Newspapers, Shipboard Newspapers, Magazines and More

 


 

This page contains links to the historical CROWSNEST newspaper and magazine, as well as other past and current naval themed newspapers and magazines along with various shipboard newspapers, and miscellaneous publications and articles.

 


 

Current Publications

 

Lookout

CFB Esquimalt Navy News

Trident

CFB Halifax Navy Newspaper

 

Your Navy Today

 

Your Navy Today is a monthly newsletter highlighting your Royal Canadian Navy’s current Operations, stories about our sailors and historic naval heroes, new equipment and technology and the top photos and videos

 

Past Publications

 

The Crow's Nest / Crowsnest

Newspaper & Magazine

Dockyard News

HMC Dockyard Esquimalt

(1 Issue)

 

Gangway

West Coast News

Pusser Post

HMCS PEREGRINE

Signal Log

HMCS ST HYACINTHE

The Yorker

HMCS YORK

(1 Issue)

 


 

Shipboard Newspapers

Shipboard newspapers were the creation of various members of each ship's company.  The editors published news of daily / weekly events on the ship - sometimes factual, sometimes slightly modified for entertainment purposes.  Regardless of whether or not the stories were fact or fiction, these "rags" were great moral boosters onboard ship.  Below are a few issues of ship board newspapers that were submitted for posterity's sake.

 

The Arnpress

Christmas edition - Dec 1944

HMCS ARNPRIOR K494

 

Christmas edition

Dec 1951

HMCS ATHABASKAN 219

"Hot Pot"

5-11 Dec 1953

HMCS CHAUDIERE 235

 

The Restigouche Horn

NATO 1970

HMCS RESTIGOUCHE 257

 

The Monnowlog

09 Oct 1944 - 23 Apr 1945

HMCS MONNOW K441

 

The Saguenay Latest

Final Edition - 24 Jun 1990

HMCS SAGUENAY 206

 

The Uganda Tar Paper

14 Feb - 09 Aug 1945

HMCS UGANDA

The Lay Vee Light

9 Editions - 1945

HMCS LEVIS K400

 


 

Newspaper Columns (written by sailors)

 

Before the Mast to Gas Turbines - by Dave Tyre - is a series of articles written by Dave Tyre that were published in the LOOKOUT newspaper that detailed the history of many aspects of the RCN going back to the Press Gangs of the Royal Navy.

 

From the Other Side of the Scuttle - by Dave Tyre - also written by Dave Tyre - is a few of his columns from the LOOKOUT, TRIDENT and various local BC newspapers spanning many years detailing life in the RCN from a humourous and sometimes serious point of view.  Pull up a chair and enjoy the read.

 

Newspaper column stories by Don Lory, Sig - Prior to joining the navy Don Lory wrote a column for The British Columbian, a New Westminster, BC, newspaper. After joining, he continued to write for The British Columbian, and later in his career, other newspapers and magazines. Some of his published articles are shared here for your reading pleasure

 


 

Magazines

 

Canada's Battle of the Atlantic

Mar 1942

Canadian Geographical Journal

Nov 1943

Canadian Geographical Journal

Nov 1944

 

Grant Macdonald's Navy

Fresh Water Magazine

Vol 6 No. 1, 1991

 

Sentinel Magazine

Oct 1966

 

 


 

Miscellaneous newspaper articles about the RCN and its sailors.

 

 

  

 

Albert Edward Searle and John Thomas Latham - First recruits in the newly stood up RNCVR in Toronto.

 

Webmaster's note:  The article says RCNVR - but the RCNVR was not stood up until 1923. Until then it was the RNCVR

 

Newspaper front page from the Ottawa Citizen, Monday, 11 Nov 1918, announcing the end of World War I

Courtesy of David Barlow

 

Webmaster's note: While not directly related to the RCN, the end of WW I marked the beginning of the post-war downsizing of the fledgling RCN.

