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HMCS WASAGA J162

HMCS Wasaga J162

 

Laid down: 03 Sep 1940

Launched: 23 Jan 1941

Commissioned: 30 Jun 1941

Paid off: 06 Oct 1945

Fate: Sold for scrap in 1947

 

The first of the RCN Bangors, Wasaga was commissioned at Vancouver on 30 Jun 1941. She left Esquimalt on 06 Aug 1941 for Halifax, arriving on 10 Sep 1941. Sent to Bermuda for working-up, she was assigned to Halifax Force on her return. In Mar 1942, she was transferred to Newfoundland Force and, in Jan 1944, to Sydney Force. Ordered to the U.K. for invasion duties, she sailed from Halifax on 21 Feb 1944, for Plymouth via the Azores, in company with Canso, Guysborough and Kenora. Arriving at Plymouth early in Mar 1944, she was assigned at first to the 32nd and then to the 31st Minesweeping Flotilla, and was on hand on D-Day. She sailed for Canada on 30 Sep 1944, to refit at Charlottetown, returning to Plymouth on 04 Feb 1945. On 11 Apr 1945 HMCS Wasaga was hit by HMS Sursay.  The Sursay struck Wasaga in the seaman's mess. The crew managed to shore up the ship and she made it to port for repairs. In Sep 1945 she returned to Canada and was paid off at Halifax on 06 Oct 1945, to be laid up at Shelburne until sold for scrap in 1947. 

 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          The Ship's Bell

 

HMCS WASAGA - Nominal List - dated 15 Apr 1945

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Walter Redford, RCNR - 30 Jun 1941 - 09 Mar 1942

Lt John Buxton Raine, RCNR - 10 Mar 1942 - 13 May 1943

Lt James Alexander Dunn, RCNVR - 14 May 1943 - 17 Jun 1943

Lt John Buxton Raine, RCNR - 18 Jun 1943 - 22 Dec 1943

Lt James Henry Green, RCNR - 23 Dec 1943 - 06 Oct 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Anderson, Paul G.

Anthony, Mark John

1921-2014

Banfield, Fred

1921-1979

Served in Wasaga during D-Day

Bisley, Clayton S.

Boswall, Russell K.

Burton, Leonard F.

 

 

 

 

C-D

Coates, Lloyd A.L.

Cuff, H.J.

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Dekuysscher, Cyril J.

Drew, Malcolm

1918-2015

 

E-F

Farish, David Storm

1924-2010

 

 

 

 

G-H

Galloway, Hugh

Hamilton, Hugh Parker

1917-1962

 

 

 

I-J

Janson, Frederick N.

1920-1950

 

 

 

 

K-L

Lee, John Crosby

____-2010

Lorriman, James Garfield

1914-2014

 

 

 

M-P

McCarron, Raymond Joseph

1926-2017

Mulock, Arthur F.

OGradnick, Stephen

 

 

S-T

Tapp, James Anthony

1918-2004

Symons, William George

1922-2018

 

 

 

W-X

Wilson, John Robert

1923-1973

Served in Wasaga 25 Aug 1943 - 06 Sep 1943

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

 

(NL45) - Ship's Nominal Roll dated 15 Apr 1945.  

Anderson, Frank, A/Sailmarker, QRIII, A1241, RCNR (NL45)

 

Ash, Gordon - 1944

 

Baker, Gordon, SPO, 21729, RCN (NL45)

 

Bannon, Edgar, SPO, V9878, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Baril, Jas. Albert, A/L.Ck(S), V31825, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Blanchard - 1944

 

Boisclair, Joseph Marc Andre, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1945 (NL45)

 

Boulianne, Joseph Ulrie Raoul, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 20 Apr 1942

 

Boutley, Earle N., AB, V73497, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Bross, Stewart Richard, Lt, RCNVR - 17 Feb 1944

 

Broughton, Wally (Fruit) - 1944

 

Brown, Jas. Francis., A/L/Sto, V1487, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Buerk, Robert Carter, Slt, RCNVR - 23 Mar 1942

 

Burns, William F., Sig, V40367, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Cameron, Chester H., A/CPO.TC, A2352, RCNR (NL45)

 

Chapman, Cyril C., Stwd, V72434, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Crook, John J., Sto 1c, V57003, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Crumb, William E., L/Sto, V32026, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Currie, Frank, A/SPO, A1885, RCNR (NL45)

 

Daly, William Patrick, Lt (E), RCNVR - Jan 1945 (NL45)

 

Deakin, Frank, Slt (E), RCNVR - 08 Jul 1943

 

Debolt, Howard, B., Sig, V79168, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Dixon, Thomas G., Stwd, V86963, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Ellis, William (Bill) (Yank), AB.ST, RCNVR - 1944-45 (NL45)

 

