

____-1991

Served in Nootka in 1951 as a CPO, RCN

Lees, Joseph Clifford

1937-2007

Served in Nootka 15 Oct 1951 - 16 Jan 1953 as an OS/AB

Lusk, Gord

____-____

M-N

MacGillivray, Darroch Norman

1934-2003

MacKay, Donald

1919-2009

MacLean, Ronald Wallace

1933-2018

MacLellan, Allan Francis

____-2009

MacNeil, Steven Francis

1929-2017

MacPherson, Ian Alexander

____-2009

Served in Nootka during the Korean war

Madden, James

1931-1953

Served in Nootka 19 Nov 1951 - 23 Dec 1951 as an AB, RCN

Marsh, Ronald Thomas

1931-2007

Served in Nootka during the Korean War

McCrimmon, William Henry

1924-2013

McCue, George A.

____-1993

McWhinney, Earl E.

____-2015

Served in Nootka during the Korean War

Mersereau, Cecil E.

1927-2017

Michalko, Orest Paul Ray

1925-1995

Served in Nootka 04 Oct 1948 - 30 Jan 1949 as a PO.NS

Moore, Richard Stewart

____-2017

Murphy, Vincent John

1923-2011

Murray, Wallace Neil

1930-2013

 

 

 

 

O-P

Patry, Robert Joseph

____-2006

Pattenden, Joseph Robert

1929-2010

Served in Nootka during the Korean War

Pullen, Hugh, Francis

1905-1983

3rd Commanding Officer

 

 

Q-R

Quick, Fred Albert

____-2016

Rayner, Herbert Sharples

1911-1976

Appointed to Nootka 18 Feb 1946 as Cdr, RCN, C.O., Standby

1st Commanding Officer

Reid, John Maxwell

____-2005

Served in Nootka in 1947 as Gunners Yeoman

Richardson, Charles Edward

____-1984

Drafted to Nootka 15 Jun 1950 as Lt (G), RCN, Standby

6th Commanding Officer

Rhymes, Reginald Heber

1926-2006

Served in Nootka 31 Aug 1948 - 14 Oct 1948 as an AB, RCN

Roberts, Ralph Donald

1931-2012

Roggeveen, Paul Adrian

____-2014

 

 

 

S-T

Sawyer, Thomas Anthony

1926-2013

Slade, John Charles

1937-2003

Served in Nootka in 1958 as A/Slt, RCN

Smith, Robert Paul

1928-2012

Sowchuck, Alexander

____-2003

Stanbrook, Wilfred Thomas

____-2000

Served in Nootka 30 Apr 1963 - 05 Feb 1964

Steele, Richard Miles

1915-2010

8th Commanding Officer

Stitt, Don M.

1924-____

Served in Nootka during 1952 Korean War tour

Storrs, Antony Hubert Gleadow

1907-2002

Styles, Robert Charles

____-____

Served in Nootka c1951

Taylor, Gary Sydney

____-2014

Tilley, Harold

1923-2013

Turner, John Alexander

1924-1998

 

 

 

W-X

Wallace, George Thomas Rogers

1925-2016

Walsh, Gerald Francis

1937-2017

Served in Nootka 23 Oct 1959 - 08 Jan 1961 as an AB / LS.VS1, RCN

Walter, John Ross Terry

1933-2012

Ward, Ricahrd Martin

1913-1956

Served in Nootka during her 2nd Korean War tour.

Wilkins, Bradley Laurence

1927-2018

Willcox, Roy Herbert

1927-2015

Wilson, Joseph Frank

1922-2012

Wilson, Roger James

1933-2015

Willison, William

____-2017

Winter, David Arthur

____-2012

 

Former Crew Members

Angle, Walter H., 5887-H

 

Baldwin, Patrick Alexander G.B., Lt, RCN - 10 Jun 1947

 

Balfry, Cyril Alfred, Lt, RCN - 26 Jun 1948

 

Baumann -

 

Benoit, Cecil Julian, Lt (ND), RCN - 15 May 1947 / 10 Jun 1947

 

Boislard, Jean-Claude, 1960 

 

Bonnell, Henry Nathan, Cdr (E), RCN - 08 Jun 1948

 

