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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS SAGUENAY 206

 

READY TO ACT

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

A-B

Balfour, James Pascoe

1931-2017

Bell, Gordie William

____-2005

Served in Saguenay 1987-1990

Bond, John Vernon

1937-2015

Bonneau, Bruce

____-2013

Boughton, Benjamin

1924-2008

Bovey, John Henry Gordon

1917-1989

Boyle, Denis Richard

1935-2014

Burnett, Gerald Clarke

1935-2003

 

 

C-D

Cairney, John Dorrian

1929-2010

Cherrington, Keith

1936-2016

Served in Saguenay 1981-1983

Corcoran, Gerald

____-2016

Cormier, Clarence Noel

1938-2016

Cottenden, Harry Roland

1930-2016

Cowan, Stanley

1926-2011

Damico, Robert

1942-2010

Dechambeau, Robert Maynard

1951-2010

deRosenroll, Glen Michael

1926-2006

DeSaulniers, John David

1947-2016

Dugandzic, Andrew Maryan

____-2016

Served in Saguenay as a RM

Dzioba, Lawrence

1932-2007

 

 

 

E-F

Eamon, Robert William

1945-2016

Elliott, John Edwin

____-2008

Fisher, Brian John

____-2017

Served in Saguenay as XO

 

 

G-H

Gallo, Mike

1919-2010

Greer, Gerald Eugene

____-2016

Hannem, Dallas Norris

1940-2016

Hardy, Reginald James Malcolm

1936-2011

11th Commanding Officer

Harrison, D. Larry

1942-1997

Hendry, Ian G.

1932-2017

Hodges, Leslie J.

____-2014

 

 

 

I-J

Irwin, Daniel Charles

____-2016

 

 

 

 

K-L

Laforme, George Richard

1942-2016

Langlois, Stephen Gilbert

____-2014

Langman, Donald George

1929-2017

Leblanc, Julian

1941-2002

Linscott, John David

1953-2015

Luke, Robert John

1931-2012

15th Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

M-N

MacDonald, John MacLeod

____-2012

MacLeod, Douglas H.

____-2002

Mahon, Brian Alphonsus

____-2000

Majalahti, Lauri

1937-2014

McArdle, Christopher Charles

1934-2017

McComb, Gerald Edward Christopher

____-2001

McGachy-Smith, Thomas

____-2013

Mifflin, Frederick John

1938-2013

Served in Saguenay in 1968 as LCdr, RCN, XO

Moffat, William John Bingham

1934-2001

Moir, Harvey R.

1928-2014

Moore, Kerry Robert

1928-2006

Myles, Thomas

____-2007

Nash, Michael Patrick

1920-2005

Nobles, David Leslie

1948-2012

 

O-P

Ouellet, Rene Joseph

1940-2009

Overy, Herbert William

1926-2010

Commissioning crew as P2EF3 

PARTANEN, Vaino Olavi

died 23 Oct 1969 HMCS Kootenay

Commissioning crew Saguenay as C2ER

Patrick, Alexander

____-2015

Served in Saguenay in 1958 as E.O.

Peacocke, Jerome Douglas

1949-1994

Pelletier, Roger Ivan

1934-2016

Served in Saguenay as Cox'n

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Rhymes, Reginald Heber

1926-2006

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

Robinson, Douglas W.J.

____-2009

 

 

 

S-T

Saunders, Gary

1934-2017

Scoville, William Clifton

____-2016

Snider, Stewart Gordon

1926-2010

Springer, Robert Allen

1931-2008

Squire, Robert Davison

1924-2008

Commissioning crew as P1ET

St. Germain, Jean Joseph Dominique

1932-2011

Staicue, Roy

____-2017

Tilley, Harold R.

1923-2013

5th Commanding Officer

Turnbull, David Thomas

1930-2016

 

W-X

Walls, Bertram Robert

1920-2005

Walsh, Gerald Francis

____-2017

White, William Albert

1917-2011

Wilson, Joseph Frank

1922-2012

 

 

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

 

Links

HMCS Saguenay 206 - Commissioning Book

Personal photo gallery of Reginald Heber (Smokey) Rhymes

 

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