For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS ATHABASKAN R79 / 219

 

WE FIGHT AS ONE

HMCS Athabaskan 219 - 1952

Courtesy of Steven Hlasny

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Battle honours and awards:  Arctic 1943-44,  English Channel 1944,  Korea 1950-53

 

 

Laid down: 15 May 1944

Launched: 04 May 1945

Commissioned: 20 Jan 1948

Paid off: 1954

Re-commissioned: Oct 1954

Paid off: 21 Apr 1966

Fate: Broken up in 1970

 

The last of her class to be completed, "Athabee" was commissioned at Halifax on 20 Jan 1948, and sailed in mid-May 1948 for the west coast, where she trained new entries and officer cadets until the outbreak of the Korean War. She sailed from Esquimalt on 05 Jul 1950, for the first of three tours of duty in Korean waters, returning 11 Dec 1953, from the last of them. In Oct 1954, she emerged from an extensive conversion classed as a destroyer escort, and resumed her training role.  On 07 Aug 1955, while on a Pacific Training Cruise with HMCS Cayuga, HMCS Athabaskan docked at Long Beach, California, with a stowaway on board. Joycelyn Joan Pilapil, a 16 year old Hawaiian girl, had hid in the after awning stores and was discovered there the day after the ship sailed from Hilo. She was turned over to authorities in Long Beach and was eventually returned to Hilo. (Click here to read a newspaper article on Joycelyn Pilipil) In Jan 1959, HMCS Athabaskan left for the east coast to become part of a homogeneous Tribal class squadron.  In the summer of 1963, after completing a refit at Marine Industries, Sorel, Que, Athabaskan was acting a plane guard for HMCS Bonaventure, exercising in the North Atlantic. On completion of this exercise she was to proceed to Portsmouth for radar calibration. While so employed, she was fueling from the Bonaventure when the two ships collided. The Bonaventure received some minor damage, while Athabaskan's was more serious. Athabaskan proceed to Belfast, Northern Ireland for temporary repairs before proceeding to Portsmouth for radar calibration and permanent repairs. On 01 Mar 1964, Athabaskan rescued 34 of 36 crew members from the Liberian tanker Amphialos which broke up and sank approx 250 nautical miles south of Liverpool, NS. After five more years of training cruises and NATO exercises she was placed in reserve at Halifax and, on 21 Apr 1966, paid off for disposal. She was broken up at La Spezia, Italy, in 1970.

 

HMCS Athabaskan's tours in Korea:

 

1st Tour: Departed Esquimalt: 05 Jul 1950  //  Arrived in Op Area: 30 Jul 50  //  Departed Op Area: 03 May 51  //  Arrived in Esquimalt: 17 May 51

2nd Tour: Departed Esquimalt: 02 Aug 1951  //  Arrived in Op Area: 01 Sep 51  //  Departed Op Area: 21 Jun 52  //  Arrived Esquimalt: 09 Jul 1952

3rd Tour: Departed Esquimalt: 29 Oct 1952  //  Arrived in Op Area: 26 Nov 52  //  Departed Op Area: 18 Nov 53  //  Arrived in Esquimalt: 11 Dec 1953

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr James Sinclair Davis, RCN - 20 Jan 1948 - 28 Oct 1948

LCdr G.H. Davidson, RCN - 29 Oct 1948 - 25 Nov 1948

Cdr Morson Alexander Medland, RCN - 26 Nov 1948 - 14 Sep 1949

LCdr G.A. Powell, RCNR - 15 Sep 1949 - 14 Jan 1950

LCdr Thomas Stewart Reid Peacocke, RCN - 15 Jan 1950 - 12 Mar 1950

Cdr Robert (Bob) Phillip Welland, DSC, RCN - 13 Mar 1950 - 02 Jul 1951

Cdr Dudley Gawen King, RCN - 03 Jul 1951 - 23 Jul 1952

LCdr Harry Shorten, RCN - 24 Jul 1952 - 24 Sep 1952

Cdr J.C. Reed, DSC, RCN - 25 Sep 1952 - 20 Dec 1953

LCdr Harry Shorten, RCN - 21 Dec 1953 - 15 Feb 1954

LCdr Charles Edward Richardson, RCN - 25 Oct 1954 - 15 Jan 1956 

Cdr Philip Sydney Booth, RCN - 16 Jan 1956 - 05 Sep 1957

Cdr D.S. Boyle, RCN - 06 Sep 1957 - 01 Mar 1959

Cdr John Henry Gordon Bovey, DSC, RCN - 02 Mar 1959 - 10 Aug 1959

Cdr D.R. Saxon, DSC, RCN - 11 Aug 1959 - 25 May 1961

Capt Gordon Cheeseman Edwards, RCN - 25 May 1961 - 15 Mar 1962

Cdr Alexander Edward Fox, RCN - 16 Mar 1962 - 03 Jan 1963

Cdr Peter Robert Hinton, RCN - 04 Jan 1963 - 11 Aug 1964

Cdr James Young Clarke, RCN - 12 Aug 1964 - 21 Apr 1966

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

SKAVBERG, Robin Jensen

AB, 11021-E, RCN

Lost at sea - 27 Nov 1951

ZIMMERMAN, Edward Maurice

Electrical Artificer, 2nd Class, 50016-E, RCN

died - 28 Jun 1948 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Aikins, James Oliver

____-2012

Anderson, Hugh Lorne

____-____

Anderson, Ian Frank

1932-2007

Anslow, John R.B.

