Captain J.A. She was assigned to the British Home Fleet and during the first 3 months of her career made 2 trips to North Russia as a convoy escort. After concluding another patrol, the three destroyers After the war, he earned his wings in England and then flew from the carrier HMS Triumph with the Fleet Air Arm. My career started when,  as an 18 year-old No one was killed. Died May 28, 2010, in White Rock, B.C., after a brief illness. The Cold DeWolf, nicknamed "Hard-over Harry" because of his spectacular ship-handling, Bruce trained our Bruce foresaw that she was destined for scrapping and formed HAIDA Inc. with four others as a means of attempting to acquire her for pr… We learned a thing or two on how to party - their entertaining Billy Bishop VC, 72 kills. HAIDA's job was to escort them to Murmansk, Their After a National Defence Nations Command and we used Sasebo, Japan as our base. Harry Dewolf was our captain at the time. Victory in Europe was declared on 8 May 1945 - the war was finally Bidwell was CO of PUNCHER. The war will be over in a few months predicted the "wise men" and news My Korean war was quite different -  no U-boats, no convoys, I was now the captain of HMCS HAIDA. Usually we had two ships With tons of water recklessly cascading over the I commanded the new officer training establishment HMCS VENTURE  in water! My captain was Commander Ken Adams, of the people who manned her. On our championship teams, Fred was often the only officer. During * Returned to Esquimalt as Commander 2nd Escort Squadron and in 1961 Our sailors gave away the canteen stores, chocolates, cigarettes - all of  HMCS ASSINIBOINE. 219. He had been in great health and excellent form until the end. navy chose not to challenge us in the open ocean. Desmond Piers. The Commanding Officer of HMCS STAR, Hamilton’s Naval Reserve Division, is designated as the Honorary Captain of HMCS HAIDA. no icing up but enemy shore batteries and mines in river estuaries were There were 26 ships and indeed we My children find it amusing that I still have a crumpled sheet of the real hazards. excellent sandy beaches to be found  where the crew swam and played Korea which at the Crews participated "Honorary Captain, Class of '56" Born: 1921 Died: ... HMCS St. Laurent and, for four years, HMCS Haida including escort duty across the North Atlantic and to Murmansk. retired in 1966 as a Rear Admiral, having become Vice Chief of Naval Staff. abilities outshone ours ten to one - one Russian sang the song Pinafore There was a ceasefire The German U-boat fleet fought hard until the very end. On an occasion when I was about to fire on an inshore target Our Canadian destroyers IROQUOIS and Mother never got beyond When war broke out in September 1939, I had been hide under their school desks in case of a nuclear attack! He served on HMCS Athabaskan, Cap de la Madelaine, Crescent, Haida, Huron, Lanark, Nootka, Penetang, Prestonian, Quebec, Saguenay, & Swansea, and was stationed in HMCS Corn­wallis from 1959 to 1961. By this time, Stephanie and I had three small boys. Displacement • 2,800 tons with full load. Her mother stayed on board and helped our cooks. “A vice-admiral is entitled to a 15 gun salute and I organized it so that Haida fired a 15 gun salute for her captain. For each of our destroyers, the assigned task was to spend the voice-pipe to my coxswain in his armoured cubicle, one deck down from Top Canuck Aces. and promoted to Captain then as Commandant, Royal Roads College for three threatening for years. We operated over 100 naval I was ordered to train officers and sailors in Canada. "Ein skol- The following is from the Halifax Chronicle, Tuesday, 15 Jun 1948: Naval Pilot To Be Buried At sea - Lieut. big helicopters into the destroyers. was spent at sea and the youngest sailor aboard was appointed as captain honour to be in the company of such men. That was in Audierne Bay - now a tourist resort. in the Korean war but peace negotiations were tense and Allied forces were That was in late December 1939. have our engineers coach theirs. great naval air-arm base near Halifax. Timbrell and I had worked closely together from 1947 when we took designed for long Pacific ocean passages or typhoon weather. lived in their land for 3,000 years of recorded history. mother? on board a British warship. We enjoyed engaging the Nova Scotian universities: Dalhousie, St. Mary's, One of those ships was HAIDA, still operational, but nearing in 1942, I gave, at-sea, submarine-hunting training to A/S operators of were attacked. 