For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS ONTARIO C32

HMCS Ontario C32

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Laid down: 20 Nov 1941

Launched: 29 Jul 1943

Commissioned: 25 May 1945

Paid off: 15 Oct 1958

Fate: Broken up at Osaka, Japan, 1960-61

 

Laid down by Harland and Wolff, Belfast, as HMS Minotaur, she was presented to the RCN and, on 26 Apr 1945, commissioned at Belfast as HMCS Ontario. She was completed on 25 May 1945, and after trials and workups, left the Clyde River on 02 Jul 1945 for the Pacific via the Mediterranean and the Suez Canal. Ontario joined the 4th Cruiser Squadron, British Pacific Fleet, too late to see war service, but was employed in a variety of duties which took her to Hong Kong, Manila, and Japan. She arrived at Esquimalt on 27 Nov 1945 for refit. 

 

In 1951, HMCS Ontario took part in the Royal Tour of Canada. The Duchess and Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, having toured most of Canada by air, boarded HMCS Ontario at Halifax for a visit to New Brunswick and PEI prior to departing for Nfld. They arrived at St. John's on HMCS Ontario on 11 Oct  1951. They departed St. John's on 12 Oct 1951 onboard the Empress of Scotland, with HMCS Ontario providing escort part way back to England.

 

Ontario spent the remainder of her career as a training ship, and was paid off 15 Oct 1958. She arrived in tow for breaking up at Osaka, Japan, on 19 Nov 1960.

 

RCN Memories:     A Princess was born     A Whale's Tail     An Ontario Christmas - 1950     First Breakfast at Sea     Hide and Seek at Sea     The Big "O's" Guns

 

Ship's company photos          Photos and Documents          Wartime dairy of Jim Silvester          Personal photo gallery of Nick

 

Memento of the visit of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh to HMCS Ontario on 3 - 5 November 1951

 

Commanding Officers

Capt Harold Taylor Wood Grant, DSO, RCN - 26 Apr 1945 - 31 Dec 1945

Cdr Ernest Patrick Tisdall, RCN - 01 Jan 1946 - 04 Mar 1946

Capt Frederick Gordon Hart, RCN - 05 Mar 1946 - 14 Jun 1946

Cdr Jeffry Vanstone Brock, DSC, RCN - 15 Jun 1946 - 29 Jun 1947

Capt James (Jimmy) Calcutt Hibbard, DSC & Bar, RCN - 30 Jun 1947 - 13 Jul 1949

Capt Hugh Francis Pullen, OBE, RCN - 14 Jul 1949 - 24 Aug 1951

Capt Ernest Patrick Tisdall, RCN - 25 Aug 1951 - 03 Mar 1953

Capt Duncan Lindsay Raymond, RCN - 04 Mar 1953 - 14 Sep 1954

Capt D.W. Groos, DSC, RCN - 15 Sep 1954 - 22 Aug 1956

Capt R.P. Welland, DSC & Bar, RCN - 23 Aug 1956 - 21 Aug 1957

Capt J.C. Little, RCN - 22 Aug 1957 - 31 Aug 1958

Cdr D.G. Padmore, RCN - 01 Sep 1958 - 15 Oct 1958

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

SANDERSON, George Frankland

Sick Berth PO, V/34475, RCNVR

died - 17 Jan 1946 

SPINNEY, Wilbur Ramsay

Lt, 0/69250, RCNVR

died - 03 Jun 1945 

VINCETT, Harvey Leonard

AB, 17114E, RCN

died - 09 Jan 1953 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A

Adair, Donald M.

1927-2002

Addison, Herbert Thomas

1928-2002

Adolphe, Ralph

1928-2009

Alexander, ______

____-2018

Allen, Alexander Paul

____-2008

Anderson, Hugh Lorne

____-____

Anderson, Joseph Clifford

1917-2014

Armit, William

1923-2001

Arntson, Maurice John

1933-2014

Arsenych, Myron Dennis

1922-1992

Arthurs, Walter

1924-1994

Avery, Ainslie

1925-2016

 

 

 

Ba-Bi

Baker, Ernest Sheppard

1923-2011

Drafted to Ontario on 28 Apr 1948 at Lt (E), RCN

Baldwin, Robert G.

____-1989

Balfour, James Pascoe

1931-2017

Ball, Frank

1927-2008

Barrick, Geoffrey

1912-1998

Served in Ontario in 1952 as Lt (G), RCN as A/Gunnery Officer and Gunnery Officer

Bartram, Vincent James

1919-2005

Bates, Alan William

1931-2018

Bell, James Duncan

1926-2015

Bell, James Williamson

1919-2007

Bell-Irving, Brian

Killed - 04 Mar 1958

while serving in

HMCS Bonaventure

Bemister, Herbert George

1929-2013

Bernard, Pierre Yves

1918-2015

Bernays, Max Lepold

1910-1974

Bielby, Victor

____-1989

Bing, John Blythe

1920-1989

Bird, Frederick

____-1993

Bird, Roy

1927-1998

 

 

 

Bj-Br

Blais, Norman F.

1924-1991

Blosser, Frank E.

1924-2016

Blanchard, Arthur Phyllias

1933-2015

Bjola, Leonard N.J.

1932-2016

Served in Ontario 1956-1958

Boddy, Frank

____-1996

Bolt, George Miller

____-2012

Served in Ontario in 1955 as Slt (E), RCN

Bond, Jean-Noel

1931-2017

Bonoyer, Roger Agenor

1922-2007

Bottomley, John

1918-2004

Bowditch, William Watson

1918-2010

Boyle, Douglas Seaman

1923-2001

Served in Ontario as Direction Officer in 1947. Drafted to Ontario 04 May 1951 as Lt (ND), RCN

Bradford, Sydney Howard

1929-2016

Bradt, George Albert

____-2009

Bridges, Richard James Baskerville

1923-1998

Served in Ontario 1956 - 1958 as P1RPI

Bridgman, Arthur Graham

1917-2004

Drafted to Ontario on 13 Jun 1950 as LCdr (E), RCN

Brock, Jeffry Vanstone

1913-1997

4th Commanding Officer

Brown, Gordon Richard

1933-1994

Served in Ontario's band

Brown, John Quentin Harcourt

1919-2006

Drafted to Ontario on 06 May 1945 as Lt, RCNVR

Brown, William DeWitt

1930-2017

Brownsey, Lionel John S.

1923-2017

Bruner, Garvin Ross

1935-2011

 

 

 

 

Bu-Bz

Budge, Patrick David

1904-1998

Bugslag, John Charles

1922-2013

Burck, David

____-1998

Burgess, William A.

____-2008

Burke, Patrick James

____-2014

Burnett, Kenneth

____-____

Butler, Albert H.

____-1994

Butt, Malcolm D.

____-1984

Buzza, Percival Charles

1924-2006

 Drafted to Ontario on 21 May 1950 as A/Ord Slt, RCN

Byer, Cecil Albert

1934-2000

C

Cadwallader, Charles William A.

1927-2006

Cain, Arthur

1925-2001

Cairney, John Dorrian

1929-2010

Caldwell, Frank Birch

1914-2007

Served in Ontario in 1944 as Lt, RCN and in 1952 as Cdr, RCN, XO

Caldwell, Ralph Lutes

1927-2015

Cameron, Allan

1933-2018

Campbell, David

1928-2016

Canning, Isaac Garfield

1921-2014

Cartmill, John

____-1976

Carver, Robert James

1935-2015

Chadwick, Edward Allan

1929-2016

Served in Ontario in 1949 as an AB.EL

Chalmers, James Hunter

1930-2014

Chambers, Ronald Joseph

____-2004

Chorneyko, Oleh

1928-2007

Clark, George

1936-1977

Clark, Howard Victor

1924-2004

Clark, Lloyd Mansfield

1931-2006

Cochrane, Adam

1920-____

Cook, Fred C.

1926-2015

Copley, Lloyd Guy

1918-2009

Drafted to Ontario on 07 Jul 1947 as Wt (E), RCN

Cox, Peter S.

1921-2014

Crickard, Frederick William

1930-2012

Crisp, Nelson William

____-1983

Cuthbert, Lawrence J.

