For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project




HMCS Terra Nova 1983

Courtesy of Robert Berbeck


Battle honours and awards:  Persian Gulf  1991



Laid down: 11 Jun 1953

Launched: 21 Jun 1955

Commissioned: 06 Jun 1959

Paid off: 01 Jul 1998

Fate: Sold for scrap and broken up in 2010-11


Seventh and last of her class, Terra Nova was built by the Victoria Machinery Depot and commissioned on 06 Jun 1959, and shortly thereafter sailed east, to be on hand of the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway and a review of NATO warships at Toronto in August. On 03 Jul 1961 she embarked the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland on a 12 day series of visits to its southwest outports. 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 Mar 1965, Terra Nova and Gatineau participated in the search for a Royal Canadian Air Force Canadair CP-107 Argus that had disappeared 60 miles (97 km) north of San Juan, Puerto Rico. In May 1965 she entered Halifax Shipyards to begin her conversion to an IRE class destroyer escort. She was fitted with the new AN/SQS-505 sonar, which she tested for seven months before completing the IRE conversion, which she was the first of her class to undergo. She returned for duties in Esquimalt on 04 May 1971. Between 21 Nov 1983 and 09 Nov 1984, Terra Nova received her DELEX refit at Esquimalt. On 08 May 1986, HMCS Provider 508, HMCS Restigouche 257, HMCS Terra Nova 259 and HMCS Kootenay 258, departed Esquimalt for Exercise RIMPAC 86 and returned on 21 Jun 1986. Transferred to the east coast, she returned to Halifax on 12 Dec 1989. Designated for service in the Persian Gulf, she was temporarily armed with two quadruple Harpoon missile-launchers, mounted just abaft the after deckhouse; a Phalanx gun atop the Limbo well; two single Bofors on the boat deck amidships, and shoulder-fired Blowpipe and Javelin missiles. Along with Athabaskan and Protecteur, she left Halifax on 24 Aug 1990, not to return until 07 Apr 1991. On 22 Feb 1994, Terra Nova stopped and boarded M.V. Pacifico while on a drug interdiction patrol and seized 5.9 tonnes of cocaine. On 05 Apr 1994, HMCS Terra Nova departed Halifax for Op. Forward Action, Haiti; arriving in Op Area on 28 Apr 1994. While so employed she rescued boatloads of refugees on two separate occasions and conducted 90 boardings. She left the Hatian Op Area on 13 Jul 1994 and arrived in Halifax on 18 Jul 1994. On 11 Jul 1997 she was placed in a "state of extended readiness" until finally paid off on 01 Jul 1998. After being paid off Terra Nova appeared, cast as an American destroyer, in the movie K-19: The Widowmaker. On 04 Nov 2009, DND announced that Aecon Fabco had won the bid and would tow both vessels to their Pictou Shipyard in Pictou, Nova Scotia to be broken up. Terra Nova departed Halifax Harbour on 20 Nov 2009 under tow by the tugboat Atlantic Elm and arrived in Pictou on 22 Nov 2009, where she joined the Gatineau which had arrived a few days earlier. By the summer of 2010 she was being cut up for scrap, mainly aluminum, stainless steel and carbon steel. She later sank at her mooring and was raised by crane in April 2011 and the remainder of her hulk was dismantled.


Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          Commissioning Booklet          Statement of Ordinary Residence for HMCS Terra Nova - 1962