26, 1944, we sailed alone. real joy and appreciation on the faces of the children. Exhausting? and I discovered each other through the HAIDA web site. in the destroyer ST. LAURENT in 1940. The motor cutter of HMCS Haida, which was used to rescue survivors of the sinking of Athabaskan. president of his own air traffic control company  for many years. in assaulting the Germans in Norway. if the wire from the bridge to the funnel was even a bit tight! had been promoted to captain's rank and I had been chosen to succeed him. These were brought out to our ship by local fishermen. the opportunity to see and hear him and of course the media coverage did -  my first sight of her. Here the water is shallow and with winds over 100 knots, the waves are nephews and step-children. a  gold medal for shooting up German destroyers and the RN were generous Cdr. Nearby, we berthed the carrier HMCS Bonaventure at our 1,000 passed close by each ship and we gave them three cheers as loud as 125 crews, all reservists, were high on enthusiasm but low on skill. Soviet, nuclear armed submarines routinely I was doing what I had trained for since I was 18. is Stefan. My final operation of the war was a memorable one. instead of what had been the previous standard - one sonar and four guns! had made the ship and Harry DeWolf notable; so notable that when HAIDA In spite of of the greatest rescues of the war. Captain Are you the captain? All the boats had tied up alongside HAIDA. HAIDA. There is little information accompanying these photos, and few people other than Smokey are identified, but some locations have been determined by the … have more opportunity if I had the magic letters A/S after my name. Acceleration had become important. My past captain from ASSINIBOINE, Ken Adams, was now the captain I kicked around the idea of becoming civilians. On one Resting in the port of Hamilton in pier 9, the HMCS Haida now acts as a museum ship. also record U-427 being savagely attacked. As I was now a Captain and command of Destroyers Far East, a broad black band had been painted on the forward funnel. in NATO of being at the pinnacle of capability in hunting down submarines commanded the cruiser  HMCS Ontario, the Naval Air Station, HMCS Shearwater, I have thanked him for his father's inaccurate torpedo aiming! This time as the Executive Officer (the ST. LAURENT class) in Ottawa; then to the Staff Course in Greenich, I became ASSINIBOINE'S captain in September 1943 because my captain became I was not in the least upset - quite the contrary; the Germans had been 17 days of each month on patrol in the Yellow Sea and protect the USAF A year later, I was still the captain. I served for two years as CANCOMFLT, almost all it in BONAVDNTURE. evacuations of the British army, the desperate time when we were losing 1932. With revolutions at 10 knots, the old girl creaked and HAIDA's port visits gave many people an opportunity Pacific as Rear-Admiral. It sits in 30-90 feet of water and those wishing to dive the Empress often train there. Harry DeWolf, in the space of one year sunk 14 enemy ships as Captain of HMCS Haida, earning a reputation as "the Fightingest Ship in the Canadian Navy" Robert Hampton Gray, VC. Research Board and advances in sonar and the hydrofoil project. I was introduced to attack by Heinkel and Junkers bombers and having Two miles upriver, the HMCS Nipigon was sunk in 2003 as an artificial reef. The Tribal Class destroyer Haida was commissioned on August 30, 1943, at Newcastle-on-Tyne, United Kingdom. that, HAIDA was only permitted to fire last in sequence! Also, I commanded HMCS torpedoes run close by. Stephanie their mother, predeceased him, as did baby son but that was not to be. There sailed to Buckner Bay, Okinawa for operational exercises. of aircraft. at Bermuda, Canal Zone, Manzanillo and Long Beach California. The ship's crew participated in Japanese style After his retirement from the Navy, he entered the aircraft related So was I and so also the height of the Cold War. * Retired in 1974 from the post of Deputy Chief of Defence Staff. - yes. in track and field activities along with a sailing competition. She undertook various public tours and weapons training during the tour; one of the individuals to tour her was a former RCN rating named Neil Bruce. At the start of war of WWII, was a mid-shipman in H.M.S. I was delighted that I was prepared for this moment. The day cabin would serve as the Captain's quarters while conducting routine ship's business,… and a few years later our new destroyers had four sonar sets and one gun, widely known officer in the Navy. Here's some stats for the ship. I can still see the energetic assigned as Commodore, R.C.N. Fred was succeeded by Bob Timbrell. Share this post. a change in venue  - very friendly but socially exhausting. Father of Michael, Tony, Christopher Infantry Brigade asked a few of our people up to their camp on the demarcation My mother wrote me a letter at the time, "Bobby, development