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HMCS SAULT STE. MARIE J334 / 176

 

Post wartime badge

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

A-B

Arab, Joseph Thomas

1921-2015

Bond, Jean-Noel

1931-2017

Bryson, G. Scott

1926-2004

Served in Sault Ste Marie 01 Nov 1944 - 14 May 1945 as a Tel (T.O.) / Tel (S.O.)

 

 

C-D

Clark, Arnold Milton

1924-2011

Curry, Walter

1918-2017

 

 

 

E-F

Fotheringham, James Brant

1921-2013

Freeman, Cable

____-1988

Served in Sault Ste Marie 26 Jun 1943 - 27 Sep 1943 as a SD

 

 

 

G-H

Gibb, Ernest

____- c 1950s

Listed on the 15 Nov 1943 nominal roll as a Tel, RCNVR

Hendry, Ian G.

1932-2017

 

 

 

I-J

Jack, Andrew McQueen

1919-1987

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kennedy, John

____-1988

Listed on the 15 Nov 1943 nominal roll as an ABST, RCNVR

Logie, Robert Douglas

1928-2017

 

 

 

M-N

MacKay, Donald

1919-2009

McWilliams, Warren Finley

1916-2004

Listed on the 15 Nov 1943 nominal roll as a L/Wtr, RCNVR

Moir, Harvey R.

1928-2014

Nieforth, Angus Walter

1938-2010

 

S-T

Sansom, Bernard

1909-1989

Listed on the 15 Nov 1943 nominal roll as a SPO, RCNVR

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

 

NL1 = Nominal Roll, Ratings, 15 Nov 1943

Anderson, Robert, A/ERA4c, V44333, RCNVR (NL1)


Archer, Percy, SPO, V30068, RCNVR (NL1)


Ayling, Reginald, CK(S), V46754, RCNVR, (NL1)


Baggett, George, ABSD, V43557, RCNVR (NL1)


Bartusek, Milton, Sto 1c, V39395, RCNVR (NL1)

 

Bedwell, George E. 

 

Bennard, Albert, Sto 1c, V38103, RCNVR (NL1)


Bennett, Frederick, Sto 1c, V36520, RCNVR (NL1)


Bergern, Eugene, L/Stwd, V23455, RCNVR (NL1)

 

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

 

Bonnyman, Howard, ABLTO, V11596, RCNVR (NL1)

 

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

 

Bradley, Byron, Sig, V32198, RCNVR (NL1)


Buchanan, William, Sto 1c, V37588, RCNVR (NL1)


Butler, Albert, LSQR2, V11288, RCNVR (NL1)

 

Butters, Ian, Lt Torpedo Officer (1948-1949)


Byers, Lloyd, OSRDF2, V52589, RCNVR (NL1)


Campbell, Ralph, Coder, V18642, RCNVR (Nl1)


Catton, Gordon, Sto 1c, V47306, RCNVR (NL1)


Christison, James, ABAA3, V416, RCNVR (NL1)


Civitarese, Luigi, Sto 1c, V41743, RCNVR (NL1)


Clements, John, L/Tel WT3, V30044, RCNVR (NL1)


Cole, George, Yeoman of Signals, VS2, V14204, RCNVR (NL1)


Collins, Gordon, OS, LR3, V43765, RCNVR (NL1)


Copeland, Hugh, L/Coder, V8499, RCNVR (NL1)


Cowhig, Clarence, SA, V10177, RCNVR (NL1)

 

D'Amour, Albert, ABSD, V42362, RCNVR (NL1)


Dalton, George, Shpwt, V49329, RCNVR (NL1)


Damiski, Russell, Sto 1c, V41268, RCNVR (NL1)

 

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

 

Densen, Norman, Stwd, 40907, RCN (NL1)

 

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

 

Doughty, Edward, L/Sto, V30226, RCNVR (NL1)

 

Duck, Donald, A.ERA4c, V16806, RCNVR (NL1)

 

Duffus, Allan Ferguson, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Elcomb, Frank, A/ERA4c, V6349, RCNVR (NL1)


Emde, Frederick, CK(S), V45685, RCNVR (NL1)

 

Farley, Robert, SBA, V45832, RCNVR (NL1)


Finlay, James, AB, V38446, RCNVR (NL1)

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

 

Forrest, Archie, Tel, V45582, RCNVR (NL1)

 

Forster, George, A.ERA4c, V56989, RCNVR (NL1)

 

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

 

Gervais, Nelson, OS, V33555, RCNVR (NL1)


Giddens, William, LSVS3, 3354, RCN (NL1)

 

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

 

Gordon, William, Sto 1c, V11473, RCNVR (NL1)


Gray, Norman, OS, V55308, RCNVR (NL1)


Greenaway, Kenneth, ABST, V43481, RCNVR (NL1)


Greenhalgh, Alfred, SPO, A3180, RCN(R), (NL1)

 

Grimes, J., (of Sarnia, ON)


Guay, Joseph, ERA3c, A1501, RCN(R) (NL1)

 

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

 

Heaney, William, So 1c, V42394, RCNVR (NL1)


Henderson, John, OSSD, V54881, RCNVR (NL1)


