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 Oct 1948, ONTARIO was joined by the destroyers CAYUGA, ATHABASKAN, CRESCENT and the frigate ANTIGONISH in sailing to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; the largest deployment of the Royal Canadian Navy following the war. In Jan 1949, ONTARIO took part in the largest training cruise by the Royal Canadian Navy to that date which included the aircraft carrier MAGNIFICENT, the destroyers HAIDA, ATHABASKAN and the frigate ANTIGONISH. The group, designated CTF 215, participated in naval exercises with US and British vessels in the Caribbean Sea. In Feb 1951, ONTARIO sailed to Australia, taking part in joint naval exercises with the Royal Australian Navy. On the way the ship made several port visits, returning to Canada in June. In Oct 1951, ONTARIO sailed to the east coast where after arrival, Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh sailed on the cruiser from Sydney, Nova Scotia, through the Cabot Strait to Newfoundland during the Royal Visit. She returned to Esquimalt following the tour, arriving in December. From Sep to Dec 1952, ONTARIO sailed around South America on a training cruise, making several port visits. While entering the harbour at Buenos Aires, she was overtaken by the merchant vessel SS Arauco and struck amidships. The ship continued on her cruise until arriving at Rio de Janeiro on 6 November. There it was found that the starboard propellers were damaged. The outer propeller was removed and repairs were made to the inner one. After nearly two weeks at Rio de Janeiro, ONTARIO was forced to return to Esquimalt at a reduced speed.

 

On 15 Jun 1953 ONTARIO took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. In Jan 1954, ONTARIO began a training cruise across the Pacific, visiting Australia, New Zealand and Tonga before returning to Esquimalt in April. ONTARIO performed a three-month training cruise to Australia and New Zealand in early 1955, returning to Canada on 02 Apr 1955. She then departed on 25 Apr1955 for a four-month cruise of Europe. Late that year she departed Esquimalt for a 2-month summer training cruise along the coasts of North and South America, going as far south as Ecuador. She returned to port on 10 August after meeting the Second Canadian Escort Squadron off the coast of California.

 

ONTARIO was paid off on 15 October 1958. The ship was sold to a west coast firm which began but did not finish the job of breaking up the ship at Vancouver. The ship was resold, along with HMCS Quebec to Mitsui and Co. of Japan. She arrived at Osaka for breaking up on 19 November 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

 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          The Ship's Bell          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     

 

QUINN, Dennis A.

OS.LMS, RCN

died - 12 Jul 1957

SANDERSON, George F,

SB. PO, RCNVR

died - 17 Jan 1946

SPINNEY, Wilbur R,

Lt, RCNVR

died - 03 Jun 1945

VINCETT, Harvey L.

AB, RCN

died - 09 Jan 1953

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

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Former Crew Members  //  EL49 = Electrical Department, Spring Cruise, Jan 1949

 

Abs, Harold, RP, RCN

 

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

 

Austin, G.W., RCSCC - Jan-Apr 1954

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Hutcheson, James Gordon Rodgers - 1948 & 1950 for Training

 

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, RCN

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Silvester, Jim C., PO.QR2, RCNVR

 

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)

 

Tanner, Joe, LS.CK, RCN - 1957

 

Theriault, Robert (Bob), SG, RCN

 

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 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

Courtesy of Mike O'Keefe

 

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

 

 

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From the collection of Edmund Ferris

Courtesy of Edmund Ferris

 

 

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(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

"Y" Turret on HMCS ONTARIO. Sailors in photo unidentified

From the collection of Nicholas Vukson

Courtesy of John Vukson

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  (9) 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

Formal dinner in the wardroom of HMCS ONTARIO.  First two officers from the left appear to be Hibbard and Budge.

Photo circa 1947-1949

Courtesy of Bill McRitchie / John Gabel

 

HMCS ONTARIO 1949-1950

 

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(WP32) HMCS ONTARIO  1949-50  (WP33) #27 training Class on HMCS ONTARIO  (WP34) A night of entertainment on HMCS ONTARIO while at Pearl Harbor  (WP35) HMCS ONTARIO - date / location unknown  (WP36) HMCS ONTARIO at San Diego - 1949  (WP37) HMCS ONTARIO entering Pearl Harbor - 1950  (WP38) HMCS ONTARIO leads HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS CAYUGA and HMCS SIOUX as the Canadian destroyers depart Esquimalt for the Korean War.  ONTARIO sailed with the squadron until their arrival at Pearl Harbor

 

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(WP39) Painting ONTARIO's yardarms  (WP40) Ron Wood and Bill Paterson "in the clink" - 1949  (WP41) Powell River, BC    (WP42-WPWP43) HMCS ONTARIO anchored off of Powell River, BC  (WP44) HMCS ONTARIO ship's company photo - Powell River, BC, Sunday, 26 Jun 1949  (WP45) Admiral's inspection of HMCS ONTARIO, Esquimalt, BC - 07 Jul 1949

 

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(WP46-WP49) HMCS ONTARIO's grapefruit gun - with pineapple ammo ...being loaded .... at the ready ..... Fire!!

