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HMCS RESTIGOUCHE 257

HMCS Restigouche 257 - DND / RCN photo

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1939-45,   Normandy  1944,   Mediterranean  1944,   North Sea  1944,   Biscay  1940

 

 

Laid down: 15 Jul 1953

Launched: 22 Nov 1954

Commissioned: 07 Jun 1958

IRE Refit commenced: 03 Aug 1970

IRE Refit completed: 12 May 1972

DELEX Refit commenced: 03 Dec 1984

DELEX Refit completed: 29 Nov 1985

Paid off: 31 Aug 1994

Fate: Scuttled off Acapulco on 11 Jun 2001 in 65 meters of water

 

Built by Canadian Vickers Ltd., Restigouche suffered portside damage in a collision with the freights Manchester Port in Nov 1957 while still in the hands of her builder. She was finally commissioned at Montreal on 07 Jun 1958. She was present at the formal opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959, and at a mini-UN naval review in Toronto the following month, immediately afterward carrying the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland on a tour of that province's northeast outports. On 29 Apr 1961, Restigouche and Columbia 260 made a port visit to Washington, D.C. She underwent her IRE modernization in 1970-72 at Halifax Shipyards.

 

In Jun 1972, HMCS Restigouche was damage as a result of a barge fire alongside her.(1) LSFC Bryan Watson was Bos'n Mate at the time of the incident. "We were at the sub jetty across from Fleet Maintenance Facility with the wheeler barge on our starboard side. I was the Bosnís mate and at approx. 1230 I observed two dockyard workers go into the barge. About 5 minutes later there was a loud whoosh and the barge erupted in flames. I was about 20 feet from the flames so I closed the Bosnís mate shack and activated the action alarm, making the pipe fire, fire, fire on the wheeler barge, this not an exercise! The Fire Department was called and the fire tug along with two pup tugs to tow the bar into the middle of the harbour were dispatched." 

 

In 1973 she was transferred to the west coast, arriving at Esquimalt on 02 Aug 1973. Between 03 Dec 1984 and 29 Nov 1985 she completed her DELEX refit at SRU(P). On 08 May 1986, HMCS Provider 508, HMCS Restigouche 257, HMCS Terra Nova 259 and HMCS Kootenay 258, departed Esquimalt for Exercise RIMPAC 86 and returned on 21 Jun 1986. Upgraded (as per Terra Nova) for possible service in the Persian Gulf, in Mar 1991 she instead joined SNFL, the first west coast based unit to do so. On 24 Feb 1992, Restigouche was dispatched to the Red Sea to assist a multinational force convened to ensure that Iraq did not resume hostilities. She returned to Esquimalt on 18 Aug 1992. She was paid off on 31 Aug 1994. Restigouche was sold in December 1998 to American Dick Crawford for $113,055.50. On 06 Nov 2000, she and her sister, Kootenay, departed Esquimalt in tow for Mexico, where Restigouche was sunk off Acapulco on 11 Jun 2001.

 

The sinking of the Restigouche - the Restigouche was about 80% prepared for sinking purposes when an approaching hurricane force them to move the ship across the harbour so it would be in the lee of the storm. It was done very quickly and the harbour master was cautioned against towing the ship by the stern because of the hull cuts in preparation for scuttling. While under tow, she listed to port, pulling the diver access holes below the waterline which resulted in her sinking at a depth of about 60 feet.

 

