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HMCS ANTIGONISH K661 / 301

 

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HMCS Antigonish K661

 

Battle honours and awards: Gulf of St. Lawrence  1944,   Atlantic  1945

 

 

Laid down: 2 Oct 1943

Launched: 10 Feb 1944

Commissioned: 04 Jul 1944

Paid off: 05 Feb 1946

Re-commissioned: 26 Apr 1947

Paid off: 15 Jan 1954

Re-commissioned: 12 Oct 1957

Paid off: 30 Nov 1966

Fate: Broken up in Japan in 1968

 

Commissioned at Victoria on 04 Jul 1944, she arrived at Halifax on 22 Aug 1944, and, after undergoing minor repairs, sailed for Bermuda in mid-Oct 1944 to work up. On her return to Halifax on 02 Nov 1944, she joined EG 16, transferring with the group to Londonderry in Mar, 1945. During the next three months Antigonish was employed on patrol and support duty, including two round trips to Gibraltar. She left Londonderry in mid-Jun 1945 and on 03 Jul 1945 began tropicalization refit at Pictou, completing 17 Nov 1945. On 22 Dec 1945 she left for Esquimalt and there, on 05 Feb 1946, was paid off into reserve. She re-commissioned for training on 26 Apr 1947, and was paid off on 15 Jan 1954. The ship was converted, 1956-57, to a Prestonian class ocean escort, and again took up her training role until finally paid off on 30 Nov 1966. She was broken up in Japan in 1968.

 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos

 

Ship's Bells

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Raiffe Dillon Barrett, RCNR - 04 Jul 1944 - 04 May 1945

A/LCdr James Alexander Dunn, RCNVR - 05 May 1945 - 22 Jul 1945

A/LCdr Gordon Guthrie Keith Holder, RCNVR - 13 Aug 1945 - 28 Oct 1945

A/Cdr Anthony Hubert Gleadow Storrs, DSC & Bar, RCN - 29 Oct 1945 - 06 Feb 1946

A/LCdr John Elford Wolfenden, RCNR - 26 Apr 1947 - 16 Aug 1947

LCdr C.A. Law, DSC, RCN - 17 Aug 1947 - 03 Dec 1948

LCdr W.S.T. McCully, RCN - 04 Dec 1948 - 27 Sep 1950

LCdr Raymond Phillips, RCN - 28 Sep 1950 - 03 Aug 1952

LCdr Harry Romeyn Beck, RCN - 04 Aug 1952 - 15 Jan 1954

LCdr Robert William James Cocks, RCN - 12 Oct 1957 - 16 Aug 1960

LCdr G.M. De Rosenroll, RCN - 17 Aug 1960 - 08 Aug 1961

LCdr E.M. Jones, RCN - 09 Aug 1961 - 27 Aug 1963

LCdr H.J. Wade, RCN - 24 Aug 1963 - 26 Apr 1964

LCdr Paul Lancelot Steele McCulloch, RCN - 27 Apr 1964 - 02 Sep 1945

LCdr J.L. Donald, RCN - 03 Sep 1965 - 30 Nov 1966

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Beck, Harry Romeyn

1917-2007

9th Commanding Officer

Beech, James V.

Blosser, Frank E.

1924-2016

Bonoyer, Roger Agenor

1922-2007

Bugslag, John Charles

1922-2013

C-D

Calderbank, Kenneth Robinson

1921-1990

Served in Antigonish 04 Aug 1950 - 14 Jan 1954

Chalmers, James Hunter

1930-2014

Chupick, Michael Lawrence

1929-2015

Clarkson, Henry Lloyd

1931-2017

Cocks, Robert William James

1925-2006

10th Commanding Officer

Colclough, Frederick John

1931-2003

Costin, Frank William

____-2004

Cote, Joseph Jacques P.

1925-2018

Cox, Peter S.

1921-2014

Crossley, Arthur Francis

1925-2011

Crossley, Sidney Ross

1920-2008

Crawford, Galered Glenwood

1940-2009

Curry, Walter

1918-2017

deRosenroll, Glen Michael

1926-2006

Dickson, Arthur Edgar

1925-2008

Dobing, Sidney

1922-2013

Dubowski, Steve John

1922-2013

Served in Antigonish after WW2

Dunn, George Edward Joseph

1925-2016

Served in Antigonish as a Radar Operator during WW 2

 

 

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Erickson, Alfred Jerome

1915-2010

Served in Antigonish during WW2

Eldridge, Richard

1924-2005

Served in Antigonish in 1947

Ferguson, Elmer Alexander

1926-2016

Fisher, Eric

1936-2017

Fell, Lloyd Allan

1927-2014

Ferris, Leonard Rowland

1921-2015

Flack, Eddie

1940-2014

Fortier, Louis-Philippe

1925-2015

Fortier, Peter Charles H.

1931-2009

 

G-H

Gammon, Bryan T.