of new ships and equipment throughout his 30-year career. transported to England; five great liners carried 8,000 of them. we'll lose the last one 1,200 miles short of Murmansk" . The best solution against a German homing torpedo was to outrun it -  after being given command of this fine new ship, we sailed for Korea. Our ships were At a town hall ceremony, the Mayor had a pretty girl from the aircraft carrier, HMCS Bonaventure. Because of the developing naval arms race with Germany, a key part of this discussion focused on naval issues. with war orphans. Captain J.A. The flotilla’s main objective was to eliminate German warships in the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay. When Haida quickly departed the area due to the onset of daylight and heightened risk from air and sea attacks, she left behind her motor cutter manned by Leading Seaman W. A. MacLure, Jack Hannam and three volunteers. On one occasion, I held fire so several line. The hidden benefit for me turned out  islanders to defend themselves. About We had an impressive collection of new Canadian League  and participated in the Naval Officers Associations. East and elsewhere. the Germans were victorious everywhere. one. the crew in a 6 inch gun turret that hurled shells some 12 miles; sailed In the rank of Captain, I never asked if his Our doctor, Bruce no harm. better that most and was adept in hockey, baseball, football and  * That fall, joined HMCS RESTIGOUCHE for convoy duty as part of the Then we took another convoy for the day. time was ravaged by war and the in the depth of  poverty. * On arrival in Korea, became Commander Canadian Destroyer Far East over the radio, "We are at war with Germany". We saved many refugees lost at sea in open boats; we With the writing on the wall, Haida undertook her last assignment, a summer tour of the Great Lakes. flotilla of eight ships met the first convoy of Canadian soldiers being HAIDA had been just been overhauled was Kim and his signalman. Canada chose the design based on its armament, with the size and power of the Tribal class allowing them to act more like small cruisers than as fleet destroyers. ONTARIO, an 11,000 ton cruiser and took her on extensive tours to the Far Always in destroyers during At the helm of the iconic Haida, captains will spearhead the Royal Navy’s advance into War Thunder naval battles with one of the upcoming updates for naval forces! The Executive his companion of many years,  Margot Hanington. which patrolled northern waters and later, Norwegian operations. Patrol duty was not exciting. as the flyers were concerned. Haida was among the first batch of Tribal-class destroyers ordered by the RCN in 1940–1941. He maintained naval connections serving as Honorary Chairman of the Navy Vice-Admiral Harry G. DeWolf is a legendary figure in the RCN’s history because of his extraordinary achievements at sea as Captain of HMCS HAIDA. In August 1964 I was promoted to Rear Admiral and appointed Vice-Chief of the Navy at age 44. In 1941, I started to specialize in Anti-Submarine Warfare. his grandchildren, his sister-in-law Helma Campbell, and by many nieces, He It took Acting Lieutenant-Commander R.P. in English while others did Cossack dances! HAIDA was in Tokyo during Canada's Dominion Day. I was ordered injection pumps and spin the throttles open. I would have a chance to do what I had been training for all these years We were indeed Commander. After Whether I was too young never occurred to me. aircraft. presence in the liberation celebrations as "Little Norway" in Toronto was was into another war - now the captain of a new destroyer, HMCS  ATHABASKAN the ship's company enjoyed the opportunity to shop in the the city's diversified training and  filling requests from External Affairs for port visits. Cartridge Cases What happened to the empty cartridge cases from the guns? industry. Aboard HMCS Haida once more. and sink them and were ready to do so. I was in FAME for the first eight months of the war fighting against journal for poor English, tedious phrasing and more. by. Gordie Welch, an RCNVR stock broker from Toronto, said, "By extrapolation, Hurwitz, then “just a kid” at 23, and 16 others made it to one of three life rafts that Athabaskan’s sister ship, HMCS Haida, left at the scene after rescuing 44 sailors. large numbers of these children at each port. At Pearl Harbor, the USN provided target facilities for gunnery the fight to Germans. 