____-2009

Arnold, John Martin

1933-2014

Served in Athabaskan in 1964 as Lt, RCN

Ash, Eldon Joseph

1931-2015

Attard, Alvero (Vero) Telesforo

1942-2012

Balfour, James Pascoe

1931-2017

Bartram, Vincent James

1919-2005

Barwis, Dewey Ira Charles

1924-2008

Bélanger, Marcel H.

1924-2016

Served in Athabaskan in 1948 as Lt, RCN

Bellamy, Allen Edwin

1930-2010

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War

Benjamin, Carman Luther

____-2001

Served in Athabaskan as a C2CK

Blosser, Frank E.

1924-2016

Bolduc, Ramon

____-2012

Bonoyer, Roger Agenor

1922-2007

Boughton, Benjamin

1924-2008

Bovey, John Henry Gordon

1917-1989

Bowditch, William Watson

1918-2010

Bowers, Norman Bruce

1932-2014

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War

Bradford, Sydney Howard

1929-2016

Buckley, Charles

1924-2010

Burck, David

____-1998

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War

Burnett, Marshall J.

1918-2001

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War

 

C-D

Carver, Robert James

1935-2015

Chadwick, Edward Allan

1929-2016

Served in Athabaskan 1950-1951 as a LSLM

Clackson, Donald Richard

1935-2014

Clark, Lloyd Mansfield

1931-2006

Cormier, Clarence Noel

1938-2016

Costin, Frank William

____-2004

Dallimore, Raymond Howard

1919-2012

Served in Athabaskan in 1955 as SYO

Dalton, Edward Victor

1930-2007

Daly, Gerald

1924-2006

Daunhauer, Joseph

1930-2009

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War (c 1950-1952)

Dee, Stanley

1927-2017

Served in Athabaskan in 1963 as LCdr, RCN, XO

Dedick, Walter Erwin

1930-2016

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War (c 1950-1952)

Deluca, Robert James

1936-2018

deRosenroll, Glen Michael

1926-2006

Didur, Norman John

____-2003

Dobing, Sidney

1922-2013

Driemel, Harry H.

1927-2002

Served in Athabaskan 15 Mar 1950 - 19 Jul 1951. 1st Korean War tour

Dubois, Bernard

____-2009

Dunbar, Hugh C.

____-____

Dyck, Henry Waldemar

____-2018

Dziadyk, William Carter

1929-2012

 

 

 

 

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Eaglestone, Donald Alfred

____-2013

Served in Athabaskan during 1st Korean Tour

Edney, Gilbert Roy

1929-2005

Edwards, Gordon Lewis

1931-2011

Egerton, Alfred William Gould

1932-2017

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War

Eldridge, Richard

1924-2005

Served in Athabaskan in 1949

Emberton, Ivor

1923-2004

Flanagan, Leonard George

1931-2013

Forgie, John

1933-1996

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War

Fortier, Louis-Philippe

1925-2015

Fox, Alexander Edward

1925-2001

17th Commanding Officer

Fraser, Robert Neilson

1933-2017

Served in Athabaskan 1952-1953 during the Korean War as an ABRP

Freeman, David Henry

1912-2001

Frees, William K.

1916-1989

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War

 

 

G-H

Gallant, Ronald E.

1940-2009

Gammon, Bryan T.

1929-2008

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean war (c 1950-1952) as an ABQM

Geddes, Andre Jules

1929-2014

Geddes, William Leslie

____-2003

Gouldie, Gordon Charles

1925-2015

Grabowicki, Frank

____-2008

Greengrass, Frederick Charles

1930-2012

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean war (C 1950-1952) as a LSCD

Guy, Rex Geoffrey

____-2006

Hamilton, John

____-2017

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War

Harris, Kenneth Harry

____-2016

Hayward, Robin Blakeney

1920-2006

Drafted to Athabaskan 01 Jul 1951 as Lt, RCN, XO

Heans, Robert Pattison

1931-1994

Heminger, William David

1931-2012

Hendrickson, Melvin Lawrence

1929-1993

Himsl, Francis

1922-2007

Served in Athabaskan in 1959 as Electrical Officer

Hinton, Peter Robert

1921-2008

18th Commanding Officer

Hobbs, John Edward

1925-2016

Served in Athabaskan as XO

Holtsman, Donald G.

