For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS KOOTENAY 258

 

WE ARE AS ONE

HMCS Kootenay post IRE conversion

DND / RCN photo

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1943-45,   Normandy  1944,   English Channel  1944,   Biscay  1944

 

 

Laid down: 21 Aug 1952

Launched: 15 Jun 1954

Commissioned: 07 Mar 1959

Paid off IRE Refit: 14 Jan 1970

Re-commissioned: 07 Jan 1972

Paid off for DELEX refit: 

DELEX Refit completed: 21 Oct 1983

Paid off: 18 Dec 1995

Fate: Broken up at Manzanillo, Mexico circa 2003/2004

 

First of her class to be launched, Kootenay was built at Burrard Dry Dock, Vancouver, and commissioned there on 07 Mar 1959. After working up, she was transferred to the east coast. In Apr 1963, 12 RCN ships, Algonquin, Micmac, Cayuga, St. Croix, Terra Nova, Kootenay, Swansea, La Hulloise, Buckingham, Cape Scott, CNAV Bluethroat and CNAV St. Charles, took part in NATO Exercise New Broom Eleven, an exercise designed to test convoy protection tactics (click here to see the newspaper article). On 23 Oct 1969, while in European waters, she suffered a gearbox explosion that killed 9 crewmen and injured 53 others. She was towed to Plymouth - part of the way by Saguenay and then to Halifax by a salvage tug. It was the RCN's worst-ever peacetime accident. While she was under repairs, it was decided to convert her to an IRE. She was re-commissioned on 07 Jan 1972. Transferred to the west coast, she departed Halifax on 23 Jan 1973 and arrived in Esquimalt on 12 Feb 1973. HMCS Kootenay had left Esquimalt on 14 May 1973 on Westploy 2/73. Kootenay’s routine was similar to that of Terra Nova, exercising with American and Australian naval vessels, and assisting broken-down fishermen. When the Canadian continent left Saigon on 31 July 1973, she was just fifty miles off the coast, the closest either ship was allowed to approach Vietnam. Kootenay then proceeded home to Esquimalt. On 08 May 1986, HMCS Provider, HMCS Restigouche, HMCS Terra Nova and HMCS Kootenay, departed Esquimalt for Exercise RIMPAC 86 and returned on 21 Jun 1986. On 01 Jun 1989, Kootenay collided in fog off Cape Flattery with the M.V. Nord Pol, sustaining a sizeable gash in her bow, which was replaced with a matching section from Chaudiere. From 03 to 07 Jun 1990, Kootenay visited Vladivostok as part of a Canadian Task Group, the first to do so since World War II. On 16 May 1994, HMCS Kootenay 258 departed Esquimalt, BC for Exercise RIMPAC. She departed Hawaiian waters and the exercise on 21 Jun 1994, for Operation Forward Action, Haiti, arriving in the Op Area on 13 Jul 1994. She returned to Esquimalt on 10 Oct 1994. In 1995, Kootenay participated in EX UNITAS off the coast of Chile. Returning home, she made a final port visit at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; departing there on 16 Nov 1995. Kootenay's boilers were shut down for the final time on 05 Dec 1995 after she returned from de-ammunitioning at Rocky Point. On 18 Dec 1995, she was paid off and, on 06 Nov 2000, towed out of Esquimalt with Restigouche to be sunk as an artificial reef off Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The Restigouche was sunk off Acapulco, but Kootenay was not. She was later towed to Manzanillo, Mexico where she was last photographed in 2003. The Kootenay ended up under arrest as the purchasers didn't pay some kind of import fee and it ended up in a proverbial Mexican mess between the Mexican federal government and the harbour authorities and the owners. Last seen she was being scrapped at the dock and they later ran the remaining part of the hull up on the beach and took her right down to the keel. Sad ending for a great ship.

 

RCN Memories:     The Final Shutdown

 

Ship's company photos          Photos and Documents          Kootenay Memories          Commissioning Booklet          Acceptance Programme after IRE conversion 1972

 

HMCS Kootenay - Dedicated to those who were on HMCS Kootenay on the day of the explosion, 23 Oct 1969

 

Once Upon the Brine - Life at Sea and Ashore in the Canadian Navy during the Cold War (1946-1989)          Seaforth veteran, Ron Hildebrand, remembers HMCS Kootenay

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr Reginald John Pickford, RCN - 07 Mar 1959 - 11 Jul 1960

Cdr Harry Shorten, RCN - 11 Jul 1960 - 19 Sep 1962

Cdr D.H.P. Ryan, RCN - 19 Sep 1962 - Sep 1964 (approx)

LCdr Frank Costin, Sep 1964 (approx) - 15 Jan 1965

Cdr Christopher Gratrix Pratt, RCN - 15 Jan 1965 - 01 Jun 1966

Cdr William P. Rikely, RCN - 01 Jun 1966 - 01 Jul 1967

Cdr George Coulson McMorris, RCN - 01 Jul 1967 - Oct 1968

LCdr Maurice Henry Tremblay, RCN - Oct  1968 - 21 Mar 1969 (Note 1)