Commanding Officers

Cdr William Herbert Willson, DSC, RCN - 06 Jul 1959 - 22 Jun 1960

Cdr Christopher Gordon Smith, RCN - 22 Jun 1960 - 18 Sep 1962

Cdr John Barclay Young, RCN - 18 Sep 1962 - 03 Apr 1964

Cdr Charles Edmond Musgrave Leighton, RCN - 03 Apr 1964 - 06 Dec 1966

Cdr N. Brodeur, RCN - 06 Dec 1966 - 01 Aug 1968

Cdr John Maxwell Reid, RCN - 01 Aug 1968 - 05 Jun 1971

LCdr James Malcolm Bishop - 05 Jun 1971 - 03 Aug 1971

Cdr Lawrence A. Dzioba - 03 Aug 1971 - 19 Jun 1974

Cdr James Bernard O'Reilly - 19 Jun 1974 - 08 Jan 1976

Cdr Robert Gordon Balfour - 08 Jan 1976 - 08 Feb 1977

Cdr Clifford James Crow - 08 Feb 1977 - 25 Mar 1977

Cdr Robert Gordon Balfour - 25 Mar 1977 - 29 Jul 1977

Cdr John Donald Large - 29 Jul 1977 - 20 Jun 1979

Cdr James Kirby Steele - 20 Jun 1979 - 18 Jun 1981

Cdr Gareth John Eldridge - 18 Jun 1981 - 19 Aug 1982

Cdr D.R. Cooper - 19 Aug 1982 - 30 Jul 1984

Cdr James Terrance O. Jones - 30 Jul 1984 - 05 May 1986

Cdr Eric Bertil Waal - 15 May 1986 - 21 Apr 1988

Cdr A.L. Vey - 21 Apr 1988 - 28 Sep 1989

Cdr R.J. Neveu - 28 Sep 1989 - 12 Jul 1990

Cdr S.D. Andrews - 12 Jul 1990  -  02 Jul 1991

Cdr H.R. Smith - 02 Jul 1991 - 19 Jul 1993

Cdr Richard Malcolm Williams - 19 Jul 1993 - 16 Jul 1995

Cdr H.W. McEwen - 16 Jul 1995 - 11 Jul 1997


Captain for the day


Captain for the day is a tradition in the RCN where during the ship's Christmas celebrations, the Commanding Officer changes places with the youngest member of the ship's company.

Cliff Woodrow - Dec 1959



     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

BRADBURY, William Eric

PO2, 26647, RCN

died - 16 Feb 1966

MEMNOOK, Ned William Martin

LS, 63119, RCN / C.A.F.

died - 15 Mar 1973


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Andrews, Bruce Russell


Armstrong, George Gordon


Served in Terra Nova as NavO

Barnes, Jerry T.


Bassingthwaite, James H.


Bisal, Marvin Allen Emery


Blondeau, Ronald Bruce


Burck, David



Calder, Leslie James

died (at sea) - 19 Jun 1987

While serving in

HMCS Huron

Callaghan, Brian


Cardinell, Kenneth Patrick Freeman


Carver, Robert James


Chandler, Wallace Theodore


Commissioning crew as a PO

Chenier, Ben


Chorneyko, Oleh


Copley, Lloyd Guy


Cormack, Bruce


Cottrell, Thomas Manley


Served in Terra Nova 29 Apr 1973 - 28 Jun 1973 as a PO.SN during Westploy 73.

Crofton, Patrick Dermott


Crossley, Sidney Ross


Dalton, Albert Patrick


Decker, Clemeth George


Listed on 1962 crew list as an OSWUS

Donald, Terrance William


Dzioba, Lawrence


8th Commanding Officer


Eldridge, Gareth J.


15th Commanding Officer

Fitzsimmons, James Richard



Gentles, Leonard Francis


Giles, Douglas Herbert


Listed in Terra Nova's 1962 Statement of Ordinary Residence as a C2ERA4. Served in Terra Nova 1960-1964

Gillespie, Gordon Duncan


Goldring, Gerald Allan


Goossen, George


Gould, Sidney Charles


Served in Terra Nova 1961-1964 as CommO, DeckO, AUIO, NavO and OpsO

Grosse, Bradley John George


Halderson, James


Hall, John Drummond


Hannem, Dallas Norris


Hanousek, Michael R.


Harrison, Kenneth George


Henry, Robert John


Henshaw, Frederick Graham


Hebert, Craig Michael


Hickey, Gord


Served in Terra Nova as a HT c1986-1988

Hill, Peter E.


Hughes, William Andrew


Hunt, George Charles


Hunter, James Edward


Served in Terra Nova 1971-1972 as an MS.ER


Instant, Ernie


Irwin, Daniel Charles


Served in Terra Nova in 1977 as a MS


King, Terry


LaRose, Denton


Leong, Kam Way


Linscott, John David



Matheson, Duncan Leslie


McCallum, Eric


McArdle, Christopher Charles


McCallum, Gavin Lindsay


Last Combat Officer on Terra Nova

McIntyre, Earl L.


McLean, Mark Donald


McPherson, John Rodney


Listed on 1962 crew list as an ABRS1

Meloche, Brian Timothy


Morton, John P.


Ormsby, Bryan


Parsons, Harvey


Listed on the 1962 crew list as an ABBN1

Payne, Douglas Bennett


Pringle, James C.



Reid, John M.


Sarkany, James Michael


Sharp, Donald Adrian Edwin


Slade, John Charles


Served in Terra Nova in 1969 as LCdr, RCN, XO

Smith, Christopher Gordon


2nd Commanding Officer

Smith, Ronald Lorne


Drafted to Terra Nova in 1972

Sneath, Robert Alan


Stark, Douglas Charles


Stewart, Harold Douglas


Suto, Harry

Todd, Richard G.


Served in Terra Nova 1979-1981 as Cox'n

Town, Richard R.

Turner, Bruce Archie



Wainwright, Ronald


Warneken, Edward Vincent Neil


Webster, Harry Alexander


Wells, Doug Kendall


Wickware, Michael John


Wright, David L.