1929-2008

Gouldie, Gordon Charles

1925-2015

Grant, Harold Bryce

1927-2015

Greengrass, Frederick Charles

1930-2012

Halliday, Richard George

____-2016

Holder, Gordon Guthrie Keith

1920-1966

3rd Commanding Officer

Huddleston, Lorne

1928-2013

Hughes, William Andrew

1927-2013

Served in Antigonish in 1950

 

 

I-J

Inouye, Yeiji

1925-2018

Johnson, Robert Anton

1927-2010

Jones, Keray

1930-2014

 

 

K-L

Kahler, Lawrence John

1926-1985

Served in Antigonish 29 Nov 1950 - 28 Dec 1951 as a P2AW, RCN

Kenna, Leonard James

____-2008

Kirby, Richmond Hill

1929-2006

Served in Antigonish in 1952 as Slt, RCN

L'Heureux, Edward Joseph

1929-2013

Served in Antigonish for sea training as Naval Cadet, RCN(R)

Lawrence, James

____-1973

Served in Antigonish Oct 1951 - Mar 1952

Leigh, Laithwood Lewis

1914-1972

Served in Antigonish 12 Sep 1949 - 25 Sep 1949

Lourme, Ernest Patrick

1929-2013

Lundy, John G.

1934-2018

 

 

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MacDonald, James Herbert

1926-2019

Mainguy, Daniel Nicholas

1930-2010

Mason, John William R.

1923-2016

Drafted to Antigonish Apr 1945 as A/ERA 4c

McLeod, Cathel James

1919-2017

McCulloch, Paul L.S.

1927-2009

Minchin, Harry Laurence Adye

1925-2012

 

 

 

 

O-P

Osburn, Anthony George

____-2003

Pederson, Earl Leroy

1922-2015

Served in Antigonish during WW II

Peers, Robert Claude Kenrick

1927-2017

Served in Antigonish in 1948 as an A/Slt, RCN

Phillips, Edward C.

1931-2018

Phillips, Raymond

1921-2014

8th Commanding Officer

Q-R

Robertson, James W.

Robertson, Robert

Rolstone, Ivan

1913-2003

Rowland, Arthur F.

Russell, James

1925-2018

S-T

Sauder, Wilton H.

1927-2016

Sears, Robert J.

Seibel, Arthur J.

1925-2016

Silvester, Henry

1919-2013

Smith, Thomas G.

Spark, Gerald Gibson

1920-2000

Spencer, Donald Milford

1918-2012

Stanbrook, Wilfred Thomas

____-2000

Served in Antigonish 05 Jul 1944 - 04 Feb 1946 and 22 Oct 1951 - 10 Aug 1952.

Storrs, Antony Hubert Gleadow

1907-2002

Strain, Robert Allin

1924-2013

Served in Antigonish during WW2

Stuart, Brian Paul

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Thibadeau, Charles C.E.

1930-2019

Tilley, Harold R.

Tomlinson, Samuel George

1927-2016

Served in Antigonish in 1960-1961 as Lt / LCdr, RCN, XO

Turnbull, David Thomas

1930-2016

U-V

Vauthrin, Gordon

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W-X

Walker, Edward George

1922-2006

Walls, Bertram Robert

1920-2005

Weigand, Edwin Vernon

1926-2018

Witt, Eugene Rodger

1934-2017

Wolfenden, John Elford

1905-1992

5th Commanding Officer

Wright, James E.

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Abs, Harold, RP, RCN

 

Barrett, Raiffe Dillon, A/LCdr, RCNR - 15 Jun 1944 (Standby) CO / 04 Jul 1944

 

Bayliss, Edwin Thomas William, Lt, RCN(R) - 26 Apr 1947

 

Berbeck, Robert, Dec 1964 - Jul 1966

 

Burns, Kenneth Harold, Slt, RCNVR - 31 Jul 1945

 

Campbell, Albert Peter, A/Slt, RCN - 11 May 1948

 

Chandler, Alan Malcolm, Wt (E), RCN - 26 Apr 1947

 

Cutts, James (Jim) Mortimer, Lt, RCN(R), 02 Jun 1947

 

Dobing, Jim 

 

Franks, Frederick Franz, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 16 Jun 1944 (Stand by) / 04 Jul 1944

Gale, Robert Read, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Jun 1944 (Stand by) / 04 Jul 1944

 

Gardiner, John Douglas, Lt (E), RCNVR - 24 Jul 1944

 

Helgason, John, ABBN - 1966

 

Hlasny, Steve, OSTR - 1952

 

Kilpatrick, Alexander Graham, Lt, RCN - 20 Jul 1948

 

Lauchlan, Robert, War (SB), RCNVR - 27 Jan 1945

 

Lesperance, Charles A. 

 

Marchant, Kenneth Lloyd    - The Memory Project

 

Margetts, Earle Vernon, Lt (S), RCN - 29 May 1950

 

McDougall, Keith, ABEM2, May 1966 - Sep 1966   

McPhedran, Alexander, Lt, RCNVR - 20 Jun 1944 (Stand by) / 04 Jul 1944

 

Neveu, John Leo, Lt (S), RCN - 01 Jun 1944

 

Schleen, Donald C. 