Cdr Neil St. Clair Norton - 21 Mar 1969 - 14 Jan 1970

Cdr James Lewis Creech - 12 Jan 1972 - 17 Feb 1973

Cdr Richmond Hill Kirby - 17 Feb 1973 - 14 Jun 1974

Cdr James Dixon Spalding - 14 Jun 1974 - 16 Jul 1976

Cdr Basil Patrick Moore - 16 Jul 1976 - 27 Jun 1978

Cdr Bruce Johnston - 27 Jun 1978 - 11 Aug 1980

Cdr Brain Harwood Beckett - 11 Aug 1980 - 28 Jun 1982

Cdr Steen Kais Jessen - 28 Jun 1982 - 09 Jan 1983

Cdr P.C. Young - 24 Jan 1984 - 05 Jul 1985

Cdr B.R. Melville - 05 Jul 1985 - 30 Jul 1987

Cdr J. Dickson - 30 Jul 1987 - 21 Jul 1989

Cdr G.V. Davidson - 27 Aug 1989 - 21 Jul 1991

Cdr James D. Fraser - 21 Jul 1991 - 29 May 1992

LCdr M.R. Bellows - 29 May 1992 - 31 Jul 1992

Cdr D.J. Kyle - 31 Jul 1992 - 21 Jun 1994

Cdr R.H. Dawe - 21 Jun 1994 - 18 Dec 1995

Note 1: Ken Mcpherson's "The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910 - 1981" has Cdr McMorris' end date as command of HMCS Kootenay as 15 Nov 1968. However, according to Cdr Rutherford (Lt at the time) LCdr Temblay, XO, was appointed CO in Oct 1968 and took the ship into refit. Lt Rutherford was appointed XO from Oct till Dec 1968.

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

 

BOUDREAU, William Alfred

CPO2, N12368, RCN

died - 23 Oct 1969 

BOURRET, Serge Pierre Joseph

LS, 48188-H, RCN

died - 23 Oct 1969 

CRABBE, Thomas Gordon

LS, N53650, RCN

died - 23 Oct 1969 

GALLOWAY, Nelson Murray

AB, RCN

died - 23 Oct 1969 

HARDY, Michael Alan

AB, 58548-H, RCN

died - 23 Oct 1969 

HARMAN, Eric George

CD, PO1, H30595, RCN

died - 23 Oct 1969 

HUTTON, Gary Wayne

LS, N63018, RCN

died - 23 Oct 1969 

PARTANEN, Vaino Olavi

CV, CD, CPO1, 8833H, RCN

died - 23 Oct 1969 

STRINGER, Lewis John

CV, CD, PO1, RCN

died - 25 Oct 1969 

 

 

Three ships in evening's misty dusk
Helm down and pointed away
Behind them, in Neptune's arms
They leave a man to stay

Like most of us, he was not great
No King would know his name
His pride of ship and honour
Were all that he could claim

He did his job, he fought, he won
He followed nature's whim
Yet, in the fleet
Eight hundred men reflect and think of him

Dear God, accept this man, our friend
Who we leave here today
And grant us the strength to carry on
With one less light to guide the way

October 23, 1969

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

- crew member on the day of the Kootenay Explosion, 23 Oct 1969

A-B

Anderson, Sam

____-____ 

LS.WU at the time of the explosion

Ash, Eldon Joseph

1931-2015

Babin, Gordon

____-2005 

P2WS at the time of the explosion

Baker, Carl Robert

1947-2017

Served in Kootenay as Yeoman

Barber, Alfred Lloyd

1938-2009 

LS.ER at the time of the explosion

Barfoot, Clayton Gordon Crozier

1936-2013 

P2WU at the time of the explosion

Bassingthwaite, James H.

1945-2016

Bates, Alan William

1931-2018

Beaudoin, Donald Thomas

1953-2012

Beckett, Brian Harwood

1936-2013

14th Commanding Officer

Beckett, Rex

____-____ 

P1ER at the time of the explosion

 

Belisle, Daniel

____-2015 

AB.ER at the time of the explosion

Blandin, Guilluame Francois

____-2015

Bourque, Donald Joseph

____-2008

Bourque, Gil

____-____ 

AB.ET at the time of the explosion

Boyles, Alex Foster

1935-2013 

LS.RP at the time of the explosion

Bramwell, Paul

1926-2016 

P1SN at the time of the explosion

Brett, Patrick Walter

____-1999

Brown, Ernest

1947-2012 

LS.WU at the time of the explosion

Brown, K.T.

____-____ 

P2WS at the time of the explosion

Brooks, Robert Elmer

1937-2013

Brunt, Alan Robert

1957-2000

Bull, William F.

1934-2016

Burlingham, Garry Irwin

____-2016 

Slt at the time of the explosion

Burt, Roger Michael

1941-2013

C-D

Chambers, Ronald Joseph

____-2004

Cheeseman, Ashley D.

____-1976 

LS.ER at the time of the explosion

Christie, Robert William

1937-2006   

P2MA at the time of the explosion

Church, Daniel

____-2009 

AB.CK at the time of the explosion

Cooper, William G.

1947-2018

Corcoran, Gerald

____-2016

Served in Kootenay 1966

Constantine, Gordie

____-____ 

AB.ER at the time of the explosion

Cormier, Clarence Noel

1938-2016

Costin, Frank William

____-2004

Served in Kootenay in 1963 as XO

Couckuyt, Brian D.