Yanow, Robert D.


Served in terra Nova in 1967 as XO

Young, John Barclay


3rd Commanding Officer


Former Crew Members


(SD) = 1962 Statement of Ordinary Residence (click here to view the original pages used here)

Addison, Tim


Anderson, D.D. ABEM1, 38472-H (SD)

Arnold, J.F., ABSN1, 49110-H (SD)

Arpin, E.J., ABSN1, 31613-H (SD)


Arsenault, P., PO1, POTEL - 1990-1991

Ash, C.M., OSWUS, 43593-H (SD)

Aucoin, A., ABSG1, 29745-H (SD)

Bahri, K.C., ABRM1, 36884-H (SD)

Bailey, G.A., ABEM2, 39477-H (SD)

Barber, A.L., LSEM1, 29848-H (SD)

Barkhouse, G.A., LSRS2, 12289-H (SD)

Beauchamp, R.J., P1VS3, 5274-H (SD)

Bell, G.R., ABWS1, 46367-H (SD)

Bellemore, J.J., LSSW2, 30721-H (SD)

Berrigan, W.L., OSNS1, 48768-H (SD)

Bertrand, W.D., ABEM1, 46358-H (SD)

Best, G.D., ABBN2, 19802-H (SD)

Best, S.F., OSSNS, 54766-H (SD)

Bingham, G.W., OSRMS, 46023-H (SD)

Black A.J., P1FC4, 27044-H (SD)

Bodmarchuk, J., C2ER4, 22475-H (SD)

Bonhert, G.A., C2SN4, 10181-H (SD)

Bordus, G.J., OSRPS, 54106-H (SD)

Boucher, R.J., OSEMS, 48015-H (SD)

Brander, W.E., P1SN3, 12040-H (SD)

Brown, G.H., LSWU2, 19091-H (SD)

Bruce, W.L., P2ER3, 17575-H (SD)

Bryce, W.D., OSEMS, 48951-H (SD)

Budge, D.G., LSWS1, 26403-H (SD)

Burgess, A.R., P1ER4, 23288-H (SD)

Burgess, G.H., P2FC3, 25693-H (SD)


Burris, Steve, Sig


Burton, Dennis, MS NESOP - 1990-1991


Campagnoni, L.V., ABSW1, 45118-H (SD)

Capon, L.C., ABRP1, 46461-H (SD)

Carignan, C.J., ABWS1, 47613-H (SD)

Carmichael, R., OSEMS, 52300-H (SD)

Cashaback, Mike R., OSSNS, 52757-H (SD)

Chaisson, J.W., OSEMS, 54531-H (SD)

Chalmers, R.F., OSCMS, 45472-H (SD)

Champigny, R.J., 47649-H (SD)

Charbonneau, J.R., OSRMS, 46286-H (SD)

Chase, J.D., LSWU3, 19804-H (SD)

Cheney, H.A., ABEM1, 47688-H (SD)

Chiasson, B., LSET3, 23537-H (SD)

Chipman, R.P., ABSN2, 27684-H (SD)


Clark, Larry, RCN

Clarke, R.M., P1TM4, 51752-H (SD)


Cleough, Doug, AB.SN - 1962-1963 

Clow, D.W., ABFC1, 47552-H (SD)

Cohen, R.G., ABFC1, 39024-H (SD)


Cond, Anthony A. (Tony), Lt, E.O., Jul 1983 - Jul 1985

Connors, G.K., OSFC2, 49763-H (SD)

Conway, R.A., LSNS1, 13405-H (SD)

Cormier, A.J., OSRPS, 54146-H (SD)

Corr, D.J., P1ER4, 7323-H (SD)

Cottrell, F.G., OSEMS, 45419-H (SD)

Cox, L.M., OSWSS, 53565-H (SD)

Crews, T.H. ABFC1, 29725-H (SD)

Crossey, J.J., ABRP1, 44330-H (SD)

Dalheim, J.J., ABLM1, 44835-H (SD)

Davison, K.R., ABWS1, 45805-H (SD)

Dawson, G.A., P2RM3, 13536-H (SD)

Day, D.R., ABLM1, 47461-H (SD)

Decoene, G., ABRM2, 43273-H (SD)

Dery, C.J., ABSM1, 36034-H (SD)

Dessurealt, R.L., ABWS1, 43360-H (SD)

Dickinson, D.R., C2LT4, 12172-H (SD)

Doherty, D.G., P1PW3, 12078-H (SD)

Dorosz, D.D., OSSWS, 48422-H (SD)

Dowthwaite, J.A., ABFC1, 36238-H (SD)

Dunn, J., P1RM3, 25752-H (SD)

Edmonds, L.J., P2RP2, 11689-H (SD)

