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HMCS COLUMBIA 260

 

MAY COLUMBIA FLOURISH EVERYWHERE

HMCS Columbia 260 - 11 Jul 1970

Photographer: Walter E. Frost

Source: City of Vancouver Archives

Click on the above photo to view a larger image

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1940-44

 

 

Laid down: 11 Jun 1952

Launched: 01 Nov 1956

Commissioned: 07 Nov 1959

Paid off: 18 Feb 1974

Fate: Sunk as an artificial reef 14 June 1997

 

Built by Burrard Dry Dock Ltd., Vancouver, Columbia was commissioned on 07 Nov 1959, and soon afterward was transferred the east coast. In 1960 she represented Canada at Nigerian Independence observances, returning home on 25 Oct 1960. On 29 Apr 1961 Columbia and Restigouche made a port visit at Washington, DC. In Mar 1967 she was transferred to Esquimalt. Paid off on 18 Feb 1974, Columbia was fitted to "no-thrust wheels" so that her engines might be run at dockside. Sold to the Artificial Reef Society of BC on 15 Jun 1996, she was sunk as an artificial reef off Maude Island, Campbell River on 14 Jun 1997.

 

Ship's company photos          Photos and Documents           Commissioning book          HMCS Columbia - Public relations information booklet

 

Columbia's First Year 07 Dec 1960 - This is a document put together by the Cox'n of HMCS Columbia for her 1st Anniversary on 7 December 1960

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr William Prine Hayes, RCN - 07 Nov 1959 - 25 May 1961

Cdr Donald William Knox, RCN - 25 May 1961 - unk

Cdr Alexander Edward Fox, RCN - 05 Jan 1963 - unk

Cdr Peter Robert Hinton, RCN - 04 Sep 1964 - 15 Sep 1965

Cdr Andrew Clark McMillan, RCN - 15 Sep 1964 - 20 Feb 1967

Cdr Richard Dezso Okros, RCN - 20 Feb 1967 - 31 Aug 1968

Cdr Trevor Cole Shuckburgh, RCN - 31 Aug 1968 - 23 Jul 1970

Cdr Eric Arthur Makin - 23 Jul 1970 - 06 Aug 1972

Cdr R.F. Choat - 07 Aug 1972 - 18 Feb 1974

 

Captain for the day

 

Captain for the day is a tradition in the RCN where during the ship's Christmas celebrations, the Commanding Officer changes places with the youngest member of the ship's company.

Jim Anderson - 1959

Hogan, Douglas - 1971

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Allan, John

1928-2014

Anderson, Leonard

1952-2008

Astles, Harold Kenneth

1922-2006

Barnes, Jerry T.

1932-2017

Bates, Alan William

1931-2018

Beaver, Kenneth

1928-2014

Brookbank, Wilbur Benjamin

____-2018

Brown, William DeWitt

1930-2017

Boughton, Benjamin

1924-2008

 

C-D

Cartwright, William

1936-2013

Carver, Robert James

1935-2015

Cassidy, William John

1935-2017

Chislett, Michael Gordon

____-2003

Clarke, Robert

1938-2017

Clarkson, Henry Lloyd

1931-2017

 

Crawford, Galered Glenwood

1940-2009

Cuthbert, Lawrence J.

1933-2018

d’Entremont, André Augustin

1941-2018

Draibye, Mark

1930-2014

E-F

Ebner, Ernest Fredrick

____-2013

Eldridge, Gareth J.

1931-2017

Ferguson, Elmer Alexander

1926-2016

Fowlie, William D.

1937-2016

Fox, Alexander Edward

1925-2001

3rd Commanding Officer

G-H

Gammon, Bryan T.

1929-2008

Good, Jack Williamson

1938-2018

Goneau, Leo Arthur

____-2007

Gouldie, Gordon Charles

1925-2015

Hannem, Dallas Norris

1940-2016

Hayes, William Prine

1919-2009

1st Commanding Officer

Henbrey, John Eldon

1923-2018

Hinton, Peter Robert

1921-2008

4th Commanding Officer

 

 

I-J

Jackson, Roy Mathew

1927-2016

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kirkaldy, Lawrence

1931-2006

Leaman, Bill

____-2018

Lynch, Grant Edward

____-2018

Served in Harbour Training Ship Columbia

 

 

 

M-N

MacCullough, Harold Allan

____-2014

Martin, Charles Raymond

____-2002

McMillin, Andrew Clark

1926-2013

5th Commanding Office

McVey, S.R.