1927-2012

Howarth, William

1923-2016

Hughes, George William

1931-2009

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Ingleson, Terry Ralph

1935-2001

Served in Athabaskan 15 Nov 1954 - 10 Jul 1955 as an OS, RCN

Jenson, George Andrew

1923-2017

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War

 

 

 

K-L

Kelly, George

____-____

Kennedy, William Carter

1922-2011

Kirkaldy, Lawrence

1931-2006

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War as a Radioman

Kirwin, James Terrance

1941-2010

Kovits, William Charles

1934-2015

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War

Ledingham, Robert James

1928-2010

Served in Athabaskan c1950-52 during the Korean War.

Leir, Richard Hugh

1921-2015

Served in Athabaskan 1949-1951 as OpsO during 1st Korean tour

Lory, Donald Clarence

1929-1995

Served on Athabaskan during the Korean War (C 1950-1952) as a Signalman

Luna, Kay

1928-2014

 

M-N

MacKenzie, James Edward

1927-2008

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean war (C 1950-195) as a Communicator

MacLean, Owen K,

1933-2015

Manning, Vivian Clarence

1933-2017

Martin, Michael Arthur

1927-1918

Served in Athabaskan in 1948 as Slt, RCN

McLeod, Laverne Donald

1930-1933

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War (C 1950-1952)

May, Nelson C.E.

1932-1996

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean war as a LSAA

McCulloch, Paul Lancelot Steele

1927-2009

Drafted to Athabaskan 03 Jul 1950 as Lt, RCN

McLeod, Cathel James

1919-2017

McRobb, James Francis

____-2004

Melenka, Edward Fred

____-2006

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean war

Michalko, Orest Paul Ray

1925-1995

Served in Athabaskan 25 Oct 1954 - 03 Jan 1955 and 30 Mar 1955 - 29 May 1955 as P1NS

Mulock, William Richard

1933-2018

Newton, John Douglas

____-2017

Niven, Beverly Yearsley

1916-2005

Served in Athabaskan during WW 2

 

O-P

O'Brien. Joseph M.

1928-2002

Paterson, William Argyle

1930-2007

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War (C 1950-1952)

Parsons, Harvey

1936-2016

Patterson, Donald Victor

1942-2016

Served in Athabaskan in 1964 as an AB

Paul, Robert James

1919-2010

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean war

Peterson, Raymond

1927-2013

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Radley, John Ernest

1922-2016

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War (C 1950-1952) as a Sig

Rhymes, Reginald Heber

1926-2006

Served in Athabaskan 09 Nov 1964 - 22 Nov 1964 as a P1SN3, RCN

Richardson, Charles Edward

____-1984

11th Commanding Officer

Robertson, Neil Stuart

1930-2017

Served in Athabaskan in 1963

Rombough, Ashur

1940-2014

S-T

Schmitke, Edmund G.

1926-2018

Schroth, Robert Murray

____-1971

Sears, George Elms

1931-2015

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War (C 1950-1952) as a LSAA

Shimmin, Robert Allen

1924-2012

Shorten, Harry

____-1986

8th Commanding Officer

10th Commanding Officer

Spencer, Alan

1930-2016

Staicue, Roy

____-2017

Still, Wilfred Eric

c1926-1987

Drafted to Athabaskan 23 Mar 1950. Served in Athabaskan for 1st Korean War tour and part of the 2nd tour.

Swonnell, Horace Walter Edwin

1912-2000

Tassell, Allan

1923-2016

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War (C 1950-1952) as a TAS

Tate, David Henry

1931-2015

Served in Athabaskan in 1962 as LCdr, RCN, Weapons Officer

Thibedeau, Francis Joseph

1930-2012

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War

Turnbull, David Thomas

1930-2016

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War (C 1950-1952) as a LSQM

 

 

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Varen, Gordon Floyd

1935-2017

Volker, William George

1932-2017

 

 

 

W-X

Walls, Bertram Robert

1920-2005

Warner, Francis Edward

1918-2015

Webster, Harry Alexander

1936-2017

Weigand, Edwin Vernon

1926-2018

Welland, Robert Philip

1918-2010

Whitley, Terence Roger

1921-1995

Witwicki, Anthony

1927-2006

Wood, Lewis Albert

1919-2008

Served in Athabaskan during WW2

 

 

Y-Z

 

Yates, Eugene W.