1959-2007

Coveney, Frank Edward D.

____-2017

Croucher, Selby Claude

1944-2010

Served in Kootenay in 1972 as a LS.ET

Curry, Donald George

____-2014

Cuthbert, Lawrence J.

1933-2018

DeBoice, Jarvis

1937-2014

Dewar, John Scott

1951-2016

Served in Kootenay as XO

Drapeau, Guy

____-2010 

AB.RP at the time of the explosion

Duckworth, Joe

____-____ 

AB.RM at the time of the explosion

Dunn, George R.

____-2003

Served in Kootenay as a P1ET

Duquette, Gilles

____-2014

Dzioba, Lawrence

1932-2007

 

 

 

 

E-F

Earl, Kevin William

1957-2016

Ebner, Ernest Fredrick

____-2013

Exley, Earl William

____-1996 

C1RM at the time of the explosion

Fahey, Robert Gary

1940-2013

Freeman, Keith Ingram

1945-2013

Fancy, Fraser George

1944-2013 

AB.WS at the time of the explosion

Fletcher, Doug

____-2018

Drafted to Kootenay in 1967

 

 

 

G

Gadd, Jeremy Simon Hugh

1945-2004 

Slt at the time of the explosion

Gallant, Ronald E.

1940-2009

Gallant, Wayne

____-2016 

AB.RP at the time of the explosion

Gault, John Edwin

____-____

Gammie, Wayne

1948-2015 

OS.ER at the time of the explosion

Gardner, Raymond Arthur

1936-2012

George, Robert

1936-2005 

C2HT at the time of the explosion

Gillingham, Gerald John

____-2016 

P1ER at the time of the explosion

Giroux, Gord

____-1991 

P1SW at the time of the explosion

Godin, Jacques C.

1951-2010 

OS.SN at the time of the explosion

Gold, Greg

____-____ 

AB.BN at the time of the explosion

Good, Jack Williamson

1938-2018

Grant, Gary

____-1970 

OS.SG at the time of the explosion

Griffin, Edward Joseph

____-2010 

AB.SG at the time of the explosion

Grove, Roger Wayne

1958-2013

H

Haggett, Winston

____-____ 

LS.BN at the time of the explosion

Hall, John Drummond

1922-2018

Hall, Russ

____-____ 

P2RM at the time of the explosion

Hanlon, Bruce

____-2007 

AB.BN at the time of the explosion

Harrison, D. Larry

1942-1997 

LS.HT at the time of the explosion

Hart, William Edgar

____-2004 

P1BN at the time of the explosion

Harwood, John

1932-2018

Served in Kootenay in 1971 as XO

Hauch, Raymond

1953-1971

Hawkins, Clifford Ross

1928-2018 

C2ER at the time of the explosion

Henderson, Leslie F.M.

1924-2010

Holmes, Douglas

____-2018 

LS.RP at the time of the explosion

Horncastle, Bob

____-____ 

C2RP, Cox'n at the time of the explosion

Hoskins, William Birnie

1941-2009

 

 

I-J

Jackson, Roy Mathew

1927-2016

Jeffers, William Cameron

____-2015

 

 

 

K-L

Kane, Ronald

____-____ 

LS.RP at the time of the explosion

Kennedy, Don

____-____ 

Cpl CK at the time of the explosion

Kidder, Larry

____-2014

Kilburn, Jackman Myles

1947-2017

Served in Kootenay as an OS.SN in the 1960s

Killam, Clifford Donald

1942-2007

Served in Kootenay in 1972 as a LS.ER

King, Terry

____-2017

Kirby, Richmond Hill

1929-2006

10th Commanding Officer

Kreitz, David

____-2013

Kux, Hubert Ernest

1944-2007

LeGallis, Paul Scales

1937-2018

Lelonde, Richard C. 

1948-2015 

AB.ST at the time of the explosion

Lemon, Denis Ernest

1925-2013

Leonard, Serge

1948-2016 

Was an Airman, Steward, RCAF at the time of the explosion 

Leong, Kam Way

1948-2018

Lloyd, James Morgan

____-2001

Served in Kootenay in 1972 as a MS.RM

M-N

Mac Innis, Alexander Joncas

1940-2012

MacGregor, Joseph Edward

1931-2017 

P2FC at the time of the explosion

MacGregor, Ron

____-____ 

C2WS at the time of the explosion

MacKinnon, John Ray

____-2008 

P1ER at the time of the explosion

MacKnight, Wayne

____-2013 

P1ER at the time of the explosion

Mainguy, Daniel Nicholas

1930-2010

Matchem, Clarence Calvin

____-2017

Served in Kootenay Dec 1971 - Mar 1973

McArdle, Christopher Charles

1934-2017

McCulley, Stanley James

1943-2018

McDougall, David William

1948-2013 

AB.ER at the time of the explosion

McIntyre, Earl L.

1934-2016

McLean, John

____-____ 

P1LT at the time of the explosion

McLeod, Ernie

____-____ 

P1ER at the time of the explosion

Melville, Wayne Randall

____-c1995

Milley, Gary Gordon

____-2014

Moffat, Ernest Leon

1935-2018 

Commissioned Officer, DeckO at the time of the explosion

Moore, Daniel G.