 

Simard, Pierre Edouard Gerard, Lt, RCN(R) - 26 Apr 1947

 

Smedley, Ernest, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Tilford, N. Allan, UNTD - summer 1951

 

Theriault, Robert (Bob), SG, RCN

 

Whiteford, William Stuart, A/Lt, RCNVR - 15 Jun 1944 (Stand by) / 04 Jul 1944

 

Wilkens, George Arthur, Lt (E), RCNR - 26 Apr 1944 (Stand by)

 

Wright, John Allan, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Jun 1944 (Stand by) / 04 Jul 1944

 

Photos and Documents

 

Christening ceremony for baby Mark Osburn (being held by his mother) on HMCS Antigonish K661, Jul 1944.  His father, Lt Anthony George Osburn, XO of Antigonish, is 3rd from left. 1st on left, Tom Nichol; 1st on right LCdr Raiffe Dillon Barrett, RCNR, CO.

From the collection of Anthony Osburn

Courtesy of Mark Osburn

HMCS Antigonish K661 - 15 Nov 1944

Unknown sailor as Quartermaster on HMCS Antigonish K661

From the collection of Ron Critchley

Courtesy of Diane Brown

 

HMCS Antigonish pulls away from the jetty - 1948

From the collection of Thomas Smith, C2ET, RCN

 

HMCS Antigonish in Drydock May 1965

Courtesy of Robert Berbeck

Mike on HMCS Antigonish 301

Courtesy of Jim Dobell

 

        

 

HMCS Antigonish 301 - Welcome Aboard Booklet

Jim Dobell on the 4-inch guns of HMCS Antigonish in 1961

Courtesy of Jim Dobell

Larry Dunlop (left) and Jim Dobell at Longbeach, 1961

Courtesy of Jim Dobell

HMCS Antigonish

Employment Programme 1961-1962

Courtesy of Jim Dobell

HMCS Antigonish 301 shown approaching HMCS Cape Breton off the West Coast of Vancouver Island during the 'Cuban Missile Crisis' November 1962.

1962 Ken Watson RCN 1961-1968

HMCS Antigonish 301, Esquimalt, Part of the 4th Escort Squadron, circa 1961-1962

Courtesy of Michael Forshaw

HMCS Antigonish 301

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

Crossing the line on HMCS Antigonish enroute to Rio - Feb 1966

ABBN John Helgason on the right

Courtesy of Robert Berbeck

Left to right: HMCS Cape Scott 101, HMCS Grilse 71, and HMS Acheron. Foreground: HMCS St. Croix (left), HMCS Antigonish (right). Recife, Brazil, Feb 1966

Courtesy of Robert Berbeck


Canadian sailors being tourists on Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janerio - Feb 1966

Courtesy of Robert Berbeck

HMCS Grilse 71 and HMCS Antigonish proceeding through the first lock on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal, heading back to Esquimalt - Feb 1966

Courtesy of Robert Berbeck

 

HMCS Antigonish 301 - 17 Sep 1965

Photographer Walter E. Frost

Source: City of Vancouver Archives

Station Card for OSTR Steve Hlasny, 1952

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

HMCS Antigonish 301

From the collection of Sid Dobing

Courtesy of Brian Dobing

 

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(BT01) HMCS Antigonish 301  (BT02) Sigs up the stick on HMCS Antigonish 301  (BT03) Time to scrub the yardarm on HMCS Antigonish 301  (BT04) Painting the yardarm on HMCS Antigonish 301  (BT05) Bob Theriault on the bridge of HMCS Antigonish 301   (BT06) Bob Theriault on the bridge of HMCS Antigonish 301  (BT07) "Dick gave the CO the day off" - Dick in the CO's chair on the bridge of HMCS Antigonish 301

 

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(BT09 Unidentified Sig on HMCS Antigonish 301  (BT10) Unidentified rating on 4-inch gun on HMCS Antigonish K301  (BT11) Bob Theriault on 4-inch gun on HMCS Antigonish K301 - 1951  (BT12) The bunting tossers (Signalmen) on HMCS Antigonish K301  (BT13) Jerry Sinclair (Suma Champ) painting the bridge on HMCS Antigonish 301  (BT14) Bob Theriault on the bridge of HMCS Antigonish 301  (BT15) Unidentified rating on the bridge of HMCS Antigonish 301

 

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(BT16-BT18) Crossing the Line ceremony on HMCS Antigonish 301  (BT19) HMCS Antigonish 301 sailors ashore in Panama  (BT20) "Ready for a diving test". Bob Theriault on HMCS Antigonish 301  (BT21) Bob Theriault by the flag locker on HMCS Antigonish 301 - 1951

 

From the collection of Robert (Bob) Theriault, P1SG, RCN

 

HMCS Antigonish 301

From the collection of Laithwood Leigh

Courtesy of Judy Saunders 

 

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