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HMCS MICMAC R10 / 214

 

MELKEDAE

 

FEARLESS

HMCS Micmac 214 circa 1954

"C/O at that time was Commander  George (Trigger) Wadds, a great skipper"

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

 

Laid down: 20 May 1942

Launched: 18 Sep 1943

Commissioned: 18 Sep 1945

Paid off: 30 Nov 1951

Re-commissioned: 14 Aug 1953

Paid off: 31 Mar 1964

Fate: Broken up in 1965

 

Built by Halifax Shipyards Ltd., Micmac was commissioned at Halifax on 18 Sep 1945. Alone of her class, she never fired a shot in anger but spent her entire career as a training ship. On 16 Jul 1947, she collided in fog with SS Yarmouth County off Halifax, suffering very extensive damage to her bows. While under repair she was partially converted to a destroyer escort, returning to her duties early in 1950. Her conversion was completed during 1952, and she was re-commissioned on 14 Aug 1953. 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).  In Oct 1963, Bonaventure, Algonquin, Cayuga, Micmac and Saskatchewan took part in a NATO exercise in which all participating ships were battered by a severe North Atlantic storm (click here to see the newspaper article). At the end of 1963, after ten further strenuous years of training, NATO exercises, and "showing the flag", she was declared surplus and, on 31 Mar 1964, paid off at Halifax. Sold in 1964 to marine salvage Co., she was resold and in Oct 1964 she arrived at Faslane, Scotland and was broken up in 1965.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Ralph Lucien Hennessy, DSC, RCN - 12 Sep 1945 - 27 Mar 1947

LCdr John Coldecott Littler, RCN - 28 Mar 1947 - 05 Sep 1947

LCdr Frederick Charsley Frewer, RCN - 16 Nov 1949 - 30 Nov 1951

Cdr George M. Wadds, RCN - 14 Aug 1953 - 26 Aug 1954

Cdr J.C. Smyth, RCN - 27 Aug 1954 - 01 Sep 1955

Cdr E.T.G. Madgwick, DSC, RCN - 02 Sep 1955 - 08 Jul 1956

Cdr Latham Brerton Jenson, RCN - 09 Jul 1956 - 04 Aug 1957

Cdr N. Cogdon, RCN - 05 Aug 1957 - 13 Jun 1958

Cdr Andrew Barry Crafurd German, RCN - 10 Mar 1959 - 15 Dec 1959

Cdr G.R. Smith, RCN - 16 Dec 1959 - 09 Feb 1961

Cdr William James Stuart, RCN - 10 Feb 1961 - 14 Aug 1962

LCdr James Mortimer Cutts, RCN - 15 Aug 1962 - 31 Mar 1964

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

 

ACTON, Joseph William John

LS, 4458, RCN

killed - 16 Jul 1947 

APPLEYARD, Richard Alan

OS, 5734-H, RCN

killed - 16 Jul 1947 

CARTER, Robert Henry

OS, H6031, RCN

killed - 16 Jul 1947 

GAGNE, Gerard Louis

LS, H4146, RCN

killed - 16 Jul 1947 

GOODLAD, Thomas Alexander Anthony

AB, H5316, RCN

killed - 16 Jul 1947 

FERGUSON, P.L

Pay Writer, RCN

Lost at sea - 05 Nov 1957

JELINEK, Rudolph Jose

 AB, N44564, RCN

died - 18 Nov 1960 

MANSON, Donald Stuart

OS, H6060, RCN

killed - 16 Jul 1947 

MARTEL, Joseph Gregoire Bernard

AB, H6172, RCN

killed - 16 Jul 1947 

MILLER, Lorne Harley

AB, V32747, RCNVR

died - 16 Jul 1947 

STEPHEN, Samuel Stewart

AB, 4075, RCN

killed - 16 Jul 1947 

WARD, Howard Hartnel

LS, 3958-H, RCN

killed - 16 Jul 1947 

 

