For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project




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 Protecteur, 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 Lawrence 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     

BRADBURY, William Eric

PO2, 26647, RCN

died - 16 Feb 1966

MEMNOOK, Ned William Martin

LS, 63119, RCN / C.A.F.

died - 15 Mar 1973


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Andrews, Bruce Russell


Armstrong, George Gordon


Served in Terra Nova as NavO

Barnes, Jerry T.


Bassingthwaite, James H.


Bisal, Marvin Allen Emery


Blondeau, Ronald Bruce


Burck, David



Calder, Leslie James

died (at sea) - 19 Jun 1987

While serving in

HMCS Huron

Callaghan, Brian


Cardinell, Kenneth Patrick Freeman


Carver, Robert James


Chandler, Wallace Theodore


Commissioning crew as a PO

Chorneyko, Oleh


Copley, Lloyd Guy


Cormack, Bruce


Crofton, Patrick Dermott


Crossley, Sidney Ross


Dalton, Albert Patrick


Decker, Clemeth George


Listed on 1962 crew list as an OSWUS

Donald, Terrance William


Dzioba, Lawrence


8th Commanding Officer


Eldridge, Gareth J.


15th Commanding Officer


Gentles, Leonard Francis


Giles, Douglas Herbert


Listed in Terra Nova's 1962 Statement of Ordinary Residence as a C2ERA4. Served in Terra Nova 1960-1964

Gillespie, Gordon Duncan


Goldring, Gerald Allan


Goossen, George


Gould, Sidney Charles


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

Grosse, Bradley John George


Hall, John Drummond


Hannem, Dallas Norris


Henry, Robert John


Henshaw, Frederick Graham


Hebert, Craig Michael


Hickey, Gord


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

Hughes, William Andrew


Hunt, George Charles


Hunter, James Edward


Served in Terra Nova 1971-1972 as an MSER


Irwin, Daniel Charles


Served in Terra Nova in 1977 as a MS


King, Terry


LaRose, Denton


Leong, Kam Way


Linscott, John David



Matheson, Duncan Leslie


McCallum, Eric


McArdle, Christopher Charles


McIntyre, Earl L.


McLean, Mark Donald


McPherson, John Rodney


Listed on 1962 crew list as an ABRS1

Meloche, Brian Timothy



Ormsby, Bryan


Parsons, Harvey


Listed on the 1962 crew list as an ABBN1

Payne, Douglas Bennett


Pringle, James C.



Reid, John Maxwell


6th Commanding Officer


Sharp, Donald Adrian Edwin


Slade, John Charles


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

Smith, Christopher Gordon


2nd Commanding Officer

Smith, Ronald Lorne


Drafted to Terra Nova in 1972

Sneath, Robert Alan


Stark, Douglas Charles


Stewart, Harold Douglas


Todd, Richard G.


Served in Terra Nova 1979-1981 as Cox'n

Turner, Bruce Archie



Warneken, Edward Vincent Neil


Webster, Harry Alexander


Wells, Doug Kendall


Wickware, Michael John


Wright, David L.



Yanow, Robert D.


Served in terra Nova in 1967 as XO

Young, John Barclay


3rd Commanding Officer


Former Crew Members


(SD) = 1962 Statement of Ordinary Residence (click here to view the original pages used here)

Addison, Tim


Anderson, D.D. ABEM1, 38472-H (SD)

Arnold, J.F., ABSN1, 49110-H (SD)

Arpin, E.J., ABSN1, 31613-H (SD)


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

Ash, C.M., OSWUS, 43593-H (SD)

Aucoin, A., ABSG1, 29745-H (SD)

Bahri, K.C., ABRM1, 36884-H (SD)

Bailey, G.A., ABEM2, 39477-H (SD)

Barber, A.L., LSEM1, 29848-H (SD)

Barkhouse, G.A., LSRS2, 12289-H (SD)

Beauchamp, R.J., P1VS3, 5274-H (SD)

Bell, G.R., ABWS1, 46367-H (SD)

Bellemore, J.J., LSSW2, 30721-H (SD)

Berrigan, W.L., OSNS1, 48768-H (SD)

Bertrand, W.D., ABEM1, 46358-H (SD)

Best, G.D., ABBN2, 19802-H (SD)

Best, S.F., OSSNS, 54766-H (SD)

