ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY    

 

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 Nov 1995

Fate: Unknown

 

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. 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. 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. 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. Her final trip found her off Uruguay for a two month naval exercise called UNITAS. On 18 Dec 1996, 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 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.

 

Commanding Officers

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

Cdr H. Shorten, RCN - 11 Jul 1960 - 19 Sep 1962

Cdr D.H. Hayes, RCN - 19 Sep 1962 - 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 - 15 Nov 1968

Cdr M. Tremblay, RCN - 15 Nov 1968 - 21 Mar 1969

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

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

Cdr R.H. Kirby - 17 Feb 1973 - 14 Jun 1974

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

Cdr B.P. Moore - 16 Jul 1976 - 27 Jun 1978

Cdr Bruce Johnston - 27 Jun 1978 - 11 Aug 1980

Cdr B.H. 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 J.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 1996

  

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

BOUDREAU, William Alfred, CPO2, RCN, died - 23 Oct 1969   

 

BOURRET, Pierre Serge, LS, RCN, died - 23 Oct 1969 

 

CRABBE, Thomas Gordon, LS, RCN, died - 23 Oct 1969 

GALLOWAY, Nelson Murray, AB, RCN, died - 23 Oct 1969 

 

HARDY, Michael Alan, AB, RCN, died - 23 Oct 1969 

 

HARMAN, Eric George, CD, PO1, RCN, died - 23 Oct 1969 

HUTTON, Gary Wayne, LS, 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   

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

Barber, Al, Engineer, RCN

 

Barfoot, Clayton Gordon Crozier (Tabby), P2WU

 

Beaudoin, Donald Thomas, PO1, ERA, Ret'd

 

Beckett, Brian Harwood, Capt(N), OMM, CD, Ret'd

 

Bourque, Donald

 

Boyles, Forster Alex, LS, RP, RCN

 

Brown, Ernest, CPO, RCN

 

Ching, George, CPO, RCN

 

Christie, Robert William, Med A, PO1

 

Costin, Frank William, LCdr, CD, RCN, Ret'd

 

Curry, Donald George

 

Duquette, Gilles, CPO2, RCN

 

Dzioba, Lawrence (Larry), Capt(N), OMM, CD

 

Freeman, Keith Ingram

Gammie, Wayne (died: 23 Jan 2015)

 

Gardner, Raymond Arthur,  MMM, CD, CWO. Ret'd

 

Godin, Jacques

 

Griffin, Ted

 

Grove, Roger

 

Harrison, D.L., LSHT

 

Henderson, Leslie Frederick Maynard, CD, PO1, Ret'd, RCN

 

Kidder, Larry, Bos'n (Died: 2014)

 

Kirby, Richmond (Rip) Hill, Capt. RCN, Ret`d (drafted to HMCS Kootenay 258 on 17 Feb 73 as Cdr.)

 

Kreitz, David (Todd)

 

Kux, Hubert (Bert) Ernest

 

Lemon, Denis Ernest, CD, LCdr. RCN, Ret'd, C.Eng. M.I. Mech. E

 

MacInnis, Alexander (Skip)

 

MacKnight, Wayne, P1ER

 

Mainguy, Dan, CD, CMM, Vice-Admiral, RCN, Ret'd

 

Munday, Robert William (Bob), LCdr, RCN, Ret'd

 

Nieforth, Angus Walter, RCN

 

Norton, Neil

 

Nutley, Robert G.

 

Parry, Alan, Sonarman

 

Pickford, Reginald John (Jack), Rear-Admiral, RCNVR, RCN, CF

 

Plourd, Lindy (Len) Merlin

 

Robertson, Wayne, RCN, RCAF (died: 06 Dec 2014)

 

Robichaud, Edgar Joseph "Robbie" "Rob"

 

Sinyerd, Vincent Orville

 

Tessier, Yves Georges

 

Tiffin, Burton

 

A - D

 

Al Barber

1938-2009

Clayton Gordon Crozier Barfoot

1936-2013

Donald Thomas Beaudoin

1953-2012

Brian Harwood Beckett

1936-2013

Alex Foster Boyles

1935-2013

Robert William Christie

1937-2006

Gilles Duquette

____-2014

 

 

 

 

 

E - H

 

Keith Ingram Freeman

1945-2013

Wayne Gammie

____-2015

Raymond Arthur Gardner

1936-2012

Leslie Frederick Maynard Henderson

1924-2010

 

 

 

I - L

 

Hubert Kux

1944-2007

Denis Ernest Lemon

1925-2013

 

 

 

 

 

M - P

 

Alexander MacInnis

1940-2012

Dan Mainguy

1930-2010

 
Angus Walter Nieforth

1938-2010

Neil Norton

1928-2010

Alan Parry

____-____

Reginald John Pickford

1920-2012

Len Plourd

1951-2012

 

 

 

 

 

Q - T

 

Edgar Joseph Robichaud

____-2014

Vincent Orville Sinyerd

1934-2012

Yves Georges Tessier

1937-2010

Burton Tiffin

1933-2012

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Aris, Mike

 

Atkins, Tom 

 

Belisle, Dan, ABER - 1969

 

Berbeck, Robert - Jul 1986 - Apr 1987

 

Boisvert, Jean-Pierre, ABRM - 1969

 

Boyd, Rick

 

Briggs, Pat, OSSN

 

Cameron, Dave Dan, OSSN

 

Drapeau, Guy, ABRP - 1969

Evans, David John - 1984 - 1986

 

Godin, Jacques, OSSN - 1969

 

Hildebrand, Ron

 

Kilbourn, Jack, OSSN

 

LaCroix, PJ, OSER - 1969

 

Lalonde, Rick

 

Legier, Chris

 

Moore, Lee, LSSN

Richard, (Rocket)

 

Richard, Eijed, (Picket Rocket), OSSN

 

Rockwood, Gerry - 1981

 

Rowland, Steve, ABHT - 1969

 

St-Amour, Michael, OSER - 1969

 

Stuart, Bob - 1983 - 1986

 

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

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

Links

 

Awards to members of HMCS Kootenay due to their actions during the gearbox explosion on 23 October 1969

CBC Digital Archives - Nine Dead in Explosion of  HMCS Kootenay - Video

HMCS Kootenay

Kootenays Boast Proud Naval Heritage

Kootenay Memories

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

The Canadian Navy Yesterday and Today - HMCS Kootenay gearbox explosion

 

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