Elsmere, D.W., LSLM2, 44329-H (SD)

English, W.K., OSFCS, 53929-H (SD)


Fax, G., LSEM2, 29810-H (SD)

Findlay, K.A., LSFC2, 43302-H (SD)

Fitzgerald, D.L., ABEM1, 44480-H (SD)

Fitzpatrick, P.M., OSEMS, 49782-H (SD)

Forget, R.J., ABRS1, 36948-H (SD)

Forward, M.B., C23ET4, 6445-H (SD)

Gagnon, M., OSRMS, 32592-H (SD)


Gallagher, Jean, Cook

George, R.G., P1HT4, 24541-H (SD)


Gibson, H.S., P2WS2, 11925-H (SD)

Golbert, Chuck, NCIOP - 1991

Gormley, J.S., ABEM1, 37067-H (SD)

Gossen, T.W., ABFC2, 33524-H (SD)

Gould, P.D., LSRP2, 234?2-H (SD)

Gray, D.A., ABAW1, 46456-H (SD)

Grenier, W., AB??1, 47310-H (SD)


Hanna, Keith N., OS, RCN - 06 Jun 1959 - 27 Sep 1960 (Commissioning Crew)

Harding, D., P2ER3, 30522-H (SD)

Harper, R.C., OSWSS, 54504-H (SD)

Harvie, R.M., P2LT3, 15937-H (SD)

Hatt, R.M., ABNS1, 48587-H (SD)

Haydon, D., OSSNS, 52796-H (SD)

Helmkay, O.J.C., ABFC2, 42453-H (SD) - LS, 1965

Henderson, L.M., LSSG2, 36362-H (SD)

Henry, B., P1ER4, 8370-H (SD)

Hide, P.J., OSEMS, 54483-H (SD)

Hill, G.C., ABVS1, 45771-H (SD)

Hogan, T.A., ABRP1, 31631-H (SD)

Holden, L.D., ABRP1, 45218-H (SD)

Holmes, R., ABLM2, 30538-H (SD)

Houssin, R.O., ABLM1, 46628-H (SD)

Howald, J.A., ABBN1, 39144-H (SD)


Howe, G., OSBNS, 48974-H (SD)


Hutcheson, James Gordon Rodgers - 1959 as Electrical Officer

Jeffries, V.C., OSCKS, 43589-H (SD)

Johnston, R.E., ABFC1, 46287-H (SD)


Johnston, R.J., MSNWT - May 1986 - Jun 1986

Jones, H.J., ABRC2, 42691-H (SD)


Jones, Ken, Adm Clerk / Coxn's Writer - Jul 1993 - Jul 1996

Judd, F.S., C2ER4, 22953-H (SD)

Kaden, H., ABSG1, 45644-H (SD)

Kaiser, L.G., C2ST4, 41459-H (SD)

Kaye, A.R., OS, 48455-H (SD)


Kaye, Steve, Stoker

Kelly, E.W., LSBN2, 29892-H (SD)

Kennedy, J.A., LSWS2, 16616-H (SD)

Kennedy, R.E., P2ER3, 31077-H (SD)

Kennedy. G.H., LSVS2, 14313-H (SD)

Keresman, J., P2ER3, 15809-H (SD)

Kingston, J.E., P2WS4, 12758-H (SD)


Krajnc, Joze

Lander, G.A., C1FC4, 3115-H (SD)

Langille, E.C., ABEM1, 44131-H (SD)

Lasheoway, S., ABSG1, 47656-H (SD)

Leblanc, G., ABEM2, 32120-H (SD)

Leclair, E., P1CK3, 7277-H (SD)

Leonard, W.R., ABRP1, 42328-H (SD)

Livingston, J.A., ABSG1, 46301-H (SD)

Logan, D.K., P1SN4, 7161-H (SD)

Lowe, D.D., ABRP2, 34111-H (SD)

Lusk, G.E., ABRM1, 43463-H (SD)

Lussier, R., OSFCS, 54172-H (SD)

Lutzac, A., C2ER4, 23081-H (SD)

Lynch, D.A., P2ET4, 8089-H (SD)

MacDonald, F.J., OSRMS, 47209-H (SD)

MacDonald, J.R., P2ET4, 16308-H (SD)

MacDonald, W.R., OS??S, 48771-H (SD)


MacKenzie, Doug, SG

MacLaren, G.E., ABWU1, 48513-H (SD)

MacLaughin, G.C., AB??1, 27083-H (SD)

MacLean, J., OSSNS, 48464-H (SD)

MacLeod, A.R., ABLM1, 44222-H (SD)

Maddigan, W.E., ABCK1, 46457-H (SD)

Martell, J.A., AB??1, 43497-H (SD)

Maxwell, W., AB??1, 47587-H (SD)

