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HMCS CAP DE LA MADELEINE K663 / 317

HMCS Cap de la Madeleine K663

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1945

 

 

Laid down: 05 Nov 1943

Launched: 13 May 1944

Commissioned: 30 Sep 1944

Paid off: 25 Nov 1945

Re-commissioned: 07 Dec 1954

Paid off: 15 May 1965

Fate: Broken up at La Spezia, Italy in 1966

 

Built at Quebec city, she was commissioned there on 30 Sep 1944. She arrived at Halifax 20 Oct 1944, and soon afterward sailed for Bermuda to work up. Returning in Dec 1944, she was allocated to EG C-7, MOEF, based at St. John's. She left that port 28 Dec 1944, to accompany convoy HX.328 eastward, but was detached on 03 Jan 1945 to the westbound convoy ONS.39, as she had to return for repairs. These were carried out successively at St. John's, Halifax and Quebec, and completed on 07 May 1945. She then began tropicalization refit at Lauzon, but this was cancelled in Aug 1945 owing to termination of hostilities, and the ship was paid off 25 Nov 1945 at Shelburne. She was sold to Marine Industries Ltd., but later re-acquired by the RCN and converted to a Prestonian class unit. Re-commissioned on 07 Dec 1954, she served on the east coast until paid off on 15 May 1965. She was broken up the following year at La Spezia, Italy.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Ronald Alfred Judges, RCNVR - 30 Sep 1944 - 18 Oct 1945

LCdr W.O.O. Barbour, RCNR - 19 Oct 1945 - 25 Nov 1945

LCdr Charles Anglin Gray, RCN - 20 May 1959 - 27 Dec 1960

Cdr Kenneth Edward Grant, RCN - 28 Dec 1960 - 08 Jan 1961

LCdr Donald Ross White, RCN - 09 Jan 1961 - 06 Feb 1961

Cdr Kenneth Edward Grant, RCN - 07 Feb 1961 - 25 Oct 1962

Lt G.R. Ferguson, RCN - 26 Oct 1962 - 18 Feb 1963

Cdr Robert A. Beach, RCN - 19 Feb 1963 - 08 Mar 1964

Cdr B. Cartwright, RCN - 09 Mar 1964 - 26 Nov 1964

LCdr Francis John Poyntz French, RCN - 27 Nov 1964 - 15 May 1965

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Bomberry, Oscar Lyle

1941-2013

 

 

 

 

C-D

Cherrington, Keith

1936-2016

Served in Cap de la Madeleine Nov 1959 - Dec 1959

Cooper, Ronald Ellwood

1942-2013

Dallin, Edward Earl

1921-2014

Dyck, Henry Waldemar

____-2018

 

E-F

Flanagan, Leonard George

1931-2013

 

 

 

 

G-H

Grant, Kenneth Edward

1916-1963

4th Commanding Officer

1961 as Cdr 9th Escort Sqn

6th Commanding Officer

Hibbard, Earl George

____-2014

 

 

 

M-N

Marshall, John Ronald

____-2018

McCall, Thomas Joseph Keith

____-2005

 

 

 

Q-R

Reeder, Anthony Carl

____-2013

Rhymes, Reginald Heber

1926-2006

Served in Cap de la Madeleine 25 May 1961 - 19 Aug 1962 as a P1TD3, RCN

 

 

 

S-T

Statham, David John

____-2016

Stone, George Alfred

1921-2007

Strum, Gordon Eugene

____-2012

Trafford, Gerald Raymond

1940-2018

 

W-X

Walzak, Albert

1931-2012

Served in Cap de la Madeleine  in 1959 as Lt, RCN

Williams, Leslie A.

1929-2000

Served in Cap de la Madeleine during WW2

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Archer, Ron, Electrician - 1962

 

Babcock, John, Admin Writer - 1962

 

Bakody, David, RCNR - 1961 

 

Bentley, Jack, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Jun 1945

 

Biginess, Ray - 1962

 

Brown, PO, Buffer - 1961

 

Chambers, Howie, Cook - 9162

Clark, Larry, RCN - 1962

 

Coryell, John Warren, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Dunning, Ray - 1962

 

Lang, Hector Craig, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Lebarr, Earl, Storesman - 1962

 

McPhail, (??), Admin Writer - 1962

 

Morrow, Samuel, Lt (E), RCNR - 15 Jun 1944

Parker, (??), Storesman - 1962

 

Robinson, Jock Donald, Slt, RCNVR - 25 Mar 1945

 

Rutherford, Robert (Bob), Slt-Lt, RCN, NavO - Sep 1964 - May 1965

 

Schwartz, Morley Graham, RP

 

Steel, Jim, WU - 1961-1963

 

Stow, Peter, DeckO / NavO - 1962-1965

 

Sullivan, Everett Michael, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 25 Mar 1945

 

Swan, Steve

 

RCN Memories   -   Fire in the Galley     HMCS Cap de la Madeline: 2 - Subs: 0

 

Links - Ship's company photos for HMCS Cap De La Madeleine

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

The launching of HMCS Cap de la Madeleine.

