In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


Joseph Murray Adam


Lieutenant, O-1100, RCN(R)


Born: 18 Apr 1920, Victoria, British Columbia


Died: 12 Dec 1991, Toronto, Ontario


Commendation citation: ADAM, Joseph Murray, SLt, Commendation, RCNVR, ML-053 - Awarded as per London Gazette of 26 July 1943 "For courage and good seamanship in carrying out hazardous duties."


On 14 Feb 1945, the day that a fire destroyed 5 MTBs and killed 26 sailors of the 29th MTB Flotilla at Oostende, Belgium, Lt Joseph Adam was aboard MTB-466 doing paperwork.  One of his fellow officers - either Mr. Hobart (MTB-464) or Mr.McClelland (MTB-797) - convinced him to take a break and go ashore - which saved his life that day as he would have been below decks on MTB-466 when the fire occurred.


Ships served in:

HMCS DISCOVERY - Listed at Discovery as a Prob. SLt, RCNVR (Navy List Sep 1942)

ML Q053 - Appointed to Q053 24 May 1943 as a SLt, RCNVR (seniority 09 Nov 1942) (Navy List Aug 1943)

HMCS NIOBE - Appointed to Niobe, for Coastal Flotilla as a Lt, RCNVR (seniority 09 Nov 1943) (Navy List Feb 1944)

MTB-464 - Appointed to MTB-464 27 Mar 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List May 1944)

MTB-466 - Appointed to MTB-466 08 Jan 1945 as a Lt, RCNVR, CO (Navy List Mar 1945)

HMCS STADACONA - Appointed to Stadacona as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List May 1945)

* Retired List as a Lt, RCN(R) (seniority 09 Nov 1943) (Navy List Apr 1946)

HMCS DONNACONA (Retired List) as a Lt, RCN(R) (Navy List Jul 1953). Lost noted on the Retired List at HMCS DONNACONA as a Lt, RCN(R) (Navy List Jan 1960)


A tattered ensign from MTB-466


Courtesy of Elaine Adam



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