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HMCS SKEENA 207

HMCS Skeena 207

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1939-44,   Normandy  1944,   Biscay  1944

 

 

Laid down: 01 Jun 1951

Launched: 19 Aug 1952

Commissioned: 30 Mar 1957

Paid off for DDH Conversion: 01 Jul 1964

Re-commissioned: 14 Aug 1965

Paid off for DELEX refit: 12 Apr 1981

Re-commissioned: 20 Nov 1981

Paid off: 01 Nov 1993

Fate: Broken up in 1996

 

Built at Burrard Dry Dock, Vancouver, Skeena was commissioned on 30 Mar 1957. On 16 Jan 1958, Skeena, in company with Cayuga 218, Crescent 226, Fraser 233 and, Margaree 230 departed Esquimalt, BC, for a Far Eastern Training cruise; returning to Esquimalt on 02 Apr 1958. On 26 May 1964, Skeena 207 DDE, departed Esquimalt for the east coast for her conversion to DDH which began on 01 Jul 1964 at Davie Shipbuilding & Repairing Co. Ltd., Lauzon, Que. On 14 Aug 1965, after a year's work, she was re-commissioned in DDH format and allocated for service out of Halifax. On 27 Jul 1970, along with HMCS Annapolis and HMCS Protecteur, she departed Halifax to celebrate Manitoba's Centennial with visits to Fort Churchill, Rankin Inlet, Chesterfield Inlet and Wakeham Bay. In 1972 she was designated a French Language Unit. On 17 Jul 1976, HMCS Protecteur, along with HMCS Skeena and HMCS Fraser arrived at Montreal in support of the 1976 Olympics. Skeena underwent her DELEX refit at Montreal between 12 Apr and 20 Nov 1981. On 22 May 1985 HMCS Skeena 207 and USS Richard F. Byrd departed Leixoes, Portugal to intercept and observe the Kiev Task Group that entered the Atlantic from the Mediterranean. In the summer of 1991 she took part in the NATO exercise Ocean Safari '91, soon afterward visiting St. Lawrence and Great Lake ports to encourage recruiting and public awareness. She was paid off on 01 Nov 1993, and on 03 Jul 1996 left Halifax in tow for India to be broken up.

 

RCN Memories:     How to Lose Track of an Aircraft Carrier

 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          Commissioning Book

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr John Peter Tempest Dawson, RCN - 30 Mar 1957 - 20 Aug 1958 

Cdr W.M. Kidd, RCN - 20 Aug 1958 - 01 Oct 1959

LCdr Glen Michael DeRosenroll, RCN - 01 Oct 1959 - 05 Jan 1960

Cdr Thomas Henry Crone, RCN - 05 Jan 1960 - 22 Feb 1960

Cdr Andrew Laurence Collier, RCN - 22 Feb 1960 - 11 Jan 1962

Cdr Richard Hugh Leir, RCN - 22 Jan 1962 - 10 May 1963

Cdr Michael Arthur (Mike) Martin, RCN - 10 May 1963 - 26 Jul 1964

Cdr C.J. Mair, RCN - 14 Aug 1965 - 29 Aug 1966

LCdr Keith Dunham Lewis, RCN - 29 Aug 1966 - 27 Jan 1968

Lt James Bryan Elson, RCN - 27 Jan 1968 - 16 Apr 1968

LCdr William Gould Brown, RCN - 16 Apr 1968 - 23 Jun 1969

LCdr Robert Benjamin Dougan - 23 Jun 1969 - 11 Aug 1969

Cdr Robin Laughlin Hughes - 11 Aug 1969 - 23 Jul 1970

Cdr Frederick John. Mifflin - 23 Jul 1970 - 05 Jul 1972

Cdr Neil Ronald Boivin - 15 Jun 1973 - 05 Sep 1975

Cdr J. Chouinard - 05 Sep 1975 - 13 May 1976

Cdr D.E. Pollard - 13 May 1976 - 29 May 1978

Cdr Bernard Emile Derible - 29 May 1978 - 07 Jul 1980

Cdr Guy J.R. Boucher, OMM - 07 Jul 1980 - 26 Sep 1983

Cdr I. Foldesi - 26 Sep 1983 - 01 Aug 1985

Cdr P.J. Yans - 01 Aug 1985 - 15 Jul 1987

Cdr David Christopher Morse - 15 Jul 1987 - 09 Jan 1989

Cdr Donald Stuart MacKay - 09 Jan 1989 - 15 Jul 1991

Cdr J.A.C. Gauthier - 15 Jul 1991 - 15 Dec 1991

Cdr J.J. Gauvin - 15 Dec 1991 - 25 Jun 1993

LCdr James Hayes - 25 Jun 1993 - 01 Nov 1993 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Aubut, Roger