McCallum, J.S., ABWS1, 43852-H (SD)

McKenzie, J.L., 43790-H (SD)

McKeown, K.D., OSFCS, 52734-H (SD)

McLean R.M. P2SG3, 13827-H (SD)

McNair, R., OSWUS, 53576-H (SD)

McNeil, T.L., PSFC3, 12118-H (SD)

McRready, G.W., OSPWS, 48923-H (SD)

Milne, L.T., ABRM1, 47055-? (SD)

Mombourquette, W.R., C2HT4, 12131-H (SD)

Monminie, L.R., ABEM2, 36805-H (SD)

Montgomery, C.E., ABWU2, 44002-H (SD)

Mooney, A.W., C2CM4, 50522-H (SD)

Moore, D.J., ABSN1, 37031-H (SD)


Moores, M., OSSGS, 49727-H (SD)

Morrison, P1RP4, 6469-H (SD)

Muir, E.J., LS, 9127-H (SD)


Murray, B., OSSNS, 54457-H (SD)

Murray, D.G., ABFC1, 47393-H (SD)

Murray, G.B., ABEM1, 4246?-H (SD)

Nettleton, S.J. P1ER4, 22094-H (SD)


Netzke, Garry, PO2, RM - 1990-1991

Nicholls, C.S., LSCK2, 16111-H (SD)

Norman, C., OSFC2, 52754-H (SD)

Noseworthy, OS??S, 49769-H (SD)

Nuttall, F.B., LS??2, 15801-H (SD)

O'Dell, J., ABLM1, 4308?-H (SD)

Ostoic (?SP), G., OSRMS, 52335-H (SD)

Pease, R.K., LSCK2, 18134-H (SD)

Pelley, J.A., AB??1, 29749 (SD)

Penney, H., OSCK2, 49754-H (SD)

Petipas, J., LSSN2, 13955-H (SD)

Phillips, L.D., 44784-H (SD)

Pitre, R.J., OS??S, 48112-H (SD)

Plant, M.A., P2SW3, 10901-H (SD)

Pratt, E.S., C1RM4, 4859-H (SD)

Purvis, L., OS (SD)

Quinn, W.J., P1ER4, 7027-H (SD)

Raine, G.L., ABCK1, 12935-H (SD)

Reed, J.W., ABBN2, 37637-H (SD)

Reid, A.J., OSRMS, 43555-H (SD)

Reid, R.J., P2ER3, 9103-H (SD)

Reynolds, J.D., P2LT4, 10756-H (SD)

Richardson, S.G., LSRP2, 31220-H (SD)

Robert, M.N., ABEM1, 44948-H (SD)

Roblin, W.R., OSEMS, 5440?-H (SD)


Rose, Steve, OS NACOP - 1990-1991

Ross, G.G., OS??S, 48457-H (SD)

Rougean, R.R., OSWUS, 52747-H (SD)

Savage, G.G., ABLM2, 37746-H (SD)

Schimp, A.J. C2WS4, 51274-H (SD)

Shaw, G.A., P2??3, 12386-H (SD)

Simpson, P., ABSN1, 45786-H (SD)


Sinagra, Danny, RM, 1993-1995 

Sinclair, D.W., OS??S, 52746-H (SD)

Smith, J.R., LSRS2, 30?05-H (SD)

Smith, R.L., ABSN1, 47035-H (SD)

Snell, ?.L., ABCK1 (SD)

Stewart, J.C., P1AW3, 10200-H (SD) - 1962-1965

Stoneman, R.L., ABEM1, 45524-H (SD)

Stringer, L.J., P2NS3, 10690-H (SD)


Stuart, Bob - 1989-1991

Tarry, C.D. ABSG1, 42344-H (SD)

Taylor, D.G., OSRPS, 53252-H (SD)

Thisdelle, B.A., OSLMS, 47184-H (SD)

Tokley, E.E., LSLT3, 34294-H (SD)

Towes, ?.h., OSLMS, 54485-H (SD)

Townsend, R.B., LSLT2, 37510 (SD)

Urquhart, D..J., ABSG2, 30548-H (SD)

Warnell, A.B., ABVS1, 48641-H (SD)

Waters, T.?., OSWUS, 52749-H (SD)


Watkin, Murray, POMA, 38440-H - 1970-1971


Watson, Bryan, P2FC - Nov 1981 - Nov 1982

Webb, G.T., P1WU3, 16346-H (SD)

Welch, E., P1RP3, 7160-H (SD)

Westbury, D.H., OSRPS, 52319-H (SD)

Wetheral, J.C., C1ER4, 22061-H (SD)

White, ?., OSEMS (SD)

White, B., OSSGS, 49750-H (SD)

Wigle, G.B., OSNSS, 52321-H (SD)