____-2015 

ABFC at the time of the explosion

Mowat, Robert Alexander Laird

1950-2009

Muise, Peter Kenneth

1934-2015 

LS.CK at the time of the explosion

Mulock, William Richard

1933-2018

Munday, Robert William

1938-2009 

Lt at the time of the explosion

Nelson, Raymond Gene

1938-2018

Nieforth, Angus Walter

1938-2010

Norton, Neil St. Clair

1928-2010 

C.O. at the time of the explosion

8th Commanding Officer

Nutley, Robert G.

____-2010 

AB.HT at the time of the explosion

O-P

Parent, Neil

____-2006 

LS.RM at the time of the explosion

Parry, Alan

____-____ 

AB.SN at the time of the explosion

Pearce, Harvey C.

1941-2017

Served in Kootenay as Yeoman of Signals

Perreault, Marcel

____-____ 

AB.WU at the time of the explosion

Pickford, Reginald John

1920-2012

1st Commanding Officer 

Pirie, Edward Downie

1931-2016

Served in Kootenay in 1972 as a C2ER

Pitre, Ralph

____-____ 

LS.BN at the time of the explosion

Plourd, Lindy Merlin

1951-2012 

AB.RM at the time of the explosion

Purvis, Lawrence

1943-2013 

LS.ER at the time of the explosion

 

Q-R

Reid, William Grant

____-2018 

AB.FC at the time of the explosion

Reid, John Maxwell

____-2005

Served in Kootenay in 1958 as Lt, RCN, TAS Officer

Rieffenstein, Clark Edward

____-1969 

Slt, NavO at the time of the explosion

Robertson, Douglas Wayne

1945-2014

Richard, Égide

1946-2016

Served in Kootenay 1966 - 1967

Ring, Gordon Russell

____-2016 

C2ER at the time of the explosion

Robichaud, Edgar Joseph

1949-2014 

Slt at the time of the explosion

Rombough, Wallace Ormand

1926-2006

Served in Kootenay 10 Nov 1964 - 24 Jan 1965 as a P1ER4

Rutherford, Robert

1939-2008

Served in Kootenay as an Radar Plotter, Radar Maintainer and later as Cox'n 1984-1987

 

S-T

Saab, Don

1934-2011 

LS.CK at the time of the explosion

Shillington, Clifford Thomas

____-2015

Commissioning crew

Shimansky, John Thomas

1946-2016 

AB.ET at the time of the explosion

Shorten, Harry

____-1986

2nd Commanding Officer

Siggers, John

____-____ 

LS.BN at the time of the explosion

Sinyerd, Vincent Orville

1934-2012 

P2WU at the time of the explosion

Slater, Herbie

____-____ 

AB.RP at the time of the explosion

Sorenson, Hap

____-2007 

LS.BN at the time of the explosion

Spalding, James Dixon

1938-2016

11th Commanding Officer

Switzer, Jerry

____-____ 

LS.ST at the time of the explosion

Taggart, Rod

____-____ 

P1ST at the time of the explosion

Tay, Karl Alexander

____-2010

Served in Kootenay in 1972 as P2ET

Taylor, Douglas Arthur

____-2017 

Was a Cpl, Cook, at the time of the explosion

Teepell, Theodore M.

____-____ 

P2ER at the time of the explosion

Taylor, Richard Keith

1954-2006

Served in Kootenay in 1989 as LCdr, XO

Tessier, Yves Georges

1936-2010

Tiffin, Burton

1933-2012 

LS.HT at the time of the explosion

Tremblay, Maurice Henry

1930-1996 

LCdr, XO at the time of the explosion

7th Commanding Officer

Turnbull, Roderick Glen

1943-2017

 

U-V

Vansickle, John

____-____ 

P1WU at the time of the explosion

Viney, James

____-2007 

P2SN at the time of the explosion

 

 

 

W-X

Walker, Herman

____-____ 

LS.SW at the time of the explosion

Walsh, Gerald Francis

____-2017

Warren, Willy

____-1973 

OS.SG at the time of the explosion

Watson, Joseph Robert

____-2017 

LS.WU at the time of the explosion

Wavryk, Walter Lawrence

____-2015

Weisgerber, Ron

____-1975 

LS.SW at the time of the explosion

Williams, Reginald K.

1941-1998 

LS.ER at the time of the explosion

Williams, William Robert

1925-2001

Served in Kootenay 12 Nov 1964 - 23 May 1966 as a C2ET4, RCN

 

 

Y-Z

Zabok, Ronald

1943-2015

 

 

 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

      Honourary Kootenay Crew Members    

 

Those listed here were on board HMCS Kootenay on the day of the explosion - 23 Oct 1969.  While they were not members of her crew, they witnessed the events of that day and are considered by those who were there as honourary crew members.

 

 

Ching, George

1929-2012

C2SG, Squadron Chief Signalman

Finlay, Ferguson

1929-2008

LCdr, Squadron officer

Jones, David B.