 

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(WP50-WP51) Mountains around Kodiak, Alaska  (WP52) Kodiak, Alaska  (W[53) Aerial view of Kodiak, Alaska  (WP54) Kodiak Bear that was shot in Alaska  (WP55) Private home in Kodiak, Alaska  (WP56) "No pavement here" - Kodiak, Alaska

 

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(WP57) Main Street, Kodiak, Alaska  (WP58) Glacier, possibly near Kodiak  (WP59) Two ONTARIO sailors pose with Kodiak bear skin (WP60) Four ONTARIO sailors pose with Kodiak bear skin. "$700.00 fur of Kodiak Bear, Kodiak, Alaska - 1949"

 

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(WP61) Aerial view of Juneau Alaska - HMCS ONTARIO alongside the jetty  (WP62-WP63) Juneau, Alaska  (WP64-WP66) HMCS ONTARIO at Juneau, Alaska - 1949  (WP67) Juneau, Alaska - 1949 

 

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(WP68) Dreamland Cocktail Bar - Juneau, Alaska  (WP69) Main Street, Juneau, Alaska.  The Arctic Bar is visible on the right of photo  (WP70) Mount Juneau - 1949

 

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(WP71) HMCS ONTARIO arriving at San Diego, Calif - HMCS SIOUX 225 almost alongside. Unidentified Tribal further up jetty ahead of SIOUX  (WP72) Mothballed USN ships at San Diego, Calif  (WP73) ONTARIO sailors ashore in Long Beach, Calif  (WP74) Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, Calif.  Heartwell Bldg in distance  (WP75) Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles, Calif.  Building on right has some type of confectionary stored named KELLER'S  (WP76) Betty Gable's signature in the sidewalk by Grauman's Chinese Theather, Hollywood, Calif. - photo taken 1949  (WP77) CBS Building, Hollywood, Calif

 

From the collection of William (Bill) Argyle Paterson, P1BN, RCN / C.A.F.

Courtesy of Bruce Paterson

 

 

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(TS01) American destroyer (pennant #33) - 1949  (TS02) American destroyer (pennant # 38)  (TS03) American destroyers  (TS04) HMCS Athabaskan  (TS05) HMCS ONTARIO fueling HMCS Antigonish  (TS06) HMCS ONTARIO fueling HMCS Crescent 226  (TS07) HMCS ONTARIO preparing to tow HMCS Crescent 226

 

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(TS09 HMCS ONTARIO - refit fall 1949  (TS10) HMCS ONTARIO - winter 1949  (TS11) R.T.E. - Winter 1949.  Tom Smith on right  (TS12) View across the harbour from HMCS ONTARIO - 1949  (TS13) HMCS ONTARIO firing her 6-inch guns  (TS14) HMCS ONTARIO lowering (possibly) a minesweeping paravane  (TS15) HMCS ONTARIO firing a torpedo  (TS16) Tom Smith on HMCS ONTARIO  

 

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(TS17) HMCS Cayuga  (TS18) Unidentified sailors on HMCS ONTARIO, summer 1949  (TS19) Tom Smith (foreground) on HMCS ONTARIO, summer 1949  (TS20) "Ckrez" on HMCS ONTARIO, summer 1949  (TS21) Tom Smith (centre, leaning forward) and shipmates on HMCS ONTARIO, summer 1949  (TS22) Magdalena Bay, Mexico  (TS23) Mexican escort in Gulf of California  (TS24) Magdalena Bay, Mexico

 

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(TS25) Joe Baur  (TS26) Sid  (TS27) Jim Frank and Sid  (TS28) Mac, Jim, Sid & Oli  (TS29) Mexican high-diver, Acapulco  (TS30) Porteous (left) and Tom Smith  (TS31) Sid  (TS32) Sid 

 

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(TS33) American Oiler  (TS34) Tom Smith on one of ONTARIO's 6-inch guns  (TS35) Pearl Harbor - 1950  (TS36) USS Valley Forge  (TS37) Mothballed fleet, San Diego, CA  (TS38-TS40) Destroyers in company with HMCS ONTARIO transiting the Panama Canal

 

From the collection of Tom Smith, C2.ET, RCN

 

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

 

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(BT001 - BT006) HMCS ONTARIO  (BT007) Someone's birthday cake  (BT008) Comm Rates, 4 Mess, HMCS ONTARIO

 

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(BT010) Bob Theriault in his mick  (BT012) Captain's gig, HMCS ONTARIO  (BT013) Yeoman of Signals Bill Howarth  (BT014) Fo'c's'le of HMCS ONTARIO  (BT015 - BT016) Port visit at Mexican town in Gulf of California