1932-2014

Baker, Carl Robert

1947-2017

Served in Skeena as C2CG, Combat Chief

Beauchamp, Ray

____-2014

Bédard, Cécilien

1937-2013

Beecher, Scott Eaton

____-2102

Blakeney, Cameron Lyall

1943-2018

Blosser, Frank E.

1924-2016

Boivin, Neil Roland

1931-2016

13th Commanding Officer

Boucher, Guy, J.R.

1937-2018

19th Commanding Officer

Brownsey, Lionel John S.

1923-2017

Bull, William F.

1934-2016

Burnett, Gerald Clarke

1935-2003

 

 

 

C-D

Cartwright, William

1936-2013

Chadwick, Edward Allan

1929-2016

Ciccolella, Antonio Vincenzo

1946-1999

Cloutier, J. Richard

1952-2016

Cogdon, David

1947-2018

Colclough, Frederick John

1931-2003

Cormier, Clarence Noel

1938-2016

Cruickshank, Robert Douglas

1927-2014

Cummins, Herbert John

1939-2018

Cuthbert, Lawrence J.

1933-2018

Dayton, Francis James

1924-2013

Derhak, Wesley Gerald

____-2017

deRosenroll, Glen Michael

1926-2006

3rd Commanding Officer

Desharnais, Jean Oscar

____-2014

Desjardins, Robert

____-2018

Dixon, Stephen Phillip

____-2017

Doutre, Gilles

1942-2016

Downs, Steve

1935-2016

Doyle, Adrian Francis

1941-2015

 

E-F

Fowlie, William D.

1937-2016

 

 

 

 

G-H

Gagnon, Éric

1970-2018

Gentles, Leonard Francis

1942-2014

Gerrior, Marshall James

1927-2004

Good, Jack Williamson

1938-2018

Gordon, Raymond Turner

1929-2015

Gravelle, Gerry

____-2011

Grenier, Réjean

1962-2016

Griffin, Edward Joseph

____-2010

Hannem, Dallas Norris

1940-2016

Hughes, Robin Laughlin

____-2018

13th Commanding Officer

I-J

Jackson, Roy Mathew

1927-2016

Justason, Colen Royce

____-2017

 

 

 

K-L

Kennedy, Terence Alan

____-2017

Served in Skeena 04 May 1992 - 14 Dec 1993

Krywy, Marcel

____-2018

Latour, Joseph Jean-Yves

1954-2017

Served in Skeena 1987 - 1992 as a P1NWT

Lawlor, Patrick

____-2014

Lebouthillier, Eddy

____-2018

Legendre, Lucien

1948-2013

Leir, Richard Hugh

1921-2015

6th Commanding Officer

Lewis, Keith Dunham

1926-2011

9th Commanding Officer

Logan, Dick

____-____

Lower, Richard Ernest

1924-2009

M-N

MacDonald, John MacLeod

____-2012

MacLean, Owen K,

1933-2015

Mann, Cyril F. (Cy)

1923-2017

Manning, Vivian Clarence

1933-2017

Mannix, George Henry

____-2015

Martin, Michael Arthur

1927-1918

Served in Skeena in 1956 as TAS Officer, Lt, RCN

7th Commanding Officer

Martin, Sidney Joseph

1937-2013

McGregor, Douglas B.

1943-2006

Mifflin, Frederick John

1938-2013

14th Commanding Officer

Morehouse, Robert Ernest

1927-2018

Myers, Frank S.

1928-2017

Myles, Thomas

____-2007

Newton, John Douglas

____-2017

Nobles, David Leslie

1948-2012

 

O-P

O'Brien. Joseph M.