Wills, Al, NESOP - Aug 1989 - Sep 1989

Wills, G.D., OSSWS, 48920-H (SD)

Wilson, L.M., LSSN2, 23335-H (SD)

Wood, G.D., ABEM1, 46800-H (SD)

Wright, A.J., P1ER4, 23231-H (SD)

Wright, B.F., ABSN1, 48210-H (SD)

Young, ?.P., LS??2, 18221-H (SD)

Young, R.M., ABWS, 40553-H (SD)


Zilinsky, Larry


Photos and Documents



Ship's Bell for HMCS Terra Nova 259


Date range for Christenings - 1959 - 1979


This bell is on display at HMCS Cabot / RCSCC Terra Nova, St. John's, Newfoundland




Courtesy of Guy Godin


The names engraved on the bell have been transcribed below


Wickens, Eric Thomas - 29 Nov 1959

Kellington, Janice Margaret - 17 Jul 1960

Ridgewell, Cheryl Ann - 25 Feb 1962

Toyer, Anthony John - 12 Apr 1964

Anderson, William Kurt - 12 Apr 1964

Hounsell, Edgar Robert Solomon - 12 Apr 1964

Bryan, Alan Clayton - 12 Apr 1964

Kingston, Yvonne Claire - 12 Apr 1964

Wright, Douglas Stephen - 12 Apr 1964

Wright, Michael John - 12 Apr 1964

McKee, Scott Winston - 15 Nov 1964

Mackie, Heather Marie - 05 Jan 1965

Crofton, Tessa Penelope Sarah - 16 Jul 1965

Young, Mark George - 24 Jul 1965

McFarlane, Brett Mitchell - 22 Jun 1969

Scotten, Jennifer Lynne Penny - 20 Sep 1970

Bishop, Robert Ludd James - 11 Oct 1970


Note: final name difficult to read - possibly: 

Harper, Ronald William - 01 May 19??

