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HMCS TERRA NOVA 259

 

DO NOT FALTER

HMCS Terra Nova 1983

Courtesy of Robert Berbeck

 

Battle honours and awards:  Persian Gulf  1991

 

 

Laid down: 11 Jun 1953

Launched: 21 Jun 1955

Commissioned: 06 Jun 1959

Paid off: 01 Jul 1998

Fate: Sold for scrap and broken up in 2010-11

 

Seventh and last of her class, Terra Nova was built by the Victoria Machinery Depot and commissioned on 06 Jun 1959, and shortly thereafter sailed east, to be on hand of the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway and a review of NATO warships at Toronto in August. On 03 Jul 1961 she embarked the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland on a 12 day series of visits to its southwest outports. 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). In May 1965 she entered Halifax Shipyards to begin her conversion to an IRE class destroyer escort. She was fitted with the new AN/SQS-505 sonar, which she tested for seven months before completing the IRE conversion, which she was the first of her class to undergo. She returned for duties in Esquimalt on 04 May 1971. Between 21 Nov 1983 and 09 Nov 1984, Terra Nova received her DELEX refit at Esquimalt. On 08 May 1986, HMCS Provider 508, HMCS Restigouche 257, HMCS Terra Nova 259 and HMCS Kootenay 258, departed Esquimalt for Exercise RIMPAC 86 and returned on 21 Jun 1986. Transferred to the east coast, she returned to Halifax on 12 Dec 1989. Designated for service in the Persian Gulf, she was temporarily armed with two quadruple Harpoon missile-launchers, mounted just abaft the after deckhouse; a Phalanx gun atop the Limbo well; two single Bofors on the boat deck amidships, and shoulder-fired Blowpipe and Javelin missiles. Along with Athabaskan and Preserver, she left Halifax on 24 Aug 1990, not to return until 07 Apr 1991. On 22 Feb 1994, Terra Nova stopped and boarded M.V. Pacifico while on a drug interdiction patrol and seized 5.9 tonnes of cocaine. On 05 Apr 1994, HMCS Terra Nova departed Halifax for Op. Forward Action, Haiti; arriving in Op Area on 28 Apr 1994. While so employed she rescued boatloads of refugees on two separate occasions and conducted 90 boardings. She left the Hatian Op Area on 13 Jul 1994 and arrived in Halifax on 18 Jul 1994. On 11 Jul 1997 she was placed in a "state of extended readiness" until finally paid off on 01 Jul 1998. After being paid off Terra Nova appeared, cast as an American destroyer, in the movie K-19: The Widowmaker. On 04 Nov 2009, DND announced that Aecon Fabco had won the bid and would tow both vessels to their Pictou Shipyard in Pictou, Nova Scotia to be broken up. Terra Nova departed Halifax Harbour on 20 Nov 2009 under tow by the tugboat Atlantic Elm and arrived in Pictou on 22 Nov 2009, where she joined the Gatineau which had arrived a few days earlier. By the summer of 2010 she was being cut up for scrap, mainly aluminum, stainless steel and carbon steel. She later sank at her mooring and was raised by crane in April 2011 and the remainder of her hulk was dismantled.

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr William Herbert Willson, DSC, RCN - 06 Jul 1959 - 22 Jun 1960

Cdr Christopher Gordon Smith, RCN - 22 Jun 1960 - 18 Sep 1962

Cdr John Barclay Young, RCN - 18 Sep 1962 - 03 Apr 1964

Cdr Charles Edmond Musgrave Leighton, RCN - 03 Apr 1964 - 06 Dec 1966

Cdr N. Brodeur, RCN - 06 Dec 1966 - 01 Aug 1968

Cdr John Maxwell Reid, RCN - 01 Aug 1968 - 05 Jun 1971

LCdr James Malcolm Bishop - 05 Jun 1971 - 03 Aug 1971

Cdr L.A. Dzioba - 03 Aug 1971 - 19 Jun 1974

Cdr James Bernard O'Reilly - 19 Jun 1974 - 08 Jan 1976

Cdr Robert Gordon Balfour - 08 Jan 1976 - 08 Feb 1977

Cdr Clifford James Crow - 08 Feb 1977 - 25 Mar 1977

Cdr Robert Gordon Balfour - 25 Mar 1977 - 29 Jul 1977

Cdr John Donald Large - 29 Jul 1977 - 20 Jun 1979

Cdr James Kirby Steele - 20 Jun 1979 - 18 Jun 1981

Cdr Gareth John Eldridge - 18 Jun 1981 - 19 Aug 1982

Cdr D.R. Cooper - 19 Aug 1982 - 30 Jul 1984

Cdr James Terrance O. Jones - 30 Jul 1984 - 05 May 1986

Cdr Eric Bertil Waal - 15 May 1986 - 21 Apr 1988

Cdr A.L. Vey - 21 Apr 1988 - 28 Sep 1989

Cdr R.J. Neveu - 28 Sep 1989 - 12 Jul 1990

Cdr S.D. Andrews - 12 Jul 1990  -  02 Jul 1991

Cdr H.R. Smith - 02 Jul 1991 - 19 Jul 1993

Cdr Richard Malcolm Williams - 19 Jul 1993 - 16 Jul 1995

Cdr H.W. McEwen - 16 Jul 1995 - 11 Jul 1997

 

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.

