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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

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.

 

RCN Memories:     Man Overboard!!     Rustyguts     What if?

 

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

 

20th Anniversary Booklet          25th Anniversary Booklet          Re-Activation Booklet after 9-month refit

 

My Final Voyage          NATO 1991 Commemorative book          STANAVFORLANT in 1970: The First Canadian Command

 

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

 

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They shall not be forgotten

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Former Crew Members

 

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

 

Addams, William Darrell, RCN

 

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

 

Holstead, Gordon Ramsey, C.A.F. (Navy)

 

Hoskins, Andy AB-LSBN / P2-P1BN

 

Johnston, G., MS - 1978

 

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

 

Kaye, Steve, Stoker

 

Kimber, Norman, LSWU - 1969

 

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

 

LaChance, Yvon, Stoker - 1970

 

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

 

Ritchie, Eric, ET, early 1960s

 

Roberts, Jim, LSFC - 1973

Rourke, Les, LSWS - 1973

 

Rushton, Dave, ET - early 1960s

 

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)

 

Watts, Randall John

 

Wierenga, M., PO - 1978

 

Zimmer, LS - 1978

 

Photos and Documents

 

Article on HMCS RESTIGOUCHE from the March 1959 issue of Popular Mechanics Magazine (pdf file)

ET Eric Ritchie (left) and ET Dave Rushton holding up the leaning tower of Pisa - early 1960

From the collection of Dave Rushton

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre 

HMCS RESTIGOUCHE 1963

Courtesy of Bill Starr

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

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

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

 

Standing Naval Force Atlantic

NATO Squadron - 1970

 

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(YL01) NATO Squadron alongside  (YL02) Quarterdeck area of HMCS RESTIGOUCHE  (YL03-YL05) NATO Squadron at sea  (YL06-YL07) HMCS RESTIGOUCHE (inboard) and HMCS NIPIGON alongside Lisbon (for turnover)  (YL08) American carrier anchored at Lisbon

 

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(YL09-YL12) HMCS RESTIGOUCHE prepares for her good-bye sail past from the NATO Squadron  (YL13-YL16) NATO Squadron from up astern of HMCS RESTIGOUCHE -HMCS NIPIGON, RESTIGOUCH's relief, is lead ship  (YL17-YL22) NATO Squadron salutes HMCS RESTIGOUCHE with her good-bye sail past  (YL23) Sail past complete - NATO Squadron steams on ahead of HMCS RESTIGOUCHE

 

Courtesy of Yvon Lachance

 

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

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

Courtesy of Don Little

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 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

HMCS RESTIGOUCHE 257 firing an ASROC (Anti-Submarine Rocket) - Apr 1983

Courtesy of Robert Berbeck

 

 

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

 

 

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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