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HMCS OSHAWA J330 / 174

Then CNAV OSHAWA AGH174 (1967)

 

IN OMNIA PARATUS

 

READY FOR ALL THINGS

 

Post wartime badge

HMCS Oshawa J330 circa 1943

From the World War II photo collection of Harold Douglas Fraser 

Courtesy of Christopher Fraser

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944-45

 

 

Laid down: 06 Oct 1942

Launched: 10 Jun 1943

Commissioned: 06 Jul 1944

Paid off: 28 Jul 1945

Re-commissioned: 24 Oct 1945

Paid off: 24 Feb 1946 at Esquimalt, BC

Re-designated: Algerine Coastal Escort

Re-commissioned: 11 Apr 1956

Paid off: 06 Nov 1958

Re-designated: 1958 as Oceanographic research vessel CNAV Oshawa

Paid off: 1966

Fate: Broken up in 1966

 

Built by the Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co., Port Arthur, Ont, she was commissioned at Port Arthur on 06 Jul 1944. She arrived at Halifax on 18 Aug 1944 and after working-up in Bermuda in September, she was allocated to EG W-6 of Western Escort Force as Senior Officer's Ship. On 10 May 1945. as the senior warship of the convoy escort group, Oshawa was dispatched to accept the surrender of U-889. Her escort group was disbanded in Jun 1945, and Oshawa was paid off into maintenance reserve at Sydney on 28 Jul. She was re-commissioned on 24 Oct 1945, and in Nov 1945 sailed for Esquimalt. She arrived there 21 Dec 1945 and on 24 Feb 1946, was paid off into reserve. During one more commission from 11 Apr 1956 to 07 Nov 1958 she was part of the Twelfth Canadian Escort Squadron before beginning her conversion to an oceanographic research vessel on 02 Nov 1956. She was extensively converted for oceanographic research and was manned by the RCN until 06 Nov 1958 when she was again paid off and re-designated as CNAV Oshawa, manned by a civilian crew, a role in which she continued, until sold to Capital Iron and Metal, Victoria on 28 Aug 1966 and broken up in 1966-1967.

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr James Charles Pratt, RCNVR - 06 Jul 1944 - 27 May 1945

A/LCdr Richard Sugden Williams, RCNVR - 28 May 1945 - 28 Jul 1945

Lt John Kincaid, RCNR - 24 Oct 1945 - 26 Feb 1946

LCdr Geoffrey Herbert Barrick, RCN - 11 Apr 1956 - 07 Nov 1958

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Barrick, Geoffrey

1912-1998

Served in Oshawa in 1956 as Lt (G), RCN, XO

4th Commanding Officer

Benjamin, Gordon

1937-2013

Boyd, George Alexander

1924-2015

Brennan, John Francis

1924-2009

Brennan, Michael Joseph

1923-2007

Drafted to Oshawa on 10 Apr 1944 as Slt, RCNVR - stand by

Burns, Robert

1914-1996

 

 

 

 

E-F

Fisher, Eric

1936-2017

Fraser, Harold Douglas

1923-1996

 

 

 

G-H

Grainger, Robert Keith

1935-2007

Hendry, Ian G.

1932-2017

 

 

 

M-N

Mitchell, C. Douglas

1924-2013

Nylund, Fred, PO

1915-1984

Served in Oshawa during WW 2

 

 

 

O-P

Pratt, James Charles

____-1994

Drafted to Oshawa 20 Mar 1944 as Lt, RCNVR, Stand by // 06 Jul 1944 as A/LCdr, RCNVR.

1st Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

S-T

Stanbrook, Wilfred Thomas

____-2000

Served in Oshawa 12 Apr 1956 - 13 Nov 1956

 

 

 

 

W-X

Waddington, Malcolm R.

1922-1971

Williams, Richard Sugden

1923-1990

2nd Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Baldwin, Frederick Alexander, A/Lt, RCNVR - 01 Jun 1945

 

Brennan, Michael Joseph, Slt, RCNVR - 06 Jul 1944

 

Brown, Frederick George William

 

Craig, John Robert, Slt, RCNVR - 06 Jun 1944 (Stand by) / 06 Jul 1944

 

Funk, John, AB, RCNVR

Gilmour, Douglas Wilson, Lt, RCNVR - 20 Mar 1944 (Stand by) / 06 Jul 1944

 

Grisdale, William Latimer, Lt (E), RCNVR - 19 Mar 1944 (Stand by) / 06 Jul 1944

 

Harmer, Harold (Hub), Torpedoman - WW 2

 

Johnson, Gerald

Jones, Ken, Tel - WW 2

 

Schuthe, George MacDonald, Lt, RCNVR - 31 May 1944 (Stand by) / 06 Jul 1944

 

Wood, Raymond Stratton, Slt, RCNVR - 27 Jan 1945

 

Links - Ship's company photos for HMCS Oshawa

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

HMCS Oshawa's bell located at the Naval Veterans Club, Oshawa, Ont.

Courtesy of Matthew Batten

LCdr(N) Pratt receives a plaque presented to HMCS Oshawa from the city of Ottawa

From the collection of Robert Burns

Courtesy of Robert Burns (Jr)

Crew Members of HMCS Oshawa J330

Harold Douglas Fraser, back row centre (with circle around face)

Photo from collection of Harold Fraser

Courtesy of Christopher Fraser

Robert Burns chipping ice on HMCS Oshawa

From the collection of Robert Burns

Courtesy of Robert Burns (Jr)

Unknown submarine

 

Webmaster's note: This photo was identified as the surrender of U-889, but this sub is neither U-889 or U-190 as neither of the two U-boats that surrendered to the RCN had a forward deck gun. This sub appears to be an allied sub.

From the collection of Robert Burns

Courtesy of Robert Burns (Jr)

 

        

 

HMCS Oshawa J330

From the collection of John C. Orr

Courtesy of John P. Orr

 

 

HMCS Oshawa J330 departing Boston circa 1945

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

 

Lt. John E. Heward, HMCS Rockcliffe; Lt. Bob Hunter, HMCS Dunvegan; LCdr Richard (Dick) Williams,  HMCS Saskatoon; LCDR Jim Pratt HMCS Oshawa (OTC), on board U 889 in Halifax May 1945

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

Surrender of U-889

Photo taken from HMCS Oshawa J330

From the collection of Robert Burns

Courtesy of Robert Burns (Jr)

Newspaper article on the upcoming arrival of HMCS Rockcliffe J355 and HMCS Oshawa J330 at Bathurst, NB on 01 Jul 1945

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

HMCS Oshawa J330 (in company with HMCS Rockcliffe J355) arriving at Bathurst, NB, 01 Jul 1945

 

     

 

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

HMCS Oshawa J330 (inboard) and HMCS Rockcliffe J355 (outboard) at Bathurst, NB, Jul 1945

 

       

 

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

Parade at Bathurst, NB, 02 Jul 1945

Crews from HMCS Rockcliffe J355 and HMCS Oshawa J330

 

     

 

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

Oceanographic Research vessel Oshawa 174

Oshawa AGH 174 - 2 August 1963

Source: City of Vancouver Virtual Archives

Photographer: Walter E. Frost

The End

 

Former CNAV Oshawa (former HMCS Oshawa) being broken up at Capital Iron and Metal, Victoria, BC, Jan 1967

Seen here is a view of her engine room.

/ Courtesy of Ron Green, Capital Iron and Metal

After the end

 

Former HMCS Oshawa's nameplate found in Victoria Harbour

 

 

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