Bingham, G.W., OSRMS, 46023-H (SD)

Black A.J., P1FC4, 27044-H (SD)

Bodmarchuk, J., C2ER4, 22475-H (SD)

Bonhert, G.A., C2SN4, 10181-H (SD)

Bordus, G.J., OSRPS, 54106-H (SD)

Boucher, R.J., OSEMS, 48015-H (SD)

Brander, W.E., P1SN3, 12040-H (SD)

Brown, G.H., LSWU2, 19091-H (SD)

Bruce, W.L., P2ER3, 17575-H (SD)

Bryce, W.D., OSEMS, 48951-H (SD)

Budge, D.G., LSWS1, 26403-H (SD)

Burgess, A.R., P1ER4, 23288-H (SD)

Burgess, G.H., P2FC3, 25693-H (SD)


Burris, Steve, Sig


Burton, Dennis, MS NESOP - 1990-1991


Campagnoni, L.V., ABSW1, 45118-H (SD)

Capon, L.C., ABRP1, 46461-H (SD)

Carignan, C.J., ABWS1, 47613-H (SD)

Carmichael, R., OSEMS, 52300-H (SD)

Cashaback, M.R., OSSNS, 52757-H (SD)

Chaisson, J.W., OSEMS, 54531-H (SD)

Chalmers, R.F., OSCMS, 45472-H (SD)

Champigny, R.J., 47649-H (SD)

Charbonneau, J.R., OSRMS, 46286-H (SD)

Chase, J.D., LSWU3, 19804-H (SD)

Cheney, H.A., ABEM1, 47688-H (SD)

Chiasson, B., LSET3, 23537-H (SD)

Chipman, R.P., ABSN2, 27684-H (SD)


Clark, Larry, RCN

Clarke, R.M., P1TM4, 51752-H (SD)

Clow, D.W., ABFC1, 47552-H (SD)

Cohen, R.G., ABFC1, 39024-H (SD)

Connors, G.K., OSFC2, 49763-H (SD)

Conway, R.A., LSNS1, 13405-H (SD)

Cormier, A.J., OSRPS, 54146-H (SD)

Corr, D.J., P1ER4, 7323-H (SD)

Cottrell, F.G., OSEMS, 45419-H (SD)

Cox, L.M., OSWSS, 53565-H (SD)

Crews, T.H. ABFC1, 29725-H (SD)

Crossey, J.J., ABRP1, 44330-H (SD)

Dalheim, J.J., ABLM1, 44835-H (SD)

Davison, K.R., ABWS1, 45805-H (SD)

Dawson, G.A., P2RM3, 13536-H (SD)

Day, D.R., ABLM1, 47461-H (SD)

Decoene, G., ABRM2, 43273-H (SD)

Dery, C.J., ABSM1, 36034-H (SD)

Dessurealt, R.L., ABWS1, 43360-H (SD)

Dickinson, D.R., C2LT4, 12172-H (SD)

Doherty, D.G., P1PW3, 12078-H (SD)

Dorosz, D.D., OSSWS, 48422-H (SD)

Dowthwaite, J.A., ABFC1, 36238-H (SD)

Dunn, J., P1RM3, 25752-H (SD)

Edmonds, L.J., P2RP2, 11689-H (SD)

Elsmere, D.W., LSLM2, 44329-H (SD)

English, W.K., OSFCS, 53929-H (SD)


Fax, G., LSEM2, 29810-H (SD)

Findlay, K.A., LSFC2, 43302-H (SD)

Fitzgerald, D.L., ABEM1, 44480-H (SD)

Fitzpatrick, P.M., OSEMS, 49782-H (SD)

Forget, R.J., ABRS1, 36948-H (SD)

Forward, M.B., C23ET4, 6445-H (SD)

Gagnon, M., OSRMS, 32592-H (SD)

Gallagher, Jean, Cook

George, R.G., P1HT4, 24541-H (SD)


Gibson, H.S., P2WS2, 11925-H (SD)

Golbert, Chuck, NCIOP - 1991

Gormley, J.S., ABEM1, 37067-H (SD)

Gossen, T.W., ABFC2, 33524-H (SD)

Gould, P.D., LSRP2, 234?2-H (SD)

Gray, D.A., ABAW1, 46456-H (SD)

Grenier, W., AB??1, 47310-H (SD)


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

Harding, D., P2ER3, 30522-H (SD)