1937-____

Lt, Engineering Officer

HMCS Bonaventure

Lynch, Grant Edward

____-2018

P2ET, HMCS Saguenay

Perry, George Joseph

____-2011

LS Squadron Steward

Walton, Wally

____-____

Cdr, Squadron Officer

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

 

- crew member on the day of the Kootenay Explosion, 23 Oct 1969

Abraham, John M., ABER   

 

Adams, Lloyd, ABFC 


Allen, George, P2ET 


Arimare, Joe, ABRP 


Aris, Michael (Mike), ABSN 


Armstrong, Jack, LSWS 


Armstrong, Walter, ABER 


Arnott, Gary, LSSG 


Ashley, David, ABRM 


Atkins, Tom G., ABBN   


Atkinson, Richard, ABRP 


Baillargeon, Dennis, Slt 


Baird, Lorne, OSRM 


Barber, Boyd, ABWU 

 

Barkhouse, (??), ABBN 


Barnett, Alex (Barney), ABWU 


Beacock, Ron, ABFC 


Bell, Allan (Dinger), ABER 


Bellefeuille, Michael Joseph, OSER 

 

Berbeck, Robert - Jul 1986 - Apr 1987


Billard, George, LSER 


Boisvert, Jean-Pierre, ABRM 


Boutin, (??) (Boots), OSER 


Boyd, Mike (Rick), LSST 


Bradley, Bill, LSWS 


Brayshaw, Ray, ABET 

 

Briggs, Pat, OSSN


Bronson, Roger, P2FC 

 

Brown, Gerry, LSRM - 1979 / MSRM - 1981 - 1982


Bushell, David J., ABFC 


Bussiere, Clement, P2ER 

 

Cameron, Dave Dan, OSSN


Carter, Ken, LSWS 


Chamberlain, Jack, LSSG 


Clark, Wayne, LSSN 


Constantine, Goldwin (Connie), ABER 


Cormier, (??), OSER 


Corr, Jerry, P1SG 


Cosens, James Victor, LSSN 


Cottrell, Allan, ABBN 


Couvrette, Denis, P1RM 


Crocket, Harold, C2RP 

 

Cryer, John, LSHT 


Cully, Dan, P1FC 


Dandy, Dave, OSWU 


Dean, James (Jim), LSER 


Desrosiers, Ray (Dez), LSFC 


Dooling, Larry, ABBM 

 

Elford, Jack, ABBN   

 

Evans, David John - 1984 - 1986


Finnamore, Russel, LSET 


Fisher, Kenneth G., ABWS 

 

Forbes, Gordon, LT Weapons Officer 


Forbes, Lance, ABSG 


Fox, Francis (Frank) J., ABRP 

Freeborn, Larry, P2RP 

 

Freisen, Stoney, LSET 

 

Galletly, Brian, LSER 

 

Garneau, Claude, OSSN 


Gordon, Bob, Pte, SW (Airforce) 


Gourley, David W., LSRP 


Gratton, Bob (Charlie), ABER 


Gray, Archie, P2ST 


Gregory, John H., P2ER 


Halsall, Shawn Dennis, ABSG 


Hawse, Donald (Paul), ABRM 


Hazel, K.W., P1AW 


Helpert, David, ABRP 


Hewens, Ken, ABER 


Hildebrand, Ron, ABST 


Hodder, Peter, OSSG 


Holm, David J. ABBN   


Hopper, Warren, ABFC 


Howell, Jerry, ABSW 


Hughes, Brian, ABBN 


Hughes, Robert (Bob), Slt 


Hutchinson, Jack, LSRP 


Inman, Dave, ABSN 


Jefferson, Bill, LSST 


Johnson, David, LSRP 


Johnston, Cyril, Slt 


Judd, John, OSER 


Keenliside, John, Slt 


Kelso, Donald, ABWU 


Kennedy, Allan F., Lt, Engineering Officer 

 

Kloosterman, Jim


LaCroix, Janel (PJ), OSER 


Langille, Ernie, LSER 


LaPage, C.J. (Joe), LSSW 

 

Larcheveque, Richard, Sig - Sep 1972 - Mar 1973


Larocque, Ray, ABSN 


LeGier, Chris, LSSN 


Logan, Don, Sig - 01 Aug 1961 - 14 Jun 1962


MacDonald, Dave, ABBN 


MacDonald, Jim, ABCK 


MacDonald, Wayne, ABWU 


MacEachern, John, ABFC 


MacEachern, Ken, OSSW 


MacKenzie, Brian (Oily), ABER 


MacPhee, Hugh, P2WU 


Marshall, Alexander (Sandy), LSRP 


Martell, Bill, LSSW 


Martens, Rick, ABRM 


McCann, Jim, ABRP 


McGuire, Gary, ABRP 

 

McLeod, Doug, CERA - Paying off crew


McLeod, Robert, LSER 

 

McNaughton, George, P1LT 

Millar, Paul, ABRM 

 

Miller, Gord (Dusty), Lt, Supply Officer 

 

Montague, John, Slt 

 

Moore, Lee, LSSN


Morgan, Grenfell (Gary), OSSN 


Morris, Mike, LSWS 


Mosley, Jim, ABSN 

 

O'Sullivan, Harold (Sully), P1ER 


Palbom, John, ABSN 


Palmer, Jim, C2SN 

 