1932-2003

Served on Athabaskan during the Korean war (c 1950-1952) as a LSSM

Zerbin, Helmut

1927-2016

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Berry, Gordon - 1950-1951

 

Broster, Gordon Arnold (Art), 8353-E, RCN - 1953

 

Edgar, Frank, LS, RCN - 1964

 

Clarke, P2AA2, RCN - 1950 - 1951

 

Colley, George, P1ET - c 1950 - 1952

 

Corbett, Ed - 1950 - 1951

 

Corkum, Ivan, LS - 1961

 

Dalton, John - 1950 - 1951

 

Day, George, LSFC - 1961

 

Dice, Bill, Stoker, RCN - 1964

 

Ellis, Jake - 1950 - 1951 / 1955

 

Emmerson, Ron, CPO, RCN - 1951

 

Evans, Roger Albert, A/Lt, RCN - 31 Jul 1951

 

Gabel, William (Butch), Stoker - 1st Korean Tour 

 

Gallagher, (??), OS - 1961

 

Griffon, Richard, AB, RCN - 1951

 

Hamilton, John William, Lt (E), RCN - 16 Jul 1951

Harling, E., LM - c 1950-1952

 

Harrah, Nute - 1950 - 1951

 

Hodgkin, William Leonard, Cd/Gnr, RCN - 21 Jul 1948

 

Hornosty, P1GA3, RCN - 1950 - 1951

 

Howard, Gordon - 1950 - 1951

 

Jackson, P1ET4, RCN - 1950 - 1951

 

Jenkins, Owen, Stoker, RCN - 1964

 

Klause, L.J., LM - c 1950- 1952

 

Knipstrom, Ed, AB - 1953

 

Kullman, Leroy, AB - 1953

 

Lecuyer, P1QR2, RCN - 1950 - 1951

 

MacMillan, Howard - Korean war

 

MacNeil, B.J., ABFC - 1961

 

Madiuk, J., RT - c 1950 - 1952

 

Manore, John Irwin, A/Slt, RCN - 14 May 1948

 

McNevin, Sidney, PO, RCN - 1964

 

Miess, Richard, Stoker, RCN - 1964

 

Moore, Art D. - 22 Dec 1961

Newton, LM - c 1950-1952

 

Olsen, Lt - 1950 - 1951

 

Orrick, Robert, SG - c 1950 - 1952

 

Peatman, John - 1950 - 1951

 

Pemberton, (??), OSFC - 1961

 

Perry, Kenneth, PO, RCN - 1951

 

Pollock, Dick - 1950-1951

 

Ramsey, Robert Bruce, Surg/Lt, RCN(R) - 02 Jul 1950

 

Rennnie, G.C., ET - c 1950 - 1952

 

Revfem, Erik, LCdr (E), RCN - 11 Jul 1949

 

Rose, Donald C. (Bud)

 

Scott, Cam, RCN - 1964

 

Smythies, Dudley Raymond, Lt, RCN -01 Apr 1947 (Stand by) XO

 

Snaith, Harry - 1955

 

Stewart, Gordon, LSTD2, RCN - 06 Jun 1959 - 06 Jan 1960 

 

Stroud, Charles N., CPO - 1950

 

Sturgeon, Clarence Alfred, Lt, Ordnance Officer - 1950-1951

 

West, Chris Alfred, Surg Lt, RCN - 30 Jul 1951

 

RCN Memories - Trials and Tribulations

 

Links

Personal photo gallery of Harry Driemel

Pesonal photo gallery of Norman Didur

Personal photo gallery of Sid Dobing

Ship's company photos for HMCS Athabaskan

Shipboard Newspaper - Christmas Edition - Dec 1951

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

The launching of HMCS Athabaskan (R79) at Halifax shipyards on 04 May 1946

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

The launching of HMCS Athabaskan (R79) at Halifax shipyards on 04 May 1946

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

Newspaper articles on the mutiny onboard HMCS Athabaskan on 26 Feb 1949

 

     

 

Courtesy of Bill Kelleramn

Cordite smoke drifts from HMCS Athabaskan as she bombards targets on an island in the Taechon approaches. The destroyer, battered gun emplacements and destroyed warehouses and barracks. Photo originally published in CROWSNEST Magazine Vol. 3, No. 1, November, 1950

Athabaskan Bombards Military Targets

Newspaper article from the Belleville Intelligencer, 02 Oct 1950

Source: Belleville Public Library microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: © John Lyons 2018

Harry Driemel on HMCS Athabaskan - 1950

From the collection of Harry Driemel

Courtesy of Daryl Driemel

 

Daily Orders - HMCS ATHABASKAN, Sasebo, Japan, Christmas Day, 25 Dec 1950

 

"HMCS Athabaskan Dec. 1950 - We were not going to be in port for X-mas but something happened and we had to go into dry dock for repairs. This resulted in a wild party as the rum for that few days that was left over from the issue instead of being tipped over the side was split to the crew; plus what was smuggled aboard was mixed in mess deck buckets. That's the way I remember it. I do not remember what happened to the turkey."