Christie, William Borden, Lt (L), RCN - 12 Jun 1950

 

Clark, Leonard Hugh, Lt (E), RCN - 03 Jul 1950

 

Coates, John Jeffery, Lt, RCN - 03 Jun 1946 (Stand by)

Cocheram, Alan Marchant, Slt, RCN - 29 Mar 1947

 

Collier, Andrew (Andy) Laurence, Slt, RCN - 22 Jul 1946 (Stand by) / Lt, RCN - 22 Jun 1947

 

Donald, James Ian Bruce, Slt, RCN - 15 Jun 1950 (Stand by)

 

Dunn, Duncan R., 51217H, RCN - 29 Aug 1950

 

Floyd, William, James, Lt (S), RCN - 14 Jul 1945

 

Johnstone, Robert N., A/Slt, RCN - 28 May 1949

 

Jones, Lloyd Irwin, Cd/Gnr (T), RCN - 1945 (Stand by)

 

Kimber, Norman, ABTD, RCN - 1959-1960

 

Lafontaine, Paul S.

McColl, William Wynes, Lt, RCN - 15 May 1947

 

McCormack, Leo Patrick, Lt, RCN - 01 Apr 1946 (Stand by)

 

McKeown, Raymond John, LCdr (E), RCN - 01 Apr 1947

 

Miles, James Franklin, Midshipman, RCN - 23 Jun 1949

 

O'Keefe, Harry Patrick Martin, Slt, RCN(R) - 31 Jul 1946 (Stand by)

 

Osborne, George William, A/Slt, RCN - 12 May 1948

 

Smith, Wilfred Ewart, Lt (L), RCN - 29 Jul 1946 / LCdr, RCN - 29 Jul 1947

 

Photos and Documents

 

The launching of HMCS Nootka at Halifax on 26 Apr 1944

Photographer: L/Photographer J. Ryan, RCN

Courtesy of Phil Charlton

 

Click here to read the newspaper article on NOOTKA's launching in the Crow's Nest newspaper - May 1944

Jacket patch for HMCS Nootka R96

From the collection of Harold Stevens

Courtesy of Rob Stevens

 

This patch was originally designed for the minesweeper HMCS Nootka  J35 whose name was changed to HMCS Nanoose to allow to the name Nootka to be used for the destroyer.  This patch design was used as the ship's badge until the ship received its official badge in 1947. (Source: Designs of Distinction - Unofficial Insignia of the RCN by David W. Freeman)

HMCS Nootka R96 - prior to 1949

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Nootka

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Nootka firing at a railway bridge circa 1951

Source: Canada. Dept. of national Defence /Library and Archives of Canada / MIKAN no. 3599841

HMCS Nootka conducting Naval Fire Support Korea, 1951

Source: Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-142437

Newspaper article on HMCS Nootka returning to Halifax after her 1st Korean War tour

Source: Halifax Mail Star, Thursday, 16 Aug 1951 - Page 12

Researched by / Courtesy of George Newbury

LCdr C.E. Richardson, RCN dressed as on Ordinary Seaman on HMCS Nootka R213

LCdr Richardson was Commanding Officer of HMCS Nootka from 17 Sep 1951 to 14 Oct 1951

Courtesy of Christopher Richardson

North Korean P.O.W.s on HMCS Nootka during her first Korean War Tour

From the collection of Joseph C. Lees

Courtesy of Richard Lees

CPO Joe Leary on the bridge of HMCS Nootka off the coast of Korea 05 Jun 1952

From the collection of Joe Leary

Courtesy of Jim Leary

HMCS Nootka, 1952

Marsh Brothers Birthday - cook on their left baked a cake

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

Sunday divisions on HMCS Nookta in the Yellow Sea - 1952

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

Nootka Communicators having a wet, Japan 1952.

L-R: Marsh twins 1st & 2nd, Gord (Lucky) Lusk (R.I.P.) 3rd, remainder unknown

 

 "I sailed with Lusk in Magnificent 1951. In March 1955, three weeks after my release from Navy, I was member of North York Police. After completing a two week intro course and still in plain clothes, I hopped into the right hand seat of a cruiser. Guess who was the uniformed driver?? Gord Lusk."