1928-2002

 

O'Hara, Robert

1941-2016

Served in Skeena in 1977 as a cook

Ouellet, Rene Joseph

1940-2009

Pelletier, Roger Ivan

1934-2016

Puddifant, James A.

____-1995

Served in Skeena in 1972 as Cox'n

Q-R

Richard, Égide

1946-2016

Roberts, Joseph

____-____

Rusk, Harry

1928-2012

Served in Skeena in 1958 as Lt, RCN

Rutherford, Gerald David

1937-2018

 

S-T

Sailor, Frank

1928-2012

Schmitke, Edmund G.

1926-2018

Scott, James Edward

____-2012

Seibel, Arthur J.

1925-2016

Slade, John Charles

1937-2003

Served in Skeena in 1957 as a Naval Cadet, RCN

Stalker, Fredrick Glen

1935-2018

Stewart, Harold Douglas

____-2015

Strang, Albert P.

1948-2014

Sweetman, Walter Charles

1953-1994

Served in Skeena 1985 as Air Det Commander

Tessier, Yves Georges

1936-2010

W-X

Wainwright, Ronald

1934-2019

Webster, Harry Alexander

1936-2017

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Bakody, David, C2ERA - 1988 

 

Baril, Marcel, CPO1, Cox'n - 1985

 

Brown, Donald (Buster), Apr 1981 - Sep 1983

 

Chichoine, Dan, P2RM, Trg PO

 

Hawley, John, OS/AB, FC - 1969-1972

 

Hutton, Robert (Bob), Sig - Commissioning Crew

 

Jacques, Yves - 1973 - 1975 

Larcheveque, Richard, Sig - 1970-1972 / Dec 1973 - Aug 1976 // OBSV/AESOP - 1982

 

Lagacé, Gérard, OS.SN-LS.SN - 1976-1980 / PO2 NET(A) - 1987-1990

 

Milson, Lt (N), SYO - 1972

 

Miniou, Scott, RP/NESOP

 

Otis, Bob, P1RM, POTEL

 

Pelletier, Rene - 1982-1983 

Silvester, Jim Clark, P1QR2, RCN(R) - 10 Aug 1957 - 22 Aug 1957

 

Sparrow, Ken, ER, 39776E, RCN

 

Tremblay, Gilbert (Gigi), LS.EW - 01 Dec 1981 - 25 Mar 1982 / PO2, NESOP - 20 Jul 1987 - 03 Jan 1990

 

Vincellete, Michael

 

Weir, Garry, MS.RM - 1990 

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

     

 

One of HMCS Skeen's three bells

Location: Maritime Command Museum, CFB Halifax, NS

Courtesy of Guy Godin

 

HMCS Skeena 207 RASing from HMCS Ontario - 1958

Second Canadian Escort Squadron - Spring Cruise 1958

HMCS Crescent, HMCS Cayuga, HMCS Skeena, HMCS Fraser, HMCS Margaree

Courtesy of Dave Tyre

HMCS Skeena - 1 August 1959

Photographer: Walter E. Frost  Source: City of Vancouver Archives

HMCS Skeena 207, during mid-life refit at Irivng Ship repair, Saint John, NB

 

     

 

Photos 1 & 2: HMCS Skeena in dry dock   Photo 3: ABSG Rick Larcheveque on the bridge of HMCS Skeena 207

  Photos taken Dec 1970

Courtesy of Rick Larcheveque

 

HMCS Skeena 207 - Standing Naval Force Atlantic 1972

 