 

Courtesy of Gordon Howard

A "Korean" Christmas Card HMCS Athabaskan

Courtesy of Gordon Howard

HMCS Athabaskan 219 TAS dept. - 1950

Courtesy of Gordon Howard

Sailors from Athabaskan at a British canteen, Sasebo, Japan, 1950

Bill Dziadyk (1st on left), Gordon Howard (1st on right)

Courtesy of Gordon Howard

Last five minute ashore .....

 

HMCS Athabaskan readies to depart for her 1st Korean War tour

Newspaper article from the Victoria Daily Times - 06 Jul 1950

 

Crew listed in the article: Cook William Dziadyk; Cdr R.P. Welland, CO; CPO Charles N. Stroud; and, AB David Burke

 

From the collection of William (Bill) C. Dziadyk

Courtesy of Bill Dziakyk

 

William C. Dziadyk's photos from Athabaskan's 1st Korean War tour

 

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(1) Ed Melenka and Bill Dziadyk (right), Sasebo, Japan  (2) Bill Dziadyk on HMCS Athabaskan  (3) Bill Dziadyk on guard duty  (4-10) Bill Dziadyk touring Sasebo, Japan  (11) Bill and unknown friend/shipmate - location unknown  (12) Landing party returning to HMCS Athabaskan  (13) Unknown sailors on HMCS Athabaskan  (14-18) Harbour scenes - location unknown

 

From the collection of William (Bill) C. Dziadyk

Courtesy of Bill Dziakyk

 

 

Ed Chadwick's photos from HMCS Athabaskan's 1st Korean War tour

 

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(1) Ed Chadwick on HMCS Athabaskan  (2) Jim MacKenzie on HMCS Athabaskan  (3) Unknown Chief on HMCS Athabaskan  (4) Harling and Harrah on HMCS Athabaskan  (5) HMCS Athabaskan in drydock at Sasebo, Japan  (6) Ed Chadwick with Peatman and Colley  (7) Ed Chadwick, HMCS Athabaskan, Christmas 1950  (8) Cdr Welland (right), Commanding Officer HMCS Athabaskan 13 Mar 1950 - 02 Jul 1951  (9) Electricians and Comm Rates on HMCS Athabaskan  (10) Ed Chadwick with Peatman and Klause on HMCS Athabaskan  (11) Ed Chadwick on HMCS Athabaskan, Kure, Japan - 1951  (12) Harrah, Peatman, Harling, Ledingham  (13) Electrical Party, HMCS Athabaskan, Feb 1951 (also posted on ship's company photo page)  (14) Newton, Harrah, Latimer, Maduik, Rennie & Chadwick, HMCS Athabaskan

 

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(15) Slinging a clean hammock, HMCS Athabaskan  (16) Electricians on HMCS Athabaskan - 1950  (17) At the brow of HMCS Athabaskan - 1950  (18) Ledingham and Harling, Kure, Japan - 1950  (19) Gordon Berry, Kure, Japan - 1950  (20) Gordon Berry, Kure, Japan - 1950  (21) Dick Pollock on HMCS Athabaskan, Kure, Japan - 1950  (22) Peatman and MacKenzie on HMCS Athabaskan, Kure, Japan - 1950  (23) Ed Dalton and John Corbett on HMCS Athabaskan, Kure, Japan - 1950  (24) On Patrol, Jan 1951 - taking on supplies  (25) On Patrol 1951- Bofor taking aim  (26) On Patrol 1951 - Top, port side forward  (27) On Patrol 1951 - HMNZS Tutira approaching HMCS Athabaskan  (28) On Patrol 1951 - HMCS Athabaskan following astern of HMS Theseus

 

 

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(29) On Patrol 1951 - HMS Comus coming alongside HMCS Athabaskan  (30) On Patrol 1951 - HMCS Huron Astern - Rescue Station  (31) On Patrol 1951 - HMCS Athabaskan transferring mail to HMCS Cayuga 218  (32) On Patrol, Jan 1951 - South Korean refugees escaping down the coast  (33) On Patrol 1951 - Interrogating Korean Fishermen  (34) On Patrol 1951 - Korean Fishermen on their way  (35) HMCS Athabaskan Fo'c's'le Party  (36) Yokusuka visit - Midget submarine - Feb 1951  (37) Don Lory and Jake Ellis, Imperial Palace, Japan - Feb 1951  (38) Yokusuka visit - Imperial Palace - Feb 195  (39) HMCS Athabaskan in Kure Drydock, Mar 1951  (40) HMCS Athabaskan alongside Sasebo, Japan, 1951  (41) HMCS Athabaskan alongside Sasebo, Japan, 1951  (42) Ed Chadwick on HMCS Athabaskan, Sasebo, Japan, 1951

 

