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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


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?


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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


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Adams, Clinton James


Birch-Jones, Peter Meredith


Brooks, Robert E.

Burnett, Gerald Clarke




Carroll, James D.


Cassidy, William John


Chaboyer, Wayne


Chupick, Michael Lawrence


Clarke, Robert


Conrad, Donald Edward


Cormier, Clarence Noel


Cote, Joseph Jacques P.


Served in Restigouche as XO

Couckuyt, Brian D.


Currie, Alexander Joseph


Curry, Donald George


Deluca, Robert James


9th Commanding Officer

Dunbar, Roy




Earl, Kevin William


Eastick, David Charles


Ebner, Ernest Fredrick


Eccles, Brian George Wilfred


Edwards, Charles William


Eldridge, Gareth J.


Fallowfield, John Thomas


Flanagan, Leonard George


Fox, Alexander Edward


Served in Restigouche in 1960 as LCdr, XO



Gauthier, J.A. Claude


Grant, Harold Bryce


Greenlaw, William Albert


Harris, Kenneth Harry


Hewitt, J. Terrance

Hill, Peter E.


Hughes, Donald Clarence


Hunt, George Charles





Jackson, Kenneth







Kaiser, William John


Kearney, Joseph Patrick


Kearns, Philip Joseph


Keough, Michael P.


King, Terry


Kirby, Richmond Hill


7th Commanding Officer

Larabie, David Edward P.


Large, J. Donald

Legaarden, John Thomas


Lemon, Denis Ernest


Logan, John Wellington


Served in Restigouche in 1962 as Deck Officer

Luke, Robert John


Lynch, Grant E.




MacDonald, Leo I.


Mace, Ronald Thomas


MacEachern, Allister Joseph


Mallory, John E.


Maskell, Thomas B.

McAdam, Robert Bruce


Served in Restigouche in 1969

McCulley, Stanley James


McLeod, Cathel James


McComb, Gerald E.C.


McCulloch, Paul L.S.


McGregor, Douglas B.


Melanson, Laurie S.


Moffat, Glen Ensley


Molloy, John Patrick


Served in Restigouche in 1983 as a C2ET

Morgan, Roger Sidney


Murray, Douglas


Nagel, Thomas






O'Neill, Michael Paul


Parsons, Harvey


Pearce, Harvey C.


Pilkington, Ronald William


Power, Leonard M.


Price, Hugh John







Reddy, James P.

Roberts, Doug


Russell, Harold Barry A.





Sears, George Elms


Slade, John Charles


Served in Restigouche in 1959 as A/Slt, RCN

Smith, Richard Lionel


Served in Restigouche in 1968

Smith, Ronald Lorne


Served in Restigouche 1983- 1985


Somers, George Henry


Spiesz, John-Henry


Taylor, Richard Keith


Served in Restigouche as LCdr, Combat Officer.

22nd Commanding Officer

Teeple, Clarence Norman


Thierauf, Herbert Leslie


Served in Restigouche in 1973 as a LS.SW

Thillaye, Bernard Charles


3rd Commanding Officer


Valois, Luc


Van Fleet, Bernard J.


Served in Restigouche in 1964 as LCdr, RCN, XO

Vandermeulen, Tom


VanStone, Russell D.

Vondette, Henry William


4th Commanding Officer


Wainwright, Ronald


Weir, James Neil


Wilkins, Bradley Laurence


Williams, Reginald K.


Wilson, Joseph Frank


Wolfe, Henry Harvey







Young, John







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


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

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


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.