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Commanding Officers

Cdr John William McDowall, RCN - 07 Jun 1958 - 04 Aug 1960

Cdr William Wyness MacColl, RCN - 04 Aug  1960 - 08 Aug 1962

Cdr Bernard.Charles Thillaye, RCN - 08 Aug 1962 - 19 May 1965

Cdr Henry William Vondette, RCN - 19 May 1965 - 10 Aug 1966

Cdr R.A. Evans, RCN - 10 Aug 1966 - 03 Jan 1968

Cdr Paul Lancelot Steele McCulloch, RCN - 03 Jan 1968 - 03 Aug 1970

Cdr Richmond Hill Kirby - 12 May 1972 - 07 Sep 1972

LCdr R.C. Burnip - 07 Sep 1972 - 02 Apr 1973

Cdr Robert James Deluca - 02 Apr 1973 - 15 Jul 1973

Cdr Clifford James Crowe - 15 Jul 1975 - 27 Jan 1977

Cdr Robert Gordon Balfour - 27 Jan 1977 - 27 Mar 1977

Cdr Clifford James Crowe - 27 Mar 1977 - 29 Apr 1977

Cdr Henry Timothy Porter - 29 Apr 1977 - 29 Jul 1978

Cdr John Roger Anderson - 29 Jul 1978 - 29 Sep 1980

Cdr D.A. Henderson - 29 Sep 1980 - 10 Jan 1983

Cdr S.J. Jessen - 10 Jan 1983 - 06 Jul 1984

Cdr H.C. Silvester - 06 Jul 1984 - 07 Jul 1987

Cdr Ronald (Ron) Douglas Buck - 07 Jul 1987 - 09 Mar 1989

Cdr B.E. Mathews - 09 Mar 1989 - 19 Jun 1989

Cdr G.C. Oakley - 19 Jun 1989 - 23 Aug 1991

Cdr D. Baltes - 23 Aug 1991 - 04 Jan 1993

Cdr Richard K. Taylor - 04 Jun 1993 - 31 Aug 1994

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Adams, Clinton James

1946-2002

Birch-Jones, Peter Meredith

1925-2009

Brooks, Robert Elmer

1937-2013

Burnett, Gerald Clarke

1935-2003

 

C-D

Carroll, James D.

____-1996

Served in Restigouche in 1966 as a LSBN

Cassidy, William John

1935-2017

Chaboyer, Wayne

1949-2016

Chupick, Michael Lawrence

1929-2015

Clarke, Robert

1938-2017

Conrad, Donald Edward

____-2015

Cormier, Clarence Noel

1938-2016

Cote, Joseph Jacques P.

1925-2018

Served in Restigouche as XO

Couckuyt, Brian D.

1959-2007

Currie, Alexander Joseph

____-2016

Curry, Donald George

____-2014

Deluca, Robert James

1936-2018

9th Commanding Officer

Dunbar, Roy

1933-2004

 

 

E-F

Earl, Kevin William

1957-2016

Eastick, David Charles

1940-2017

Ebner, Ernest Fredrick

____-2013

Eccles, Brian George Wilfred

1943-2014

Edwards, Charles William

____-2014

Eldridge, Gareth J.

1931-2017

Fallowfield, John Thomas

1947-2013

Flanagan, Leonard George

1931-2013

Fox, Alexander Edward

1925-2001

Served in Restigouche in 1960 as LCdr, XO

 

G-H

Greenlaw, William Albert

1943-2018

Harris, Kenneth Harry

____-2016

Hughes, Donald Clarence

____-1999

Hunt, George Charles

____-2010

 

K-L

Kaiser, William John

____-2006

Kearney, Joseph Patrick

1935-2012

Keough, Michael P.

____-2018

King, Terry

____-2017

Kirby, Richmond Hill

1929-2006

7th Commanding Officer

Larabie, David Edward P.

____-2013

Legaarden, John Thomas

____-2014

Lemon, Denis Ernest

1925-2013

Logan, John Wellington

1923-2018

Served in Restigouche in 1962 as Deck Officer

Luke, Robert John

1931-2012

Lynch, Grant Edward

____-2018

 

 

 

 

M-N

MacDonald, Leo I.

1937-2018

Mace, Ronald Thomas

____-2018

MacEachern, Allister Joseph

____-2016

Mallory, John E.

____-2014

McAdam, Robert Bruce

1949-2016

Served in Restigouche in 1969

McCulley, Stanley James

1943-2018

McLeod, Cathel James

1919-2017

McComb, Gerald E.C.

____-2001

McCulloch, Paul Lancelot Steele

1927-2009

McGregor, Douglas B.

1943-2006

Molloy, John Patrick

____-2011

Served in Restigouche in 1983 as a C2ET

Morgan, Roger Sidney

1946-2012

Murray, Douglas

1948-2014

Nagel, Thomas

____-2017

 

O-P

Parsons, Harvey

1936-2016

Pearce, Harvey C.

