For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS ORIOLE QW3 / KC480

HMCS Oriole on a spinnaker run in the straits

Courtesy of Gevan Dale

 

Laid down: 1921

Launched: 

Commissioned: 19 Jun 1952

Paid off: 

 

The Oriole was originally laid down as the Oriole IV, the successor in a line of vessels named Oriole that were in service as the flagships for the Royal Canadian Yacht Club of Toronto, Ontario. During World War II, she was chartered by the Royal Canadian Navy as a training vessel. In 1949 she was again chartered by the Navy as a new recruit training vessel, and subsequently moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1951. She was officially commissioned HMCS Oriole 19 Jun 1952, and two years later the navy moved her to CFB Esquimalt to become a training vessel to the Naval Officer Training Centre.

 

Photos and Documents          Crew photos

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr William (Bill) Desmond Walker, RCN - 1963 - 1965

LCdr Geoffrey Strickland Hilliard - 1967 - 1969

Cox, Peter S. - 1970 - 1972 (approx)

Cdr William (Bill) Desmond Walker, RCN(R) - 1973 - 1981

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Arntson, Maurice John

1933-2014

Beaudry, Roger Albert

1934-2013

Served in Oriole in 1982

Bemister, Herbert George

1929-2013

Biles, H.A.

1942-2016

Boughton, Donald Ross

1931-2018

Butterfield, James

1922-2009

 

 

 

 

C-D

Cadwallader, Charles William A.

1927-2006

Cox, Peter S.

1921-2014

Commanding Officer

1970-1972

DeBoice, Jarvis

1937-2014

 

 

G-H

Hilliard, Geoffrey Strickland

____-1972

Commanding Officer

1967-1969

 

 

 

 

K-L

King, Terry

____-2017

Lye, Allan George

1945-2016

 

 

 

M-N

Newton, John Douglas

____-2017

Served in Oriole in 1954

 

 

 

 

O-P

O'Brien. Joseph M.

1928-2002

Ormsby, Bryan

1942-2016

Parsons, Harvey

1936-2016

 

 

S-T

Sailor, Frank

1928-2012

Sears, George Elms

1931-2015

Thom, Ronald Erle

1923-1999

 

 

U-V

VanEk, Hendrick

1934-2016

 

 

 

 

W-X

Walker, William Desmond

____-____

Skipper of Oriole 1963-1965 and 1973-1981

Walter, John Ross Terry

1933-2012

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Abbott, PO1 (poss CPO), Cox'n - 1982

 

Codd, Gordon

 

Cuthbertson, Donald, LSCK - 2000 (Victoria - Maui trip) 

 

Fraser, K.E., Engineer - 1948

 

Frenette, Mario, LS - 1982

Hanna, Keith, PO

 

Jackson, David, LSBN - 1982

 

Malthus, Steven, LS - 1982

 

Martin, Ken, 1st Mate - 1948

O'Hara, Pat, LSBN - 1982

 

Outhit, Peter, OCDT - UNTD summer training 1958

 

Pangman, Peter M., CO - 1948

 

Reid, Jim

 

Smith, LCdr - 1982

 

Photos and Documents 

 

Rough Water Give Severe Test To 12 Sea Cadets on Cruise to City

The Bellville Intelligencer, 27 Jul 1948

Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: John Lyons 2015

Newspaper article on HMCS Oriole from the Picton Gazette, Picton, Ontario, 16 May 1958

Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: John Lyons 2014

Newspaper article on UNTD summer training - OCDT Peter Outhit on HMCS Oriole

The Halifax Mail-Star 14 Aug 1958

Research by / Courtesy of George Newbury

HMCS Oriole aground of Clover Point, BC, in the 1960s

Photographer: Janice Mason

Courtesy of Janice Mason

HMCS Oriole day sail with Royal Roads Cadets 05 Dec 1964

Lcdr Bill Walker, captain (right) and Lt FA Perry (Royal Roads French Prof.)

DND photo / Photographer: Len Watling

Courtesy of Eric Ruff

HMCS Oriole day sail with Royal Roads Cadets 05 Dec 1964

Eric Ruff (left) and John Jamieson

DND photo / Photographer: Len Watling

Courtesy of Eric Ruff

HMCS Oriole day sail with Royal Roads Cadets 05 Dec 1964

Royal Roads Cadets relaxing on deck

DND photo / Photographer: Len Watling

Courtesy of Eric Ruff

HMCS Oriole 1965

Courtesy of Eric Ruff

Photographer unknown

HMCS Oriole 1966

Courtesy of Eric Ruff

Photographer unknown

HMCS Oriole - date unknown

Courtesy of Eric Ruff

Photographer unknown

HMCS Oriole Race Crew - Tall Ships Race 1979

From the collection of CPO1 Keith Hanna, ret'd

Courtesy of Kevin Hanna

HMCS Oriole circa 1978

From the collection of CPO1 Keith Hanna, ret'd

Courtesy of Kevin Hanna

Souvenir from the Capt Cook Voyage 1978

From the collection of CPO1 Keith Hanna, ret'd

Courtesy of Kevin Hanna

HMCS Oriole LC480 - ship's log 1982-1987 (2 pages)

From the collection of CPO1 Keith Hanna, ret'd

Courtesy of Kevin Hanna

Article on the retirement of Cdr Bill Walker - HMCS Oriole's CO for 12 years

From the collection of CPO1 Keith Hanna, ret'd

Courtesy of Kevin Hanna

HMCS Oriole close hauled stbd tack

Courtesy of Gevan Dale

Securing the foresails on HMCS Oriole

Courtesy of Gevan Dale

Relaxing on the spinnaker boom on HMCS Oriole

Courtesy of Gevan Dale

Oriole banyan with Steve Graham and Allan Cottrell

Courtesy of Gevan Dale

HMCS Oriole

Courtesy of Gevan Dale

HMCS Oriole knock down at the end of Vic-Maui 88

Courtesy of Gevan Dale

Brass plaque on HMCS Oriole indicating sails and sail angles for various wind/weather conditions

HMCS Moncton 708 and HMCS Oriole in the Northumberland Strait - Jul 2017

Courtesy of Eric Hambley

Eric Hamnley 2017

HMCS Oriole - date unknown

From the collection of Sid Dobing

Courtesy of Brian Dobing

 

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