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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.

 

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. Silvestor - 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

Burnett, Gerald Clarke

1935-2003

 

 

C-D

Carroll, James D.

____-1996

Served in Restigouche in 1966 as a LSBN

Chaboyer, Wayne

1949-2016

Chupick, Michael Lawrence

1929-2015

Conrad, Donald Edward

____-2015

Cormier, Clarence Noel

1938-2016

Couckuyt, Brian D.

1959-2007

Currie, Alexander Joseph

____-2016

Curry, Donald George

____-2014

Drent, Jan Jansz

1935-____

Served in Restigouche in 1960 as Lt, RCN

Dunbar, Roy

1933-2004

E-F

Earl, Kevin William

1957-2016

Edwards, Charles William

____-2014

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

Hughes, Donald Clarence

____-1999

Hunt, George Charles

____-2010

 

 

 

K-L

Kearney, Joseph Patrick

1935-2012

Kirby, Richmond Hill

1929-2006

7th Commanding Officer

Larabie, David Edward Paul

____-2013

Legaarden, John Thomas

____-2014

Lemon, Denis Ernest

1925-2013

Luke, Robert John

1931-2012

 

 

 

 

M-N

MacEachern, Allister Joseph

____-2016

Mallory, John E.

____-2014

McAdam, Robert Bruce

1949-2016

Served in Restigouche in 1969

McComb, Gerald Edward Christopher

____-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

 

O-P

Parsons, Harvey

1936-2016

Pilkington, Ronald William

____-2015

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

Williams, Reginald K.

1941-1998

Wilson, Joseph Frank

1922-2012

Wolfe, Henry Harvey

____-2014

 

 

Former Crew Members

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

 

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

 

Theriauf, Herb, LSWS - 1973

 

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

 

RCN Memories

Man Overboard!!

Rustyguts

What if?

 

Links

HMCS Restigouche - 20th Anniversary Booklet

HMCS Restigouche - 25th Anniversary Booklet

HMCS Restigouche - Re-Activation Booklet After 9-month Refit

HMCS Restigouche - My Final Voyage

STANAVFORLANT in 1970: The First Canadian Command

 

Foot notes

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

 

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