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

HMCS Nootka Korea

 

The Naval Historical Section DND

Submitted by William Anderson

Courtesy of David Bakody

 

The patrol carried out by Nootka from 28 May to 9 June was the most noteworthy of the period, Nootka arrived off Yang-do north east of Songjin, on the 28 May to relieve HMAS Warramuga with TE 95.22, which at time consisted of the Australian destroyer and the U.S. Ships Endicott (CTU), Fowler , John W. Thomason and Swallow. The interdiction campaign against the coastal railway was still the most important of the task element's duties, but it's ships were at this time also conducting a vigorous offensive agai9nst North Korea junks and sampans, an offensive which aimed not only at stopping fishing and sneak mine laying but also at preventing a repetition of the recent (19 February) amphibious raid on the Yang-do group. The ships on the east coast were not having it all their own way in the interdiction and anti-junk campaign however for the enemy coastal batteries were becoming increasingly aggressive and accurate. In March 1952 only two U.S. had been hit by these shore batteries in April the figure jumped to six and when Nootka arrived in may another seven ships had already suffered hits (24) Nootka was soon to learn that these statistics at least did not lie and that the tales told around Sasebo of the deadly accuracy of the east coast shore batteries were not much exaggerated.

 

Nootka's first encounter with these guns came on the morning of 30 May when she sailed with Thomason to bombard targets near Kyongsong below Chongjin. Nootka had been shelling gun positions in the Kyong-song area for about half an hour and had just shifted fire to a large junk pulled up on the beach when eight guns sited along the coast opened fire simultaneously. The fire was fast and frighteningly accurate; the third salvo was on its way towards Nootka immediately following the explosions of the first rounds, some of which landed within ten yards of the ship. The second salvo was even closer, and several shells landed under the flare of the port bow, abreast the bridge, so close that those on the bridge could not see the points of impact. The blast blew the steel helmet off the lookout in the sponson dazing the man temporarily, and threw columns of water upon the bridge and into the director.

 

The moment the enemy opened up Nootka went full speed ahead, turning and twisting to avoid the fall of shot while she made smoke to cover the withdrawal of Tomason who was also under fire. Now occurred a very fortunate accident and one which may well have saved Nootka from being hit. For as soon as the destroyer began to belch smoke the after funnel caught fire and whenever the ships guns let off a salvo, great gusts of smoke .flame and sparks burst from the funnel. The unseemly display served a good purpose, for the enemy was almost certainly deceived into thinking the shells were striking home with marvellous regularity. At any rate his salvoes marched along beside the ship, keeping perfect step with her movements, and Nootka steadied on a straight course being "very loath to upset so amicable an arrangement" All this time the range and at 9000 yards the enemy's salvoes began to trop astern. At 12,000 yards the ship was apparently out of danger, but Nootka steamed on into the fog bank increasing the range to 14,000 yards before reversing course and steaming back to have the last word. Though the ship decreased range to 11,000 yards to pound the offending batteries with everything she had they did not open fire again and Nootka was able to return with dignity. En route to Yong-do the members of the ship's company amused themselves by collecting enemy shell fragments as souvenirs, there were shell fragments everywhere on the upper decks and it is said even some were found in the galley.

 

On 1 June Nootka again came under fire from batteries just south of Chongjin , but this was a mild affair compared with the previous action. During the daylight hours of her patrol she cruised up and down along the coast from Hungnam in the south to Chongjin in the north, pounding away at the coastal railroad shore battery positions, beached junks and sampan and other suitable targets. At night she operated even closer to shore watching for fishing craft, delivering her nightly quota of harassing fire on the various Packages and Derails and occasionally engaging targets of opportunity such as truck convoys using the coastal road. It was certainly a very busy patrol especially for the Gunnery Department, as she fired well over 2,000 rounds from the main armament alone.

HMCS Nootka 213 CIRCA 1953

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum, Image # VR1992.3A.