Butler, Andrea Marie - 12 Nov 1972

Boon, Shain Allen - 30 Dec 1972

Wierenga, John Teo - 08 Jul 1973

Hamilton, Laura Leigh - 26 Aug 1973

Laboucane, Robert Joseph - 18 Nov 1973

Mogentale, Troy Allen - 18 Nov 1973

Mogentale, Tara Lynne - 18 Nov 1973

Livingstone, Leo John - 25 Nov 1973

Livingstone, Christopher Gordon - 25 Nov 1973

Livingstone, Jonathan Allen - 25 Nov 1973

Polkey, Amber Dawn - 25 Nov 1973

Polkey, Shawna Lynn - 25 Nov 1973

Bindernagel, Paul William - 02 Dec 1973

Wakeford, Kelly Marie - 12 May 1974

Douglas, Mark Ian Ensell - 28 Jul 1974

Dean, Ryan Andrew - 28 Jul 1974

Dean, Marc Edward - 28 Jul 1974

Acres, Glenn Garvin John - 10 Nov 1974

Fraser, Rodney Armstrong - 28 Dec 1974

Caprarie-Melville, Kenneth Charles - 05 Jan 1975

Caprarie-Melville, Katherine Lynne - 05 Jan 1975

Caprarie-Melville, Kristopher Trainon - 05 Jan 1975

Wierenga, Richard Nelson - 16 Feb 1975

Maybin, James Murphy - 29 Jun 1975

Maybin, Moira Ellen - 29 Jun 1975

Levert, Jennifer Renée - 06 Jul 1975

Arthur, Allen Ryan Robert - 29 Jun 1972

Ward, ??? Michael - 01 Jul 1972

Henry, Michelle Lynn - 28 Mar 1973

McHugh, Mark Thomas - 09 Aug 1973

Harvey, Robert James - 31 Aug 1975

Keeler, Ryan Dickson - 12 Oct 1975

Wall, Karmen Dawn - 12 Oct 1975

Armitage, John Ryan - 07 Dec 1975

Lunn, Jennifer Susan - 23 May 1976

Grieve, Genevieve Deanna - 16 Jan 1977

Barkman, Jennifer Marie - 23 Jan 1977

Mack, Karla Lynn - 30 Jan 1977

Regan, Matthew Juran - 30 Jan 1977

Hofeman, Robert Christopher - 26 Jun 1977

Freeman, Elizabeth Shannon - 03 Jul 1977

McArdle, Christopher Josef - 14 Aug 1977

Slatta, Stephen Duane - 21 Aug 1977

Widdis, Robert Adam  25 Jun 1978

Widdis, Susan Christina - 25 Jun 1978

Cote, Jospeh Harvey Jacques Jonathan - 02 Jul 1978

Tschanz, Shannon Kathleen - 24 Jun 1979

Waddington, Thomas Liam - 07 Jul 1979

Waddington, Michael John - 07 Jul 1979

Drovan, Ronald David - 05 Aug 1979

Doucette, Adam James - 12 Aug 1979

Bilodeau, Emilie Marie - 13 Oct 1979

Kessen, Alana Kathleen 21 Oct 1979

Steele, Marina Elizabeth Ann - 21 Oct 1979



Ship's Bell for HMCS Terra Nova 259


Date range for Christenings - 1980 - 1997


This bell is on display at Maritime Command Museum, Stadacona, CFB Halifax




The names engraved on the bell have been transcribed below


Fancy, Mark Edward - 24 Aug 1980

Addison, Timothy James - 12 Feb 1983

Watson, Daniel William Brent - 04 Sep 1983

Pile, Bryon Tyrone - 11 Sep 1983

Trudell, Nicholas P. - 27 Jan 1985

Campbell, Jessica L. - 30 Mar 1985

Laroque, Adam B. - 02 Jun 1985

Cond, Gillian L.E. - 13 Jul 1985

Hardie, Meagan L. - 29 Sep 1985

Elderfield, Ashley C. - 03 Oct 1985

Maze, Chirstopher P. - 11 Jan 1981

Thayer, Emily L. 03 May 1981

Vandoorn, Andre G.A. - 20 Dec 1981

Robinson, Jeffery H. - 30 May 1982

Morrison, Michael C. - 20 Jun 1982

Krajnz, Jennifer L.M. - 24 Jul 1982

Reed, James A. - 03 Oct 1982

Fiset, Kristie-Rae A. - 17 Oct 1982

Petten, Jacob N. - 17 Oct 1982

Hanbury, Douglas J. - 18 Dec 1982

Younger, Julie L.G. - 05 Mar 1982

Majro, Aarn B. - 16 Mar 1985

McCallum, Joel E. - 26 May 1985

Massa, Dawn M. - 03 Nov 1985

Bannister, Natalie J. - 08 Mar 1986

Alce, Shannon T. - 23 Mar 1986

Hargrove, Nicholas J.B. - 20 Apr 1986

Clausen, Katrina M. - 27 Jul 1986

Cookson, Krystle M. - 24 Aug 1986

Fischer, Brittany M. - 09 Nov 1986

Walsh, Ian E. - 30 Nov 1986

Phillis, Katherine M. - 15 Mary 1987

McGarry, Andrew D.H. - 15 May 1987

Elderfield, Matthew T.M. - 12 Apr 1987

Cullen, Michael A. - 26 Jul 1987

Badior, Alexandra D. - 05 Sep 1987

Keller, Dylan J. - 18 Oct 1987

Jackson, Jocelyn A., 20 Mar 1988

Walsh, Mark A. - 20 Mar 1988

Thompson, Kate E. - 27 Mar 1988

Thomson, Allie D. - 03 Apr 1988

Clausen, Nicole E.R. 10 Apr 1988

Craig, Aaron E.D. - 24 Apr 1988

Voakes, Gregory W. - 14 Aug 1988

Johnston, Alexander D. - 11 Sep 1988

Peters, Jackson R. - 16 Jan 1990

Delmare, Andre M. - 11 Feb 1990

Finon, Michael A. - 29 Apr 1990

Mercer, Joshua F.P. - 22 Jul 1990

Banter, Kathleen D. - 12 May 1991

Bouchard, Danielle M. - 12 Jun 1991

Bottomley, Anna K.M. - 06 Oct 1991

Langland, Jullian E. - 05 Oct 1991

Mullins, John D. - 05 Jan 1992

Carew, Joshua P. - 09 Jan 1992

O'Connell, Janel M. - 09 May 1992

McCliggoft, Adriana L. - 10 May 1992

Courchene, Steven Ross - 13 Sep 1992

Reeves, Victoria Megan - 18 Dec 1993

Lagrandeur, Emile Carol - 27 Mar 1994

Rockwell, Thomas James - 27 Mar 1994

Burrus, Nicole Breanne - 24 Jul 1994

Dunston, Paul - 02 Oct 1994

Meade, Mapissa Dawn - 06 Nov 1994

Perks, Siobhan Nicolette Mulhall - 18 Dec 1994

Brinson, Deanyka - 16 Apr 1995

Cyr, Tristian James - 15 Jul 1995

Wiebe, Anastasia Suzanne - 19 Nov 1995

Corin, Kimberley Beth - 17 Dec 1995

Wyville (?sp), Sara Kathleen - 03 Feb 1997

Fry, Haley McKennzie - 29 Jun 1997

Fry, Sara Michelle - 29 Jun 1997

Obere, Karina Kathlene - 19 Jul 1997

Penman, Keagan Cathrine Patricia - 13 Jul 1997


Daily Orders, HMCS Terra Nova 16 Jul 1962

Battle Board for HMCS Terra Nova 259

Maritime Command Museum, CFB Halifax, NS

Courtesy of Jarrod David

HMCS Terra Nova departing Halifax 13 Apr 1971.  Banner over the stern read "Eat Your Hearts Out"