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(43) Kure, Japan - 1951  (44) Sasebo Harbour, Japan - 1951  (45) John Peatman, HMCS Athabaskan -1951  (46) Ed Chadwick (right), HMCS Athabaskan - 1951  (47) Lt Olsen, John Peatman, Lt Clarence Alfred Sturgeon, Ordnance Officer  (48) MacArthur, Klause, HMCS Athabaskan - 1951 (49) Ed Chadwick looking a little under the weather - 1951  (50-55) Ed Chadwick, Lory Ledingham and others hiking in the Sasebo Hills - 1951  (56) Hong Kong - 1951

 

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(57-59) HMCS Nootka, HMCS Cayuga, HMCS Athabaskan at a buoy, Sasebo, Japan, Mar 1951  (60) Award of Korean Presidential Citation to HMCS Athabaskan  (61) Nute Harrah and Ed Chadwick flying back to Canada via CP Air, Apr 1951

 

From the collection of Ed Chadwick, CPO, LM / ET, RCN, ret'd

Ed served in HMCS Athabaskan 1950 - 1951

Courtesy of Ed Chadwick

 

Beer and Cigarette Issue Card for Donald Lory

From the collection of Donald Lory

Courtesy of Stuart Lory

Newspaper article reporting on HMCS Athabaskan's newspaper writers / reporters - 14 May 1951

From the collection of Donald Lory

Courtesy of Stuart Lory

Len B. (left) and Howard MacMillan (right) on HMCS Athabaskan during a Korean war tour

From the collection of Howard MacMillan

Courtesy of Eric Colaris

"Smoke Break"

Gun crew on HMCS Athabaskan R79 circa 1952

Courtesy of Bob Orrick

Unknown crew member on gun turret of HMCS Athabaskan R79

Courtesy of Bob Orrick

Fo'c's'le part ship hands on HMCS Athabaskan R79 circa 1952

Courtesy of Bob Orrick

Commanding officer of HMCS Athabaskan R79 and gunnery officer with Chinese "Burp" gun

Courtesy of Bob Orrick

HMCS Athabaskan R79 in ice off Korea - 1952

Courtesy of Bob Orrick

HMCS Athabaskan R79 in ice off Korea - 1952

Courtesy of Bob Orrick

Admiral Mainguy in seaman's mess on HMCS Athabaskan R79 circa 1952

Courtesy of Bob Orrick

Crewmen on HMCS Athabaskan R79 circa 1952

Courtesy of Bob Orrick

Polishing brass voice pipe on HMCS Athabaskan R79 circa 1952

Courtesy of Bob Orrick

Signalmen on HMCS Athabaskan R79 circa 1952

Courtesy of Bob Orrick

HMCS Athabaskan 219 enroute to Korea - 1952

Courtesy of Steven Hlasny

HMCS Athabaskan off Inchon, Korea - 1952

From the collection of Sid Dobing

Courtesy of Brian Dobing

Sea Training make-up artists apply their trade for a casualty exercise on HMCS Athabaskan

 

        

 

From the collection of Norman Bowers

Courtesy of Geoff Gambee

HMCS Athabaskan rescues downed American pilot off Korea - who apparently was worth his weight in ice cream

 

        

 

(1) US aircraft marks position of down's pilot for HMCS Athabaskan's whaler  (2) US pilot being brought aboard HMCS Athabaskan (3 & 4) American pilot being jack-stayed back to his carrier

From the collection of Norman Bowers

Courtesy of Geoff Gambee

HMCS Athabaskan in ice of Chodo, Korea, winter 1952-1953

From the collection of Norman Bowers

Courtesy of Geoff Gambee

 

HMCS Athabaskan in dry dock at Sasebo, Japan

From the collection of Norman Bowers

Courtesy of Geoff Gambee

Jackstay between HMCS Athabaskan and unknown ship - personnel transfer and bringing mail on board

 

     

 

From the collection of Norman Bowers

Courtesy of Geoff Gambee

Freighter off the Korean coast

From the collection of Norman Bowers

Courtesy of Geoff Gambee

Admiral Maingay on HMCS Athabaskan

From the collection of Norman Bowers

Courtesy of Geoff Gambee

"One of our guns"

HMCS Athabaskan

From the collection of Norman Bowers

Courtesy of Geoff Gambee

Unknown sailor as jetty sentry for HMCS Athabaskan

From the collection of Norman Bowers

Courtesy of Geoff Gambee

Unknown officer and sailors on HMCS Athabaskan

From the collection of Norman Bowers

Courtesy of Geoff Gambee

 

Poetry written by unknown sailors on HMCS Athabaskan during one of her Korean War tours.

 

Norman transcribed/printed the majority of the poems to make them easier to read. If the original was still in his collection it was added below the transcribed copy.