1933-2018

 

D

Dallin, Edward Earl

1921-2014

Davis, Donald McKay

1926-2015

Davison, James Malcolm

1919-2005

Dawson, Eric Jardine

1925-2006

Served in Ontario 1952-1954 as LT (E), RCN

Dayton, Arthur David

1930-2005

Dayton, Francis James

1924-2013

Deane, John

1910-1991

Served in Ontario in 1948-1948 as Cdr, RCN, Senior Electrical Officer

DeBoice, Jarvis

1937-2014

Derbyshire, William Stephen

1913-2010

Dixon, Donald Bertram

1921-2011

Drafted to Ontario on 07 Mar 1947 as Lt (S), RCN

Doutaz, George E.

1922-2017

Down, John Trenchard

1921-2003

Drafted to Ontario 15 Jul 1950 as Cd/Constr, RCN

Downs, Steve

1935-2016

Driemel, Harry H.

1927-2002

Served in Ontario 02 Jul 1946 - 14 Oct 1946

Dubois, Bernard

____-2009

Duckworth, Roy

____-____

Served in Ontario in 1949 as an AB Electrician

 

 

 

 

Dufour, George

1909-2000

Duiven, Richard Charles

1928-2003

Dunahee, Harvey Joseph

1938-2011

Dyck, Henry Waldemar

____-2018

Dzioba, Lawrence

1932-2007

E-F

Ebner, Ernest Fredrick

____-2013

Edwards, Gordon Lewis

1931-2011

Edwards, Murray Hilton

1927-2011

Edwards, Ralph William

1919-2017

Emberton, Ivor

1923-2004

Etherington, Jack E.

1932-2015

Fairhurst, John T.

1921-2005

Farrington, Lawrence

1923-2004

Served in Ontario in 1956 as LCdr, RCN

Farquharson, Kenneth Lionel

1924-2010

Fawcett, John David

1929-2015

Fell, John Atkinson

____-____

Fell, Lloyd Allan

1927-2014

Ferguson, Elmer Alexander

1926-2016

Ferris, Leonard Rowland

1921-2015

Served in Ontario, Electrical Dept. in 1949 as a PO.ET

Finch-Field, Reginald Dale

1925-2005

Finkbeiner, Eugene Paul

1924-2011

Fisher, Eric

1936-2017

Fitchett, Roy E.

1925-2017

Ford, Stanley Price

1916-1992

Served in Ontario n 1948 as a CPO SBA

Fox, John Hamilton

1925-2006

Fraser, Norman Lloyd

1927-2014

Fraser, Robert Neilson

1933-2017

Freeman, David Henry

1912-2001

 

 

G

Gallo, Mike

1919-2010

Gammon, Bryan T.

1929-2008

Gardner, Martin B.

1914-2001

Garrioch, Robert McLean

1929-2015

Served in Ontario as C2ET

Gerrior, Marshall James

1927-2004

Gillespie, Robert Dale

1930-2008

Gordon, Raymond Turner

1929-2015

Gorman, Andrew Drummond

1931-2007

Gosh, Eugene

1923-2015

Served in Ontario in 1952 as EO and Damage Control Officer as Lt (E), RCN

Goossen, George

1932-2018

Gouldie, Gordon Charles

1925-2015

Grant, Harold Bryce

1927-2015

Grant, Harold Taylor Wood

1899-1965

1st Commanding Officer

Green, Robert MacDonald

1917-2008

Greengrass, Frederick Charles

1930-2012

Greig, Robert Wallace

1922-2007

Grivel, George Arthur

1913-1995

 

 

 

H

Hall, Gordon Frederick

1925-2015

Hagarty, Edwin Foran

1917-1992

Served in Ontario in 1956

Hardy, Donald Henry

1928-2010

Harrington, Walter

1922-1970

Harwood, John

1932-2018

Hawkey, Robert Clarence

1927-2018

Hayes, Godfrey Harry

1919-2006

Served in Ontario as Lt, RCN

Hayley, Al

1921-1997

Hayward, Robin Blakeney

1920-2006

Healey, Leslie

1916-1997

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

Henry, Robert John

1932-2012

Hibbard, James Calcutt

1908-1996

5th Commanding Officer

Hibbert, William

____-2007

Served in Ontario as a Warrant Communications Officer

Hiltz, John Samuel

1929-2016

Served in Ontario in 1951 as A/Slt, RCN

Hodgkin, William Phillip

1924-2006

Served in Ontario in 1945

Holland, Cedric Mathewson

1908-1993

Served in Ontario in 1947

Howarth, William

1923-2016

Hughes, Victor Wesley

1929-2001

Hughes, William Andrew

1927-2013

Served in Ontario in 1949

 

I-J

Ingleson, Terry Ralph

1935-2001

Served in Ontario 07 Nov 1955 - 06 Nov 1957 as an AB.EM1 / LS.EM1

Inouye, Yeiji

1925-2018

Insley, John Earl

____-1999

Drafted to Ontario 01 Jul 1947 as a Wt(L), RCN

Jack, Andrew McQueen

1919-1987

Jackson, James Randy

____-____

Jackson, Leslie Andrew

1918-2008

Jackson, Roy Mathew

1927-2016

Served in Ontario in 1949 as an AB.ET

Jatiouk, Donald M.

____-2015

Jellett, John David

1926-2016

Drafted to Ontario 19 May 1947 as Slt, RCN

Jenkinson, Joseph F.

____-2009

Jones, Harvey Alan

1927-2008

Served in Ontario as P1RP

Jupp, Robert Hugh

1926-2014

Served in Ontario as P2QM

Justice, David W.

1927-2018

 

 

K-L

Kastner, George Allan

____-2012

Served in Ontario in 1952

Kearney, George Alfred

1923-2016

Served in Ontario 1951-1952

Kirkaldy, Lawrence

1931-2006

Kostiuk, Bohdan John Peter

1929-2017

Krieger, Willy

1928-2006

Krogel, William F.

1922-2012

L'Heureux, Edward Joseph

1929-2013

Served in Ontario for Training as Naval Cadet, RCN(R)

Lambie, Vincent Frederick

1927-2009

Lane, Robert L.

1920-2013

Lapadat, Johnnie Safron

1926-2004

Lawrence, James

____-1973

Served in Ontario Jul 1948 - Nov 1948

Lawless, James Christopher

1929-1994

Served in Ontario in 1951

Lemon, Denis Ernest

1925-2013

Little, Vernon Earle

1924-1979

Logie, Robert Douglas

1928-2017

Longmuir, Malcolm MacLeod

1928-1961

Served in Ontario 1956-1958

Lourme, Ernest Patrick

1929-2013

Loverock, A.W.

____-____

Served in Ontario post WW2

Lower, Richard Ernest

1924-2009

 

M-N

MacDonald, Leo I.

1937-2018

MacGillivray, John

1909-1988

Served in Ontario in 1945 as Senior Engineer

MacIntyre, Norman Elwell

____-2015

Machattie, Frederick George Wallace

____-2002

MacPherson, Ian Alexander

____-2009

Served in Ontario in 1947

Mainguy, Daniel Nicholas

1930-2010

Mann, Clement Cecil Wallace

1911-2005

Mann, Cyril F. (Cy)

1923-2017

Manning, Vivian Clarence

1933-2017

Mannix, George Henry

____-2015

Marcus, Daniel Leonard

____-2008

Mayo, Mark William

1923-2011

Drafted to Ontario on 21 May 1945 as Lt, RCN

McClelland, James Stanley

1934-2011

McGibbon, Roy Edgar Charles

1930-2017

Served in Ontario in 1955

McLeod, Cathel James

1919-2017

Michalko, Orest Paul Ray

1925-1995

Served in Ontario 18 Feb 1952 - 04 Mar 1953 as a P1NS

Miller, David Donaldson

1922-2007

Miller, Edward Edgar

____-____

Moore, Clifford Allan

1931-2013

Morris, Edward Bernard

____-2005

Served in Ontario in 1949 as a Lt RCN

Munday, Robert William

1938-2009

Muster, Edward

1929-2011

Myers, Frank S.

1928-2017

Nelson, Raymond Gene

1938-2018

Nerbas, David John Philip

1939-2017

Newton, J. David

1923-2018

Served in Ontario in 1951

Newton, John Douglas

____-2017

Nowle, Anthony

1930-2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O-P

Paddon, Stuart Edmund

1917-1989

Paquette, Joseph Leonard

1937-2017

Parsons, Harvey

1936-2016

Paterson, William Argyle

1930-2007

Paul, Robert James

1919-2010

Served in Ontario in 1948 as Gunner / CD Gunner

Peterson, Dolphus Mason

1931-1993

Pickford, Reginald John

1920-2012

Served in Ontario in 1950 as LCdr, RCN, NavO and in 1954 as Cdr, RCN

Pinkney, John William

1922-2010

Pippard, Frederick Arthur

1918-1989

Poulton, William G.