Source: National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada

HMCS Cap de la Madeline, Dublin, summer 1962

"We made it up the Liffey to Dublin. Cap de la Madeleine, port side to in the foreground. Kelly's Bar out of the picture to the right."

Courtesy of Jim Steel

Cap de la Madeleine approach the capsized fishing boat Jane and Judy circa 1964. Jane & Judy crew lost

Courtesy of Jim Steel

HMCS Cap de la Madeleine, Dublin Ireland, summer of 1962. #1 Mess party somewhere on O'Connel Street.  L to R: Lyle Bomberry (Steward); Earl Lebarr (Stores); Ron Archer (Electrician); McPhail (Ad-Writer); Ray Biginess; Jim Steel [me] (Weapons Underwater), Howie Chambers (Cook); John Babcock (Ad-writer); Parker (Stores).

Courtesy of Jim Steel

"Ships jeeps were mentioned. Found a picture of ours back in 1962. I think our jeep was used more for fish & chip and duty watch booze runs than anything else. (Matelot holding the dog was Carl "Kipper" Reeder - stoker)"

Courtesy of Jim Steel

HMCS Cap de la Madeleine 317 doing a jackstay transfer with HMCS Lauzon 322

Courtesy of Jim Steel

Leaving St. John on way to England. July, 1962. P1 with hands in pocket is the Buffer, Petty Officer Brown

Courtesy of Jim Steel

Transferring a new officer to the Cap. Note this was before the Sea Kings made an appearance. Probably 62 or early 63. I took the picture with a five or six dollar camera. Rather amazed that it turned out.

Courtesy of Jim Steel

Jim Steel on HMCS Cap de la Madeleine 317. Photo taken January 1963

Courtesy of Jim Steel

"Speaking of hands in pockets, I was forever hearing "that scream". Here's me (Jim Steel) somewhere at sea, some time between '61 and 63." Note the deck plates. Supposed to help stop the slipping around but they were almost to slippery keep upright on during rough weather. A pain in the arse to paint also.

Courtesy of Jim Steel

Took me (Jim Steel) about three months on board before I got this weather jacket. I had to steal it from a stoker!!

Courtesy of Jim Steel

Finding my way ashore after 'Up Spirits'

Courtesy of Jim Steel

This picture is of my cousin Shaky Theal shows him sitting by the engine room skylights on our frigate, Cap de la Madeleine. During the winter and when I was supposed to be on life buoy sentry on the middle watch, I would huddle up by these skylights and try to stay awake in the warmth coming up from the engine room. (twin triple expansion 'up and downers).

Courtesy of Jim Steel

HMCS Cap de la Madeleine 317 - Photo taken from the bridge looking aft along the port side. Note wide funnel band denoting senior ship (9th Escort Squadron, Commander Ken Grant).  Probably 1962 or 63.

Courtesy of Jim Steel

HMCS Cap de la Madeleine 317 - Looking forward from just aft of the hatch leading down to the tiller flats.

Courtesy of Jim Steel

St. John's harbour. July 1962. Squadron sailing to England and Ireland.

Courtesy of Jim Steel

Me (Jim Steel) sitting on steam capstan. Certainly not adhering to the dress code. No hat and I had bought myself a pair of Wellingtons in Halifax. Got away with them all the time I was on the ship.

Courtesy of Jim Steel

Jim Steel by the forward starboard Bofor gun on HMCS Cap de la Madeline 317

Courtesy of Jim Steel

Steve Swan coming up from cafeteria. Shipwright workshop behind him.

Courtesy of Jim Steel

Ray Dunning and myself, Jim Steel (on right) beside after starboard bofor on HMCS Cap de la Madeline 317 (Hudson Bay, 1962)

Courtesy of Jim Steel

Squid wells (covered) on HMCS Cap de la Madeline

Courtesy of Jim Steel

HMCS Provider RASing with HMCS Bonaventure and HMCS Cap de la Madeleine

Source: CROWSNEST Magazine, Vol 17, No.3&4, March/April 1965

Launching the sea boat on HMCS Cap De La Madeline 317 - Feb 1960

Courtesy of Ted Kendell

 

        

Newspaper article on HMCS Cap de la Madeleine 317 circa 1962

Courtesy of Jim Steel


HMCS Cap de la Madeleine 317, Christmas Dinner Menu 1961

Courtesy of Jim Steel

 

 

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