Pascall, Luke, Stwd 


Patrick, Thomas, OSSG 


Peers, Al, LSFC 


Penny, Les, P2CK 


Prince, regean, ABSN 


Quinn, Rick, ABFC 


Reid, Ed, LSSN 


Reimer, Tom, ABFC 

 

Richard, Andrew, LSCK 

 

Rilley, Harold W., P2SG 


Rockwood, Gerry - 1981

 

Rogers, Reg - 1976 - 1978, 1980 - 1981


Rowland, Steve, ABHT 


Roy, John Robert, C2ET 


Russell, Bob, P2PW 

 

Rutherford, Robert (Bob), Lt, RCN, Weapons O - Jan 1967 - Sep 1968 / Lt, RCN, XO - Oct 1967 - Dec 1967 


Salt, Brian, OSRM 


Saunders, Earle, P1WS 


Saunders, Russel W., CPL Engineer (Airforce) 


Savery, Robert, ABET 


Schwartz, Art, Lt, CommO 


Sorhus, Al, OSRM 

 

Specht, Tony - paying off crew


St-Amour, Michel, OSER 


Steele, John, ABWU 


Stewart, Brian, ABWU 

 

Stuart, Bob - 1983 - 1986


Stutely, Jim, LSRM 


Swan, Steve, LSWU 


Swire(s), Al, ABAW 

 

Tanner, Gerald (Gerry), RM - 1965 - 1968


Theriault, J.L. (Roger), P2WS 

 

Tremblay, Gilbert (Gigi), LS-MS, EW - 02 May 1983 - 16 Jul 1984


Tymchuk, Wayne, ABSG 


Weber, Brian, ABWU 


Webster, John, OSSG 


White, Ron, P2ET 


Wickens, Tom, OSHT 

 

Williams, Brian L.


Williams, Fritz, ABER 

 

Wills, Al, FC - Apr 1978 - Jul 1979


Winters, Gerald, LSSN 


Womack, John, ABWS 


Young, Tom, ABRP 

 

      Honourary Kootenay Crew Members    

 

Those listed here were on board HMCS Kootenay on the day of the explosion - 23 Oct 1969.  While they were not members of her crew, they witnessed the events of that day and are considered by those who were there as honourary crew members.

 

Bryan, Harry  - LS Air Bosn / Bugler, HMCS Saguenay.  Volunteer bugler at Kootenay burial services and at Kootenay Memorial reunions

Malloy, John - HMCS Bonaventure

Cormier, Rene - LS, Air Bosn/Firefighter, HMCS Bonaventure

Moore, D.H. (Doug) - LS, Squadron Signalman

Gadbois, Ed - LS  Air Bosn/Firefighter, HMCS Bonaventure

Morres, Mike - LCdr, Squadron Weapons Officer

Henderson, Doug - LCdr, Squadron Operations Officer

Oliver, James B. (Jim) - LS, Squadron Signalman

Homer, Joe (Doc) - Slt, Squadron Medical Officer

Swiss, John - HMCS Bonaventure

Malasgar, Moe/Mac - P2 Air Bosn/Firefighter, HMCS Bonaventure

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

The Kootenay Explosion - October 23, 1969

 

At 6:05 AM Kootenay and Saguenay were ordered to separate from the task force and carry out a routine full-power trial. Saguenay completed her trial at 8:00 AM and Kootenay started her trial at 8:10 AM. At 8:21 AM Kootenay suffered the worst peacetime accident in the history of the RCN when her starboard gearbox reached an estimated temperature of 650 °C (1,202 °F) and exploded. The explosion and the ensuing fire killed 9 crew members and injured at least 53 others. The fire was brought under control by 10:10 AM and was extinguished between 10:30 and 11:00 AM. Kootenay was badly damaged but was kept afloat by the actions of her crew.

 

The ten pages below record what happened that fatal day onboard HMCS Kootenay

 

                          

 

 

Remembering Kootenay's Fallen

 

 

Funeral service being conducted for those who died as a result of the gearbox explosion on HMCS Kootenay, 23 Oct 1969

 

     

 

HMCS Saguenay leaves Plymouth, England for the burial at sea of three of Kootenay's sailors who died as a result of the gearbox explosion on HMCS Kootenay, 23 Oct 1969

 

From the collection of CPO Gord Giroux, Chief Steward

Courtesy of Debbie (Giroux) Graham

 

 

Remembering Kootenay's Fallen

 

              

 

HMCS Saguenay leaves Plymouth, England for the burial at sea of three of Kootenay's sailors who died as a result of the gearbox explosion on HMCS Kootenay, 23 Oct 1969

 

Courtesy of George Damczyk

George was an OSER on HMCS Saguenay at the time of the Kootenay explosion

 

The bodies of those who died in the Kootenay explosion are being placed in a helicopter to be taken ashore from HMCS Bonaventure

Courtesy of Jack Soble

 

Funeral Service pamphlet for those who died in the Kootenay Explosion

 

     

 

Courtesy of Grant Reid

 

All crew members that were on HMCS Kootenay during the explosion in 1969 were given one of these certificates by the Navy in Oct 2011

Courtesy of Grant Reid

Kootenay's commanding officer cutting the 1st anniversary cake with his sword

Courtesy of Steve Rowland

Cake celebrating HMCS Kootenay's 1st Anniversary

Courtesy of Steve Rowland

 

