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HMCS ST CROIX 256

HMCS St. Croix 256

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1940-43

 

 

Laid down: 15 Oct 1954

Launched: 17 Nov 1957

Commissioned: 04 Oct 1958

Paid off: 15 Nov 1974

Fate: Sold to breakers in 1991

 

Built by Marine Industries Ltd., Sorel, St. Croix was commissioned on 04 Oct 1958. In 1959, as a member of the 5th Canadian Destroyer Squadron, she served as escort to HMY Britannia on a Royal visit to Canada and in Aug 1960, with Terra Nova, helped mark the 500th Anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator off Lisbon. In Apr 1963, 12 RCN ships, Algonquin, Micmac, Cayuga, St. Croix, Terra Nova, Kootenay, Swansea, La Hulloise, Buckingham, Cape Scott, CNAV Bluethroat and CNAV St. Charles, took part in NATO Exercise New Broom Eleven, an exercise designed to test convoy protection tactics (click here to see the newspaper article). St. Croix was transferred to the west coast in Aug 1964. On 03 and 04 May 1966, HMCS St Croix took part in blast tests off the coast of Long Beach, California. These tests were conducted in order to study the effects of near-misses and help make design changes to prevent damage from such explosions. After the blast on 03 May, HMCS St Croix recovered fighting capability in 30 minutes. The blast on 04 May rendered her non-operational and she could not become fully operational without Dockyard assistance. During these tests the ship was fully manned. The impact from the 2nd explosion lifted men 12 inches off the deck; equipment fell from bulkheads and bulkheads were distorted. The only casualty resulted from a clock coming off the bulkhead and hitting a sailor on the hand, injuring his thumb. On 02-05 June 1967, St. Croix had a port visit in Powell River, BC. From 05-07 June 1967 she visited Port Mellon, BC. She returned to Halifax in 1974, where she was paid off on 15 Nov 1974, into Category "C" Reserve. Her guns and propellers were removed and her machinery spaces made into classrooms for Fleet School trainees. She served in this capacity from 1984 to Sept 1990. In 1991 St. Croix was sold to Jacobson Metal of Chesapeake, Va., and early in Apr 1992 left Halifax under tow to be broken up.

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr Kai Hugh Boggild, RCN - 04 Oct 1958 - 28 May 1959

Cdr William Selkirk Taylor McCully, RCN - 28 Mar 1959 - 14 Mar 1961

Cdr Thomas Edward Connors, RCN - 14 Mar 1961 - 22 Jul 1962

Cdr Donald Cameron Rutherford, RCN - 22 Jul 1962 - 31 May 1963

Cdr Donald MacKay MacLennan, RCN - 31 May 1953 - 04 May 1964

Cdr John Sumner Hertzberg, RCN - 04 May 1964 - 21 Sep 1966

Cdr J.I. Donald, RCN - 21 Sep 1966 - 15 Jul 1968

Cdr James Malcolm Cumming, RCN - 15 Jul 1968 - 31 Aug 1971

LCdr R.C. Donaldson - 31 Aug 1971 - 02 Jul 1973

Cdr Thomas Stanley Murphy - 02 Jul 1973 - Sep 1974

Cdr P.E. Simard - Sep 1974 - 15 Nov 1974

 

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.

Warren Nicholson - 1971

 

 

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

WITHROW, Maurice Smith

PO1, 23407-H, RCN

died - 17 May 1961 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Allen, Norman Edward

____-2013

Balfour, James Pascoe

1931-2017

Boggild, Kai Hugh

____-2002

1st Commanding Officer

Bond, John Vernon

1937-2015

Boughton, Benjamin

1924-2008

Bowness, Kendrick Warren

1928-2016

 

 

 

 

C-D

Callaghan, Brian

1934-2013

Colclough, Frederick John

1931-2003

Currie, Alexander Joseph

____-2016

Served in St Croix 1962-1964

Davey, William Arthur

1933-2012

Served in St Croix in 1962 as Lt, RCN

Denomey, David Raymond E.

1940-2017

Downs, Steve

1935-2016

Dykstra, Albert G.

1940-2015

Served in St. Croix approx 1971-1973 as a MS

 

 

 

E-F

Eccles, Brian George Wilfred

1943-2014

Edwards, Gordon Lewis

1931-2011

Ferguson, James Stirling

1947-2016

Fortier, Louis-Philippe

1925-2015

Fox, Robert E.

