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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS Skidegate

Source: The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981 by Ken Macpherson & John Burgess


Launched: 1927

Commissioned: 25 Jul 1938

Paid off: 18 Feb 1942

Fate: Final disposition unknown


Built in 1927, she was owned by Packers Steamship Co., Ltd., Vancouver BC, from 1927 to 1931. Later owned by J. Dutton of Vancouver then J.J. Cross Marine Supplies. Named Ochecac, she was purchased in 1938 and commissioned on 25 Jul 1938, for training purposes in connection with the Fishermen's Reserve, formed that year on the west coast. Of declining use as the war progressed, Skidegate was paid off on 18 Feb 1942. Sold in 1946 to John Steffich (MO), Vancouver BC. In 1946 she was renamed as the Santa Rosa. In 1949 she was owned by John Steffich (MO), Vancouver BC. In 1961 she was owned by Peter Washinski, Vancouver BC. In 1989 she was owned by James Walkus, Nanoose Bay BC. In 2004-2012 she was owned by Inar Jager, Minstrel Island BC. 


Photos and Documents


Commanding Officers

LCdr Colin Degge Donald, RCN - 26 Jul 1938 - unk

Cox'n Carl Gustafson (FR), RCNVR - 21 May 1942 - unk

Cox'n Thor Sollier (FR), RCNR - 26 Jul 1943 - unk


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Bower, Russell Edwin







Donald, Colin Degge


1st Commanding Officer






Former Crew Members

Morrison, John Murdock, Cox'n, RCNR -1 Mar 1943 / Slt, RCNVR - 10 Feb 1944

Richardson, James McNeil, RCNR - 28 Mar 1940

Veitch, Laurence Stanley, Cox'n, RCNR - 01 Apr 1942


Photos and Documents


Russell Edwin Bower holding the Kisby ring of HMCS Skidgate

Source: The obituary of Russell Bower