HMCS Kootenay 258 - Welcome aboard booklet (prior to 1970)

 

                         

 

        

 

Courtesy of Grant Reid

 

The Last Tot on board HMCS Kootenay 258

HMCS Kootenay 258 undergoing post-conversion sea trials - Oct 1972

Courtesy of Richard Larcheveque

Kevin Kirk standing in HMCS Kootenay's rope stores after her collision with the bulk carrier Nordpol

Courtesy of Kevin Kirk

HMCS Kootenay after her collision with the bulk carrier Nordpol


A certificate issued to PO1 NavSig Andre Sheppard after HMCS Kootenay rounded Cape Horn on 10 Oct 1995

Courtesy of Andre Sheppard


 

Series of photos showing the replacement of Kootenay's bow from Chaudiere after her collision with bulk carrier Nordpol.

Credit: Ian Ball, PO1, ERA, Ret'd

 

Photo 1) both ships with their bow sections removed

 

Photo 2)  Kootenay has her new nose job and her damaged bow is on Chaudiere


Ship's Bell of HMCS Kootenay 258

Courtesy of John McDonald

 

Below is a partial list of the names of of those christened on board HMCS Kootenay and whose names are engraved on the bell.  Names are listed in the same sequences as they are seen on the bell.

 

Michelle S. Jeffery - 16 Apr 1972

Kirsta A. Olsen - 11 Jun 1972

Nori J. Bicknell - 25 Jun 1972

Jeffrey R.G. Gover - 20 Aug 1972

Catherine L. Gobeille - 10 Sep 1972

David C. Webber - 01 Oct 1972

David E. Instant - 11 Nov 1972

Sarah J. Scott - 10 Dec 1972

Nicolle S. Wollfe - 06 Jan 1974

Mark P.K. Blondeau - 13 Jul 1974

Lisa M. Gullens - 06 Oct 1974

Julie L. Moore - 17 Nov 1974

Nora K. Watt - 17 Nov 1974

John A. Watt - 17 Nov 1974

Matthew A. Gadd - 23 Feb 1975

Michael D. Delahunt - 29 Jun 1975

Dana M. Frape - 29 Jun 1975

Christopher R. Timmons - 08 Sep 1976

Michael S. Jeffery - 23 Jan 1977

John J. Yewell - 03 Apr 1977

Katrina D. Clutesi - 20 Jul 1977

Tinneal L. Faille - 31 Jul 1977

Angela E. Otten - 09 Oct 1977

Alison J. McDonald - 28 May 1978

Patricia A. McLarty - 03 Jun 1978

Brian J. Koloszko - 16 Sep 1976

Erin M. Mowat - 04 Apl 1979

Bradley J. Woolner - 10 Aug 1975

Elizabeth A. Reddy - 25 Jun 1976

Shannon L. McDonald - 05 Aug 1979

Gerry Rockwood on HMCS Kootenay during Ex Horizon View 81

Courtesy of Mike Engeland

HMCS Kootenay going through the locks on the Welland Canal during the Great Lakes Cruise, 1967

Courtesy of David Stewart

 

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(1) Mike Aris (left) and Égide Richard (the Pocket Rocket) in 1 Mess, HMCS Kootenay  (2) # 1 Mess, HMCS Kootenay, LS.SN Lee More, Capt. Jack and OS.SN Pat Briggs  (3) # 1 Mess, HMCS Kootenay, OS.SN Alan Parry on the right. (4) HMCS Kootenay transiting locks during Centennial events  (5 & 6) Paint ship on HMCS Kootenay  (7 & 8) The bridge of HMCS Kootenay 

 

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(9) Burma road on HMCS Kootenay  (10) Cable deck of HMCS Kootenay  (11) Main cafeteria of HMCS Kootenay  (12) Bunks in 1 Mess - HMCS Kootenay  (13) 1 Mess settee area - HMCS Kootenay  (14) HMCS Kootenay's Wheelhouse  (15) (L-R) OS.SN Mike Aris, OS.SN Pat Briggs,  OSSN Jack Kilbourn, OS.SN Égide Richard (Pocket Rocket) (front)  (16) (L-R) Jack Kilbourn and Pat Briggs

 

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(17) Kootenay's Counter Terrorist Group - Chris Legier, Rocky, Mosley  (18) Mike Aris at the Fortress of san Felipe Del Morro, San Juan  (19) Mike Aris and OS Alan Parry's hand relaxing on HMCS Kootenay in Bermuda, Maple Spring '67  (20) Playing crib in 1 Mess on HMCS Kootenay  (21) OS.SN Dave Dan Cameron (right) and OS.SN Alan Parry (left)  in the Torpedo House during action stations  (22) HMCS Kootenay at Expo '67.  The Bluenose is in the foreground  (23) Mike Aris and Al Parry in San Juan

 

Courtesy of Mike Aris

 

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(1) Rick Boyd, Rick Lalonde and Tom Atkins on HMCS Kootenay 258  (2) Begley and Boyd  (3) Begley and ??  (4) "Happy 21st Birthday"  (5) Begley and Boyd  (6) Lalonde, Begley, Hildebrand and ??  (7) 

 