From the collection of Pat Cardinell

Courtesy of Paula Cardinell

HMCS Terra Nova off the Hawaiian Island of Kauai

From the collection of Pat Cardinell

Courtesy of Paula Cardinell

HMCS Terra Nova 259

Photo taken from HMCS ATHABASKAN during RAS approaches - WESTEX '77

Courtesy of David Bathurst

Painting on the gallery door of HMCS Terra Nova 259 circa 1987

Courtesy of Jeff Woznow

HMCS Terra Nova 259 - Welcome Aboard Booklet



 HMCS Terra Nova, alongside in Halifax, after a spell on the Grand Banks in the early 90's. First and last time I've seen ice all the way out to the 200nm limit off of Newfoundland. I know it's not the only time, but it's rare.

Courtesy of Derek Moss

Signalmen chipping ice off the bridge wing

Doug MacKenzie and Steve Burris are in this photo


"Steve, while he was chipping ice off the bridge windows with an ice pick, cracked the window...and a surge or 440 power jumped into the metal pick and right into Steve, knocking him flat. He was OK (eventually), but we were all pretty worried as his hair was all standing on end, and he was a little out of sorts for a while. Things we probably wouldn't do today..."


Courtesy of Derek Moss

Jim Cook, HMCS Terra Nova 259

Courtesy of Jim Cook

The youngest sailor is customarily Captain for the Day on December 25. Two of the Atlantic Command Christmas "captains" are shown with a real one, who turned out in square rig for the occasion. Left to right are "Commander" (Ordinary Seaman) Cliff Woodrow, 17, of the Terra Nova; "Ordinary Seaman" (Commander) William P. Hayes, commanding officer of the Columbia, and "Commander" (Ordinary Seaman) Jim Anderson, 17, of the Columbia.

Source: CROWSNEST Magazine, Vol 12, No. 3, January, 1960

Two crew members who had served the longest of any on board the destroyer escort Terra Nova left the ship on May 3 for the last time. Cdr. C. E. Leighton, commanding officer, bids farewell to PO J. C. Stewart (left) and Ldg. Sea. O. J. C. Helmkay. PO Stewart and Ldg. Sea. Helmkay served on board a total of 140 months under three commanding officers during which 22 foreign and Canadian ports were visited. During this time 506 days were spent at sea and more than 102,000 miles were steamed. 

Source:  CROWSNEST Magazine, Vol 17, No. 6, June 1965

HMCS Terra Nova 259 - Maple Spring 1968

Photo taken from HMCS Gatineau

Courtesy of Ron MacDonald

HMCS Terra Nova 259 conducting a RAS and personnel transfer

HMCS Terra Nova, part of the 5th Destroyer Squadron, before her conversion to an IRE

HMCS Terra Nova jacket patch - OP FRICTION 1990-1991

Courtesy of David Bakody



The End


HMCS Terra Nova towed to the scrap yard in Pictou, NS and broken up


Former HMCS Terra under tow from Halifax to Pictou, Nova Scotia to be broken up

Source: Shipping New from Halifax by Mac Mackay

Terra Nova was towed out of Halifax harbour on November 20, 2009 by the Atlantic Elm. The destroyer was on her way to Pictou, Nova Scotia to be broken up

Courtesy of / © photographer: Barry Gerrard 2009

After a final tour of Terra Nova at the Aecon yards, Larry Zilinsky (former crew member of Terra Nova) gives a final salute to the old girl as he steps off of her onto Gatineau (also being broken up), March 2010

Courtesy of Larry Zilinsky

HMCS Terra Nova DDE 259 tied up outboard of the Gatineau DDE 236 at the AECON FABCO facility in Pictou, Nova Scotia

Courtesy of / © photographer: Barry Gerrard 2009

Former HMCS Terra Nova DDE 259 well into the process of scrapping at the AECON FABCO facility in Pictou, Nova Scotia. Photo taken July 5, 2010

Courtesy of / © photographer: Barry Gerrard 2010

Remains of Terra Nova at the Pictou Shipyard

Photo courtesy of Ralph MacAdam




Silhouettes of the Terra Nova cut from the hull before she was scrapped. The standing one was given to Jo Dzioba, wife of Cmdr. Larry Dzioba. The one mounted on the plaque is in the Ladysmith legion. Photo taken at Paul Legacy’s house in Ladysmith.


Courtesy of Doug Lumley