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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project




HMCS Saguenay 206 - 19 August 1960

Photograph by Walter E. Frost

Source: City of Vancouver Archives


Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1939-45



Laid down: 04 Apr 1951

Launched: 30 Jul 1953

Commissioned: 15 Dec 1956

Paid off for DDH conversion: : 22 Aug 1963

Re-Commissioned: 14 May 1965

Paid off for DELEX refit: 29 Oct 1979

Re-Commissioned: 23 May 1980

Paid off: 26 Jun 1990

Fate: Scuttled as an artificial reef 25 Jun 1994


Built by Halifax Shipyards Ltd., Saguenay was commissioned on 15 Dec 1956. On 11 Jun 1957, Saguenay was presented with the "Kingdom of Saguenay" flag by Chicoutimi, Que. She transferred to the west coast in 1959. On 28 Mar 1960, Saguenay, in company with Ottawa 229 and, St Laurent 205 departed Hong Kong after a port visit during an operational cruise in the Pacific. They returned to Esquimalt on 29 Apr 1960. On 02 Mar 1961, Saguenay, in company with Ottawa 229 and, St. Laurent 205 departed Esquimalt for Operations with US Carrier Division 17 off Hawaii; returning to Esquimalt on 04 Apr 1961. Burrard Dry Dock Ltd started her conversion to a DDH on 22 Aug 1963. Re-commissioned on 14 May 1965, she returned that July to Halifax. On 15 Jul 1970, Saguenay was grounded off Port Hood, NS. She was re-floated the next day - she received no damage from the grounding. She began her DELEX refit at Versatile Vickers, Montreal, on 29 Oct 1979, returning to service on 23 May 1980. On 03 Apr 1986, Saguenay has a misfire of her 3"50 gun off Osborne Head, NS. The guns crew and one civilian received non life-threatening injuries. On 16 Aug 1986, while on SNFL exercise in the Baltic, she collided with the German submarine U 17. Returning home for repairs, she was again in service in Mar 1987. Saguenay was paid off on 26 Jun 1990 and, on 25 Jun 1994 at 1100 hrs, she was scuttled as recreational divers' wreck between Cross Island and Sculpin Shoal, outside Lunenburg, N.S.