Favreau, Francis A., SBA, V32362, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Ferguson, Leslie D., SPO, V22771, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Foster, Robert James, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 04 Jul 1942

 

Gallagher, Hugh - 1944

 

Gallaher, Bernard F., AB, V37626, RCNVR (Gallagher ??) (NL45)

 

Garvey, Frederick J. (Fred), AB, RCNVR - 1944-45 (NL45)

 

Gill, William E., SA, V68934, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Gillman, William, Sto 1, A5447, RCNR (NL45)

 

Goudy, William, AB, V54009, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Graham, William (Bill) EA3c, RCNVR - 1944-45 (NL45)

 

Hall, Donald, Sig, 3622, RCN (NL45)

 

Hamelin, Joseph Henry Michael, Lt (E), RCNR - 03 Feb 1944

Hammer - 1944

 

Hancherow, John W., LS.HSD, V16268, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Hardy, Pater, A/L/Wtr, V30989, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Harkness, Robert H., Lt, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Harman, Keneln G., AB, V72991, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Hayward, Perce W., Sto 1c, RCNVR - 1944-45 (NL45)

 

Hodge, John Lawrence, Slt, RCNVR

 

Huardy, Jos. A., Noel, A/ERA 4c, V-56767, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Jackson, Edward, OS, V82174, RCNVR (NL45)

 

James, Albert C., Sto 1, V62291, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Johnson, Richard R., Sig(T.O.), V31078, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Jones, John D., AB.ST, RCNVR - 1944-45 (NL45)

 

Jouppi, Matti H., Tel, V77210, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Lafond, George E.C., Coder, V4710, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Lahey - 1945

 

Laidlaw, Neil H., A/SPO, V30307, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Langham, Harold D., AB, V80641, RCNVR, (of Vancouver) - 1945 (NL45)

 

Last, Alex, L/Sto, V44486, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Lee, Gordon Stanley, Tel(T.O.), V34264, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Little, Ernest Howard, LS.RDIII, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Lloyd, Thomas G., Sto 1, V35535, RCNVR (NL45)

 

MacDonald, Ian Huntley, Slt, RCNVR - 29 Jun 1941 (Stand by) / 30 Jun 1941

 

Marotte, Gerard, J.P., AB, A2408, RCNR (NL45)

 

Marshall, Frank, A/ERA 4, V45605, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Massen, Robert L., AB.SD, 4290, RCN (NL45)

 

McDougall - 1944

 

McIntyre, Jim (Shifty) - 1944

 

McLellan, William D., L/Sto, 4703, RCN (NL45)

 

McMinn, (Half-shot) - 1944

 

Metcalf - 1945

 

Miller, Bert J., Tel, V43855, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Milligan, Ross E., PO, Buffer, RCNR - 1944-45 (NL45)

 

Mistel, Walter, OS, V58392, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Moore, Arthur H., OS.RDIII, V76660, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Morris, John A., SLt, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Motzney, John F., Tel, V58446, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Naftel, Frederick Robb Knyvet, Lt, RCNR - 30 Jun 1941

Narraway - 1944

 

Northgate, Charles OS,V74965, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Orriman, James Garfield, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1944

 

Palmer, Beverley A., OS.ST, V83671, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Parker, Donald E., Sto 1, V35596, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Picken, Bruce, Sto 2, V79216, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Pilon, Gerald A., Sto 2, V82098, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Randall, Clifford AB.QRII, V35403, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Redford, Walter, Lt, RCNR - 09 Jun 1941 (Stand by) CO / 30 Jun 1941

 

Reid, Charles F., AB.RDII, V492, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Robertson, James, ERA 4c, V67889, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Scade, Thomas, Sto 1, V54454, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Scoates, Francis Samuel Eric, Mate, RCNR - 29 Jun 1941 (stand by) / 30 Jun 1941

 

Sears, Robert, LS, RCNVR - 1944-45 (NL45)

 

Shrive, Ronald G., ERA 5c, V37787, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Slipec, Louis, Sto 1c, V12992, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Smith, Alan George, Sto 1c, V47499, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Smith, Russell Kenneth, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Strong, Arthur h., Sig, V61132 (NL45)

 

Symons, William G., AB, A3825, RCNR (NL45)

 

Timmons, Herman Patrick, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Feb 1944 (NL45)

 

Travis, R.E., Sto PO (of Victoria) - 1945

 

Trimble, AllanW., AB, RCNVR (of Vancouver) - 1945 (NL45)

 

Turcotte, John, ERA 4c, V45351, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Walker, James Cowan, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Weaver, William R. (Bill), LS.QRIII, RCNR - 1944-45 (NL45)

 

Weldon, Richard Dale, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Jul 1942

 

Whalen, Reg. J., Ck(S), V70995, RCNVR (NL45)