____-____

Publicover, Donald

1931-2015

Pullen, Hugh, Francis

1905-1983

6th Commanding Officer

 

 

 

Q-R

Reeve, Arthur Thomas

1937-2012

Roggeveen, Paul Adrian

____-2014

Rombough, Wallace Ormand

1926-2006

Served in Ontario 04 Jan 1955 - 25 Aug 1955 as a P2ERS

Rusk, Harry

1928-2012

Drafted to Ontario 21 Jun 1948 for training as Midshipman, RCN. Served in Ontario in 1957 as Lt, RCN

Russell, James

1925-2018

S

Sauberli, Robert James

1925-2010

Sauder, Wilton H.

1927-2016

Schellenberg, David Jack

1934-2014

Schmitke, Edmund G.

1926-2018

Sears, George Elms

1931-2015

Seibel, Arthur J.

1925-2016

Simpson, John Burton

1939-2012

Slade, John Charles

1937-2003

Served in Ontario in 1956 as a Naval Cadet, RCN

Smith, Edward Stanley

1920-2014

Smyth, Joseph

1923-2012

Snider, Stewart Gordon

1926-2010

Somers, George Henry

1921-2009

Sosnkowski, Joseph

1932-2012

Southin, Howard Edward

1922-2018

Served in Ontario during WW2

Spalding, James Dixon

1938-2016

Served in Ontario in 1956 as an Officer Cadet for training

Spark, Gerald Gibson

1920-2000

Spencer, Alan

1930-2016

Spencer, Brian Roff

1907-1961

Served in Ontario in 1945 as Cdr (E), RCN

Staicue, Roy

____-2017

Stegen, James William

1933-2017

Served in Ontario in 1954

Stewart, James

1918-1974

Stewart, Raymond George

____-2016

Sutherland, George Ross

1927-2014

Swonnell, Horace Walter Edwin

1912-2000

 

T

Tassell, Allan

1923-2016

Taylor, George Wilfred

1920-2016

Taylor, Robert Dewey

1920-2010

Timbrell, Robert Walter

1920-2006

Tisdall, Ernest Patrick

1906-1965

Drafted to Ontario on 22 Mar 1944 as Cdr, RCN, Standby / 26 Apr 1945 as Cdr, RCN.

2nd Commanding Officer

7th Commanding Officer

Todd, Richard G.

1937-2018

Tothe, Edward Stephen

1928-2013

Served in Ontario 27 Feb 1950 - 02 Jul 1950 as an OS, RCN

Trudgian, David John

1929-2013

Turnbull, David Thomas

1930-2016

 

U-V

Van Fleet, Bernard J.

1928-2014

Served in Ontario in 1951 as Midshipman (SSA), RCN

VanEk, Hendrick

1934-2016

Vergouwen, Peter J.

1931-2016

Volker, William George

1932-2017

Vondette, Henry William

1924-2006

Served in Ontario as LCdr, RCN

W-X

Waller, James

1917-1973

Watt, George T.

1931-2015

Way, Clifford James

1922-2007

Weigand, Edwin Vernon

1926-2018

Welland, Robert Philip

1918-2010

Witt, Eugene Rodger

1934-2017

Wright, James Edward

1926-2005

 

 

 

Y-Z

Zbitnew, Leonard Thomas

1933-2015

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

 

EL49 = Electrical Department, Spring Cruise, Jan 1949

Amyto, George Lionel, Inst/Cdr, RCN - 16 May 1949

 

Anderson, Jack Ross, A/Cdr (S), RCN - 10 Jun 1948 / 18 Jun 1948

 

Annesley, John Crispo Leckie, Lt, RCN - 30 Jun 1947

 

Armstrong, James Dunbar, Inst/Cdr, RCN - 31 Jul 1950

 

Arnison, Alfred Borden, Cdr (E), RCN - 17 Apr 1946

 

Bell, "Dinger" - 1957

 

Benson, Patrick Campbell, LCdr, RCN - 16 May 1949

 

Bernatchez, Joseph Louise Philippe, Inst/Lt, RCN - 16 May 1949

 

Biggs, M., CPO (EL49)

 

Biskey, F., CPO (EL49)

 

Bissett, C. - 1951

 

Boase, John Bernard, Ord/Slt, RCN - 09 Jun 1950

 

Bolus, Hal Baldwin, Lt (E), RCNVR - 23 Jul 1945

 

Bowen, James Gilbert, Midshipman - 21 Jun 1948

 

Brewer, P2 (EL49)

 

Brock, Jeffry (Jeff) Vanstone, Cdr, RCN, XO - 30 Jun 1947

 

Broster, Gordon Arnold (Art) - Jul 1949

 

Brown, Thomas Jackson, LCdr, RCNVR - 01 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 26 Apr 1945

 

Caldwell, Frank Birch, Lt (T), RCN - 11 Feb 1944 (Stand by) / 26 Apr 1945

 

Cameron, Arthur Keith, Midshipman (S), RCN - 27 Mar 1945 (Stand by) / 26 Apr 1945

 

Carpenter, Ray, LS (EL49)

 

Chapman, George William, A.Surg/Cdr, RCN - 15 Jul 1947

 

Checkan, John, Midshipman - 21 Jun 1948

 

Churcher, Bob, LS (EL49)

 

Clark, Roy, Wt/Comm, RCN - 15 Jun 1947

 

Clarke, LCdr (EL49)

 

Clemens, Steven Albert, A/LCdr (S), RCN - 07 Mar 1947

 

Cockfield, Alan Stuart, Lt, RCNVR - 24 Apr 1945 (Stand by) / 26 Apr 1945

 

Corner, Alfred Rogers 

 

Costain, John, P2 (EL49)

 

Coulter, James Robert, Lt (TAS), RCN - 17 Jul 1949

 

Craig, Robert John, Lt (E), RCNVR - 15 Jul 1944 (Stand by) / 26 Apr 1945

 

Crawford, Hugh Leonard, A/Cdr (L), RCN - 02 Jun 1947

 

Davidson, Geoffrey Huntley, LCdr, RCN - 29 Mar 1947 / 30 Jun 1947

 

Davidson, Murray Alexander, A/Cdr (S), RCN - 26 Apr 1945

 

Davis, Lawrence, Lt (S), RCN - 07 Jul 1947

 

Dawson, James Keith (Shamus), Midshipman, RCN - 30 May 1949

 

Deane, John, Cdr (L), RCN - 10 May 1948

 

Dickson, Jack, AB (EL49)

 

Donnithorne, Richard James Foss, Wt/Ord, RCN - 24 Mar 1947

 

Dykes, J., CPO (EL49)


Edwards, Ivan Rex, Ch C1 III (Un Ch), RCN - 26 Apr 1945

 

Elcock, Frank Dudley, Lt (S), RCN - 26 Apr 1945

 

Elcock, Frank Dudley, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 26 Apr 1945

 

Ellis, Robert Lambert, Lt (TAS), RCN - 01 Jul 1947 / 07 Jun 1948

 

Emerson, George Henry, Midshipman - 21 Jun 1948

 

Falardeau, George, Lt, RCNVR - 13 Jun 1945

 

Fellner, Walter George, WT (E), RCN 25 May 1944 (Stand by) / 26 Apr 1945

 

Ferguson, R. PO (EL49)

 

Ferris, Edmund, Radar 3 

 

Field, Frederick John, Inst/Lt (Met), RCNVR - 24 Apr 1945 (Stand by) / 26 Apr 1945

 

Foley, J., Mr (EL49)

 

Frank, Jim, AB (EL49)

 

Galloway, LCdr (EL49)

 

Garfield, Norman Albert, Lt (El) (R), RCNVR - 13 Jun 1945

 

Gillard, George Lea, Ch C1 I (P), RCN - 01 May 1948

 

Gray, George Charles Edwrd, Inst/LCdr, RCN - 07 Jul 1947

Haverfield, John Aimey Garnault, Lt (G), RCN - 05 Jun 1945

 

Hayes, Terrance Desmond John, Midshipman - 21 Jun 1948

 

Heibert, Ed, AB (EL49)

 

Henley, Alan Alexander Trelawney, Midshipman - 21 Jun 1948

 

Henning, Roy Victor, RCNVR - 26 Apr 1945

 

Hertzbert, John Sumner, Slt, RCN - 19 May 1947

 

Hill, Stan - 1949

 

Hind, Ralph Ridley, Lt (L), RCN - 25 May 1948

 

Hlasny, Stephen - 1957 - 1958 

 

Hodascek, John - 1949

 

Holland, J., AB (EL49)

 

Holmes, Oliver Gerald Lindsay, LCdr, RCNVR - 30 Apr 1945

 

Holmes, William Nagel, A/Gnr, RCN - 02 Jun 1947

 

Hope, W.H.