1939-2015

G-H

Garneau, Gerald Clifford

1939-2013

Hipp, Evan Mervin

____-2010

Hodges, Leslie J.

____-2014

 

 

I-J

Jackson, Roy Mathew

1927-2016

Johnson, Kenneth E.

1931-2017

Johnson, Steven Harold

1949-2009

 

 

K-L

Kirby, Richmond Hill

1929-2006

Served in St Croix in 1960 as Weapons Officer

Kirkaldy, Lawrence

1931-2006

Served in St. Croix approx 1971-1973 as a P1

 

 

 

M-N

Mackie, Edward

1934-2007

McIntyre, Earl L.

1934-2016

Neal, Derek James

1931-2003

 

 

O-P

Power, Mike

____-2016

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Rowse, Arthur William

1931-2017

Rutherford, Donald Cameron

1922-2004

4th Commanding Officer

 

 

 

S-T

Sears, George Elms

1931-2015

Seibel, Arthur J.

1925-2016

Silver, Fredie Gorman

1942-2003

Simpson, John Burton

1939-2012

Smith, Ronald Lorne

____-2014

Drafted to St. Croix in 1963

Spencer, Alan

1930-2016

Staicue, Roy

____-2017

 

 

 

U-V

Uwins, Lawrence

1935-2016

 

 

 

 

W-X

Weaver, Robert G.

1947-2014

Wickware, Michael John

1947-2014

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

 

C1 = crew list sometime during the period of 31 Aug 71 - 02 Jul 73 when LCDR R.C. Donaldson was CO

Alford, OS (C1)


Baker, K., P1 (C1)


Ballentyne, AB (C1)


Baron, AB (C1)


Barrette, AB (C1)


Bassingthwaite, LS (C1)


Bayne, Slt (C1)


Beauchamp, Slt (C1)


Bertram, OS (C1)


Berube, O/cdt (C1)


Bilodeau, Slt (C1)


Binney, MS (C1)


Boseh, OS (C1)


Brisson, AB (C1)


Broster, A., C2 (C1)


Brown, LS (C1)


Brown, LS (C1)


Brumley, LS (C1)


Buchanan, LS (C1)


Burmeister, MS (C1)


Butlin, OS (C1)


Campbell, LS (C1)


Campbell, LS (C1)


Campbell, R., P2 (C1)


Cantin, AB (C1)


Casey, R., WO (C1)


Chapman, OS (C1)


Chenhauer, LS (C1)


Coleman, J., P2 (C1)


Cooper, D., Lt (C1)


Corbin, LS (C1)


Corneit, J.R., LCdr (C1)


Costintini, Slt (C1)


Cox, LS (C1)


Craig, D., P2 (C1)


Crawford, A., P1 (C1)


Cummings, S., P1 (C1)


Curell, R., P2 (C1)


Davis, J., P2 (C1)


Dean, OS (C1)


Dickson, Slt (C1)


Dickson, T., Lt (C1)


Doyle, S., C2 (C1)


Dumas, AB (C1)


Dunning, LS (C1)


Dunnovin, Ls (C1)


Dustin, LS (C1)


Eddy, OS (C1)


Edwards, Slt (C1)


Emslie, R., P2 (C1)

 

Evans, David John - 1968-1970


Ewing, AB (C1)


Fenner, D., P2 (C1)


Fetterly, MS (C1)


Fisher, AB (C1)


Foster, M., P2 (C1)


Gadoury, OS (C1)


Gautheir, OS (C1)

 

Germa, Jack, 31968H, RCN - Commissioning crew

 

Gigvere, AB (C1)


Gilbey, OS (C1)


Giroux, AB (C1)


Goodwin, MS (C1)


Gould, R., Slt (C1)


Greenfield, LS (C1)

 

Greig, W., P2 (C1)


Gunn, OS (C1)


Hall, A., C1, Cox'n (C1)

 

Hall, D., P1 (C1)

Hamilton, D., C2 (C1)


Handley, AB (C1)


Hansen, W., P1 (C1)


Hanson, OS (C1)


Harmon-Wood, LS (C1)


Hart, Slt (C1)


Harward, LS (C1)


Hayes, J., P2 (C1)


Hayes, M., P2 (C1)