Courtesy of Rick Boyd

Tot time on Kootenay - 1966

21st birthday celebration for HMCS Kootenay 258 at sea

Courtesy of Peter Ware

21st birthday celebration for HMCS Kootenay 258 at sea

The Buffer is presenting a carving of the ship to the CO

Courtesy of Peter Ware

21st birthday celebration for HMCS Kootenay 258 at sea

Horse races on the quarterdeck

Courtesy of Peter Ware

Crossing the Line - Equator on HMCS Kootenay 258

Courtesy of Peter Ware

HMCS Kootenay 258 firing an ASROC

Courtesy of Peter Ware

HMCS Kootenay 258 firing a CHAFF rocket

Courtesy of Peter Ware

Certificate issued to Kootenay crew members who were on her when she transited the Panama Canal on 20 Jan 1973 while transferring coasts  from Halifax to Esquimalt.

Courtesy of Grant Reid

Ron Hildebrand on HMCS Kootenay 258

Seaforth veteran, Ron Hildebrand, remembers HMCS Kootenay

Courtesy of Ron Hildebrand

ABER Dan Bélisle, HMCS Kootenay 258, circa 1969

From the collection of PJ LaCroix, OSER

Courtesy of PJ LaCroix

Stokers on the quarterdeck, HMCS Kootenay 258, circa 1969

From the collection of PJ LaCroix, OSER

Courtesy of PJ LaCroix

ABRM Jean-Pierre Boisvert, HMCS Kootenay 258, circa 1969

From the collection of PJ LaCroix, OSER

Courtesy of PJ LaCroix

At the hospital in Plymouth (L-R) Jacques Godin (OSSN), Guy Drapeau (ABRP), Michel St-Amour (OSER), Jean-Pierre Boisvert (ABRM)

From the collection of PJ LaCroix, OSER

Courtesy of PJ LaCroix

ABHT Steve Rowland, HMCS Kootenay 258, circa 1969

From the collection of PJ LaCroix, OSER

Courtesy of PJ LaCroix

HMCS Kootenay 258

Courtesy of John Hawley

OSSG Don Logan on HMCS Kootenay in 1961

Courtesy of Don Logan

On 23 Oct 2015, Grenfell Morgan present the ship's badge of HMCS Kootenay from 23 Oct 1969 to the Damage Control Training Facility / HMCS Kootenay, in Halifax.

Courtesy of Grenfell Morgan

HMCS Kootenay's badge from 23 Oct 1969

Courtesy of Grenfell Morgan

Article from the Esquimalt Lookout newspaper dated 13 Dec 1995 on HMCS Kootenay's pending paying off scheduled for 18 Dec 1995

Courtesy of Melissa Atkinson, Manager Lookout Newspaper, Creative Services and Sponsorship

Abstract of a newspaper article from the Vancouver Sun dated 19 Dec 1995 on HMCS Kootenay's final sail past

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

Former destroyer escorts HMCS Kootenay (right) and HMCS Restigouche (left) are towed out of Esquimalt Harbour Monday to begin an 18-day journey to Acapulco. The ships will be sunk to create reefs for divers. An effort to keep the ships as an attraction in B.C. waters fell short.

Credit: Darren Stone / Times Colonist

Newspaper article from the Times Colonist about the sale of HMCS Kootenay complete with rocket launcher

Credit: Susan Danard - Times Colonist  Photographer: Sean White - Times Colonist

Courtesy of Daniel Hebert

HMCS Kootenay just prior to her being sunk as an artificial reef - May 11, 2001

Source: Stourbridge Lion's Travel Log.

Photographer: Darren E. Hadley. © Darren E. Hadley 2001

 

"Let’s talk about this ship a bit more since this is part of “Reef Gate” and was big news here from 1999 to 2001. This Canadian Naval ship (and Restigouche – DDE 257) was towed from Canada to here to become an artificial reef on Navy Day, June 1, 2000. Well, there was a question on how they were purchased and here they sat until it was cleared up in 2001. Shortly after I took this photo the Kootenay was sunk near the Restigouche that was sunk just before our arrival."

 

WEBMASTERS NOTE: This photo is reported to be the former HMCS Kootenay, just prior to her being sunk as an artificial reef in 2001, however, it is actually the former HMCS Restigouche. The Kootenay was not sunk as an artificial reef (see photos below taken in 2003)

Newspaper article on the use of the former HMCS Restigouche 257 and the former HMCS Kootenay 258 as artificial reefs.

Originally published in the Laredo Morning Times, Friday, June 15, 2001

Source: airwolf.lmtonline.com

The article if from the magazine "Sport Diver" dated December 2001. It refers to the Cayman Islands plans to scuttle 5 ships as artificial reefs and one of their prospective ships is HMCS Kootenay

 

       

 

Former HMCS Kootenay at Manzinillo, Mexico in 2003

 

Courtesy of Stephane Desbiens

 

The End

 

The Kootenay ended up under arrest as the purchasers didn't pay some kind of import fee and it ended up in a proverbial Mexican mess between the Mexican federal government and the harbor authorities and the owners. Last seen she was being very heavily scrapped at the dock and they ran the remaining part of the hull up on the beach and took her right down to the keel. Sad ending for a great ship.

 

 

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