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John Orr


Skipper Lieutenant, O-56630, RCNR


Skipper Lieutenant, O-56630, RCN(R)


Born: 27 May 1882, Jardineville, Kent Co., New Brunswick


Died: 10 May 1951, Saint John, New Brunswick


ORR, John - The death of Captain John Orr of Loggieville, occurred at Lancaster Hospital, Saint John, Friday morning.


He is survived by his wife A. Laura (Palmer) Orr, three daughters Mrs. Marven (Jennie) McLennan, Chatham, Mrs. Audrey (Ruth) Loggie and Mrs. George (Bessie) Sweezey, both of Loggieville. One son, Fred, Newcastle, also survives.


Also surviving are six sisters, Mrs. Alexander Jardine, Mrs. John Gunn and Miss Margaret Orr, all of Newton, Mass., and Mrs. Jean Beattie, Mrs Matilda Orr and Mrs. Ernest Stinson, all of Rexton and three brothers, Hugh, Stephen and William Orr, all of Richibucto, Kent County (Obituary dated 15 May 1951)


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Orr, John - The Funeral of Capt. John A. Orr, who passed away at Lancaster Hospital, Saint John, on Thursday was held from his home in Loggieville on Sunday afternoon. Service was conducted by Rev. J. C. King assisted by the choir of the Know United Church. The funeral was under Masonic and military auspices and was very largely attended.


Burial was made in Riverside cemetery, Chatham, where the Masonic committal service was carried out. A firing party fired three volleys and Bugler Currie sounded the last post. Many floral tributes and message of sympathy were received by the family of the deceased.


The honorary pallbearers were Benjamin Sweezey, George Lewis, O. J. Young, E. A. Ross, W. R. Archer, and Joseph Johnson. Active pallbearers were Walter Good, Ellery Weeks, Jack Patterson, Campbell Worrall, Ronald McGinnis, and Mac Gilliss.


Captain Orr had been a resident of Loggieville for over thirty years where he was captain of the A. & R. Loggie Co.'s tug boats for many years. He served in the Customs Preventive Service (Marine) from May 6, 1931 to March 31, 1932 when it merged with the RCMP (Marine Division) on April 1st, 1932. In 1932 he joined the R.C.M.P. as master of patrol boats which were taken over by the navy during the Second World War which he served as Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Navy, in Halifax, and Pictou, N.S.


He was well known throughout the Maritimes as a seaman.


Capt Orr was born in Jardineville, Kent Co., a son of the late Capt. George Orr and Mrs. Orr, on May 27, 1882.


He was an Adherent of Knox United Church, Loggieville, and a member of the Miramichi Lodge, F. and A. M. and the Chatham Branch of the Canadian Legion. (Obituary dated 15 May 1951)


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Ships served in:

RCMP vessel ALACHASSE -Served in ALACHASSE in the 1930s as cox'n when she was part of the RCMP Marine Division

* Dated called up 28 Mar 1940 as an Acting Skipper, RCNR (seniority 05 Mar 1940) (Navy List Apr 1940)

HMCS PUGWASH (Tug) - Appointed to PUGWASH 28 Mar 1940 as an A/Skpr, RCNR (Navy List Jun 1940)

* Appointed Chief Skipper (seniority 05 Mar 1940) (Navy List Nov 1940)

HMCS PUGWASH (Tug) - Appointed to PUGWASH 30 Apr 1940 as a Ch Skpr, RCNR, CO (Navy List Feb 1941 - Apr 1942)

HMCS ST ANNE (Tug) - Served as CO of ST ANNE - Nov 1941 - Apr 1942 (note: the Navy Lists for Feb 1941 through Apr 1942 show John Orr as CO of HMCS PUGWASH.  However documents from John's collection show him as CO of HMCS ST ANNE for the period of Nov 1941 - Apr 1942)

HMCS STADACONA - (STADACONA for) Officer Commanding Harbour Craft - Appointed as Staff of Officer Commanding Harbour Craft (Halifax) 15 May 1942 as a Ch Skpr, RCNR (Navy List Sep 1942)

HMCS STADACONA - (STADACONA for) Supervising Naval Overseers - Appointed as Staff of Supervising Naval Overseers 03 May 1943 as a Skpr Lt, RCNVR (seniority 01 Jul 1943) (Navy List Aug 1943)

HMCS SCOTIAN - Appointed to SCOTIAN, Staff of Assistant King's Harbour Master 02 Sep 1944 as a Skpr Lt, RCNR (Navy List Nov 1944)

* Appointment terminated (Demobilized) 27 Dec 1945 as a Skipper Lieutenant, RCN(R) (Navy List Apr 1946)





(JO-01) Portrait of Skpr Lt John Orr

(JO-02) Skpr Lt John Orr on the veranda of 18 Cedar St., Pictou, NS. This is the house that he rented from Warime Housing Limited while station in Pictou.

(JO-03) Ch Skpr John Orr standing on the fo'c's'le of either HMCS ST ANNE or HMCS PUGWASH 







(JO-04 - JO-06) Tug ST ANNE

(JO-07) Crew list for the tug ST ANNE

(JO-08) Purchase order dated 20 Nov 1941 for one bag washing soda signed by John A. Orr, Ch Skpr






(JO-09) Monthly record of fuel for the tug HMCS ST ANNE dated 30 Nov 1941 signed by A.E. House, C/ERA

(JO-10) Ration Indent for HMCS ST ANNE dated 17 Jan 1942

(JO-11 & JO-12) Muster list of provisions (both fresh and dry) remaining onboard HMCS ST ANNE on 31 Feb 1942





(JO-13 & JO-14) Supply verification form from Central Victualling Depot HMC Dockyard, Halifax dated Feb 1942 - signed by Skpr L.W. Griffiths, Acting for CO

(JO-15) Request for HMCS ST ANNE'S February and March monthly fuel record dated 29 Apr 1942





(JO-16 & JO-17) RCMP vessel Alachasse.  John Orr served in her in the 1930s as Cox'n while she was part of the RCMP Marine Division



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