1941-2017

Pilkington, Ronald William

____-2015

Power, Leonard M.

____-2018

Price, Hugh John

1930-2007

Q-R

Roberts, Doug

____-____

 

 

 

 

S-T

Sears, George Elms

1931-2015

Slade, John Charles

1937-2003

Served in Restigouche in 1959 as A/Slt, RCN

Smith, Ronald Lorne

____-2014

Served in Restigouche 1983- 1985

 

Somers, George Henry

1921-2009

Spiesz, John-Henry

1931-2009

Taylor, Richard Keith

1954-2006

Served in Restigouche as LCdr, Combat Officer.

22nd Commanding Officer

Teeple, Clarence Norman

1935-2015

Thierauf, Herbert Leslie

1943-2017

Served in Restigouche in 1973 as a LS.SW

Thillaye, Bernard Charles

1921-2012

3rd Commanding Officer

 

U-V

Valois, Luc

____-1991

Van Fleet, Bernard J.

1928-2014

Served in Restigouche in 1964 as LCdr, RCN, XO

Vandermeulen, Tom

1957-2015

Vondette, Henry William

1924-2006

4th Commanding Officer

 

W-X

Weir, James Neil

1929-1994

Wilkins, Bradley Laurence

1927-2018

Williams, Reginald K.

1941-1998

Wilson, Joseph Frank

1922-2012

Wolfe, Henry Harvey

____-2014

 

Former Crew Members

Adamthwaite, Dave V., Slt, DeckO 1966-1969 

 

Barclay, Jim, P2FC - 1973

 

Berbeck, Robert - Jan 1981 - Jun 1983

 

Bouvet, B., LS - 1978

 

Bradshaw, W., Sgt. - 1978

 

Brown, MS - 1978

 

Dallin, R., PO - 1978

 

Davis, E., MS - 1978

 

Dingman, Douglas

 

Earl, Bill, LS - Mar 1976 - Jul 1979

 

Falk, R., PO - 1978

 

Finlayson, Moody, ABBN - 1966

 

Flack, PO2 - 1978

 

Flavelle, AB - 1978

 

Foldesi, LCdr - 1978

 

Francis, PO2 - 1978

 

Gagne, Alain, LS, Mar Eng Mech - 1978 - 1982

 

Gale, MS - 1978

Gjesdale, L., MS - 1978

 

Griffiths, PO2 - 1978

 

Harkness, W., PO - 1978

 

Hoskins, Andy AB-LSBN / P2-P1BN

 

Johnston, G., MS - 1978

 

Johnston, R.J., AB-LSWS / MSNWT - Dec 1977 - Jan 1982

 

Kimber, Norman, LSWU - 1969

 

La Fave, John 33169-H, Cox'n - 1982-1985

 

Lee, E., PO - 1978

 

Malcomson, Al, LSFC - 1973

 

McCoy, D., PO - 1978

 

Olsen, Darren Mark

 

Osbourne, J., LS - 1978

 

Parker, PO2 - 1978

 

Peachy, P., LS - 1978

 

Roberts, Jim, LSFC - 1973

Rourke, Les, LSWS - 1973

 

Schwartz, Morley Graham, RP - 1959

 

Seymour, Doug, PO2 - Apr 1973 - Sep 1977

 

Shipalesky, D., AB - 1978

 

Spooner, Brent, LSWS - 1973

 

Stewart, Lt - 1978, 

 

Stuart, Bob - 1977-1980

 

Sutherland, PO2 - 1978

 

Sutherland, David, P2WU - 1973

 

Taylor, LS - 1978

 

Tiffin, Rick - 1978-1980 / 1992-1992

 

Vermette, Dennis, ABBN - 1966

 

Watson, Bryan, LS, FC - 1971-1973 (Halifax), 1975-1977 (Esquimalt)

 

Wierenga, M., PO - 1978

 

Zimmer, LS - 1978

 

Photos and Documents

 

One of the ship's bells of HMCS Restigouche 257 at the WO & SGT's Mess, Ottawa, Ont.