 

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(BT017) HMCS ONTARIO Comm Rates ashore on the beach.  Note HMCS ONTARIO anchored off in the background  (BT018) Mexican naval escort for HMCS ONTARIO while in the Gulf of California  (BT019) Bob Theriault - 1st trip to Hawaii  (BT020 - BT022) American ships at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii  (BT023 - BT 024) Hawaii

 

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(BT033 - BT034) HMCS ONTARIO putting out to sea passing by inward bound American carrier  (BT035) Sailor on HMCS ONTARIO silhouetted against the dusk sky  (BT036 - BT038) Bob Theriault on HMCS ONTARIO  (BT039) John Budris on HMCS ONTARIO  (BT040) Navy comic.  Webmaster's note:  it seems like a pretty reasonable question .....

 

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(BT040) Freighter in the Canal Zone, Panama  (BT041) tall ship at Valparaiso, Chile  (BT043) Greeting card that was handed to sailors on the jetty in Valparaiso, Chile  (BT044 - BT045) Freighter overtaking and passing HMCS ONTARIO in the Rio de Plata  (BT046) Plaza Independencia, Montevideo  (BT047) Corientas, Montevideo  (BT048) Surgar Loaf Lountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

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(BT049 - BT050) Freighter SS Arauco, Oct 1952,  with a damaged bow after she attempted to overtake HMCS ONTARIO entering Buenos Aires and struck ONTARIO amidships  (BT051) AB.SG Bob Theriault on HMCS ONTARIO, Buenos Aires, Argentina  (BT052) Buenos Aires, Argentina  (BT053) President Juan  Peron visiting HMCS ONTARIO while she was visiting Buenos Aires, Argentina  (BT054) Local band, Aruba, Dutch Antillies

 

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(BT055) Bob Theriault on the bridge of HMCS ONTARIO  (BT056) Bob Theriault on the flag deck of HMCS ONTARIO  (BT057) Bob Theriault by the flag locker on HMCS ONTARIO  (BT058) Bob Theriault on the signal lamp on HMCS ONTARIO  (BT059) HMCS ONTARIO - location unknown  (BT060) RAS complete - ship pulls away from HMCS ONTARIO 

 

From the collection of Robert (Bob) Theriault, P1SG, RCN

 

     

 

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

 

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(RD12) HMCS ONTARIO - 1951  (RD14) Certificate / memento of HMCS ONTARIO's 1951 Pacific cruise  (RD15)  Roy Dunbar's Crossing the line (Equator) Certificate onboard HMCS ONTARIO - 09 Mar 1951

 

From the collection of Roy Dunbar, CPO1, RCN

 

Courtesy of Dave Dunbar

 

     

 

HMCS ONTARIO departing St John's, Newfoundland with Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Endinburgh.

 

In October 1951, ONTARIO sailed to the east coast where after arrival, Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh sailed on the cruiser from Sydney, Nova Scotia, through the Cabot Strait to Newfoundland during the Royal Visit. The ship returned to Esquimalt following the tour, arriving in December.

 

From the Rose family photo collection

Courtesy of Bud Rose

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

Article on two (of eleven) HMCS ONTARIO sailors who missed ship when ONTARIO departed Brisbane, Australia

Halifax Mail-Star 09 Apr 1954

Researched by / Courtesy of George Newbury

Don McBride (with red bucket of water) on HMCS ONTARIO (note: most likely during a crossing the line ceremony)

From the collection of Donald McBride, C2WS, RCN

Courtesy of Alan McBride

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

HMCS ONTARIO - Crossing the Line (Equator) - c1957

 From the collection of Rick Bridges, C2.RPI, RCN 

HMCS ONTARIO Chiefs and Petty Officers - 1957

From the collection of Rick Bridges, C2.RPI, RCN 

 

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

 

(1) Fraser  (2) Colmer  (3) Tiger Fraser  (4) Wyber  (5) W. Ruffel  (6) Verner Buz  (7) unknown  (8) Roy  (9) Steve Hlasny  (10) Jupp  (11) Jones  (12) Presian  (13) W. Frame  (14) Hutton  (15) unknown  (16) unknown

 

Click here to see the photo with everyone numbered


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

Steve Hlasny on HMCS ONTARIO - Jul 1957

 

Kailua-Kona, Hawaiian Islands - Jul 1957

 

HI-01

HI-02

HI-03

HI-04

(HI-01) Nap Oopoo - Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii (Captain Cook - 1779)  (HI-02) Kailua Bay, Hawaii  (HI-03) Maalaea,Maui  (HI-04) "at Hilo"

 

 

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

Former HMCS ONTARIO in drydock in North Vancouver being prepared to be towed to Japan to be broken up

 

The Crowsnest magazine Sep 1960 Vol. 12 No. 11

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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