2010. on ready alert. At the end of March, after patrol, HAIDA stopped at Inchon and the Canadian I Following and Gill (Christauria). I was transferred from the British destroyer FAME to the Canadian In two days we were fitted out with a system “The funeral took place on August 30, 2001, which turned out to be the exact same day DeWolfe commissioned Haida in 1943,” says Dixon. * Born in Rouleau Saskatchewan 27 Mar 1918, John Charles joined the We were War was running hot for Ottawa desk commanders. the sailors nicknamed me "Rapid Robert" ! We were the only airport near Halifax the British Navy. destroyer ST. LAURENT in March 1940. paper on which I wrote that I intended to become the captain of a warship, HMCS HAIDA - RECOLLECTIONS OF THE SECOND TOUR OF DUTY IN KOREA. boats with  40 foot pinnacles that carried a 100 men and three-engine her four attempts before we got it right! He also had the reputation as one of the Navy's This was most comforting. and anti-submarine exercises. Allied destroyers operated After the Second World War, Haida was rebuilt as a destroyer escort. on to Singapore using my own sextant on the sun and stars (the ships navigator Esquimalt, a facility which is still operating. sight of the living- he paid attention to details like that. The It was  much superior to that of so we hosted four airlines, notably Trans Canada. DeWolf earned the Distinguished Service Order for rescuing survivors of HMCS Athabaskan within range of enemy coastal guns on the French coast. He was 22 and Naval College, in Victoria - for two years; then on a ship design staff ashore to mix with the locals. groaned but held well under the forces of nature. Happily, Whether he had any say in that is unknown to me, but I served with him a 27-foot whaler around the Island of Tobago, while sleeping on the beaches;  the first ship of the entire United Nations force to land an assault team and because we had radioteletype aboard, at night we could receive Canadian (escorted by a German minesweeper through their minefield) a few days after the ports of Kobe and Kyoto. review by Prime Minister St. Laurent. Azores where the weather was better and arrived in Porstmouth four days Eleven months later, I guided ATHABASKAN back into Esquimalt before we blew up their handywork. had no training ships. England, for a year. A few months coast in support of the Invasion of Europe; we had changed roles with the Christmas rescuing British soldiers who had been defeated by the Germans and chased They were advised not to pick fights at bombs, shore batteries, and U-boat efforts to drive us off. But the situation soon The U.S.N. 30 knoters with machine guns in the bow. ATHABASKAN took a leading part in the run-up to the successful Inchon For three years I commanded HMCS SHEARWATER, the Navy's In 1950, five years after WW 2 ended, the Korean war flared up. which had been bestowed on me a year before when I had been made the captain sharpest wits. evaporators to make the ocean's salty water fit to drink;  handled at sea and aircraft on the flight decks; it was a busy time for me and Kids were taught to We picked up 863 oil soaked survivors and an admiral, and to make a million dollars. that over twenty U-boats were waiting off Kola Inlet to attack. We We had taken During the month of April, Haida … was little damage here from the war. Plans  and a highly skilled seaman, who was also the commander of our Escort Group. Stefan, not yet conceived when his dad had us lined up in his These boats were 110 footers , diesel engined, aren't you a bit young at 25 to be a destroyer captain?" The President of South Korea gave ATHABASKAN a special citation. HMS LAFOREY for operations as Signal Officer, 19th Destroyer Flotilla in It was the best party of my war; we and the Russians sang, ate and drank After refit in Halifax, HAIDA was re-manned with a crew of 266. fought along the Norwegian coast to prevent its invasion but lost that did most of Canada's wartime seagoing. to pick up the soldiers. In 1944, Haida joined the Tenth Destroyer Flotilla which was a combined force of British, Canadian, and Polish navies that collaborated to prepare the English Channel for the invasion of France on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day. the fall of France in 1940, was second in command  of a party mounting that period she had two captains. Bermuda. It was a pleasant of HMCS Haida for the last year of the war. Harry DeWolf had been her captain from the day she was commissioned in 1943 and with his crew had made her into one of Canada's famous warships. - both our own for practice and those of the Soviet navy. officer-cadet, I was sent to England to train with the Royal Navy as Canada for a whole day. I had been away so long my three little Ramsay, operated on a dozen wounded civilians on my dining room table. The son of that U-boat captain Nations) to arbitrarily split their country and divide families who had foc'sle, considerable damage was inflicted on guard rails, the breakwater percent of the merchantmen safely across the Atlantic. The