Hornsby, Edwin, SPO, A3431, RCN(R) (NL1)


Ingram, Charles, Coder, V12956, RCNVR (NL1)


Johnson, Clarence, ABST, V39063, RCNVR (NL1)

 

Kayes, Sam, AB, Gunner - Jun 44 - Jun 45

 

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

 

Kells, John, A/LSQR3, V11288, RCNVR (NL1)


Kerluck, Steve, SPO, A4171, RCN(R), (NL1)


Kettlewell, Robert, SPO, V33531, RCNVR (NL1)


King, Frank, EA$c, V30935, RCNVR (NL1)

 

Kupisz, Melvin, AB, Torpedoman - Jun 44 - Jun 45, (of Florida, USA)


Langstone, Glifford, AB, V36721, RCNVR (NL1)


Lavis, Donald, OSSD, V45640, RCNVR (NL1)


Law, Kenneth, SPO, A4047, RCN(R) (NL1)


Lear, Gordon, Stwd, V35959, RCNVR (NL1)


LeClair, Charles, LSHSD, V17434, RCNVR (NL1)


Lee, Douglas, A/EA4c, V45586, RCNVR (NL1)


Lenaghan, Robert, CPO TC, A488, RCN(R) (NL1)

 

Lindberg, Don, Comms - Jun 1943 - Nov 1943 (of Thunderbay, ON)

 

Lyon, Hugh (of Stoney Creek, ON)


Machan, Harold, Sto 1c, V51365, RCNVR (NL1)

 

MacKenzie, Laurie, AB, Gunner 

 

MacLean, Wallace, SPO, V19059, RCNVR (NL1)


MacNeil, James, AB, V36106, RCNVR (NL1)


Mason, Thomas, Sig (T.O.), V8289, RCNVR (NL1)


Masters, Robert Earl, ABAA3, V16781, RCNVR (Dec 1943 - Mar 1945) (NL1)

 

McCurdy, Jack K., AB RAD3 - 27 Dec 1943 - 19 Oct 1944 (of London, ON)

 

McGill, Allan, Tel, V31281, RCNVR (NL1)


McIntrye, Walter, Coder, V38955, RCNVR (NL1)

McQuiston, John, ABLR3, V42895, RCNVR (NL1)

 

Montanti, Luigi, Sto 1c, V41389, RCNVR (NL1)

 

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

 

Moskven, Peter, ABAA3, 4473, RCN (NL1)


Muir, Thomas, Sig, V30729, RCNVR (NL1)


Murray, John, ABAD, V518, RCNVR (NL1)


Nadon, Ross, L/Ck(S), V32395, RCNVR (NL1)


Neill, William, Tel (T.O.), V4475, RCN (NL1)


Nieman, Arthur, POAA2, 3459, RCN (NL1)


Norman, Cicil, OSRDF2, V48751, RCNVR (NL1)


Ollson, Carl, AB, V17628, RCNVR (NL1)


O'Mara, James, Sto 1c, V31540, RCNVR (NL1)


Petrumia, Peter, A/LS, V30827, RCNVR (NL1)


Raymond, Harvey, ABRDF2, V19427, RCNVR (NL1)


Read, Lawrence, ABSD, 4220, RCN (NL1)

 

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

 

Rippon, thorton, AB, V35889, RCNVR (NL1)


Ritchie, George, A/PO LTO V10324, RCNVR (NL1)


Ross, Donald, L/Tel WT3, V9699, RCNVR (NL1)


Ryan, Thomas, Sto 1c, V33142, RCNVR (NL1)


Sands, James, Sto 1c, V16787, RCNVR (Nl1)


Saunders, Donald, ABRDF2, V23762, RCNVR (NL1)


Serutton, Donald, Sto 1c, V60804, RCNVR (NL1)

 

Shaw, William Charles (Bill) (of Victoria, BC)


Shepherd, Kenneth, Chief Stoker, V8325, RCNVR (NL1)

 

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

 

Smith, Bernard C. (Barney), EA4 - 27 Mar 1943 - 25 Aug 1943 (of Calgary AB)

 

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

 

Smith, Thomas J (Snuffy) - 1956

 

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

 

Stickney, Charles, O/Sig, V51980, RCNVR (NL1)

 

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

 

Strachan, Ralph, OSRDF2, V52764, RCNVR (NL1)


Taylor, Roy, ABAA3, V40728, RCNVR (NL1)


Thomson, James, ABRDF2, V31752, RCNVR (NL1)


Thurber, Lloyd, Sto 1c, V12789, RCNVR (NL1)

 

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

 

Whitfield, Leo, CK(S), V6658, RCNVR (NL1)


Whitfield, William, L/Sto, V17731, RCNVR (NL1)


Whyte, Robert, AB, V1834, RCNVR (NL1)


Williams, Thomas, SyPO, 40808, RCN (NL1)


Wright, Arthur, ABLR3, V2681, RCNVR (NL1

 

Zuckert, Jim (of Puslinch, ON)

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Brave sailor remembers war, HMCS Sault Ste. Marie

HMCS Sault Ste Marie J334 - Nominal Roll, Ratings - 15 Nov 1943

 

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