 

Horne, John Edmund, LCdr (L), RCN - 29 May 1946 / 28 Jul 1947

 

Hovan, J., PO (EL49)

 

Howard, Gordon - 1949

 

Howe, William Hasting, Slt, RCN - 12 Mar 1945 (Stand by) / 26 Apr 1945

 

Howe, William Hastings, Lt, RCN - 26 Apr 1945

 

Johnson, James Arthur, Inst/Slt, RCN - 13 Jul 1941

 

Johnston, William David Falconer, A/LCdr, RCN - Jan 1945 (Stand by) / 26 Apr 1945

 

Judd, LCdr, NavO - 1958

 

Karagianis, John Melvin, Wt/Catering, RCN - 01 May 1947

 

Kelbough, Ken  

 

Keohane, Terrance James, Lt (E), RCN - 26 Apr 1945

 

Ker, John Southam, Midshipman - 21 Jun 1948

 

King, Stanley Mackenzie, A/Slt, RCN - 26 May 1947

 

Kirkendale, George, A/War (El), RCNVR - Jan 1945 / 26 Apr 1945

 

Klause, L., LS (EL49)

 

Lake, Bernard Summers, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945 / 26 Apr 1945

 

Lewis, Kenneth Ewart, Lt (E), RCN - 19 Jun 1950

 

Little, C., PO (EL49)

 

Little, Grederick, Cd/Gnr, RCN - 30 Jun 1947

 

Longmuir, Gordon, Venture Cadet - Far East Cruise, 1957

 

MacCharles, Ernest Daniel, Surg/LCdr, RCNVR - 19 May 1945

 

MacDermid, Edgar Sydney (Twitchy), Lt (G), RCN - 01 Jul 1948

 

Mace, Thomas, Cd (E), RCN - 31 Jul 1950

 

MacLean, John Harris, Lt (N), RCN - 27 Jun 1945

 

MacDermid, Edward Syndey, Lt (G), RCN - 06 Jun 1947

 

MacDonald, Harry Hugh, Lt (G), RCN - 24 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 26 Apr 1945

 

MacFie, John, Wt/Shipt, RCN - 07 May 1944 (Stand by) / 26 Apr 1945

 

MacGlashan, Donald Milne, Lt (F), RCNVR - 15 Mar 1945 (Stand by) / 26 Apr 1945

 

MacKinnon, Hector Hugh, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 25 Apr 1945 (Stand by) / 26 Apr 1945

 

MacPherson, Ian Alexander, Slt, RCN - 19 May 1947

 

Madwick, Edward Thomas George (Mook), Lt (G), RCN - 10 Jun 1944 (Stand by) / 26 Apr 1945

 

Mahdiur, John, AB (EL49)

 

Martin, Ian Cameron, LT (E), RCN - 11 Jul 1949

 

Massick, Ernest Harold, Wt (El), RCN - 24 Mar 1944 (Stand by)/ 26 Apr 1945

 

Maxwell, John Wright, A/LCdr, RCN - 17 Jul 1949

 

McCormick, Harold Duncan, Cdr (L), RCN - 17 Jul 1950

 

McCulley, William (Bill)

 

McDonald, Burt Austin, Lt (E), RCN - 27 Jun 1947

 

McDowall, John William, Lt (G), RCN - 01 Jul 1948

 

McKee, Dave 

McLean, Gerry - 1957

 

McNichol, Duncan Stewart, Midshipman (S), RCN - 31 Mar 1945 / 26 Apr 1945

 

McRae, Donald Gordon, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jan 1945 (Stand by) / 26 Apr 1945

 

Merwin, James Herbert, Midshipman - 21 Jun 1948

 

Morris, Edward Bernard (Spike), Lt (E) (A/E) (P), RCN - 16 May 1949

 

Murray, John Whitridge, Lt (El) (R), RCNVR - 26 Apr 1945

 

Neatherton, F., CPO (EL49)

 

Nemeth, K., CPO (EL49)

 

O'Connor, victor Frederick, Wt (E), RCN - 26 Apr 1945

 

O'Grady, John Waller De Courcy, RCNVR - 26 Apr 1945

 

Okros, Richard Dennis

 

Orton, PO - 1945

 

Overhold, CPO (EL49)

 

Parry, Leslie James, A/Gnr, RCN - 31 May 1949

 

Parry, Richard John (Commissioning Crew)

 

Paterson, George Alexander, RCN - 26 Apr 1945

 

Patterson, CPO (EL49)

 

Paul, Joseph Morrison, Cd/Gnr - 26 Apr 1945 / Lt (G), RCN - 17 Jul 1949

 

Paul, Robert James, A/Gnr, RCN - 19 May 1948

 

Peterson, J., LS (EL49)

 

Phillips, Eugene - 1957-1968

 

Phillips, Geoffrey, Lt (E), RCN - 26 Apr 1945

 

Protheroe, George Edward, Cd/Gnr (T), RCN - 26 Apr 1945

 

Rees, Ray - 1957-1958

 

Riguse, PO (EL49)

 

Roy, Kenneth McCuish, Lt (S), RCN - 04 Mar 1945 (Stand by)  / 26 Apr 1945

 

Rubens, Rupert C., AB, RC3, V-89114, RCNVR

 

Ruse, John Clark, Lt, RCNVR - 22 May 1945

 

Sabiston, Donald Peter, Inst/Lt, RCN - 03 Jul 1950

 

Saks, James, Lt, RCNVR - 21 Apr 1945 (Stand by) / 26 Apr 1945

 

Schober, George, Midshipman - 21 Jun 1948

 

Seright, Shorty - 1949

 

Shott, Andrew Edward, Wt/Shpt, RCN - 11 Jun 1946 (Served in Ontario from 1944 to 1945)

 

Simmons, Ron - 1957-1958

 

St. Pierre, B., PO (EL49)

 

St. Pierre, Paul

 

Stann, Daniel Alexander, Lt (El), RCNVR - 26 Apr 1945 (Standby)

 

Steel, David Burnell, Midshipman - 21 Jun 1948

 

Spencer, Brian Roff, Cdr (E), RCN - 20 Jan 1944 (Stand by) / 20 Jun 1944 (Stand by)  / 26 Apr 1945

 

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

 

Tanner, Joe, LSCK, RCN - 1957

 

Thompson, Al - 1949

 

Tkachuk, J., PO (EL49)

 

Treherne, Thomas Claude, Slt (E), RCN - 26 Apr 1945

 

Tucker, Edmund Belford, Lt (El) (R), RCNVR - 08 May 1945

 

Tutte, Douglas Frederick, A/Gnr, 26 Apr 1945

 

Wadds, George Mantague, LCdr (G), RCN - 30 Jun 1947

 

Ward, Francis Shepard, Ord/Lt, RCN - 23 Jun 1947

 

Weber, Benjamin Nicol, Lt, RCN - 17 Jul 1950

 

Welch, Thomas Alan, Lt, RCNVR - 13 Jun 1945

 

Whitelaw, Donald Mackay, A/Surg/Cdr, RCNVR - 27 Mar 1945 (Stand by) / 26 Apr 1945

 

Wickstrom, D.C.L., AB (EL49)

 

Wilkinson, Mr (EL49)

 

Wilkinson, Joseph Graham, Wt/Rad, RCN - 06 May 1947

 

Wilkinson, Norman Leslie, Gnr, RCN - 26 May 1944 (Stand by) / 26 Apr 1945

 

Willis, Robert Clifford, Lt (S), RCN - 28 Feb 1945 (Stand by) / 26 Apr 1945

 

Wise, Cyril Hubert Surtee, LCdr, RN - 01 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 26 Apr 1945

 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS Ontario's bell located at CTC HMCS Ontario, Kinston, Ont. 