Cliff Woodrow - Dec 1959

 

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

BRADBURY, William Eric

PO2, N26647, RCN

died - 16 Feb 1966 

MEMNOOK, Ned William Martin

LS, N63119, C.A.F.

died - 15 Mar 1973 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Andrews, Bruce Russell

1961-2016

Armstrong, George Gordon

____-2007

Served in Terra Nova as NavO

Bisal, Marvin Allen Emery

1932-2009

Blondeau, Ronald Bruce

1963-2016

Burck, David

____-1998

C-D

Callaghan, Brian

1934-2013

Cardinell, Kenneth Patrick Freeman

1950-2013

Carver, Robert James

1935-2015

Chorneyko, Oleh

1928-2007

Copley, Lloyd Guy

1918-2009

Cormack, Bruce

____-2014

Crofton, Patrick Dermott

1935-2016

Crossley, Sidney Ross

1920-2008

Dalton, Albert Patrick

1954-2014

Decker, Clemeth George

____-2017

Donald, Terrance William

1959-2016

Dzioba, Lawrence

1932-2007

G-H

Gentles, Leonard Francis

1942-2014

Gillespie, Gordon Duncan

1924-2015

Goldring, Gerald Allan

1931-2014

Gould, Sidney Charles

1922-2016

Served in Terra Nova 1961-1964 as CommO, DeckO, AUIO, NavO and OpsO

Grosse, Bradley John George

1959-2007

Hannem, Dallas Norris

1940-2016

Henry, Robert John

1932-2012

Henshaw, Frederick Graham

1926-2014

Hebert, Craig Michael

____-2013

Hickey, Gord

____-2014

Served in Terra Nova as a HT 1986-1988 (approx)

Hughes, William Andrew

1927-2013

Hunt, George Charles

____-2010

Hunter, James Edward

____-2016

Served in Terra Nova 1971-1972 as an MSER

I-J

Irwin, Daniel Charles

____-2016

Served in Terra Nova in 1977 as a MS

K-L

Linscott, John David

1953-2015

M-N

Matheson, Duncan Leslie

1961-2005

McCallum, Eric

____-2015

McIntyre, Earl L.

1934-2016

McLean, Mark Donald

1961-2014

McPherson, John Rodney

____-2003

Meloche, Brian Timothy

1972-2009

O-P

Ormsby, Bryan

1942-2016

Parsons, Harvey

1936-2016

Payne, Douglas Bennett

1924-2010

Pringle, James C.

____-2013

Q-R

Reid, John Maxwell

____-2005

6th Commanding Officer

S-T

Sharp, Donald Adrian Edwin

1941-2012

Slade, John Charles

1937-2003

Served in Terra Nova in 1969 as LCdr, RCN, XO

Smith, Christopher Gordon

1920-1997

2nd Commanding Officer

Smith, Ronald Lorne

____-2014

Drafted to Terra Nova in 1972

Stark, Douglas Charles

1966-2016

Stewart, Harold Douglas

____-2015

Turner, Bruce Archie

1919-2013

W-X

Warneken, Edward Vincent Neil

1944-2014

Wells, Doug Kendall

1968-2013

Wickware, Michael John

1947-2014

Y-Z

Young, John Barclay

____-2016

3rd Commanding Officer

 

Former Crew Members

Addison, Tim

 

Arsenault, P., PO1, POTEL - 1990 - 1991

 

Burris, Steve, Sig

 

Clark, Larry, RCN

 

Gallagher, Jean, Cook

 

Hanna, Keith N., OS, RCN - 06 Jun 1959 - 27 Sep 1960 (Commissioning Crew)

Helmkay, O.J.C., LS - 1965

 

Johnston, R.J., MSNWT - May 1986 - Jun 1986

 

Jones, Ken, Adm Clerk / Cox'n's Writer - Jul 1993 - Jul 1996

 

Krajnc, Joze

 

MacKenzie, Doug, Sig

 

Netzke, Garry, PO2, RM - 1990 - 1991

 

Sinagra, Danny, RM, 1993 - 1995 

Stewart, J.C., PO - 1965

 

Stuart, Bob - 1989-91

 

Watkin, Murray, POMA, 38440-H - 1970 - 1971

 

Watson, Bryan, P2FC - Nov 1981 - Nov 1982

 

Wills, Al, NESOP - Aug 1989 - Sep 1989

 

Zilinsky, Larry

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

HMCS Terra Nova's Commissioning Booklet

The World is a stage - Naval career of Bruce Archie Turner

 

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