Britain Offers Warship Fleet

The Belleville Intelligencer, 23 Mar 1920

Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: © John Lyons 2020

Canada Maintains Navy's Pre-War Status Temporarily

The Belleville Intelligencer, 26 Mar 1920

 

Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: © John Lyons 2020

HMCS Aurora, HMCS Patrician, HMCS Patriot - open to the public

The Morning Chronicle, Halifax, 23 Dec 1920

Research by / Courtesy of George Newbury

Engine/Stokehold Men Wanted By Navy

Recruiting add in the Picton Gazette 12 Jun 1940

Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: © John Lyons 2019

Flames Raze Halifax Hostel

Knights of Columbus Hostel in Halifax Destroyed by Fire

The Halifax Herald 24 Feb 1944

Researched by / Courtesy of George Newbury

Zeal, Devotion to Duty, Brings Honours to Sailors In King's Birthday List

The Halifax Mail - 01 Mar 1944

 

British Empire Medal (B.E.M.) awarded to:  A/CPO H.F. Simpson, Probationary SLT J. Taylor, Skipper N.C.C. Roberts, ERA Paterson, PO Officer Steward F.W. Peterson, Sto PO J.A. Wilson, CPO A. Bradbury, A/Chief Plumber J.W. Pelham

 

Mentioned in Despatches (MID) SLt J.M. Hay, RCNVR and A/Yeoman of Signals A.L. Bonner, RCNVR

 

From the collection of James Wilson

Courtesy of Gail Darby

Sailors in Honors List

Four Saint John and district men whose names appear in the naval section of the King's Birthday Honors List

 

Sto PO J.A. Wilson, RCNVR, BEM; Supply CPO Frederick C. Bingham, BEM; SLt J.M. Hay, MID; A/Yeoman of Signals A.L. Bonner, MID

 

From the collection of James Wilson

Courtesy of Gail Darby

Canadian Navy Prominent As Invasion Armada Sails

 

Ottawa Newspaper, 08 Jun 1944

 

Ship's mentioned in article:  HMCS HAIDA, HMCS HURON, HMCS SIOUX, HMCS ALGONQUIN, HMCS PRINCE DAVID, HMCS PRINCE HENRY, HMCS PRINCE ROBERT, HMCS ALBERNI, HMCS CALGARY, HMCS PRESCOTT, HMCS MIMICO

 

Courtesy of Robert Bennett

Minesweepers End Canadian navy's War Operations

 

Newspaper Article on the ending of minesweeping operations by the 31st Canadian Minesweeping Flotilla

 

HMCS Milltown, HMCS Blairmore, HMCS Georgian and HMCS Fort William

 

From the collection of H.J. Simmons

Courtesy of RCSCC Bowmanville

Father and Son Enlist

 

Corporal William Turner, Kent Regiment and his son Stoker John Turner, RCN

Courtesy of Dawn Heuston

Canada's Naval Ships Build New Traditions

The Halifax Chronicle 30 Sep 1944

Researched by / Courtesy of George Newbury

Carrier Pigeons Were Big Aid To Invaders

The Halifax Chronicle 30 Sep 1944

Navy Home From Europe By April

 

The Halifax Herald, Saturday, 08 Dec 1945, page 3

Research by / Courtesy of George Newbury

Says Navy Blamed For High Cost

 

Maritime Marine Workers Federation blames the high cost of building the Tribal destroyers in Canada on Naval officials

 

The Halifax Herald, Monday, 10 Dec 1945

Research by / Courtesy of George Newbury

Poisonous Mustard Gas To Be Dumped Overboard Into Sea

 

The Picton Gazette, 13 Feb 1946

Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: © John Lyons 2016

 

