In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


Ellsworth Trask Coggins


Lieutenant, O-14680, RCNR / RCN(R)


Lieutenant-Commander, O-14680, RCN / RCN(R)


Born: 15 Nov 1914, Ashmore, Digby Co., Nova Scotia


Died: 1987


Son of George Livingston and Susie Walters (née Doty) Coggins. Husband of Pauline May (née Best) Coggins. He is buried in the Hillaton Cemetery, Hillaton, Kings Co., Nova Scotia.


After retirement, Ellsworth was captain of the replica of HMCS Bounty while the film Mutiny on the Bounty was made. During the filming he send dad a post card which said approximately, ‘Lea, I have done everything now: I had the engines going full speed astern while all sails were set.’ Still later, he was the original master of the Bluenose II for quite a number of years.


* Ellesworth and Lea Gillard were lifetime friends.


Ships served in:

* Listed as an A/Skipper, RCNR. Dated Called-up 13 Mar 1940 (seniority 05 Mar 1940) (Navy List Apr 1940)

HMCS FLEUR DE LIS - Appointed to FLEUR DE LIS 21 Apr 1940 as an A/Skpr, RCNR

* Appointed Skipper (Navy List Feb 1941)

HMCS LOOS - Appointed to LOOS 15 May 1941 as a Skpr, RCNR, CO (Navy List Jun 1941)

HMCS VENTURE - Appointed to VENTURE for Boom Defence 01 Nov 1941 as a Skpr, RCNR (Navy List Jan 1942)

HMCS REO II - Appointed to REO II (Second Crew) 16 Apr 1943 as a Chief Skipper, RCNR, CO (seniority 05 Mar 1943) (Navy List Aug 1943)

* Appointed Mate (seniority 05 Mar 1943) (Navy List Oct 1943)

HMCS SUMMERSIDE - Appointed to SUMMERSIDE 05 Nov 1943 as a Mate, RCNR (Navy List Feb 1944)

* Appointed Lt, RCNR (seniority 05 Mar 1944) (Navy List May 1944)

* Appointed 1st Lt, HMCS SUMMERSIDE (Navy List Nov 1944)

HMCS MIDLAND - Appointed to MIDLAND 10 Jan 1945 as a Lt, RCNR (Navy List Mar 1945)

HMCS WHITETHROAT - Appointed to WHITETHROAT 04 Oct 1945 as a Lt, RCN(R), 1st Lt (Navy List Apr 1946)

* Appointment Terminated (Demobilized 10 May 1946) as a Lt, RCN(R) (Navy List Jul 1946)

* Retired List as a Lt, RCN(R) (seniority 04 Mar 1944) (Navy List Oct 1946)

HMCS NEW LISKEARD - Appointed to NEW LISKEARD 20 Feb 1950 as a Lt, RCN(R) (Navy List Jul 1950)

HMCS STADACONA - Appointed to STADACONA 29 Nov 1950 as a Lt, RCN(R) (Navy List Jan 1951)

* Transferred to RCN

* Appointed Lt, RCN (SSA) (seniority 05 Mar 1944) (Navy List Jul 1951)

RCN BARRACKS HALIFAX - Appointed to RCN BARRACKS HALIFAX 02 Feb 1951 for J.O.T.L.C. Course as a Lt, RCN (SSA)

RCN BARRACKS HALIFAX - Appointed to RCN BARRACKS HALIFAX 02 Feb 1952 as Staff of Commodore RCN BARRACKS as a Lt, RCN (SSA)

* Appointed LCdr (SSA) (seniority 05 Mar 1952) (Navy List Apr 1952)

HMCS ORIOLE - Commanding Officer 19 Jul 1954 - 03 Oct 1954 (Ship's of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981 - McPherson / Burgess)

HMCS DIGBY - Appointed to DIGBY 08 Dec 1954 as a LCdr, RCN (SSA), CO (Navy List Jan 1955)

RCN BARRACKS ESQUIMALT - Appointed to RCN BARRACKS ESQUIMALT 30 Sep 1955 as Accommodation Block Officer as a LCdr, RCN (SSA) (Navy List Jul 1956). Appointed Add'l (Navy List Jul 1958)

HMCS SCOTIAN (Retired List) - as a LCdr, RCN(R) (seniority 6 yrs 182 days) (Navy List Jan 1959)

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



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