 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Ash, Eldon Joseph

1931-2015

Ayer, John Carleton III

1925-2011

Bays, Rodney

1924-2006

Served in Micmac in 1959 as XO

Beecher, Scott Eaton

____-2102

Berryman, Bryan John

____-2014

Bonner, Albert Leo

1917-2004

Bonter, George Milton

____-2012

Bruce, William Ernest

____-2007

Burnett, Gerald Clarke

1935-2003

 

C-D

Cherrington, Keith

1936-2016

Served in Micmac Jul 1962 - Mar 1964

Clark, Donald Stanley

____-1963

Served in Micmac in 1953 as a Midshipman

Cruickshank, Robert Douglas

1927-2014

Curry, Donald George

____-2014


d’Entremont, André Augustin

1941-2018

Doutaz, George E.

1922-2017

Dyck, Henry Waldemar

____-2018

 

 

 

E-F

Franks, Robert John

1939-1992

Frewer, Frederick Charsley

1922-2004

3rd Commanding Officer

 

 

 

G-H

Galway, Ronald E.

1926-2001

German, Andrew Barry Crawfurd

____-2011

9th Commanding Officer

Grady, Peter Harold

1922-2017

Served in Micmac in 1954 as XO

Hamilton, Robert Alexander

____-2011

Harich, John Louis

____-2014

Hennessy, Ralph Lucien

1918-2014

1st Commanding Officer

Houston, James Henry

____-2007

 

 

 

I-J

Iorio, Richard

1936-2014

Jenson, Latham Brerton

1921-2004

7th Commanding Officer

 

 

 

K-L

Kearney, Joseph Patrick

1935-2012

Kowalsky, Karl James

____-2008

Krehbiel, Richard Merle

1916-1983

Kyle, Ted

____-2018

Leck, Glen Elroy

1929-2011

Lees, Joseph Clifford

1937-2007

Served in Micmac 10 Mar 1959 - 27 Oct 1959

Lewis, Keith Dunham

1926-2011

Logan, John Wellington

1923-2018

Served in Micmac in 1953

 

 

M-N

Mahoney, John Elliott

____-2003

Served in Micmac in 1959 as LCdr, RCN, XO

Mahoney, Leo James

1920-2003

Marshe, Gerald Ian

1932-2011

McCall, Albert James

1925-2017

Mifflin, Frederick John

1938-2013

Served in Micmac in 1959 as Slt, RCN

Mitchell, Stanley Falconer

1926-2005

Morton, John Patrick

1929-2016

Murray, Arthur William

1920-2014

Newton, John Douglas

____-2017

 

O-P

Parkin, John Arthur

____-2017

Served in Micmac during the 1950s

Pattenden, Joseph Robert

1929-2010

Peeling, Donald Albert

1929-2012

Pelletier, Roger Ivan

1934-2016

Preston, Anthony John

1925-2008

Procher, Edward John

1943-2017

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Roberts, Bernard

____-2006

Robertson, Ronald Albert

1928-2017

Rollinson, Frederick M.

____-1950

 

 

S-T

Shaw, Colin Heggerston Purves

1925-2009

Served in Micmac in 1947 as A/Lt, RCN

Shimmin, Robert Allen

1924-2012

Small, Ronald

____-2013

Smith, Herbert Hartley

1920-2007

Somers, George Henry

1921-2009

Stitt, Don M.

1924-____

Swim, Ronald Floyd

____-2014

Tate, David Henry

1931-2015

Served in Micmac in 1962 as LCdr, RCN, OpsO

Timbrell, Robert Walter

1920-2006

Titus, Alexander Cowan

1927-1950

Tomlinson, Gordon Earle

1925-2015

 

 

 

 

U-V

Vondette, Henry William

1924-2006

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Angle, Walter H., 5887-H

 

Brennen, Michael Francis, Slt, RCNVR - 16 Apr 1945

 

Boulton, Kenneth, Signalman, RCN - Oct 1956 - Jan 1957

 

Brown, Donald (Buster), RCN - Oct 1959 - Jun 1962

 

