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HMCS ROCKCLIFFE J355 / 173

 

Post wartime badge

HMCS Rockcliffe J355

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1945

 

 

Laid down: 23 Dec 1942

Launched: 19 Aug 1943

Commissioned: 30 Sep 1944

Paid off: 28 Jul 1945

Re-commissioned: 24 Oct 1945

Paid off: 14 Jan 1946

Re-commissioned: 03 Mar 1947

Paid off: 15 Aug 1950

Fate: Broken up around 1960

 

Commissioned at Port Arthur on 30 Sep 1944, Rockcliffe arrived at Halifax on 30 Oct 1944 and proceeded to Bermuda to work up. Upon returning to Halifax in mid-Dec 1944 she was assigned to EG W-6 until Jun 1945. She escorted the surrendered U 889 part of the way to Shelburne, N.S., on 10 May 1945. Paid off to reserve at Sydney on 28 Jul 1945, she was re-commissioned for passage to Esquimalt, where she arrived on 21 Dec 1945. On 12 Jan 1946, she was again paid off into reserve, but was re-commissioned on 03 Mar 1947, to serve as a training ship. In 1948 she was listed as an oceanographic vessel. In Jul 1949, she was listed a a depot ship. She was finally paid off on 15 Aug 1950, and scrapped ten years later.

 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          A Brief History of HMCS Rockcliffe J355 / 173          Re-dedication of HMCS Rockcliffe's Bell at CFB Rockcliffe

 

Commanding Officers

Lt John Edisforth Heward, RCNVR - 30 Sep 1944 - 28 Jul 1945

A/LCdr Albert Elliott Gouch, RCNR - 24 Oct 1945 - 14 Jan 1946

LCdr James Wake Golby, DSC, RCNR - 03 Mar 1947 - 30 Mar 1947

Cdr Harry Kingsley, RCN - 31 Mar 1947 - 15 Oct 1948

LCdr J.B. Bugden, RCN - 16 Oct 1948 - 03 Dec 1948

Cdr Harry Kinglsey, RCN - 04 Dec 1948 - 25 Apr 1949

LCdr John Beaumont Bugden, RCN - 26 Apr 1949 - 10 Jul 1949

LCdr Harry Romeyn Beck, RCN - 11 Jul 1949 - 06 Sep 1949

A/Capt Harry Kingsley, RCN - 07 Sep 1949 - 21 Apr 1950

Cdr James Sinclair Davis, RCN - 22 Apr 1950 - 15 Aug 1950

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Anderson, Hugh Lorne

____-____

Beck, Harry Romeyn

1917-2007

8th Commanding officer

Briggs, Mervin Joel

1923-2011

Served in Rockcliffe as a SD

Bush, Leslie Kenneth

1921-2015

 

C-D

Calderbank, Kenneth Robinson

1921-1990

Served in Rockcliffe 09 May 1949 - 01 Jun 1940 and 21 Jul 1950 - 03 Aug 1950

Campbell, David

1928-2016

Clark, William George

1923-2004

Crossley, Sidney Ross

1920-2008

Down, John Trenchard

1921-2003

Driemel, Harry H.

1927-2002

Served in Rockcliffe 08 Sep1947 - 18 Jan 1948

 

 

 

 

E-F

Edwards, Moray Clement

1924-2011

Served in Rockcliffe during WW2

Edwards, Ralph William

1919-2017

Elliott, Glen Lenard

1922-1993

Fee, Roland Alonzo Burr

1911-1995

Served in Rockcliffe 03 Mar 1947 - 09 Mar 1947; and 10 Sep 1948 - 31 Oct 1948 as a Supply / Stores Officer

 

G-H

Grant, Harold Bryce

1927-2015

Greengrass, Frederick Charles

1930-2012

Hall, Raymond Moote

1915-2001

Served in Rockcliffe during WW 2

Hendrickson, Melvin Lawrence

1929-1993

Heward, John Edisforth

1916-2002

Howarth, William

Huddleston, Lorne

1928-2013

 

 

 

I-J

Johns, William Francis

____-1968

Served in Rockcliffe as a Signalman during WW II

Jones, Harold

____-____

Served in Rockcliffe during WW 2

Jones, Lloyd I.

1911-1991

Served in Rockcliffe post WW2

Jupp, Robert Hugh

1926-2014

Justice, David W.

1927-2018

K-L

Kahler, Lawrence John

1926-1985

Served in Rockcliffe 13 Jan 1948 - 02 Oct 1949 as an LS.AW, RCN

Kingsley, Harry

1900-1976

4th, 6th, and 9th Commanding Officer

Krieger, Willy

1928-2006

Lloyd, Evan Sidney

____-1998

Drafted to Rockcliffe 22 May 1948 as Lt (S), RCN, Supply Officer

 

Loewen, Leslie John

1925-2014

M-N

Moir, Harvey R.

1928-2014

 

 

 

 

O-P

O'Brien. Joseph M.

1928-2002

Payne, Douglas Bennett

1924-2010

Penfold, Ronald Edward

1922-1998

 

 

Q-R

Reilly, John Nelson Boright

1917-1969

Drafted to Rockcliffe 31 Mar 1945 as Surg Lt, RCNVR

Robertson, Robert

1925-2018

Rowland, Arthur Francis

1924-2017

Served in Rockcliffe in 1948

Russell, James

1925-2018

 

S-T

Shields, Marshall

____-____

Served in Rockcliffe 01 Nov 1944 to 30 Dec 1944

Stanbrook, Wilfred Thomas

____-2000

Served in Rockcliffe 16 Jul 1948 - 05 May 1949

Strachan, Jack Harold

1928-2019

 

 

W-X-Y-Z

Weigand, Edwin Vernon

1926-2018

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Beck, Harry Romeyn, Lt, RCN, XO - 04 Jul 1949

 

Bedwell, George E. 