 

(Whitey) - 1944

 

 

Willer, Kenneth L., AB.AAIII, V33951, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Wilson, C. Laird, Surg-Lt, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Wilson, George R., AB.AAII, V24405, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Wormworth, L., SPO, A2740, RCNR (NL45)

 

Worrall, Harold, Sto 1, V82091, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Wyeth, J.K., ERA 3c, V33444, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Wynne, James G., L/Sig.VSIII, V33123, RCNVR (NL45)

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

Sailors of HMCS WASAGA J162

 

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(1) HMCS Wasaga J162 jacket patch  (2) Bill (Buck) Weaver & Gord Ash - 1944  (3) Bill (Yank) Ellis - 1944  (4) Bill Graham, EA - Plymouth, 1944  (5) Hammer, Wally Broughton & Jim McIntyre - 1944  (6) Hammer - 1944  (7) Jim (Shifty) McIntyre, Bill (Yank) Ellis & Wally (Fruit) Broughton - 1944  (8) Jim (Shifty) McIntrye

 

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(9) Jim McIntyre  (10) Jones, Me (Burton), McIntyre, New'f, Hayward & McDougall (front) "Getting a Tan" - 1944  (11) Hugh Gallagher and Len Burton peeling potatoes - 1944. "Cook drunk missed the ship"  (12-13) Len Burton  (14) Lloyd Coates, Fred Garvey & Blanchard - Torquay, England 1944  (15) (Half-shot) McMinn & Wally Broughton - 1944  (16) Narraway, Cyril (Decou) Dekuysscher & Hugh Galloway (front) - Isle of Wight 1944

 

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(17) Paul (Tiger) Anderson - 1944  (18) Paul (Tiger) Anderson, John Jones, Bill Ellis - 1944  (19-20) Paul (Tiger) Anderson - 1944  (21) Robert Sears, Bill Ellis and John (J.D.) Jones - 1944  (22) Ross Milligan - the Buffer - 1944  (23) Wally Broughton - 1944  (24) Wally Broughton as Quartermaster - 1944

 

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(25) Wally Broughton, Paul (Tiger) Anderson, Gord Ash - 1944  (26) Wally Broughton, Paul (Tiger) Anderson, Hugh Gallagher, Len Burton & Boswall - 1944 (27) Wally Broughton - 1944  (28) Whitey - 1944  (29) Decou Dekuysscher, Tiger Anderson, Lahey, Metcalf & Bisley (front) - 1945  (30) Metcalf - 1945  (31) Jim McIntyre - 1944  (32) HMCS Wasaga's builder plate

 

From the collection of AB.LTO Len Burton

Courtesy of David Burton

 

HMCS Malpeque J148 - England 1944

photo taken from HMCS Wasaga

 

From the collection of AB.LTO Len Burton

Courtesy of David Burton

HMCS Wasaga J162 as seen from HMCS Quesnel K133

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Wasaga's mascot, enjoys his portion of the daily rum tot, licking the decanters clean.

Roger Litwiller Collection, courtesy Ross Milligan, RCNVR

Article about the food on HMCS Wasaga

Crow's Nest newspaper - Apr 1944

HMCS Wasaga's mascot enjoys a Christmas dinner- 25 Dec 1942

Roger Litwiller Collection, courtesy Ross Milligan, RCNR. (RTL-REM083)

 

Damage to HMCS Wasaga's port side after she was hit by the danlayer HMS SURSAY on 11 Apr 1945. The Sursay hit Wasage in the seaman's mess. The crew shored up the damage with heavy timbers and used tables to help increase her freeboard.

From the collection of William Symons

Courtesy of George Symons

 

Click here to view a photo of HMS Sursay

HMCS Wasaga J162

DND / RCN photo Negative # E671

 

Sailors on HMCS Wasaga J162 circa Sep-Oct 1945

 

Front Row (L-R): AB William Symons, New Westminster; AB H. Langham, Vancouver; AB C.F. Dekuysscher, Rossland

 

Back Row (L-R): AB A.W. Trimble, Vancouver; Stoker PO R.E. Travis, Victoria

 

News Release / DND / RCN Photo

Photographer CPO R. Keegan

 

From the collection of William Symons

Courtesy of George Symons

Sailors clear HMCS Wasaga’s ice covered fo'c's'le in January 1943

Listed on back of photo: S Morris, J McEntie, Platt, Wm. Weaver, Jack Glass and Paskavik.

Roger Litwiller Collection, courtesy Ross Milligan, RCNR. (RTL-REM081)

Three Petty Officer’s from HMCS Wasaga - Wormworth, Rivard and Nythe with their ship in Pictou, NS.

Roger Litwiller Collection, courtesy Ross Milligan, RCNR. (RTL-REM156)

 

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