Campfield, Derek Oliver, Lt, RCN(R) - 09 Apr 1946

 

Cheriton, William Ross, Lt (El), RCNVR - 10 May 1945

 

Connors, Thomas Edward, A/Lt, RCN(R) - 08 Jul 1946 / Lt, RCN - 10 Jun 1947

 

Davies, David Lloyd, Lt, RCN(R) - 10 Jul 1946

 

Dear, Harold Claud, Wt (E), RCN - 01 Jul 1945

 

Eden, Lawrence Kenneth, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Mar 1945 (Stand by)

 

Evans, Roger Albert, A/Slt, RCN - 07 Jun 1950

Hatfield, Byron Maxwell, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 12 Apr 1945 (Stand by)

 

Huculak, Walter, Lt (L), RCN(R) - 17 May 1946

 

MacDonald, Robert Ross, Lt (L), RCN - 29 Jul 1950

 

McClung, Alan Russell, Gnr (T), RCN - 24 May 1946 / Gnr (TAS) (T), RCN - 24 May 1947

 

Moore, Art D. - 17 Dec 1961

 

O'Brien, Gerald Patrick, Lt, RCNVR - 07 May 1945 (Stand by)

 

Okros, Richard Dennis, Slt, RCN - 1953

 

Richardson, Harry (Henry), 19096-H - 1956

Skelton, Peter Hamilton, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Mar 1945 (Stand by)

 

Slade, Stuart Leonard, Lt, RCN  01 Mar 1945

 

Smith, Malcolm Edward, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Mar 1945

 

Stapleton, Dennis, Gunner

 

Stewart, Gordon, ABTD3, RCN - Feb 1956 - Feb 1958 

 

Stonehouse, Llewellyn Owen, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Jun 1945 (Stand by)

 

Sullivan, Gerald (Jerry) - Jun 1950 - Feb 1951 

 

Tanner, George William, Gnr (T), RCN - 01 Feb 1945

 

Trottier, Fred, Sto 1c - Jul 1946 - Aug 1947 / PO2 - Apr 1950 - Aug 1950 / P1ER-C2ER - Sep 1962 - Mar 1964

 

Walton, David Martin, Lt (S), RCN - 15 May 1947

 

RCN Memories

Mediterranean Mooring

Shore Patrol

The Battle of St. Margaret's Bay

 

Links

Remembering R10 - The story of Micmac and the collision with SS Yarmouth

Ship's company photos for HMCS Micmac

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

 

HMCS Micmac's bell on display at the Camp Hill Veteran's Hospital, Halifax, NS

 

           

 

The names on the bell (based on the photos) are transcribed below.  Where a name or date is not clear, (?) has been put beside the entry.

 

Baxter, John Wayne - 13(?) Apr 1947

Chassels, Wendy Jane - 25 Jun 1947

Potter, Lynda Jean - 13 Jul 1947

Brodie, Margaret Jean - 23 Apr 1950

Lea, Janet Elizabeth - 23 Apr 1950

Brooks, Michael James - 18 Jun 1950

Cox, Russell Robert - 20 Aug 1950

Hunter, Ian Robert - 18 Feb 1951

German, Richard Barry - 04 Mar 1951

Jones, Karen Ann - 23 Mar 1954

Okros, Allan Charles - 23 Mar 1954

Mann, Stephanie Margaret - 23 Mar 1954

Norris, Heather Ann - 23 Oct 1954

MacKinnon, Carol Ann - 27 Mar 1955

Norris, Brenda Lee - 07 Aug 1955

Russell, Robert Brian - 07 Aug 1955

Devlin, Terance Norman - 16 Aug(?) 1956

Nash, John Reid - 03 Feb 1957

Jones, Carol Vivienne - 26 May 1957

Brian (?), Marilyn Louise - 28 Jul 1959

Carter, Shelly Louise - 01 May 1960

Jackson (?), Lynne Christine - 20 Nov 1960

Bunch, William Ralph - 18 Dec 1960

Bunch, Kimberly-Jewel - 18 Dec 1960

Bunch, Wendy Anne - 18 Dec 1960

Bunch, Barry Owen - 18 Dec 1960

Allen, Lawrence Bruce - 18 Dec 1960

Brodie (?), Graeme (?) Alexander - 29 Jan 1961?