During her career, Saguenay steamed 780,000 nautical miles and visited the following ports:  Adak Naval Station, Aleutians; Argentia, NFLD; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Aalborg, Denmark; Bridgetown, Barbados; Butedale, BC; Becher Bay; Bellingham, Washington, USA; Buffalo, NY, USA; Boston, MA, USA; Bordeaux, France; Bremerhaven, Germany; Bergen, Norway, Charlottetown, PEI; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Chicoutime, QC; Charleston, South Carolina, USA: Canso, NS; Comox, BC; Copenhagen, Denmark; Chatham, UK; Corner Brook, NFLD; Cortegena, Columbia; Collingwood, ON; Calieri, Sardina; Cornwall, ON; Cadiz, Spain; Cherbourg, France; Devonport, UK; Digby, NS; Dublin, Ireland; Den Helder, Netherlands; Esquimalt, BC; Fort Lauderdale, FLA, USA; Faseland, Scotland; Funchal, Madeira; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Grand Manan, NS; Galveston, TX, USA; Goteberg, Sweden; Goderich, ON; Ghent, Belgium; Hamilton, Bermuda; Hamilton, ON; Helsinki, Finland; Hong Kong, China; Hilo, Hawaii; Haugesund, Norway; Halifax, NS; Ireland Island, Bermuda; Jacksonville, FLA, USA; Juneau, Alaska, USA; Kobe, Japan, Key West, FLA, USA; Kiel, Germany, Kitimat, BC; Kinston, Jamaica; Kingston, ON; Lasalally, Ireland; Long Beach, CAL, USA; Liverpool, England; Lauzon, QC; Lisbon, Portugal, Montreal, QC; Midway Islands; Mayne Bay, BC; Masset, BC; Miami, FLA, USA; Mitchipicoten, ON; Marsielles, Francis; Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Mirimachi, NB; New York, NY, USA; New London, Conneticut, USA; Nanoose, BC; Nanaimo, BC; New Orelans, Louisiana, USA; Newport, RI, USA; Nyhavn Basin, Aabenraa; Norragansett Bay, RH, USA, Norfolk, VA, USA; North Island, Bermuda; Nassau, Bahamas; Oslo, Norway; Ocean Falls, BC; Okinawa, Japan; Oshawa, ON; Portland, England; Portsmouth, England; Prince Rupert, BC; Port Angeles, Washington, USA; Portland, Oregon, USA; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, USA; Patricia Bay, BC; Port Simpson, BC; Port Hardy, BC; Petersburg, Alaska, USA; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Ponta Delgada, Azores; Port Royal Bay, Bermuda; Port Allen, Kawai, Hawaii; USA; Palma Majorca, Spain; Plymouth, England; Port Colborne, ON; Port Stanley, ON; Prescott; ON; Queen Charlotte City; Quebec City, QC; Quonset Point, RI, USA; Rooman Naval Base, Panama City, Panama; Roosey Roads, PR; Rosyth, Scotland; San Juan, PR; South West Roads, St. Thomas; Sept Iles, QC; Stockholm, Sweden; Sydney, NS; St. John's, NFLD; St. John, NB; St. Andrews, NB; Sitka, Alaska, USA; San Diega, CAL, USA; Stewart, BC; Seattle, Washington, USA; Skagway, Alaska, USA; Stephenville, NFLD; Shearwater, NFLD; St. George's, Bermuda; Shelburne, NS; Sarnia, ON; St. John's, Antigua; St. Petersburg, FLA, USA; Sorel, QC; Stavanger, Norway; Sault Ste Marie, On; Topaz Harbour, BC; Trinity Bay, NFLD; Treasure Island, San Francisco, USA; Tortola Island, Virgin Islands; Toronto, ON; Trois-Rivieres, QC; Thunder Bay, ON; Tromso, Norway; Vancouver, BC; Vera Cruz, Mexico, Wrangella, Alaska, USA; Wolfe's Cove, QC; Welland, ON; Whale Island, Portsmouth, UK; Windsor, ON; Willemstad, Curacao, Wilhelmshaven, Germany; Yokosuka, Japan and Zeebrugge, Belgium.


Commanding Officers

Cdr Godfrey Harry Hayes, DSC, RCN - 15 Dec 1956 - 13 Mar 1958

Cdr John Henry Gordon Bovey, DSC, RCN - 31 Mar 1958 - 02 Mar 1959

Cdr Douglas Seaman Boyle, RCN - 02 Mar 1959 - 14 Oct 1959

Cdr Ernest Maurice Chadwick, RCN - 14 Oct 1959 - 23 Aug 1961

Cdr Harold R. Tilley, RCN - 23 Aug 1961 - 22 Aug 1963

Cdr Henry Hugh Wilbraham Plant, RCN - 14 May 1965 - 13 Jul 1966

Cdr David Austin Avery, RCN - 13 Jul 1966 - 23 Aug 1967

LCdr L.A. Dzioba, RCN - 23 Aug 1967 - 15 Dec 1967

Capt D.H.P. Ryan, RCN - 15 Dec 1967 - 23 Jan 1969

Cdr Robert Demytre Yanow - 23 Jan 1969 - 13 Aug 1970

LCdr Reginald James Malcolm Hardy - 13 Aug 1970 - 01 Nov 1970

Cdr K.M. Young - 01 Nov 1970 - unk

Cdr Hugh Malcolm David MacNeil - 18 Jul 1972 - 17 Jun 1974

Cdr John Harwood - 17 Jun 1974 - 10 Jan 1975

Cdr Robert John Luke - 10 Jan 1975 - 18 Jan 1977

Cdr Terrance Clifford Milne - 18 Jan 1977 - 04 Aug 1978

Cdr J. Goode - 04 Aug 1978 - 18 Apr 1980

Cdr Arthur George Schwartz - 18 Apr 1980 - 24 Jul 1982

Cdr Edward Ernest Davie - 24 Jul 1982 - 18 Jul 1983

Cdr James MacCuish Barlow - 18 Jul 1983 - 17 Jul 1985

Cdr Roger Michael L. Bernard - 17 Jul 1985 - 22 May 1987

Cdr R.I. Clayton - 22 May 1987 - 06 Jan 1989

Cdr Eric J. Lerhe - 06 Jan 1989 - 26 Jun 1990


Captain for the day


Captain for the day is a tradition in the RCN where during the ship's Christmas celebrations, the Commanding Officer changes places with the youngest member of the ship's company.