 

     

 

Photos taken 2007

Courtesy of Nathan Brown

HMCS Ontario silk napkin

Courtesy of Terry Gunn

Newspaper article on HMCS Ontario joining the Royal Canadian Navy

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Ontario Sail On Way To Join Pacific Fleet

Crow's Nest newspaper - Jul 1945

Fo'c's'le and forward triple 6-inch turrets of HMCS Ontario

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Ontario at anchor in the Clyde, Greenock, Scotland

From the collection of Phyllis Meier (neé Friend), WRCNS

Courtesy Catherine Couture

 

HMCS Ontario

 

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(ON-0006-1) Capt. Grant and Commander Tisdall on the bridge of HMCS Ontario 29 Apr 1945  

From the collections of Nick and Jim Silvester

 

 

Belfast, Ireland

 

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(1) Bellevue Park, Belfast, Ireland  (2) Joining ship at Belfast  (3) HMCS Ontario at Belfast  (4 -8) Belfast, Ireland  (9-14) V.E. Day, Belfast, Ireland

 

Photo 1 from the collection of Jim Silvester.  Photos 2-14 from the collection of Nick

 

 

Greenock, Scotland

 

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(1) HMCS Ontario at Greenock, Scotland  (2) Wrens on ship at Greenock  (3 - 5) HMCS Ontario at Greenock, Scotland  (6) Greenock, Scotland  (7) RN Drifter loaded with Liberty men from HMCS Ontario, Greenock, Scotland - 25 Apr 1945  (8) Greenock, Scotland

 

Photo 1 from the collection of Edmund Ferris.  Photos 2 - 6 from the collection of Nick.  Photo 7 and 8 from the collection of Jim Silvester.

 

Photo 7 is a DND/RCN photo

 

Scotland

From the collection of Edmund Ferris

Courtesy of Edmund Ferris

 

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(1) Captain Grant taking salute Starboard QD Division 29 May 1945  (2) Lt. O'Grady, Division Starboard Fo'c's'le  (3) Admiral Sir H.R. Moore C-in-C Home Fleet with Captain Grant on Quarterdeck. 23 Jun 1945  (4) Captain Grant and Commander Tisdall on Quaterdeck 10 Jun 1945  (5) Rigging the whaler and pinnace at lower boom, HMCS Ontario  (6) H.M. Submarine Truncheon alongside at Scapa Flow 25 Jun 1945  (7) Sunset at Scapa Flow  (8) Orkney Islands, Scapa Flow  (9) Church Service on the Quarterdeck of HMCS Ontario - 10 Jun 1945  (10) Ship's band on the Quarterdeck of HMCS Ontario 10 Jun 1945

DND/RCN photo

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

 

 

Liverpool, England

 

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(1 & 2) Liverpool   (3) Entrance to Mersey Tunnel, Liverpool  (4) RMS Queen Mary at Liverpool  (5) Liverpool, England, Jun 1945  (6) HMCS Ontario letting go starboard anchor in the Mersey River, England 10 Jun 1945  (7) HMCS Ontario preparing to leave Liverpool England (looking aft) 17 Jun 1945

 

Photos 1-4 from the collection of Nick.  Photos 5-7 from the collection of Jim Silvester.

Photos 3 and 4 are DND/RCN photos

 

HMCS Ontario passing the Rock of Gibraltar - 14 Aug 1945

 

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Photo 1 from the collection of Jim Silvester.  Photos 2 and 3 from the collection of Nick.

 

Cape Bon, Tunisia - "The German Dunkirk in Africa"

From the collection of Nick

 

Malta

 

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(1) HMCS Ontario arriving at Valetta, Malta 08 Aug 1945  (2) Victoria Gate - Gate to the city of Valetta, Malta  (3) Valetta, Malta  (4) Valetta, Malta  (5) Two petty officers from HMCS Ontario, Valette, Malta  (6) Water taxi, Valetta Harbour, Malta  (7) HMCS Ontario, Malta  (8) HMCS Ontario in St. Paul's Bay, Malta  (9) HMCS Ontario at MALTA  (10-15) Malta  (16) St Paul's Cathedral, Malta  (17) Stone dedicated to to spot where King George VI landed after the siege of Malta was won.  (18) Grand Harbour, Malta  (19) Malta  (20) Edmund Ferris ashore in Malta  (21) Edmund Ferris (right) with shipmate ashore in Malta  (22) shipmate of Edmund Ferris ashore in Malta  (23) British destroyer HMS Gallant H59 at Malta.

 

Photos 1-8 from the collection of Jim Silvester.  Photo 9 from the collection of Terry Gunn  Photos 10 - 19 from the collection of Nick.  Photos 20-23 from the collection of Edmund Ferris.

 

Historical note for HMS Gallant H59: On 10 January 1941, during Operation Excess, the Italian torpedo boats Circe and Vega attempted an attack on the Allied convoy off Pantellaria. Right after the engagement, in which Vega was sunk, Gallant struck a mine that detonated her forward magazine, because the Italian action pushed the British convoy too much south of their pre-established route. The explosion blew the bow off the ship, killing 65 and injuring 15 more of her crew. Her sister Griffin rescued most of the survivors and the destroyer HMS Mohawk towed her stern-first to Malta. The ship was slowly repaired and in October 1941 it was estimated that they would be completed in June 1942. However, on 5 April 1942, she was extensively damaged by bomb splinters by an air raid on Valletta and had to be beached at Pinto's Wharf to prevent her from sinking. She was judged to be a constructive total loss and any usable equipment was stripped from her hulk. Gallant was expended as a blockship at St Paul's Island in September 1943, with the wreck being broken up in 1953

 

 

Mock air attack on HMCS Ontario and HMS Belfast (Belfast lead ship)

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

 

Misc. photos

 

        

 

From the collection of Edmund Ferris

Courtesy of Edmund Ferris

 

Webmaster's note: These photos were taken during the trip from the England - to Hong Kong - to Esquimalt - but it is not known where in the trip they fit in.

 

 

Alexandria and Cairo, Egypt

 

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(1) Alexandria  (2) Tramway, Alexandria  (3) Cairo  (4) Mausoleum in Cairo  (5 & 6) Alexandria Harbour  (7) Near Cairo  (8) Egypt  (9) Pyramid near Cairo  (10) Entrance to pyramid near Cairo  (11) Kings Palace, Cairo  (12) Street car in Cairo  (13) Cairo

 

Photos 1 & 2 from the collection of Jim Silvester.  Photos 3 & 4 from the collection of Edmund Ferris. Photos 5 -13 from the collection of Nick

 

 

Transiting the Suez Canal

 

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      (1-4) Transiting the Suez Canal  (5&6) Entrance to the Red Sea

 

Photos 1-3 from the collection of Jim Silvester.  Photos 4-6 from the collection of Nick

 

Photo 1 is a DND/RCN photo

 

 

Aden, British Crown Colony, Gulf of Aden

 

 

 

Photos 1-3 from the collection of Jim Silvester.  Photo 4 from the collection of Nick

 

 

HMS Bleasdale, a Hunt Class Destroyer, coming alongside HMCS Ontario to fuel

 

        

 

Photos 1 and 4 were taken by an RCN photographer on HMCS Ontario. Photo 2 and 3 by Jim Silvester.

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

 

 

Trincomalee, Ceylon - Aug 1945

 

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(1 & 2) HMCS Ontario at Trincomalee, Ceylon - 22 Aug 1945  (3) French battleship Richelieu (centre), unknown Aircraft Carrier (right) at Trincomalee, Ceylon - 22 Aug 1945  (4) French battleship Richelieu at Trincomalee, Ceylon  (5) Allied warships at Trincomalle, Ceylon  (6) Hospital ships at Trincomalee, Ceylon - 22 Aug 1945  (7) Native Huts, Trincomalee, Ceylon  (8) Snake Charmeur, Trincomalee, Ceylon  (9-10)) Trincomalle locals  (11) Tincomalle  (12) Snake charmer

 

Photo 1 DND/RCN photo

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

 

HMS Smiter D55

HMS Smiter joined the British Fleet enroute to the Pacific at Trincomalee.