 

Best, George Samuel, Slt, RCNVR - 04 May 1945

 

Bushman, Yeoman - 1944

 

Cadman, Thomas Alva, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1945

 

Candy, George Watson, A/Gnr (TAS) (T), RCN - 03 Mar 1947

 

Crosby, Bernard Vincent, Lt (S), RCN - 27 May 1948

Dalley, Andrew Roosevelt, Cd (E), RCNR - 22 Feb 1945 

 

Harrison, Walter Charles, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jan 1945

 

Hodgkin, William Leonard, Gnr, RCN - 03 Mar 1947

 

Horne, John Edmund, LCdr (L), RCN - 01 Jun 1948

 

Lee, Norman Frederick, Wt (E), RCN - 04 May 1944

Lodge, George, Cox'n - 1945

 

Mackintosh, James Francis, Wt (E), RCN - 03 Mar 1947

 

McBride, Ronald Thomas, Lt - 1944-1945

 

McBurney, James William, Lt (S), RCN - 18 Jun 1947

 

Rae, Robert Graham, Lt (E), RCNVR - 16 Jun 1945

 

Smith, Roy, Lt (E), RCN - 27 May 1950

 

Photos and Documents

 

The Christening of HMCS Rockcliffe J355, Port Arthur, ON, 29 Sep 1944

 

     

 

(1 - 2) Mrs. D.P. Cruickshank and Lt. J.E. Heward     (3) The Christening Party

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

HMCS Rockcliffe fitting out at Port Arthur, ON - Sep 1944

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

HMCS Rockcliffe J355 transiting the St. Lawrence, passing Montreal, enroute to Halifax - Oct 1944

Note that her radar antenna has been removed by the censors

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

HMCS Rockcliffe J355 transiting the St. Lawrence, passing under the Jacques Cartier bridge, Montreal, enroute to Halifax - Oct 1944

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

Gun and bridge of HMCS Rockcliffe J355

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

HMCS Rockcliffe J355 conducting a stern fueling

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

 

HMCS Rockcliffe J355 - circa 1945

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

HMCS Rockcliffe J355 - circa 1945

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

Surgeon Lt John Nelson Boright Reilly, RCNVR on HMCS Rockcliffe J355 - circa 1945

 

     

 

(1) Surg Lt John Reilly climbing into HMCS Rockcliffe's seaboat   (2) Surg Lt John Reilly climbing ladder onto HMCS Rockcliffe

(3) Surg Lt John Reilly on HMCS Rockcliffe

 

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

Boat crew form HMCS Rockcliffe J355 - date unknown

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

Boat crew form HMCS Rockcliffe J355 - date unknown

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

Lt. Ron McBride, Slt Ron Penfold, Cox'n George Lodge, HMCS Rockcliffe J355 - circa 1945

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

Lt Moray Edwards and Yeoman Bushman on the bridge of HMCS Rockcliffe J355 - circa 1945

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

Slt George Best on the bridge of HMCS Rockcliffe J355 - circa 1945

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

Officers in the wardroom of HMCS Rockcliffe J355 - early 1945

 

Lt Raymond M. Hall - Top right

 

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

Sailors along the rails as HMCS Rockcliffe J355 pulls away from the jetty in Halifax - date unknown

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

Boat crew from HMCS Rockcliffe J355 being lowered to the jetty - date unknown

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

HMCS Rockcliffe J355 moored to a buoy - date and location unknown

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

HMCS Rockcliffe J355, V.E. Day in Halifax

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

Lt. John E. Heward, HMCS Rockcliffe; Lt. Bob Hunter, HMCS Dunvegan; LCdr Richard (Dick) Williams,  HMCS Saskatoon; LCDR Jim Pratt HMCS Oshawa (OTC), on board U 889 in Halifax May 1945

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

Newspaper article on the surrender of U-889 to HMCS Rockcliffe J355

The Ottawa Citizen 13 Jun 1945

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

Crews from Rockcliffe and Oshawa on their respective quarterdecks - date and place unknown

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

Newspaper article on the upcoming port visit of HMCS Rockcliffe J355 and HMCS Oshawa J330 at Bathurst, NB on 01 Jul 1945

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

HMCS Rockcliffe J355 (in company with HMCS Oshawa J330) arriving at Bathurst, NB, 01 Jul 1945

 

        

 

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

HMCS Oshawa J330 (inboard) and HMCS Rockcliffe J355 (outboard) at Bathurst, NB, Jul 1945

 

          

 

Photo (1) LCdr Richard (Dick) Sugden Williams (C.O. of HMCS Oshawa) meets Betty and Peter Heward (wife and son of John Heward - C.O of HMCS Rockcliffe) on HMCS Oshawa

 

Note:  The port visit to Bathurst, NB was not originally the deployment schedule and John Heward apparently work hard to get the town added to the list. His family summer home was there and he wanted to be able to see his wife and son.

 

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

Parade at Bathurst, NB, 02 Jul 1945

Officers and ratings from HMCS Rockcliffe J355 and HMCS Oshawa J330

 

     

 

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

Newspaper article on the visit of HMCS Rockcliffe J355 and HMCS Oshawa J330 to Summerside, PEI

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

 

HMCS Rockcliffe J355

From the collection of John C. Orr

Courtesy of John P. Orr

 

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