 

Atha-b

original

Navy Blue

original

When I Get Home

original

A Mother's Love

original

Ode to a Hunted Train

Korean Blues

A Sailor

A Mother's Letter

A Hitch in Hell

original

The Rocket

(Chief Wadell)

Swede

(not transcribed)

untitled

(not transcribed)

Why Is It

(not transcribed)

 

 

 

From the collection of Norman Bowers

Courtesy of Geoff Gambee

 

HMCS Athabaskan and HMCS Crusader, Kure, Japan - 02 Apr 1953

 

"Side by side at a jetty in Kure, Japan, are HMC Ships Athabaskan (left) and Crusader, while their ship's companies unite in divisions alongside. The Crusader, a Crescent class destroyer, has been in Korean waters for eight months, while the Athabaskan, Canadian-built Tribal class destroyer, is on her third tour of Korean duty."

 

DND / RCN photo

From the collection of Donald Lory

Courtesy of Stuart Lory

 

Click here to view the associated newspaper article

 

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Athabaskan 219 - 1952

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Jacket patches from HMCS Athabaskan's 1952-53 Korean War Tour

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

US 7th Fleet of Korea during HMCS Athabaskan's 3rd Korean Tour - 1952-1953

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Coast of Korea - circa Jan-Mar 1953

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Athabaskan 219 off Chodo, Korea 1952-1953

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Athabaskan in ice off Chodo winter 1952-1953

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

US Fleet Sasebo Harbour, Nagasaki, Japan

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

USS Badoeng Strait

Photo taken from HMCS Athabaskan 219

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Athabaskan 219

DND / RCN photo

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Newspaper article on 700 lbs of ice cream owed to HMCS Athabaskan by the Yanks

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Newspaper article on Athabaskan joining the Train Buster Club

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Newspaper article on HMCS Athabaskan 219 completing her 3rd Korean War tour

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Newspaper article on Athabaskan's visit to Tokyo

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Invitation to HMCS Athabaskan's ship's dance - 14 Dec 1953

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Athabaskan's Return to Esquimalt - 16 Dec 1953

L-R: AB Ed Knipstrom, AB Leroy Kullman, LS Art Broster

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Athabaskan fueling from (believed to be) HMCS Ontario

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

ROK soldiers alongside Paenyang-Do

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Helicopter from USS Bataan delivering mail

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

LCdr C.E. Richardson, RCN, Commanding Officer HMCS Athabaskan 219 - 25 Oct 1954 - 15 Jan 1956

 

Courtesy of Christopher Richardson

Newspaper article on Joycelyn Joan Pilapil who was a stowaway on HMCS Athabaskan in 1955

Jacksonville daily Gazette, Monday 08 Aug 1955

A couple Athabaskan sailors ashore - location unknown - between Nov 1954 - Jul 1955

OS Terry Ingleson on right

From the collection of Terry Ingleson

Courtesy of Darren Ingleson

Terry Ingleson by the Squid launcher on HMCS Athabaskan between Nov 1954 - Jul 1955

From the collection of Terry Ingleson

Courtesy of Darren Ingleson

Jake Ellis and Harry Snaith at Cleaning Stations on HMCS Athabaskan circa Aug 1955

From the collection of Donald Lory

Courtesy of Stuart Lory

DND / RCN Photo

ABFC B.J. MacNeil, LSFC George Day and OSFC Pemberton in 7 Mess, HMCS Athabaskan in 1961

Courtesy of Patrick Fusk

LS Ivan Corkum and OS Gallagher in 7 mess on HMCS Athabaskan in 1961

Courtesy of Patrick Fusk

"The Captain's Toy" being brought on board HMCS Athabaskan in 1962

Courtesy of Patrick Fusk

Ruddy, MacNeil, Pemberton and Hick in front of  "A" gun on Athabaskan, 1962

Courtesy of Patrick Fusk

6-8 Mess on HMCS Athabaskan in 1963

Courtesy of Ben Kalkman

Photographer Ben Kalkman

Richard Miess by the forward gun of HMCS Athabaskan 219, Halifax, Jan 1964

Courtesy of Richard Miess

HMCS Athabaskan 219 all iced up after returning from sea, Halifax, Jan 1964

Courtesy of Richard Miess

Stoker Mess, names unknown, HMCS Athabaskan 219, 1964

Courtesy of Richard Miess

Stoker Mess, HMCS Athabaskan 219, 1964

Front left: Richard Miess, Centre left: unknown Rear left: Owen Jenkins

Front right: unknown, Centre right: Bill Dice

Courtesy of Richard Miess

Stoker Mess, HMCS Athabaskan 219, 1964

L-R: Richard Miess, Bill Dice and Don Patterson

Courtesy of Richard Miess

 

The Liberian tanker Amphialos broke up and sank approx 250 nautical miles south east of Liverpool, Nova Scotia on 01 Mar 1964.  34 of the 36 crew members were saved by HMCS Athabaskan 219.  One crewman drowned and one died on board HMCS Athabaskan. The Athabaskan tried to take the tanker in tow but was not able to.  After she broke apart, the stern sank but the forward part stayed afloat.  It was sunk by gunfire as it was a hazard to navigation.