Harper, R.C., OSWSS, 54504-H (SD)

Harvie, R.M., P2LT3, 15937-H (SD)

Hatt, R.M., ABNS1, 48587-H (SD)

Haydon, D., OSSNS, 52796-H (SD)

Helmkay, O.J.C., ABFC2, 42453-H (SD) - LS, 1965

Henderson, L.M., LSSG2, 36362-H (SD)

Henry, B., P1ER4, 8370-H (SD)

Hide, P.J., OSEMS, 54483-H (SD)

Hill, G.C., ABVS1, 45771-H (SD)

Hogan, T.A., ABRP1, 31631-H (SD)

Holden, L.D., ABRP1, 45218-H (SD)

Holmes, R., ABLM2, 30538-H (SD)

Houssin, R.O., ABLM1, 46628-H (SD)

Howald, J.A., ABBN1, 39144-H (SD)


Howe, G., OSBNS, 48974-H (SD)

Jeffries, V.C., OSCKS, 43589-H (SD)

Johnston, R.E., ABFC1, 46287-H (SD)


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

Jones, H.J., ABRC2, 42691-H (SD)


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

Judd, F.S., C2ER4, 22953-H (SD)

Kaden, H., ABSG1, 45644-H (SD)

Kaiser, L.G., C2ST4, 41459-H (SD)

Kaye, A.R., OS, 48455-H (SD)

Kelly, E.W., LSBN2, 29892-H (SD)

Kennedy, J.A., LSWS2, 16616-H (SD)

Kennedy, R.E., P2ER3, 31077-H (SD)

Kennedy. G.H., LSVS2, 14313-H (SD)

Keresman, J., P2ER3, 15809-H (SD)

Kingston, J.E., P2WS4, 12758-H (SD)


Krajnc, Joze

Lander, G.A., C1FC4, 3115-H (SD)

Langille, E.C., ABEM1, 44131-H (SD)

Lasheoway, S., ABSG1, 47656-H (SD)

Leblanc, G., ABEM2, 32120-H (SD)

Leclair, E., P1CK3, 7277-H (SD)

Leonard, W.R., ABRP1, 42328-H (SD)

Livingston, J.A., ABSG1, 46301-H (SD)

Logan, D.K., P1SN4, 7161-H (SD)

Lowe, D.D., ABRP2, 34111-H (SD)

Lusk, G.E., ABRM1, 43463-H (SD)

Lussier, R., OSFCS, 54172-H (SD)

Lutzac, A., C2ER4, 23081-H (SD)

Lynch, D.A., P2ET4, 8089-H (SD)

MacDonald, F.J., OSRMS, 47209-H (SD)

MacDonald, J.R., P2ET4, 16308-H (SD)

MacDonald, W.R., OS??S, 48771-H (SD)


MacKenzie, Doug, SG

MacLaren, G.E., ABWU1, 48513-H (SD)

MacLaughin, G.C., AB??1, 27083-H (SD)

MacLean, J., OSSNS, 48464-H (SD)

MacLeod, A.R., ABLM1, 44222-H (SD)

Maddigan, W.E., ABCK1, 46457-H (SD)

Martell, J.A., AB??1, 43497-H (SD)

Maxwell, W., AB??1, 47587-H (SD)

McCallum, J.S., ABWS1, 43852-H (SD)

McKenzie, J.L., 43790-H (SD)

McKeown, K.D., OSFCS, 52734-H (SD)

McLean R.M. P2SG3, 13827-H (SD)

McNair, R., OSWUS, 53576-H (SD)

McNeil, T.L., PSFC3, 12118-H (SD)

McRready, G.W., OSPWS, 48923-H (SD)

Milne, L.T., ABRM1, 47055-? (SD)

Mombourquette, W.R., C2HT4, 12131-H (SD)

Monminie, L.R., ABEM2, 36805-H (SD)

Montgomery, C.E., ABWU2, 44002-H (SD)

Mooney, A.W., C2CM4, 50522-H (SD)

Moore, D.J., ABSN1, 37031-H (SD)


Moores, M., OSSGS, 49727-H (SD)

Morrison, P1RP4, 6469-H (SD)

Muir, E.J., LS, 9127-H (SD)


Murray, B., OSSNS, 54457-H (SD)

Murray, D.G., ABFC1, 47393-H (SD)