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(1) CH124A (HS50) Tail #404 first assigned to Skeena upon departing Halifax early January 1972  (2) CH124A(HS50) Tail #435 assigned to Skeena after mid-deployment in Halifax, March 1972  (3) Relaxing on VDS deck around Bermuda  (4) HMCS Skeena at sea heading towards Willemstad, Curacao  (5) HMS Jupiter (F60) approaching Skeena's port side  (6) FGS Braunschweig (F225) approaching Skeena's stbd side  (7) HMS Jupiter (F60) pulling away  (8) On Skeena's stbd side are: Inboard to outboard - HNLMS Evertsen (F815), FGS Braunschweig (225) and HMS Aurora (F10) which replaced HMS Jupiter (9) Enroute to Curacao. Ahead is Skeena is USS Charles F. Adams (DDG2)  (10) Entering Curacao. On flag deck (foreground) (L-R) AB.SG Feast (moustache) and OS.SG Johnson (glasses)  (11) Special Sea Dutymen closed up - entering Curacao  (12) USS Charles F. Adams (DDG20), HMCS Skeena DDH207 and FGS Braunschweig (F225) alongside in Curacao  (13) ABSG Larcheveque in Curacao. Celebrating my birthday under the sun. Richard Larcheveque  (14) ABSG Forcier in Willemstad, Curacao with USS Charles F. Adams in the background (15) Willemstad Curacao - from left to right are: AB Brousseau (Electrician), CPL Barneau (Postal Clerk), AB Lamy (Electrician), Unknown sailor in background, AB Bergeron (Bosn)  (16) Refuelling HMCS Skeena at sea. 4th & 5th individuals from the left are: P2SG Slade & P1SG Moore (Yeoman)

 

Last grog issue on HMCS Skeena 207, 31 Mar 1972, Halifax, NS

HMCS Skeena had just returned to Halifax with the STANAVFORLANT Squadron for a maintenance period.

In the line up on left Tom Price; the blond guy was named Bond; pouring tots is Whitman, a  storesman; checking the list is a sonarman named T.A. MacDonald; Cox'n, C1SG Puddifant, Lt (N) MIlson, SYO

Courtesy of Tom Price

 

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(1) Cdr Bernard Emile Derible serving Christmas dinner on HMCS Skeena, Dec 1979  (2) Roland Piette on watch in the boiler room, HMCS Skeena, Jul 1980  (3) HMCS Skeena at Charleston, South Carolina, Feb 1980  (4) Roland Piette on the boiler room gangway on HMCS Skeena, 1980  (5) Extraction pump in the engine room, HMCS Skeena, 1980  (6) Roland Piette priming the diesel generator, HMCS Skeena, 1980  (7) Roland Piette - The position of the Master Seaman on watch while steaming  (8) Roland Piette - The position of the Engineering Petty Officer on watch while steaming  (9) Roland Piette taking bearing temperature readings in the engine room, HMCS Skeena, 1980  (10) Boiler room control console, HMCS Skeena, 1980  (11) Engine room turbine steam controls - large wheel forward, small wheel astern, HMCS Skeena, 1980  (12) Main gear box in the engine room, HMCS Skeena, 1980

 

Courtesy of Roland Piette

 

HMCS Skeena 207

From the collection of Tom Price

Helo FOD mod carries "Pirate Frog" which was used on Skeena's "Battle Ensign"

Courtesy of John Knudsen

Duty watch musters after a fire exercise on board HMCS Skeena in the 1980s

Courtesy of Justin Pare


Two photos taken from Skeena's Sea King, showing HMCS Skeena shadowing the Soviet aircraft carrier Kiev - 1985

"HMCS Skeena shadowing the mighty Kiev coming out of the Med.  In those days it was a thrill to get close to any Russian hardware other than a Lada. We flew around her in a horseshoe pattern, never crossing the bow."

Courtesy of Paul Marquis

HMCS Skeena 207 shadowing the Soviet ship Kiev, 26 May 1985

Courtesy of Rejean Trudeau

Newspaper article on the shadowing of the Soviet vessel Kiev by HMCS Skeena 207

Courtesy of Rejean Trudeau

Newspaper article on the shadowing of the Soviet vessel Kiev by HMCS Skeena 207

Courtesy of Rejean Trudeau

HMCS Skeena 207

HMCS Skeena in Norwegian Fjords during NATO 1988

Courtesy of Michel Vincelette

HMCS Skeena in Norwegian Fjords during NATO 1988

Courtesy of Michel Vincelette

HMCS Skeena in Norwegian Fjords during NATO 1988.  Michel Vincellete in the back on the right

Courtesy of Michel Vincelette

Newspaper article on anti-aircraft shell fragments from HMCS Skeena landing in a school yard in Washington state.

Date of newpaper article not known. The event happened on 29 Jan 1962.