HMCS Nootka R96

From the photo collection of Lt VS Curry, CD, RCN (Ret'd)

Courtesy of Gerry Curry

Nootka's bell housed at 56 RCSCC Campbeltown, Holden, Alberta, around 85 km south east of Edmonton

Photographer: Jason Finkbeiner, CD Lt(N)

Courtesy of Bill Cummins

Christening of William H. Cummins on HMCS Nootka

 

           

 

(2) Ldg. Seaman John "Jack" Cummins, William. H. Cummins and Shirley H. Cummins (nee Dowling) - 25 Sep 1955   (3) Shirley H. Cummins and William H. Cummins  (4) Ship's bell of HMCS Nootka showing the inscription William Herbert Cummins 25 Sep 1955  (5) Jason Finkbeiner, CO of the cadet corps in Holden Alberta shipped Nootka's bell to the Royal Canadian Legion in Sturgeon Falls Ontario so John Cummins (L) could pose with the bell along with his son. Together, they are holding Bill's christening photos - August 2011

 

From the collection of John Cummins

Courtesy of Bill Cummins

 

Burial at sea on HMCS Nootka - 1960

 

It is believed these photos are of the burial at sea of CPO Sutherland, who was a Cox'n on HMCS Nootka

 

RCN Neg. # HS62155

RCN Neg # HS62153

RCN Neg # HS62156

RCN Neg # HS62157

RCN Neg # HS62152

RCN Neg # HS62154

 

Photo descriptions provided by Eric Ruff

 

HS 62155 - six Petty Officers / Chief Petty Officers carrying white ensign draped coffin with a Chief Petty Officer walking behind. All are in No. 1 uniforms, with medals. Coffin is being piped aboard by a Petty Officer and two ratings. Others on deck are saluting - they include a Commander (likely the Nootka's C.O.), a Lieutenant (likely the Officer of the Day) and two others. They are arriving from an inboard ship which, from the deck layout (torpedo tubes, cranes for loading torpedoes), is likely another Tribal Class destroyer. Someone standing near the brow of the inboard ship is in a khaki uniform - indicating summer time. A man in civilian clothes is carrying two floral wreaths. A hearse is parked on the jetty

 

HS 62153 - Four sentries standing in "Rest on Arms" position around the casket. Ship in harbour. There is a petty officer's hat on the flag-draped coffin. Floral wreath has a ribbon which partly reads "Shipmates" and "HMCS Nootka".

 

HS 62156 - four sailors standing in "Rest on arms" position around the coffin on the stern of the ship. HMCS Nootka cap tally shows on one of them.  The sailor on the front left is Jean-Claude Boislard.

 

HS 62157 - Four different sentries around coffin on stern. Shows White Ensign at half-mast.

 

HS 62152 - This shot shows the Quarterdeck with assembled crew and civilians as well as a Chaplain. Eight POs / CPOs are beside the coffin. Behind the chaplain is a woman and four men in civilian clothes. On the port side are four officers with No. 1 uniforms and medals. Behind them are other crew members. All have their hats off except for the man standing closest to the White Ensign at half-mast - he is likely the signalman who will raise the ensign once the coffin has been 'committed to the deep'.

 

HS 62154 - Roughly the same as HS 62152 but including a Guard of 12 men with rifles about to fire a salute, commanded by a Chief Petty Officer on the left and another man on the right.

Courtesy of Eric Ruff

 

HMCS Nootka 213 circa 1960-63

From the collection of J.R. Terry Walter

Courtesy of Bruce Walter

HMCS Nootka 213 circa 1960-63

From the collection of J.R. Terry Walter

Courtesy of Bruce Walter

HMCS Nootka 213 circa 1963 - Great Lakes deployment

From the collection of J.R. Terry Walter

Courtesy of Bruce Walter

HMCS Nootka 213 steaming back to Halifax at 3 knots escorted by HMCS Buckingham.  Nootka was damaged when she hit the sea wall in Bermuda - summer 1963

From the collection of John Cummins

Courtesy of Bill Cummins

The Key to the City of Baltimore

Presented to Cdr V.J. Murphy, RCN, HMCS Nootka DDE 213 on 26 May 1963

Courtesy of Paul Swank

Crossing the Line Certificate, AB Joseph Lees, HMCS Nootka

From the collection of Joseph C. Lees

Courtesy of Richard Lees

 

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