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HMCS SAULT STE. MARIE J334 / 176

 

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HMCS Sault Ste. Marie J334

 

Battle honour and awards:  Atlantic  1944-45

 

 

Laid down: 27 Jan 1942

Launched: 05 Aug 1942

Commissioned: 24 Jun 1943

Paid off: 01 Dec 1946

Re-commissioned: 07 May 1949

Paid off: 01 Oct 1958

Fate: Broken up in 1960

 

Commissioned at Port Arthur on 24 Jun 1943, this was the first Algerine class ship to join the RCN. Originally intended to be named The Soo, she was renamed owing to objections from her namesake city. Sault Ste. Marie arrived at Halifax on 08 Aug 1943, and proceeded to Bermuda for workups in Sep 1943. On her return she joined EG W-9 of Western Escort Force, serving as Senior Officer's ship until mid-Apr 1945. She then transferred as S.O. to W-7 until the group was disbanded in Jun 1945. After a short period in reserve at Sydney she was ordered to the west coast, arriving at Esquimalt on 12 Dec 1945. She was paid off into reserve on 12 Jan 1946, but re-commissioned for reserve training on 07 May 1949. In July 1950, HMCS Sault Ste Marie was in the San Diego area on minesweeping exercise with the USN. After an enjoyable port visit she departed San Francisco and headed on into gale force winds up to 68 knots. For three days, all hatches were battened down, and everyone stayed below decks. At one point she only made 3 nautical miles in a 15-hour period hour period, before she settled down to following seas just 200 miles south of Esquimalt. Then she had a pea soup fog the rest of the way home. She returned to the east coast in mid-Dec 1955, and spent the summers of 1956 to 1958 on the Great Lakes. She was paid off on 01 Oct 1958, and broken up in 1960 at Sorel.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Reginald Jackson, RCNVR - 24 Jun 1943 - 11 Feb 1944

A/LCdr Arthur Moorhouse, RCNR - 12 Feb 1944 - 05 Jul 1945

Lt Donald Davis, RCNVR - 06 Jul 1945 - 28 Jul 1945

Lt Arthur Dudley Ritchie, RCNVR - 07 Sep 1945 - 12 Jan 1946

Lt Arthur Owen Gray, RCN - 07 May 1949 - 04 Dec 1949

Lt A.R. Heater, RCNR - 05 Dec 49 - 1921 Oct 1951

LCdr B.T.R. Russell, RCN - 22 Oct 1951 - 11 Jun 1953

Lt David Edward Rigg, RCN - 12 Jun 1953 - 09 Aug 1953

Lt H.J. Andrews, RCN - 10 Aug 1953 - 11 Oct 1954

LCdr E.T. Coggins, RCN - 12 Oct 1954 - 06 Dec 1954

Lt T. Elworthy, RCN - 07 Dec 1954 - 10 Jan 1955

LCdr K.A. Stone, RCN - 08 Nov 1955 - 25 Oct 1956

LCdr R.M. Greene, RCN - 26 Oct 1956 - 24 Sep 1957

LCdr William Van Arnam Leslie, RCN - 01 Apr 1958 - 01 Oct 1958

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

C-D

Clark, Arnold Milton

1924-2011

Curry, Walter

1918-2017

 

 

 

E-F

Fotheringham, James Brant

1921-2013

 

 

 

 

I-J

Jack, Andrew McQueen

1919-1987

 

 

 

 

M-N

MacKay, Donald

1919-2009

McWilliams, Warren Finley

1916-2004

Moir, Harvey R.

1928-2014

Nieforth, Angus Walter

1938-2010

 

S-T

Silvester, Henry

1919-2013

Squire, Thomas Alan

1927-2009

 

 

 

W-X

Walls, Bertram Robert

1920-2005

Whittier, Harold W.

____-2010

Witwicki, Anthony

1927-2006

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Blanchard, Jonathan Ewart, Slt, RCNVR - 05 May 1943 (Stand by) / 24 Jun 1943

 

Boulet, Joseph Ernest Frederick, Ch/Skpr, RCNVR - 02 May 1944

 

David, Charles Frederick, Lt, RCNVR - 24 Jun 1943

 

Donovan, Daniel James, Lt, RCNVR - 05 May 1943 (Stand by) / 24 Jun 1943

 

Duffus, Allan Ferguson, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Flannagan, James Warren, Slt (SB), RCNVR - 03 Feb 1944

Garten, Karl Anthony, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 06 Feb 1944

 

Golby, James Wake, Lt, RCNVR - 24 Jun 1943

 

Harley, John Edmund, Lt (E), RCNVR - 01 Feb 1943 / 24 Jun 1943

 

Kayes, William Joseph, Slt (E), RCNVR - 30 Jun 1944

 

MacKenzie, Laurie, AB, Gunner 

 

Morrison, Robert John, Slt, RCNVR - 05 May 1943 (Stand by) / 24 Jun 1943

Richards, Alan John, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 16 Mar 1945

 

Smart, John Morris Gregory, Slt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1944

 

Smith, Carleton George, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Smith, Thomas J (Snuffy) - 1956

 

Stapleton, John Greenwood, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 12 Apr 1944

 

Stokes, William Robert A/Lt, RCNVR - 07 Apr 1945

 

Vanalstine, Robert Stacey, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Mar 1944

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Brave sailor remembers war, HMCS Sault Ste. Marie

 

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