Murray, G.B., ABEM1, 4246?-H (SD)

Nettleton, S.J. P1ER4, 22094-H (SD)


Netzke, Garry, PO2, RM - 1990-1991

Nicholls, C.S., LSCK2, 16111-H (SD)

Norman, C., OSFC2, 52754-H (SD)

Noseworthy, OS??S, 49769-H (SD)

Nuttall, F.B., LS??2, 15801-H (SD)

O'Dell, J., ABLM1, 4308?-H (SD)

Ostoic (?SP), G., OSRMS, 52335-H (SD)

Pease, R.K., LSCK2, 18134-H (SD)

Pelley, J.A., AB??1, 29749 (SD)

Penney, H., OSCK2, 49754-H (SD)

Petipas, J., LSSN2, 13955-H (SD)

Phillips, L.D., 44784-H (SD)

Pitre, R.J., OS??S, 48112-H (SD)

Plant, M.A., P2SW3, 10901-H (SD)

Pratt, E.S., C1RM4, 4859-H (SD)

Purvis, L., OS (SD)

Quinn, W.J., P1ER4, 7027-H (SD)

Raine, G.L., ABCK1, 12935-H (SD)

Reed, J.W., ABBN2, 37637-H (SD)

Reid, A.J., OSRMS, 43555-H (SD)

Reid, R.J., P2ER3, 9103-H (SD)

Reynolds, J.D., P2LT4, 10756-H (SD)

Richardson, S.G., LSRP2, 31220-H (SD)

Robert, M.N., ABEM1, 44948-H (SD)

Roblin, W.R., OSEMS, 5440?-H (SD)


Rose, Steve, OS NACOP - 1990-1991

Ross, G.G., OS??S, 48457-H (SD)

Rougean, R.R., OSWUS, 52747-H (SD)

Savage, G.G., ABLM2, 37746-H (SD)

Schimp, A.J. C2WS4, 51274-H (SD)

Shaw, G.A., P2??3, 12386-H (SD)

Simpson, P., ABSN1, 45786-H (SD)


Sinagra, Danny, RM, 1993-1995 

Sinclair, D.W., OS??S, 52746-H (SD)

Smith, J.R., LSRS2, 30?05-H (SD)

Smith, R.L., ABSN1, 47035-H (SD)

Snell, ?.L., ABCK1 (SD)

Stewart, J.C., P1AW3, 10200-H (SD) - 1962-1965

Stoneman, R.L., ABEM1, 45524-H (SD)

Stringer, L.J., P2NS3, 10690-H (SD)


Stuart, Bob - 1989-1991

Tarry, C.D. ABSG1, 42344-H (SD)

Taylor, D.G., OSRPS, 53252-H (SD)

Thisdelle, B.A., OSLMS, 47184-H (SD)

Tokley, E.E., LSLT3, 34294-H (SD)

Towes, ?.h., OSLMS, 54485-H (SD)

Tpwnsend, R.B., LSLT2, 37510 (SD)

Urquhart, D..J., ABSG2, 30548-H (SD)

Warnell, A.B., ABVS1, 48641-H (SD)

Waters, T.?., OSWUS, 52749-H (SD)


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


Watson, Bryan, P2FC - Nov 1981 - Nov 1982

Webb, G.T., P1WU3, 16346-H (SD)

Welch, E., P1RP3, 7160-H (SD)

Westbury, D.H., OSRPS, 52319-H (SD)

Wetheral, J.C., C1ER4, 22061-H (SD)

White, ?., OSEMS (SD)

White, B., OSSGS, 49750-H (SD)

Wigle, G.B., OSNSS, 52321-H (SD)


Wills, Al, NESOP - Aug 1989 - Sep 1989

Wills, G.D., OSSWS, 48920-H (SD)

Wilson, L.M., LSSN2, 23335-H (SD)

Wood, G.D., ABEM1, 46800-H (SD)

Wright, A.J., P1ER4, 23231-H (SD)

Wright, B.F., ABSN1, 48210-H (SD)

Young, ?.P., LS??2, 18221-H (SD)

Young, R.M., ABWS, 40553-H (SD)


Zilinsky, Larry



Photos and Documents



HMCS Terra Nova's Commissioning Booklet

Ship's company photos for HMCS Terra Nova

Statement of Ordinary Residence for HMCS Terra Nova - 1962