In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


John Wilson Stead, DSC & Bar


Lieutenant-Commander, O-69670, RCNVR


Lieutenant-Commander, O-69670, RCN(R)


Born: 04 Feb 1913


Died: 10 Oct 1995, Vancouver, British Columbia


He was a Purser's Writer in 1929 in RMS Niagara on the Australia run. Later he worked for Straits Towing in the 1930s. 


In 1943 Fairmiles commanded by him served in a mine-sweeping flotilla which cleared over four hundred magnetic mines from North African, Sicilian, and Italian waters and was the first to enter the harbours at Catania, Tripoli and Sfax.


After his naval service he earned a commerce degree and an education degree from UBC. He headed the Canadian Coast Guard College for its first twelve years. Afterwards he was a Professor at UBC.


Ships served in:

* Appointed A/Lt, RCNVR (seniority 22 Sep 1940) (Navy List Oct 1940)

* Listed as serving or training with the Royal Navy (Navy List Oct 1940)

* Appointed Lt, RCNVR (seniority 22 Sep 1940) (Navy List Nov 1940)

HMS KING ALFRED (Officer Training Establishment, Royal Navy) - 1940 (The Nauticapedia)

HMS KING ALFRED - Served in KING ALFRED in 1941 for Celestial Navigation Course (The Nauticapedia)

HMS ST CHRISTOPHER - Served in ST CHRISTOPHER in 1941 as a Lt, RCNVR (The Nauticapedia)

HMS SEAHAWK - Served in SEA HAWK in 1941 for Motor Launch Courses as a Lt, RCNVR (The Nauticapedia)

HMS ML 26 - Appointed to ML 26 in 1941 as a Lt, RCNVR, CO (The Nauticapedia)

3rd MOTOR LAUNCH FLOTILLA - Appointed to the 3rd ML Flotilla 17 Mar 1942 as a Lt, RCNVR (British Navy List Jun 1943 Vol II)

* Appointed A/LCdr, RCNVR (seniority 21 Sep 1939) (Navy List Aug 1943)

RCN BARRACKS HALIFAX - Appointed to RCN BARRACKS HALIFAX For Disposal or Under Training 09 Mar 1944 as an A/LCdr, RCNVR (Navy List Feb 1944) 

HMCS IROQUOIS - Appointed to IROQUOIS 10 Mar 1944 as an A/LCdr, RCNVR, (Navy List Jul 1944)

* Appointed LCdr, RCNVR (seniority 01 Jan 1945) (Navy List Jan 1945)

* Retired List as a LCdr, RCN(R) (seniority 01 Jan 1945) (Navy List Apr 1946)

HMCS CARLETON (Retired List) as a LCdr, RCN(R) (Navy List Jul 1952)

* Last noted on the Retired List at HMCS CARLETON as a LCdr, RCN(R) (Navy List Jan 1960)


Lt Gordon W. Stead awarded D.S.C.

The Vancouver Sun 30 Sep 1942



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