Berryman, Kevin John - 14 Apr 1963

Clarke Sandra Jane - 28 Jan 1964

Littlefair, Sandra Nadine - 07 Mar 1964

Berryman, Edlin Bruce - 15 Mar 1964

 

 

Courtesy of Guy Godin

 

The Launching of HMCS Micmac

The Winnipeg Evening Tribune 20 Sep 1943

Tribal class destroyer HMCS Micmac launched from Halifax shipyards on 18 September 1943

Source John F. Rogers NSARM accession no. 1995-370 no. 13

Wartime ad - HMCS MICMAC

Source: Canada's War at Sea - published Montreal 1944

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

HMCS Micmac during builder's trials

From the collection of Harry Seright

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

HMCS Micmac in drydock at Halifax, June 1945

HMCS Micmac R10

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

HMCS Micmac R10 circa 1946-1947

Photo taken from HMCS Warrior

From the collection of George Crewe

Courtesy of Catherine Crewe

HMCS Micmac

Photo taken from HMCS Bonaventure

Source: Under the Cat

HMCS Micmac 214, Hamburg, Germany, 1957

Photo by Bruce Drope from the Collection of John Rochon

HMCS Micmac 214

From the photo collection of Lt VS Curry, CD, RCN (Ret'd)

Courtesy of Gerry Curry

From the collection of Eugene Miller

Courtesy of Rene Miller

(To see photos of the 1951 Mediterranean cruise, see HMCS Magnificent's photo gallery)

HMCS Micmac 214, Naples, Italy - 1951

From the collection of Eugene Miller

Courtesy of Rene Miller

HMCS Micmac 214 - taken from HMCS Magnificent

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

HMCS Micmac 214 refueling from HMCS Magnificent

Courtesy of Francis Dowdall who was a crane operator during this refueling

Canadian Special Service Squadron Certificate for 1950

HMCS Magnificent, HMCS Micmac, HMCS Huron

Courtesy of John Hawley

Postcard showing the Canadian Special Service Squadron Cruise - 1950

Courtesy of Francis Dowdall

HMCS Huron with HMCS Micmac outboard - possibly 1951

It is believed this photo was taken in New York when Huron was enroute for Korea and Micmac was her consort for the first part of the journey.

From the collection of Reg (Smokey) Rhymes

Courtesy of Gordon Rhymes

HMCS Micmac at San Miguel, Azores

Courtesy of Gordon Stewart

HMCS Micmac 214 arriving at (what is believe to be) Belfast, Ireland

Courtesy of Gordon Stewart

Sailors off HMCS Micmac ashore at US Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Courtesy of Gordon Stewart

Art Moore (left) and shipmate Pat Moore, London, 1962

HMCS Micmac 214

Courtesy of Art Moore

April/May 1951 - HMCS Micmac 214 conducting a stern fueling with HMCS Magnificent in the Southern Caribbean Sea

"Fueling Micmac in a way it is done in convoys. Hose capped, pumped full of air and floated astern, Micmac picks up hose, secures it and pumping begins. Seems the hose had a small puncture in it."

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

Invitation for HMCS Micmac ship's company dance - 25 Feb 1963

Courtesy of Art Moore

Invitation for HMCS Micmac ship's company dance - 21 Nov 1963

Courtesy of Art Moore

HMCS Micmac 214

Courtesy of Art Moore

Newspaper article, dated 26 Sep 1963, on Algonquin's and Micmac's visit to Stockholm. The first RCN ship's to do so since 1957

Courtesy of Art Moore

Micmac sailors at Art Moore's place circa 1963

Courtesy of Art Moore

 

If you can identify any of the people in this photo, please send me an EMAIL so I can add their names here

 

 

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