Courtesy of Jim Dobell

HMCS Skeena 207 - circa 1966

From the collection of Eugene Miller

Courtesy of Rene Miller

AB Mike Desmarais appears in a newspaper article in his home town paper.  This photo was taken in the radar room as they were not allowed to take photos in the CCR (radio room).

Courtesy of Mike Desmarais

Christmas card from HMCS Skeena 207

Courtesy of Eric Plante


Christmas card from HMCS Skeena

Courtesy of Daniel Miller

 

Webmaster's note: While this card is an HMCS Skeena Christmas card - the ship in the photo is actually HMCS Assiniboine which the pendant number changed from 234 to 207 to make it appear to be HMCS Skeena.  The photo was during helo haul down trails with the new Bear Trap system on HMCS Assiniboine.

Map showing port visits and a list of ships that were part of the NATO Squadron during the time HMCS Skeena was part of it in 1992

Courtesy of Martin Richard

STANAVFORLANT certificate from 1978

Courtesy of Mike Desmarais

 

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(1) HMCS Skeena 207 refueling from HMCS Bonaventure in the Caribbean circa 1970  (2 & 3) Argus flying past HMCS Skeena 207 in the Caribbean - 1970  (4) John Hawley on HMCS Skeena on the Iceland trip 1969.  HMCS Skeena 207 went to honour those who were lost in the grounding of HMCS Skeena D59 off Iceland 25 Oct 1944  (5) John Hawley in Burma Road on HMCS Skeena 207 - 1970  (6) John Hawley on HMCS Skeena 207 - 1970  (7) John Hawley in front of the 3"50 on HMCS Skeena 2076 - circa 1970.  "I spent a lot of time in this area of these destroyers as one of my ‘Action Stations’ was to operate as a Mk 102 Gun Sight Aimer. In this photograph you can see the ‘lens’ of the Mk. 102 Gunsight on the right side of the gun mount in the lower portion of the window (rectangular). It was very loud during firing operations and could get very cold and wet in rough weather."

 

Courtesy of / © John Hawley 1969-1970

 

 

Port Angeles Evening News Headlines 30 Jan 1962

Source: Paleofuture Website

Newspaper clipping from the Port Angeles Evening News, 31 Jan 1962 on HMCS Skeena shelling Clallam Bay, Washington

Source: Paleofuture Website

 

"I threw a rum bottle off the Skeena in the middle of the Atlantic in 1969 on our way back from England. It was found on a beach in the Bahamas 4 years later. The guy sent me a letter, but in 1970 I had been drafted to Mackenzie. It caught up with me in Fleet school in 74."

 

Courtesy of Sandy Graves

 

The final sail past of HMCS Skeena 207

 

LCdr James Hayes, HMCS Skeena's last Commanding Officer - 25 Jun 1993 - 01 Nov 1993

Courtesy of James Hayes

Cdr John Peter Tempest Dawson, RCN, Ret'd, HMCS Skeena's first Commanding Officer - 30 Mar 1957 - 20 Aug 1958

During Skeena's final sail past, Cdr Dawson, Ret'd, gave the orders to take Skeena away from the jetty, thereby becoming the first and last person to do so.

Courtesy of James Hayes

Twelve of Skeena's commanding officers on board for the final sail past

Courtesy of James Hayes

 

Ranks indicated by the names below are that when they were CO of Skeena

 

1) LCdr James Hayes  2) Cdr J.J. Gauvin  3)  Cdr J.A.C. Gauthier  4) Cdr Donald Stuart MacKay  5) Cdr P.J. Yans  6)  Cdr J.G.R. Boucher  7) Cdr Bernard Emile Derible  10) Lt James Bryan Elson

HMCS Skeena flying her paying-off pennant

Courtesy of James Hayes

HMCS Skeena flying her paying-off pennant

Courtesy of James Hayes

 

A final voyage .... to the breaker's yard

 

  

 

Former HMCS Skeena leaving Halifax July 3, 1996 under tow by the Russian tug Purga destined for India and the breaker's yard.

Click on the above photo to view a larger image

 

Photo source: Tug Fax by Mac Mackay April 2015

© Mac Mackay 1996

 

 

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