Courtesy of Langelaar

HMCS Restigouche 1963

Courtesy of Bill Starr

HMCS Restigouche 257 in drydock inside a mountain at Haakonsvern, Bergen, Norway

 

Restigouche in drydock inside the mountain in the Norwegian Naval Base at Haakonsvern, Bergen. It was taken at Easter 1970 when we went in to paint ship over a 36 hour period on the weekend. The water was not drained from the dock. The crew worked around the clock to paint and the result is obvious! The reason we were there was that Commodore Boyle RCN, COMSTANAVFORLANT, was not happy with the appearance of his flagship! We had come out of refit in the fall of 1969. We worked up in January then sailed across the Atlantic in nasty weather to join the Squadron. There was little chance to really get the ship looking good again. The RNoN offered us that weekend in "the cave" and we took it. The Commodore seemed pleased with the results!

 

Courtesy of Michael Young

HMCS Restigouche 257 doing 20 plus knots in the Inner Leads in north Norway and pointing at land!

This photo gives an idea of how confining these waters can be.

Courtesy of Michael Young

1978 cruise of HMCS Restigouche - Crossing the Line Ceremony (Equator) - List of Shellbacks and Tadpoles

Courtesy of Jim Johnston

 

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HMCS Restigouche hosts children's party in Japan

 

Article 1 - Master Seaman Kent Wilkins presented a British Columbia Indian print on behalf of Restigouche, to the Senior teacher of the Jinpu-En Home.

 

Article 2 - The children laugh as Ordinary Seaman Mike Walker tries his best sign language to explain the mementos presented to the children.

 

Article 3 - Able Seaman Ken O'Brien and Master Seaman Kent Wilkins look on as the Director of the Jinpu-En Refugee Home, Satoshi Tarumoto and three of the children cut cakes made for the party.

 

Courtesy of Chris Kenney

Credit: Esquimalt Lookout Newspaper June 8, 1983

Photographer MCpl Sartori

HCMS Restigouche 257 firing an ASROC (Anti-Submarine Rocket) - Apr 1983

Courtesy of Robert Berbeck

Banyan on HMCS Restigouche off Bermuda, July 1973

Left to right: P2WU Dave Sutherland (back to camera), P2FC Jim Barclay, LSWS Herb Theriauf, LSFC Jim Roberts, LSWS Brent Spooner

Courtesy of Al Malcomson

Banyan on HMCS Restigouche off Bermuda, July 1973

Left to right: LSWS Les Rourke on top of chaff launcher, Dave Sutherland, Jim Barclay, Herb Theriauf, LSFC Al Malcomson, Brent Spooner

Courtesy of Al Malcomson

Painted by Rick Beresford circa 1959-60

Armourer's Mate on HMCS Restigouche 257

Courtesy of Tony Beresford

HMCS Restigouche 257 - circa 1966

From the collection of Eugene Miller

Courtesy of Rene Miller

MS Don Little giving Engineroom tours during a dependants day cruise, 25 Mar 1974

Courtesy of Don Little


HMCS Restigouche opens fire on the gun range in the Hawaiian islands in 1983. Photos taken from the starboard bridge wing

Photographer / © Colin Mackie - 1983

Courtesy of Colin Mackie

 

 

The End

 

HMCS Restigouche is towed to Mexico and scuttled

 

Former destroyer escorts HMCS Kootenay (right) and HMCS Restigouche (left) are towed out of Esquimalt Harbour Monday to begin an 18-day journey to Acapulco. The ships will be sunk to create reefs for divers. An effort to keep the ships as an attraction in B.C. waters fell short.

Credit: Darren Stone / Times Colonist

Newspaper article on the bungled artificial reef project for the former HMCS Restigouche 257 and the former HMCS Kootenay 258

Laredo Morning Times, Friday, June 15, 2001

Source: airwolf.lmtonline.com

Former HMCS Restigouche sinking off Acapulco

Credit: Swiss Divers Association

 

Foot notes - (1) The Chronicle Herald," Halifax, N.S., Tuesday, June 21 1972, p. 1.

 

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