From the collection of Edmund Ferris

Courtesy of Edmund Ferris

 

Colombo, Ceylon

 

                        

 

Photos 1 & 2 from the collection of Jim Silvester.  Photos 3 - 8 from the collection of Edmund Ferris

Photo 3 - DND / RCN photo

Courtesy of Edmund Ferris and Jim Silvester

 

 

Onboard HMCS Ontario

 

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(ON-0040) HMCS Ontario's dentist at work  (ON-0043) HMCS Ontario's "Y" gun crew  (ON-0044) HMCS Ontario's Entertainment Broadcast Room

 

DND/RCN photos

From the collection of Edmund Ferris and Nick

Courtesy of Edmund Ferris

 

 

Hong Kong, Sep - Oct 1945

 

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(ON-0050) Unknown ship following astern of HMCS Ontario  (ON-0051-2) HMCS Ontario in the approaches to Hong Kong  (ON-0053) HMS Swiftsure at Hong Kong  (ON-0054) Hong Kong seen from HMCS Ontario  (ON-0055) HMS Anson at Hong Kong  (ON-00566) Chinese Sam Pan passes by HMCS Ontario, Hong Kong, China  (ON-0058) Capt harold Grant, C.O. (left) with unknown officer on the quarterdeck of HMCS Ontario

 

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(ON-0062) HMCS Ontario's pinnance  (ON-0069) Sailors from HMCS Ontario being landed in Hong Kong  (ON-0072) HMCS Ontario's landing party forming up for march to the ship's HQ  (ON-0073) Platoon Marching into HMCS Ontario's HQ (Tai Yan Club Hong Kong) - 13 Sep 1945  (ON-0074) Hong Kong locals playing Mahjong  (7) 

 

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(ON-0074-1 & ON-0074-2) Hong Kong street scenes - locals selling food 

 

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(ON-0090, ON-0090-5, ON-0090-6 & ON-0090-7) Ceremony at Government House 18 Sep 1945  (ON-0093) Barracks at Tai Koo, Hong Kong, China

 

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(ON-0099) Fort Stanley Area showing Prison and Internee Camp, Hong Kong, China  (ON-0101) WW2 POW in Hong Kong -Japanese atrocity  (ON-0102) RPC on HMCS Ontario for HMCS Prince Robert  (ON-0103) HMCS Prince Robert at Hong Kong  (ON-0104-3) Kowloon Clock tower repaired by members of crew from HMCS Ontario

 

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(ON-0111) Sunday Evening concert on HMCS Ontario 30 Sep 1945 (This is Goodsell's Orchestra)  (ON-0113 - ON-0118-6) HMCS Ontario leaves Hong Kong to rescue the Admiralty Tanker Wave King

 

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(ON-0120) HMS Anson at Hong Kong. HMCS Ontario in foreground  (0N-0140) Japanese monument at Hong Kong

 

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Street scene, Hong Kong

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Newspaper articles on HMCS Ontario rescuing the tanker Wave King and her arrival, stay and departure from Hong Kong

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Newspaper articles on HMCS Ontario's time at Hong Kong

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

 

Hong Kong Sep-Oct 1945

 

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(1) HMCS Ontario's Platoon "A" Landing Party - 13 Sep 1945  (2) C&POs Mess in Tai Yan Club, Hong Kong. Jim Silvester first on left. (3) Barracks at Fort Stanley, Hong Kong, China  (4) Internee Camp Left, Civilian Prison, on Right, Fort Stanley, Hong Kong, China  (5) Barracks at Aberdeen, Hong Kong, China  (6) Motor Transport Commandeered. Used to move personnel around Hong Kong and other stations  (7) HMCS Prince Robert leaving Hong Kong - 27 Sep 1945  (8) Rocket display by allied fleet at Hong Kong, China  (9) Back of photo 8

 

From the collection of Jim Silvester

DND RCN photos

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

 

 

Hong Kong Sep-Oct 1945

 

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(2-3) Victory Day in Hong Kong  (8) Unveiling of war memorial at Hong Kong  (14) Japanese POWs  (15) Chinese Junk  (16) Chinese locals selling wares  (17) Chinese funeral  (18) unknown Chinese girl

 

From the collection of Nick

 

Major General S.K. Yee One of Chaing Kai Chek's Aides leaving HMCS Ontario. PO J. Fairhurst manning the gangway

DND/RCN photo

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

One of HMCS Ontario's sail makers at work

DND/RCN photo

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Japanese Destroyer

DND/RCN photo

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

 

                   

 

(1-4) Edmund Ferris on HMCS Ontario  (5-7) Unknown sailors on HMCS Ontario  (8) Part of crew formed up and being addressed

 

Webmaster's note: These photos were taken during the trip from the England - to Hong Kong - to Esquimalt - but it is not known where in the trip they fit in.

 

 

Currency from HMCS Ontario's trip from England - to Hong Kong - to Esquimalt, BC

 

 

Egypt

 

Ceylon

Malta

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Hong Kong

 

Hong Kong

 

Hong Kong

 

Japan

 

Japan

 

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Japan

 

Japan

 

Japan

 

China

 

 

From the collection of Edmund Ferris

Courtesy of Edmund Ferris

 

 

Guam

 

    

 

(1 & 2) Japanese destroyer at Guam.  (3) unknown aircraft carrier at Guam

 

From the collection of Nick

 

Note: it is not known the exact time frame the port visit to Manila was or where it fits into the photograph time line

 

Manila

 

From the collection of Nick

 

Note: it is not known the exact time frame the port visit to Manila was or where it fits into the photograph time line

Two newspaper articles on HMCS Ontario

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Ontario's "A" Turret 6-inch triple gun turret

DND/RCN photo

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Ramming home 4-inch shell on starboard #2, HMCS Ontario

DND/RCN photo

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Ontario arriving at Pearl Harbor

DND/RCN photo

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

 

Port visit at Pearl Harbor - enroute to Esquimalt, BC

 

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(1 & 2) Painting Ship at Pearl Harbor - 17 Nov 1945  (7) Kau Kau Korner - Crossroads of the Pacific

 

Photos 1 & 2 from the collection of Jim Silvester.  Photos 3 & 4, 8-11 are from the collection of Nick.  Photos 5-7are from the collection of Edmund Ferris.

Photos 1 - 7 are DND/RCN photos

 

 

Capt Grant inspecting ship's company of HMCS Ontario, circa 1945

Courtesy of Al Brosseau

Capt Grant inspecting ship's company on HMCS Ontario.

This photo was taken at Pearl harbor in 1945 just before HMCS Ontario left Pearl to return to Esquimalt.

Paul St-Pierre is 3rd from left

Courtesy of Al Brosseau

 

HMCS Ontario enroute to Esquimalt

 

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         (#ON-0245) Ship's baker at work  (ON-0246) Cooks at work - note the rope they are holding ... appears to be a bit rough out.  (ON-0251 & ON-0253) A bit rough out

 

From the collections of Edmund Ferris, Jim Silvester and Nick

 

 

HMCS Ontario arrives in Esquimalt after the end of the Pacific war.

 

                 

 

From the collection of Edmund Ferris

Courtesy of Edmund Ferris

 

HMCS Ontario in Esquimalt - 1945

From the collection of Robert Sauberli, RCNVR

Courtesy of James Sauberli

The Captain's Gig being either brought onboard to or launched from HMCS Ontario - date unknown

From the collection of Harold Stevens

Courtesy of Rob Stevens

A group of young sailors just drafted to HMCS Ontario in front of "A" gun, Jul 1949

 

Back row, 3rd from left - ABRP Art Broster; 4th from left - ABRP David Burck

 

Courtesy of Gordon Howard

G.A. Broster (right) sitting on the secondary armament of HMCS Ontario - 1949

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

G.A. Broster (right) on HMCS Ontario - date unknown

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

G.A. Broster sitting on the secondary armament of HMCS Ontario - date unknown

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Ontario, Royal Guard inspected by Rear-Admiral Harry Dewolf, FOPC, 1949

Courtesy of Gordon Howard & Ed Chadwick

 

Click here to view photo of Rear-Admiral Harry Dewolf

Ed Chadwick and "Swede" Hoiland, HMCS Ontario, Jan 1949

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

Ed Chadwick on A turret, HMCS Ontario, Jan 1949

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

Roy Duckworth and Swede Hoiland, HMCS Ontario, Jan 1949

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

HMCS Crescent seen from HMCS Ontario, Jan 1949

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

HMCS Ontario's bridge, Jan 1949

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

HMCS Ontario entering San Diego Harbor 15 Feb 1949.  Unknown aircraft carrier on her port side

