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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS RAINBOW SS75

Former USS ARGONAUT SS 475

 

HMCS Rainbow 75

USN Photo - Public Domain

 

Laid down: 28 Jun 1944

Launched: 01 Oct 1944

Commissioned: 15 Jan 1945

Paid off: 02 Dec 1968

Acquired by the RCN: 02 Dec 1968

Commissioned: 02 Dec 1968

Paid off: 31 Dec 1974

Returned to the USN: 31 Dec 1974

Fate: Scrapped in 1977

 

Commissioned on 15 Jan 1945 as USS Argonaut SS 475. As USS Argonaut, she had been launched in 1944, in time to carry out one war patrol from Pearl Harbor in Jun 1945. After the war she operated out of New London, Ct., from 1946 to 1955, undergoing modification in 1952 to what the USN calls Guppy configuration. She was paid off on 02 Dec 1968 and purchased from the USN. HMCS Rainbow was commissioned on 02 Dec 1968. She served in the RCN until paid off on 31 Dec 1974. She was returned to the USN in 1974 and broken up in 1977.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr L.C. Falstrem, RCN - 02 Dec 1968 - 01 Apr 1970

LCdr Raymond Charles Hunt - 01 Apr 1970 - 01 Jul 1972

LCdr Clifford James Crow - 01 Jul 1972 - 01 Aug 1973

LCdr Lloyd Barnes - 01 Aug 1973 - 31 Dec 1975

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 A-B

Brown, William DeWitt

1930-2017

Burnett, James Edward

1938-2010

Commissioning Crew as a LS

Button, Fred John

1935-2013

Commissioning crew

 

 

C-D

Dykes, John Russell

1938-2008

 

 

 

 

E-F

Edmundson, Ken

1945-1995

Ferguson, James Stirling

1947-2016

Fisher, Brian John

____-2017

Commissioning crew as a Lt

 

 

G-H

Garneau, Gerald Clifford

1939-2013

 

 

 

 

I-J

Irvine, Kenneth George

1936-2001

Served in Rainbow 1968-1969. Commissioning crew as a PO2

 

 

 

 

M-N

McKerracher, Donald Harry

____-2006

Commissioning Crew as a LS

Paying off crew as a PO2

Mondoux, Claude Denis

1950-2016

Served in Rainbow 1971 - 1974

 

 

 

O-P

Ormsby, Bryan

1942-2016

 

 

 

 

S-T

Shergold, Terrance Anthony

1938-2002

Served in Rainbow as a MS/PO2

Therrien, Bert

1938-2011

Commissioning crew as a LS

Thomson, William G.

1933-2016

 

 

W-X

Wavryk, Walter Lawrence

____-2015

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

 

(CC) = Commissioning Crew 02 Dec 1968

Abraham, John M., LSER / Ship's Diver    - Paying off crew

 

Batchelor, B.J., PO2 - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Boone, A.R., AB - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Bowcott, J., PO1 - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Brower-Berkhoven, I., PO2 - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Brown, R.G., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Brycadyr, D.M., PO2 - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Cairns, H.S., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Campbell, M.J., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Capron, K.G., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Cermak, R.A., AB - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Conroy, R.D., PO2 - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Costello, G.C., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Coulter, R.B., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Cox, M.E., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Davie, E.E., Lt - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Deen, N.D., PO2 - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Demers, E., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Emery, R., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Evans, David John - 1971 - 1974

 

Fairburn, S.G., AB - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Farrell, S.R., PO2 - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

Golia, G.W., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Goodman, J., AB - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Griffith, D., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Hansen, J., PO1 - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Hansen, W.P., AB - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Harrison, D., LT - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Hedley, T.E., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Hills, B.L., AB - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Hinde, J., PO1 - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Holm, H.R., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Hunt, R.C., Lt, XO - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Jennines, S., PO2 - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Jensen, W.A., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Johnson, P., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Lord, N.K., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

MacKay, H.I., PO1 - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

McCallum, R.D., CPO - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

McLean, G.I., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

McNee, W.K., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Meggitt, A., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Michon, E.F., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

Nesbit, K.G., Lt - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Oakley, C.C., Lt - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Ormsby, C., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Parker, M.R., AB - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Peters, R.E., PO2 - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Phillpot, J.W., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Power, J.C., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Puff, W.H., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Rose, C.C., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Scott, J.M., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Shaw, G., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Siemens, R.D., PO1 - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Sinkinson, B.L., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Sloan, J.J., CPO - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Thomson, D.D., PO1 - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Trask, J.K., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Unischewsei, S.C., PO2 - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Vadeboncoeur, S.C., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Wilson, R.C., PO2 - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Wilson, T.E., LS - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

Young, R.H., PO1 - 02 Dec 1968 (CC)

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

HMCS Rainbow - Commissioning Booklet

HMCS Rainbow - Submariners Association of Canada East

 

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