Rick Olsson - 1968



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Balfour, James Pascoe


Bell, Gordie William


Served in Saguenay 1987-1990

Bond, John Vernon


Bonneau, Bruce


Boughton, Benjamin


Bovey, John Henry Gordon


Boyle, Denis Richard


Burnett, Gerald Clarke





Cairney, John Dorrian


Cherrington, Keith


Served in Saguenay 1981-1983

Corcoran, Gerald


Cormier, Clarence Noel


Cottenden, Harry Roland


Cowan, Stanley


Damico, Robert


Dechambeau, Robert Maynard


deRosenroll, Glen Michael


DeSaulniers, John David


Dugandzic, Andrew Maryan


Served in Saguenay as a RM

Dzioba, Lawrence






Eamon, Robert William


Elliott, John Edwin


Fisher, Brian John


Served in Saguenay as XO




Gallo, Mike


Greer, Gerald Eugene


Hannem, Dallas Norris


Hardy, Reginald James Malcolm


11th Commanding Officer

Harrison, D. Larry


Hendry, Ian G.


Hodges, Leslie J.






Irwin, Daniel Charles







Laforme, George Richard


Langlois, Stephen Gilbert


Langman, Donald George


Leblanc, Julian


Linscott, John David


Luke, Robert John


15th Commanding Officer






MacDonald, John MacLeod


MacLeod, Douglas H.


Mahon, Brian Alphonsus


Majalahti, Lauri


McArdle, Christopher Charles


McComb, Gerald Edward Christopher


McGachy-Smith, Thomas


Mifflin, Frederick John


Served in Saguenay in 1968 as LCdr, RCN, XO

Moffat, William John Bingham


Moir, Harvey R.


Moore, Kerry Robert


Myles, Thomas


Nash, Michael Patrick


Nobles, David Leslie




Ouellet, Rene Joseph


Overy, Herbert William


Commissioning crew as P2EF3 

PARTANEN, Vaino Olavi

died 23 Oct 1969 HMCS Kootenay

Commissioning crew Saguenay as C2ER

Patrick, Alexander


Served in Saguenay in 1958 as E.O.

Peacocke, Jerome Douglas


Pelletier, Roger Ivan


Served in Saguenay as Cox'n






Rhymes, Reginald Heber


Served in Saguenay 16 Oct 1967 - 14 Jan 1969 as a  P1SN3, RCN / P1SN, C.F.

Robinson, Douglas W.J.






Saunders, Gary


Scoville, William Clifton


Snider, Stewart Gordon


Springer, Robert Allen


Squire, Robert Davison


Commissioning crew as P1ET

St. Germain, Jean Joseph Dominique


Staicue, Roy


Tilley, Harold R.


5th Commanding Officer

Turnbull, David Thomas




Walls, Bertram Robert


Walsh, Gerald Francis


White, William Albert


Wilson, Joseph Frank




Former Crew Members

Allan, Doug, AB Stoker - 1965-1966


Archer, Ross - 1967


Bakody, David, P1ER4 - 1977 


Barwell, Bob - 1967


Brazier, John - 1967


East, Les - 1967


Fortin, Henry - 1967

Kloosterman, Steve, HT - 1987-1989


Latcham, Garry J. 


Lovitt, Norm - 1967


Malott, Fred


McCann, John Albert, Radioman, RCN


Price, Tom, Stoker


Riedlinger, Jack, ABRP - 1965-1966

Ruff, Eric


Stephens, Dave - 1967


Steeves, Donald, Stoker


Walker, Don - 1967


Wrigley, Gerry - 1967


Yeo, John, MedA., 1985-1987, 1988-1989


Photos and Documents


RCN Memories

Fond Memories



HMCS Saguenay 206 - Commissioning Book

Personal photo gallery of Reginald Heber (Smokey) Rhymes