1944-2017

 

O-P

Overy, Herbert William

1926-2010

Commissioning crew as a PO

Prokopow, Thomas Knox

1931-2017

 

 

 

Q-R

Rayment, Lloyd

1934-2016

Richards, Ronald R.

1937-2018

Rombough, Wallace Ormand

1926-2006

Served in Columbia 13 Sep 1968 - 20 Sep 1970 as a P1 MarEng

Rowse, Arthur William

1931-2017

Roy, Felix Joseph Aime

1938-2015

S-T

Salsman, Whiley Donald

1930-2016

Served in Columbia as a P1FC. Commissioning Crew

Schaumburg, Henry William

1938-2017

Stegen, James William

1933-2017

Served in Columbia in 1966 as XO

 

 

W-X

Walsh, William

1931-2017

Commissioning crew

Wickware, Michael John

1947-2014

Weigand, Edwin Vernon

1926-2018

Wright, David L.

1942-2017

Wright, Kenneth Lloyd

1923-2004

Served in Columbia 21 Nov 1960 - 05 Jun 1961

 

Former Crew Members

Harrison, Thomas W. - 1963

 

La Fave, John 33169-H

 

Logan, Don, Sig - 29 May 1963 - 12 Sep 1963

Montgomery, Bill, Hull Mechanic - 1964

 

Sleigh, Mike, OSSN/ABSN - 1966-1967

 

Stow, Peter, NavO - 1965-1967

Stuart, Bob 1969 - 1970

 

Walsh, Bill, Cook, RCN - 1965

 

Williams, Brian L.

 

Wills, Al, FC - Sep 1970 - Feb 1974

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

The youngest sailor is customarily Captain for the Day on December 25. Two of the Atlantic Command Christmas "captains" are shown with a real one, who turned out in square rig for the occasion. Left to right are "Commander" (Ordinary Seaman) Cliff Woodrow, 17, of the Terra Nova; "Ordinary Seaman" (Commander) William P. Hayes, commanding officer of the Columbia, and "Commander" (Ordinary Seaman) Jim Anderson, 17, of the Columbia.

Source: The CROWSNEST Magazine, Vol 12, No. 3 January, 1960

 

3 mess on HMCS Columbia 260 - circa 1962

Courtesy of Jim Gordon

"Does anyone ever think about "3 Mess" on the cadillacs? I mean before we had bars on the lower deck? Yes, there was a time before duty free bars in our messes, but we had tots and beer issued from the canteen. This pic was taken in 3 mess, circa 1962 in Columbia, photographer had his back against the 3"70 ammunition hoist looking forward. All are very Ordinary Seamen. Funny how it started off with everyone acting like ODs, and remained that way until the very end."

ABSG Don Logan on HMCS Columbia in 1963

Courtesy of Don Logan

HMCS Columbia 260 transiting the Kiel Canal - Jun 1963

From the collection of Peter Pronych

Courtesy of Bill gard

Newspaper article on an party held on HMCS Columbia 260 at Copenhagen, Denmark for children from an orphanage

Able Seaman Thomas W. Harrison is in the photo with one of the children from the orphanage

 

Source: The Picton Gazette, 26 Jul 1963, Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: © John Lyons 2015

HMCS Columbia 260 - Dublin, Ireland 1966.

© 1966 Ken Watson RCN

Ship's badge of HMCS Columbia 260 (centre) in Bermuda

Courtesy of Jim Gordon

Ship's badge of HMCS Columbia 260  (centre) in Bermuda

Courtesy of Claus Mathes

HMCS Columbia 260 - Supply Department photo - Bermuda

 

Note: this photo has also been added to the Ship's Company photo page for HMCS Columbia 260

 

Courtesy of Claus Mathes

HMCS Columbia 260 alongside Fort Lauderdale, FL - 1967

HMCS Columbia 260

 

 

        

 

Public relations photos

From the collection of Nigel Whiteley, LCdr, RCN, ret'd

DND/RCN photos

Sinking of the former HMCS Columbia as an artificial reef off Maude Island, Campbell River, BC

 

     

 

Source: Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia

 

 

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