For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS ORIOLE QW3 / KC480

HMCS Oriole on a spinnaker run in the straits

Courtesy of Gevan Dale

 

Laid down: 1921

Launched: 

Commissioned: 19 Jun 1952

Paid off: 

 

The Oriole was originally laid down as the Oriole IV, the successor in a line of vessels named Oriole that were in service as the flagships for the Royal Canadian Yacht Club of Toronto, Ontario. During World War II, she was chartered by the Royal Canadian Navy as a training vessel. In 1949 she was again chartered by the Navy as a new recruit training vessel, and subsequently moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1951. She was officially commissioned HMCS Oriole 19 Jun 1952, and two years later the navy moved her to CFB Esquimalt to become a training vessel to the Naval Officer Training Centre.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr William (Bill) Desmond Walker, RCN - 1963 - 1965

LCdr Geoffrey Strickland Hilliard - 1967 - 1969

Cox, Peter S. - 1970 - 1972 (approx)

Cdr William (Bill) Desmond Walker, RCN(R) - 1973 - 1981

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Arntson, Maurice John

____-2014

Biles, H.A.

1942-2016

Butterfield, James

1922-2009

 

 

C-D

Cox, Peter S.

1921-2014

Commanding Officer

1970-1972

 

 

 

 

G-H

Hilliard, Geoffrey Strickland

____-1972

Commanding Officer

1967-1969

 

 

 

 

K-L

Lye, Allan George

1945-2016

 

 

 

 

O-P

Ormsby, Bryan

1942-2016

Parsons, Harvey

1936-2016

 

 

 

S-T

Sears, George Elms

1931-2015

Thom, Ronald Erle

1923-1999

 

 

 

U-V

VanEk, Hendrick

1934-2016

 

 

 

 

W-X

Walker, William Desmond

____-____

Skipper of Oriole 1963-1965 and 1973-1981

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Abbott, PO1 (poss CPO), Cox'n - 1982

 

Codd, Gordon

 

Fraser, K.E., Engineer - 1948

 

Frenette, Mario, LS - 1982

Hanna, Keith, PO

 

Jackson, David, LSBN - 1982

 

Malthus, Steven, LS - 1982

 

Martin, Ken, 1st Mate - 1948

O'Hara, Pat, LSBN - 1982

 

Pangman, Peter M., CO - 1948

 

Reid, Jim

 

Smith, LCdr - 1982

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Crew photos for HMCS Oriole

 

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