Hearrison, D., P2 (C1)


Heide, MS (C1)


Henderson, AB (C1)


Hendshee, D., P1 (C1)


Hill, MS (C1)


Hillyer, LS (C1)


Hosking, MS (C1)


Howard, B., P1 (C1)


Howardson, LS (C1)

 

Hughes, Cyril


Hushagen, AB (C1)


Innes, Ls (C1)


Irvine, K., P1 (C1)


Irwin, R., P2 (C1)


Ives, R., P1 (C1)


Jameson, MS (C1)


Jeans, LS (C1)


John, OS (C1)


Johnson, D., P1 (C1)


Johnson, Pte (C1)


Jordan, LS (C1)


Kautz, P. G., LCdr (C1)


Kehler, LS (C1)


Kellerman, W., C2 (C1)


Kerrie, L (C1)


King, MS (C1)


Kinsey, Pte (C1)


Klemp, Pte (C1)


Knadle, D., P2 (C1)

 

La Fave, John 33169-H


LaFlamme, AB (C1)


Lane, T., C2 (C1)


Lavalle, P., P1 (C1)


Law, OS (C1)


Lemire, OS (C1)


Lesard, OS (C1)


L'Heureux, LS (C1)


Lilgedahl, AB (C1)


Linott, Slt (C1)


Little, J., Lt (C1)


Logan, Slt (C1)


MacLean, AB (C1)


Mailloux, OS (C1)


Mann, AB (C1)


Mayo, E., P2 (C1)


McAllister, J., P1 (C1)


McCallum, AB (C1)


McCambridge, OS (C1)


McDougall, LS (C1)


McGreen, AB (C1)


McIssac, LS (C1)


McLellan, R., P1 (C1)


McNair, W., P1 (C1)


McPherson, OS (C1)


Mitehall, AB (C1)

 

Oigon, AB (C1)


Orbell, LS (C1)


Ouellette, AB (C1)


Padley, LS (C1)


Palmer, T., P2 (C1)

Parent, R., C2 (C1)


Pearson, AB (C1)


Pelletier, OS (C1)


Peterson, P., P2 (C1)


Phillips, MS (C1)


Piché, OS (C1)


Pickles, D., C2 (C1)


Pike, D., Lt (C1)


Plewa, LS (C1)


Plumb, LS (C1)

 

Poland, AB (C1)


Portolesi, Slt (C1)


Powell, AB (C1)


Price, MS (C1)


Provenzano, OS (C1)


Quinnett, Cpl (C1)


Ramsey, AB (C1)


Ramsey, OS (C1)


Ramsey, P1 (C1)


Redient, AB (C1)


Redmond, J., Lt (C1)


Regan, P., C1 (C1)


Risdale, LS (C1)


Roberge, AB (C1)


Robertson, J., C2 (C1)


Rocheleau, AB (C1)

 

Rottier, Adelard Everett, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1943


Rousseau, AB (C1)


Royle, AB (C1)


Rudhardt, K,. WO (C1)


Rye, LS (C1)


Schelke, AB (C1)

 

Schleen, Donald C. 


Shaver, OS (C1)


Shaw, B., Lt (C1)


Shepherd, LS (C1)


Shewan, MS (C1)


Shields, J., P2 (C1)


Shumanski, W., P1 (C1)


Sidley, AB (C1)


Smiley, LS (C1)


Smith, AB (C1)


Stenson, A., C2 (C1)


Stephenson, I., P2 (C1)


Strandburg, K., P2 (C1)


Stubbs, AB (C1)


Takasaki, AB (C1)


Teskey, AB (C1)


Therriault, AB (C1)


Thivierge, AB (C1)


Thomas, LS (C1)


Tiffin, MS (C1)


Townsend, D., P1 (C1)


Trimboli, LS (C1)


Turner, AB (C1)


Turner, LS (C1)


Urquhart, LS (C1)


VanCamp, AB (C1)


Waddell, LS (C1)


Waetzold, LS (C1)


Wainman, AB (C1)


Waite, OS (C1)


Webster, LS (C1)


Weston, Pte (C1)


White, Slt (C1)


Williams, LS (C1)

 

Wills, Al, FC - Jan 1970 - Sep 1970


Woychuk, W., P2 (C1)


Yaworski, LS (C1)

 

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