Courtesy of Ben Kalkman

 

Click here to read the article from The Crowsnest Magazine on the rescue

Train Busters Club Certificate

Presented to HMCS Athabaskan 219

(Source: Newspaper article in the Rocky Mountain Outlook - Canadian navy excelled at 'train busting' 

HMCS Athabaskan 219 doing full power trials

Courtesy of Bob Orrick

Agenda for HMCS Athabaskan Reunion - 1972

Courtesy of Bob Orrick

HMCS Athabaskan 219 - 1961

Courtesy of Art Moore

HMCS Athabaskan 219 "Iced up"

Courtesy of Art Moore

HMCS Athabaskan 219 approaching HMCS Bonaventure for a RAS - circa 1962/63

Courtesy of James Merritt

Station card of Steven Hlasny on HMCS Athabaskan

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Collision between HMCS Athabaskan 219 and HMCS Bonaventure

 

In midsummer 1962 when ships of the Destroyer Escort Squadrons were being re-assigned, HMCS Athabaskan proceeded to Marine Industries Ltd. at Sorel Quebec. There she would undergo a major refit which was completed by midsummer 1963, but her radar system was not. Athabaskan was one of only two ships with this type Radar System, (Cayuga was the other) and any repairs had to be carried out at Portsmouth England. Following her work-ups, Athabaskan was assigned as "plane guard' for the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure, exercising in the North Atlantic. From there, Athabaskan was to proceed to Portsmouth England for radar refitting. During a refueling operation in mid Atlantic, the two ships struck each other with the Athabaskan receiving serious damage.

 

Following the collision, HMCS Bonaventure proceeded to Invergordon, Scotland to the former WW II Royal Naval Base and ship refueling facility. While damage to the Carrier's Hull was minimal, her fuel supply was below the accepted permissible level. Invergordon, Scotland was the nearest docking facility capable of docking an air craft carrier. HMCS Athabaskan received considerably more damage to her super structure and commutation aerials than the "Bonnie". Without the required fuel she was to receive from the Carrier, Athabaskan had to make way to the nearest port which could facilitate her requirements. This port was the shipyards of Hartland and Wolff in Belfast - Northern Ireland. Having received temporary repairs, HMCS Athabaskan proceeded on her mission which was the overhaul of her radar system at Portsmouth England - a service not available in Canada. Permanent repairs necessitated by the collision with HMCS Bonaventure at sea, would now be carried out at Portsmouth.

 

              

 

(1) Jackstay between Athabaskan and Bonaventure

 

(2) Athabaskan receives fueling line from Bonaventure

 

(3) Moments after the collision. Fuel line severed on both end. The haze in the photo is black smoke from Athabaskan's funnels

 

(4) Athabaskan pulling away from Bonaventure. Haze caused by funnel smoke from Athabaskan

 

(5) Athabaskan at Hartland and Wolff, Belfast, Northern Ireland, undergoing repairs

 

(6) Athabaskan at Portsmouth, England. Radar domes removed for servicing; new aerials installed. Note; the ‘Radar Domes’ were located aft of the flying bridge and looked like two large spot lights.

 

(7) Photo of Athabaskan showing the radar domes aft of the flying bridge

 

Courtesy of Bud Rose, HMCS Athabaskan 219

 

HMCS Athabaskan arrived in St. John's on Friday 13th September for a one night stay. On the morning of the 14th Sept, members of the ship's company from HMCS Cabot - HMCS Avalon and RCSCC Terra Nova were taken onboard and the ship sailed for Harbour Grace. The ships company of HMCS Athabaskan, HMCS Cabot and RCSCC Terra Nova formed the Canadian Naval contingent for the annual "Armed Forces Day Ceremonies" in Harbour Grace Nfld. A contingent from the U S Naval Base - Argentia, represented the U S Navy.

 

In all, over 2000 military personnel took part in this parade, which way out numbered the total population of the town, and its capacity to host such a long parade. The final result for the RCN which was being led by the HMCS Athabaskan with the Navy Band and Colour Party in the lead, was that they were misdirected up the wrong road. This road (Gravel) began to narrow in width and then finally terminated all together in a farmer's field. There was no dismissal of ship's company as everyone simply broke away as if it was a route.

 

The Athabaskan sailed for Halifax straight from Harbour Grace, and HMCS Cabot and RCSCC Terra Nova returned to St. John's by military convoy.

 

Courtesy of Bud Rose, HMCS Athabaskan 219

HMCS Athabaskan 219 RASing from HMCS Ontario - 1958

Newspaper article on HMCS Athabaskan's Korean War ship's Company Reunion - 1973

Newspaper: Victoria Times 28 Jul 1973

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Athabaskan 219 - date unknown

Courtesy of Dennis McGillivray

DND/RCN photo

 

 

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