Notes:  Immediately after World War II thousands of tons of mustard gas were dumped off Nova Scotia by the Canadian Navy; in some cases the entire vessel was scuttled. Between 1959 and 1962 surplus American munitions were dumped along Canada's east coast by the US Navy (Myles et al. 2001). At present four munition dump sites are under lease to oil and gas exploration companies (Myles et al. 2002).  (Source: Chemical munition dump sites in coastal environments : a border-transgressing problem Tine Missiaen & Jean-Pierre Henriet,  Renard Centre of Marine Geology, University of Gent, Krijgslaan 281 - S8, B-9000 Gent, Belgium)

U-boats Operated 250 Miles Up St. Lawrence

Navy Reveals Tale of Nazi Attacks in Canadian Waters

Halifax Chronicle, Tuesday 02 Apr 1946

Research by / Courtesy of George Newbury

Royal Canadian Navy Recruiting Ad

 

The Belleville Intelligencer, 14 Sep 1948

Source: Belleville Public Library microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: © John Lyons 2016

Our Outdated Navy

 

The Winnipeg Citizen - A Co-operative Newspaper - 30 Nov 1948

From the collection of H.W. Patterson

Courtesy of Steve Patterson

Training Craft Call At Picton

 

The Picton Gazette, 13 Jul 1951

Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: © John Lyons 2014

Mohawk Airport Defended In Colorful Mock Battle

 

The Picton Gazette, 03 Oct 1952

Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: © John Lyons 2014

 

Former RCN Ships Now Under Foreign Flags

 

The Halifax Chronicle 02 Mar 1954

Researched by / Courtesy of George Newbury

 

Ships mentioned in the article:

China: Bowmanville, Tillsonburg, Orangeville, Humberstone, Coppercliffe  //  Uruguay: Arnprior  //  Chile: Glace Bay, Stellarton, Strathroy, Thorlock  //  Venezuela: Algoma, Battleford, Oakville, Wetaskiwin, Amherst, Kamsack, Dunvegan  //  Portugal: Strathadam  //  Israel: Norsyd, Beauharnois  //  Dominican Republic: Carlplace, Lachute, Peterborough, Louisburg, Belleville, Riviere du Loup, Asbestos  //  New Zealand: Loch Achanalt, Loch Morlich  //  Denmark: Annan, Monnow

Train-Busting Ship Get Awards

 

Awards given to crew members of HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS HAIDA and HMCS CRUSADER

 

Sailors mentioned in the article: A/Capt John Curwen Reed,  Cdr Dann Lantier, CPO George Charles Vander-Haegen, LCdr Harry Shorten, SPO John Thornton Shea, CPO Alfred Gold, CPO John Leonard Meads, and PO William Ralph Smith

 

Date and newspaper unknown

Carrying Place Seaman To Take Sub Training

 

LS William K Seward of Carry Place taking submarine training in England

 

The Picton Gazette, 07 Jan 1955

 

Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: © John Lyons 2014

Navy Ship's End Training Cruise

The Halifax Chronicle-Herald, 18 Jun 1955

Research by / Courtesy of George Newbury

Advertisement for Navy Day in Halifax

 

Halifax Mail-Star 30 Aug 1955

Researched by / Courtesy of George Newbury

Parade Will Open Navy Day Program

&

Staff Chief (Admiral Mainguy) sends greetings

 

Halifax Chronicle Herald 30 Aug 1955

Researched by / Courtesy of George Newbury

Canadian Navy Men Train on Athabaskan

 

Undated newspaper article on training aboard HMCS Athabaskan, HMCS Nootka and HMCS Haida

 

Courtesy of Bill Kellerman

Comrades In Arms

 

Eight members of the RCN working at the US Naval Radio Station at Chelthenham, Maryland

 

The Picton Gazette, 10 Jan 1958

 

Cmd. Off (SB) John A. Macdonald of Winnipeg; Petty Officer Harvey Eaton of Calgary; Petty Officer Colin Cope of Montreal; Petty Officer Marley McAllister of Ottawa; Petty Officer Clifford Gee of Parry Sound; Leading Seaman Keith Zavitski of Renfrew; Leading Seaman John Robitaille of Montreal & Windsor; Able Seaman John Sidney of Toronto.

Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: © John Lyons 2014

Four Frigates Return to Port

 

HMCS Fort Erie, HMCS Buckingham, HMCS Swansea and HMCS La Hulloise return to Halifax after 5 week exercise in southern waters.

 

Halifax Chronicle-Herald, 14 Feb 1959

Research by / Courtesy of George Newbury

2 Tribals Return To Atlantic

 

Article on the re-organization of the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets

 

HMCS Athabaskan and HMCS Cayuga returned to Halifax - their West coast crews will return to BC on HMCS Saguenay and HMCS St Laurent. Crews from HMCS Ottawa and HMCS Assiniboine - that sailed to BC in January will return with HMCS Crescent and HMCS Kootenay.

 

Halifax Chronicle-Herald, 17 Feb 1959

Researched by / Courtesy of George Newbury

Storm-Beset Ships Return to Halifax

 

Newspaper article on storm that battered HMCS Bonaventure, HMCS Algonquin, HMCS Iroquois, HMCS Sioux and, HMCS Athabaskan

 

Crow's Nest Magazine Vol. 12, No. 2, Dec 1959

Two Picton Boys Join the RCN - Fred Howes, Jr. and Larry Harrison

 

The Picton Gazette, 17 Feb 1960

 

Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: © John Lyons 2016

"Arms That Have Shelter'd Us"

Song For Anniversary OF The Canadian Navy By Gena Branscombe

 

The Picton Gazette 09 Nov 1960

Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: © John Lyons 2016

News of the Services - New Commands for Naval Ships

The Halifax Mail-Star 01 Aug 1962

 

LCdr Atkinson - HMCS Haida;  Cdr Ian A. McPhee - HMCS Cape Breton;  LCdr Sheldon MacDonald Rowell- VX-10 (at HMCS Shearwter)

 

Research by / Courtesy of George Newbury

Four Picton Brothers Serving With the Navy

 

The Picton Gazette, 02 Oct 1962

 

Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: © John Lyons 2015

Ships Off On NATO Exercise

 

Exercise New Broom 11, Apr 1963

 

Newspaper article on NATO Exercise New Broom Eleven in Apr 1963. the Canadian ships involved in the 30 ship exercise were HMCS Algonquin, HMCS Micmac, HMCS Cayuga, HMCS St. Croix, HMCS Terra Nova, HMCS Kootenay, HMCS Swansea, HMCS La Hulloise, HMCS Buckingham, HMCS Cape Scott, CNAV Bluethroat and CNAV St. Charles.

Courtesy of Art Moore

Amphibious Exercise Held By H.P. Regt

 

The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment conduct and amphibious landing exercise in conjunction with HMCS Cataraqui's reserve vessels

 

The Picton Gazette, 02 Oct 1963

 

Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: © John Lyons 2015

NATO Exercise A Success Despite Severe Storms

 

October 29, 1963

 

Newspaper article on severe storm encountered during a major NATO exercise. RCN ships involved: HMCS Bonaventure, HMCS Algonquin, HMCS Cayuga, HMCS Micmac, HMCS Saskatchewan

Canadian Sailors Criticized: "Stupid, Ill-Bred And Disorderly"

 

Argentine newspaper taking Canadian sailors to task for brawling and being rude

 

Halifax Chronicle-Herald, Thursday, 10 Feb 1966, page 1

 

Researched by / Courtesy of George Newbury

 

Canadian Sailors Defended In Messages From Abroad

 

Newspaper papers articles on Canadian Sailors in Rio

Courtesy of Sandy Graves

Ex-officer turns over details of the darkest days of our navy

 

Courtesy of Bill Kellerman

Naval officers want 1949 mutiny inquiry transcripts destroyed

The Halifax Chronicle-Herald  Mail-Star, 13 Apr 1985

Research by / Courtesy of George Newbury

 

 

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