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Magdalena Bay, Mexico, Spring Cruise, Feb 1949

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

Crew from HMCS Ontario going ashore as Magdalena, Mexico, Spring Cruise, Feb 1949

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Ontario at San Diego, Spring Cruise, 1949

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

HMCS Ontario at San Diego, Spring Cruise, 1949

3 names of those in photo - Hoiland, Costin, Ferguson

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

HMCS Ontario at San Diego, Spring Cruise, 1949

3 names of those in photo - Peterson, Carpenter, Porteous

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

HMCS Ontario at Broadway Pier, San Diego, Spring Cruise, 1949

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

Ontario sailors (L-R) John Hodascek, Al Thompson, Stan Hill and George (Shorty) Seright at a market in Acapulco, Mexico 1949

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

G.A. Broste sitting in the Captain's chair on the bridge of HMCS Ontario, Acapulco, Mexico 1949

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

G.A. Broster on the bridge of HMCS Ontario, Acapulco, Mexico 1949

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

George (Shorty) Seright on the bridge of HMCS Ontario, Acapulco, Mexico 1949

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Unknown Petty Officer on HMCS Ontario, Spring Cruise, 1949

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

HMCS Ontario transiting the Panama Canal, Spring Cruise, 1949

 

                 

 

From the collections of Ed Chadwick & Gordon (Art) Broster

 

              

 

From the collection of Gordon (Art) Broster

Sing Song at night on HMCS Ontario, Spring Cruise, 1949

Cdr P.D. Budge entertaining

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

R. Riguse, J. Dickson, J. Baur, L. Bre(??)

J. Evancio, MacDonald, Ed Chadwick, R. Churcher

HMCS Ontario, Spring Cruise, 1949

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

Label from a bottle of Ron Anejo (Old Rum), from HMCS Ontario's Spring Cruise, 1949

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

Sailors from HMCS Ontario at a Panama City Bar, Spring Cruise, 1949

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

Guantanamo City, Cuba, Spring Cruise, 1949

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

Train to Guantanamo, Cuba, Spring Cruise, 1949

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Sid Bryndilsen and Elgin Oja, HMCS Ontario, Spring Cruise, 1949

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

Elgin Oja, HMCS Ontario, Spring Cruise, 1949

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

Unknown sailor on HMCS Ontario, Spring Cruise, 1949

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

HMCS Ontario entering Portland, Oregon 08 Jun 1949

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

HMCS Ontario passing under the St Johns Bridge, Portland, Oregon 08 Jun 1949

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Ontario's visit to the Portland, Oregon for the Rose Festival, June 1949

 

                 

 

(1) HMCS Ontario approaching the 3rd bridge on her passage to Portland  (2) HMCS Ontario arriving alongside Portland for the Rose Festival  (3) Staging area for the parade floats  (4) Butte Montana Band  (5) Frankin High School Marjorettes  (6) HMCS Ontario Band  (7) Hollywood Float

 

                 

 

(8) Laura Skelton Oshawa High School  (9) National Bank Float  (10) Sears Float  (11) The Rose Queen  (12) The Sonnette Float  (13) Woody the Woodpecker float  (14) unknown float

 

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Forward gun turrets of HMCS Ontario

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

 

HMCS Ontario in calm seas .... and then not so calm seas

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Ontario off-loading the ship's jeep - location unknown - 1949

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

A couple sailors painting the yardarm on HMCS Ontario - 1949

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Sailors from HMCS Ontario shopping in Pago Pago - 1949

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Ontario returning to Esquimalt, 1949

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

HMCS Ontario crew - Admiral's inspection - 07 Jul 1949

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Invitation to a ship's company dance, 09 July 1949

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

     

 

HMCS Ontario returning from Alaskan cruise

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

HMCS Crescent and HMCS Ontario, Esquimalt, BC circa 1950-1951

Courtesy of Gordon Howard

HMCS Ontario - 1951

Source: Government of Nova Scotia Visual Archives - H.F. Pullen NSARM accession no. 1984-573 Box 1 F/33

Sentries rest on arms reversed around the casket as HMCS Ontario steams seaward for the burial of the late Commodore George R. Miles

Credit: CROWSNEST Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 6, April 1951

Crossing the Line Certificate for Midshipman Larry Zbitnew, 27 Sep 1952

From the collection of Larry Zbitnew, LCdr, RCN

HMCS Ontario

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

RCN PHoto

Courtesy of Gerry Curry

Crossing the Line certificate from HMCS Ontario, Australian Cruise, 25 Jan 1954

Courtesy of Peter Manninen

HMCS Ontario, Sydney, Australia

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

The firing A and B turrets on HMCS Ontario - August 1950

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

(see RCN Memories - The Big "O's" Guns)

Ordinary Gerald Sullivan on the boat deck, starboard side, HMCS Ontario, August 1950

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

Canteen card of OS Gerald Sullivan - 1950

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

HMCS Ontario station card of OS Gerald Sullivan

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

HMCS Ontario in drydock in Esquimalt, 1950

1950 Esquimalt, Yarrows Dry Dock, at that time one of the largest dry docks in the world. Ontario, AKA the “Big O” in dry dock, note the coastal vessel astern. When ship is secured the water is pumped out and braces placed as it lowers. When approximately 18 – 20 inches remain pumps stopped, dock yard workers done hip waders and descend into dock armed with pitch forks. North Pacific salmon some as long as your arm trapped in the dock. Sea birds, cormorants, gulls feasting on smaller fish while the dock yard workers spear the salmon. The ship is still, no fans, motors, systems running, no vibrations, nothing. An 11000 ton floating weapons platform with 800 crew - its as if she was dead with shore power for lights only. We used Heads ashore and meals in Naval base (Naden). Heads were very interesting for a 19 year old from the city; they were designed for Muslim crews using them. Never did see any of the salmon.

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

HMCS Ontario in drydock in Esquimalt, 1950

Courtesy of Gordon Howard

HMCS Ontario in Esquimalt circa 1950-1951

From the collection of Norman Taggart

Courtesy of Erin Brownlee

the visit of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh to HMCS Ontario - 03-05 Nov 1951

 

                 

 

            

 

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Ontario in drydock

Courtesy of Daniel Miller

HMCS Ontario taking a wave over the bow - circa 1950

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

A Christmas card from HMCS Ontario C32

 

   

 

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

Drinking in the mess deck on HMCS Ontario before the Christmas dinner - 1950

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Ontario C32

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

Certificate of C. Bisset from the Pylon Look-Out, Sydney Harbour Bridge - 09 Apr 1951

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Ontario C32 and HMS Victory - dressed ship.  Date unknown

From the collection of William (Bill) McCulley

Courtesy of Linda Hibbert

HMCS Ontario C32 transiting the Kiel Canal, June 1955

From the collection of William ( Bill) McCulley

Courtesy of Linda Hibbert


Ordinary Seaman Paul St. Pierre with his training group out West.  OS Paul St. Pierre served on HMCS Ontario from 1944 to 1945

 

People in photo:

Front row (L to R): B. Holowaty, A. Brown, B. Monture, W. Hart, F. Gagnier, A. Dicy.

Rear row (L to R): B. Kite, K. Campbell, E. Colburn, W. Boyd, P. St. Pierre, A. St. Pierre, J. Oberich (Oberick), A. Gray, Joe Hood

 

Courtesy of Al Brosseau

Hong Kong Harbour - HMS Renown (foreground) and HMCS Prince Robert (background)

Photo taken from HMCS Ontario

From the collection of Robert Sauberli, RCNVR

Courtesy of James Sauberli

HMCS Ontario conducting a RAS with an unknown ship

 

        

 

From the collection of Robert Sauberli, RCNVR

Courtesy of James Sauberli

HMCS Ontario leaving an unknown port

From the collection of Robert Sauberli, RCNVR

Courtesy of James Sauberli

HMCS Ontario arriving at St. John's, NFLD on 11 Oct 1951 with the Duchess and Duke of Edinbugh

From the Rose family photo collection

Courtesy of Bud Rose

HMCS Ontario

Courtesy of Erling Baldorf

Original source unknown

Cleanest Junior NCO's Mess, HMCS Ontario - 24 Nov 1956

From the collection of Terry Ingleson

Courtesy of Darren Ingleson

HMCS Ontario, ship's company dance - 1957

L-R: Russel, Murray, Joe Tanner

From the collection of Joe Tanner

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

 

The photos in this section are from the collection of Stephen Hlasny

 

These photos were taken from Jan 1957 – Aug 1958.  The ship’s compliment was about 800 plus 100 cadets which we carried during our training trips. We did three major trips during that time,  Hawaii, Australia, NZ. Fiji, Philippines, Japan and small islands through the Pacific. Southern trip to the Panama, Mexico, California coast. In 1958 we did the triangle run, and in the latter part of 1958 we did the west coast of BC hitting all the small communities through out the west coast anchoring at the majority of them. Ending with our last trip to Vancouver for the Sea festival, an Princess Margaret’s visit. On one of our last trips from Hawaii we were to conduct an exercise , HMCS Ontario being the invading force to attack the west coast of Vancouver island, The defending force of the island included Comox air defence, Esquimalt Frigates and DDE,s. This was to take about a week to 10 days. Our speed at the time was roughly 18 – 20 knots as the ship was only using twin screws. The Captain at that time R.P. Welland and Navigator LCDR Judd, asked the Engineers if the they could connect the other twin screws which was “aye”. Four hours later we headed straight north at max speed and then down coast of Vancouver island to Barclay Sound, with a little camouflage we hid out for a few days basking in the sun and enjoying a little salmon fishing. We achieved our objective and to their embarrassment we let the defence force know where we were. BZ. It was one of my best two years on a ship of her size.

 

Courtesy of Stephen Hlasny

Barclay Sound, Vancouver Island, 1958

Ret and relaxation, waiting out in hiding for the defensive establishment to find us.

HMCS Ontario, fueling exercise at sea

Steve Hlasny on the jetty at Pearl Harbour - the start of the Spring cruise

R&R at Pearl Harbour - Spring Cruise

Eugene Phillips, Ray Rees, HMCS Ontario, Pearl Harbour - Spring Cruise

Gord (left) and Charlie, EM's Club, Pearl Harbour - Spring Cruise

LSRP Steve Hlasny at the beer gardens in Pearl Harbor, HI, Jan 1957

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Frigates in company - HMCS Stettler and HMCS New Glasgow - Spring Cruise

Crew members of HMCS Ontario at Capt. Cook's monument, Kealakahua, Hawaii

Hula troupe on HMCS Ontario at Hilo, Hawaii

Hula troupe on HMCS Ontario at Hilo, Hawaii

Programme for "Showtime"

 

HMCS Ontario

 

14 Apr 1957 - Mid Pacific

 

   

Showtime on HMCS Ontario

 

              

 

(1) Harvey Parsons (left) and Lt (G) H. Vondette   (2) Bob Parsons   (3) L-R - Harvey, Gerry McLean, Dinger Bell   (4) Colmer on stage

Relaxing on the gun deck of HMCS Ontario enroute to Guam

 

HMCS Ontario beach party at Guam

 

           

 

(3) Ron Simmons

Film actress Rosa Rosal on board HMCS Ontario at Manila with crew members of HMCS Jonquiere

Courtesy of Stephen Hlasny

Blood donor clinic on board HMCS Ontario at Manila

Henderson (left), Steve Hlasny (right) in Manila

Dinger Bell (left), Steve Hlasny (right) in Manila

LSRP Dinger Bell and LSrp Steve Hlasny, HMCS Ontario, with  ABRP Gord Henderson, HMCS Stettler, Manila, 1957

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Crew members from HMCS Ontario taking part in a ceremony at Canadian cemetery in Hong Kong

Steve Hlasny, HMCS Ontario, at Hong Kong - 1957

Steve Hlasny, HMCS Ontario, takes one last rickshaw ride, Hong Kong

Jackstay transfer between HMCS Ontario and HMCS Jonquiere

Band greets HMCS Ontario, HMCS Jonquiere and HMCS Stettler on their arrival at Yokohama, Japan

Capt. Welland greets dignitaries at Yokohama, Japan

Crew members of HMCS Ontario - April 1957

Cake for the cleanest mess - heading home to Esquimalt

 

L-R Sitting - Colmer, Tiger Fraser, Wyber, W. Ruffel, Verner Buz, ??, Roy, ??

L-R Standing - Fraser, Hlasny, Jupp, Jones, Presian, W. Frame, Hutton. ??


The Trillium Times

HMCS Ontario shipboard newspaper

Stats for the 1957 Spring Cruise

Crossing the Equator Card for Steve Hlasny

(L-R) Ma-Day, Fergy, Webster

Fleet Regatta, June 1957

HMCS Athabaskan entry

Photo taken from HMCS Ontario

Fleet Regatta, June 1957

"Minesweeping Northern Ops"

Minesweeping Squadron entry

Photo taken from HMCS Ontario

Unknown and Steve Hlasny (right) - July 1957

Kailua-Kona, Hawaiian Islands - Jul 1957

Jim Lyttle and Steve Hlasny (right), Acapulco - Feb 1958

Relaxing at sea, B Gun Deck - Feb 1958

Relaxing at sea, Saluting Gun Deck - Feb 1958

Hula welcome for HMCS Ontario. Her last visit to Pearl Harbour, Mar 1958

Hula welcome for HMCS Ontario. Her last visit to Pearl Harbour, Mar 1958

Dave McKee, HMCS Ontario, Pearl Harbour, Hawaii - Mar 1958

Steve Hlasny, HMCS Ontario, Pearl Harbour, Hawaii - Mar 1958

The night before we "cross the line" on HMCS Ontario, 25 Feb 1957

Crossing the Line, HMCS Ontario, March 1958 - Dramatis Personae

Crossing the Equator certificate, Steve Hlasny, HMCS Ontario, 12 March 1958

HMCS Ontario, Sydney, Australia, 1-8 April 1958

(L-R) HMCS Cayuga 218, HMCS Athabaskan 219 and HMCS Skeena 207 RASing with HMCS Ontario - 1958

 

   

Steve Hlasny on HMCS Ontario, back in Esquimalt, Jun 1958


Dave McKee (top photo) and Steve Hlasny set for shore leave - June 1958

"Big O's" last Banyan, Nanoose Bay, 1958

 

                             

 

(1) Len Paquette (right) and unknown  (2) L-R - Steve, Roy, ?? and Len  (3) "George Sears set up shear legs"  (4) Front - (L-R) Steve, Len  (5) Steve, Roy, Leonard and ??  (6) unknown  (7) unknown  (8) Leonard Paquette  (9) Leonard Paquette  (10) unknown  (11) "Big eyes are on us"

1958 BC Centennial

HMCS Ontario crew members (L-R)   ??, PO1 Tuttle and Alec McLean

Princess Margaret's sailpast - the Royal Salute, 1958

 

Gunner, CPO2 Bird

Princess Margaret's sail past, 1958

 

CPO Bird on right

Royal Roads - ships lit up at night during Princess Margaret's visit, 1958

HMCS Ontario enroute to English Bay with destroyer escort. HMCS Athabaskan 219 lead destroyer

Photo taken from HMCS Ontario

HMCS Athabaskan 219, HMCS Crescent, HMCS Cayuga escorting HMCS Ontario enroute to English Bay

Photo taken from HMCS Ontario

Night Illumination - the fleet is setting off fireworks in English Bay

Photo taken from HMCS Ontario

Night Illumination - the fleet is setting off fireworks in English Bay

Photo taken from HMCS Ontario

L-R - Steve Hlasny (Ontario) and Quinn (Jonquiere)

A last run ashore in Vancouver

Steve Hlasny

A last run ashore in Vancouver. Beard comes off and I go on leave and tie the old knot

"Big O's" last port visit, Vancouver, BC, Aug 1958

HMCS Ontario, the "Big O", Vancouver, Aug 1958

 

"Sorry to see her go"

 

HMCS Ontario departs Vancouver for Esquimalt to be paid off

Courtesy of Gordon Howard

Former HMCS Ontario "For Sale"

Courtesy of Gordon Howard

Ad for Crown Assets sale of HMCS Ontario

Courtesy of Gordon Howard

Long Journey to Death begins for the 9,000-ton cruiser HMCS Ontario .....

Newspaper article from a Vancouver paper - 26 Sep 1960

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

 

H.M.C.S. ONTARIO REUNION

 

April 26, 27 and 28, 1996

 

Toronto, ON

 

 

        

 

            

 

Photo album page 2 "Some of the crew member" - (2) Boots Green  (6) Gord Mitchell  (10) Jim Silvester

 

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

 

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