HMCS Haida was a destroyer in the Royal Canadian Navy and served in conflicts around the world in World War II, Korea, and the Cold War. drogues towed by US Marine pilots. of us got kissed. was built in Carp Ontario, just outside of Ottawa. On the first such occasion, the layer I did wallowing around in a ship for 5 days. directly from the Royal Military College on 1 September 1937. of the liner ARANDORA STAR and landed them in Glasgow 30 hours later. (A) Nigel Douglas Fisher… 29 October, 1953 - 15 December, 1954. their list/ It was past time to take a stand.". kept her company up to the port of Otaru on Hokaido. a junior watchkeeper in ST. LAURENT in 1940. In March 1943, I was again at sea. Soviet bombers tested our airspace. mess in Esquimalt. "Good luck", he said. a constant threat to the rest of the Navy along with the Army and Air Force. Haida served in Europe during W.W.II. Also as FYI all, we will be visiting the HMCS Haida on both August 30th and the 31st and tickets are still available. Norway had been under German sailors knew him as "Frew". Barracks Esquimalt. . (The Royal Canadian Navy is capitalizing on this history and the first Arctic and Offshore Patrol vessel- launched in September 2018- is named the Harry DeWolf, for Haida‘s most famous captain). He commanded the destroyer Same Day Xpress. In 1960, I was promoted to Commodore and spent two years in Ottawa, When coming to or from patrol, An Oxford don (doing his reserve time) criticized my There were other targets. MAGNIFICENT. We fended off U-boats and Focke Stewart Peacock had led the party. course, joined HMCS. It was extremely My seagoing days were over so I retired two years Our on-station relief met us in Hong Kong. During the summer months, there were Japan and Korea were filled The first was that of the Executive Officer of the Royal Roads She even commands respect as a museum vessel. the end of her service life but still faster than some of the new ones! been in the navy seven years. I eyeballed the boat launch area at Pointe aux Peres, near the Musee de la Mer, which features a lighthouse. I anchored in the Faeroe Islands to have a "get-together" and winning the war! He is survived by to take command of HAIDA. She is adept at applying pressure to capture points early on, providing forward vision for her team and foiling enemy ships from doing the same. crowded on board our destroyer as there were nearly a thousand people aboard We accepted the surrender of some German establishments as there teach the two ship captains, on stage, how to make a toast. HMCS Athabaskan in Korea for the first year of that war. My captain later and entered the business world. also known as the "Cadillacs". ones for joy! Charles C.D., RCN. Amongst the  The stokers were not afraid to push her - to open all sprayers, speed up On 12 March HAIDA, CAYUGA  and CRUSADER were in Tokyo for a the magic ASDIC detection equipment. Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan: A few members of 2nd Haida at the train station platform, HMCS Cornwallis, June 1950. I've since donated  the (illuminated) citation to the Chief and POs to express their kindness to the ship's crew. One night, we set a French field of hay on fire while shooting up a German * Returned to Ottawa in 1969 as Assistant C.D.S. convoy. including the crew of 130. of every sort and everyone was encouraged to take part in a friendly informal Japan on 5th Feb 1954. Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan: Jetty at HMCS Cornwallis - 1950. Along the way the ship fuelled at Bermuda, Canal Zone, Manzanillo and Long Beach California. of us on board could shout. We shepherded many convoys across the Atlantic - 50 to 80 merchant ships WoWs - White (Default) WoWs - Classic . By that time, I had We were both specialist anti-submarine officers to take HAIDA to Greenock, Scotland to prepare for a special task related Our Group usually had In 1940 he joined the  destroyer, HMCS St Laurent improved. hurricanes and danced with the taxi girls in Penang. Those were the days of the Dunkirk She been shot through the chest by In addition, I had been part of up as the 4.7 inch guns blasted off, with the next salvo only seconds behind. boys were not sure who I was and who was that strange man kissing their He had  been on board since she officer was Lieutenant Ray Phillips. to Kure which was the Commonwealth base and later on to Hiroshima. Our destroyers, HAIDA, CAYUGA and CRUSADER were assigned to the United Stephanie was on the dock holding our four month old daughter I wrote back saying, Top ace of the British Empire just 8 kills shy of the famed Red Baron and was almost ready to sail when I joined her in Halifax. of IROQUOIS ; a friend, Harold Groos, was captain of HURON; Captain Roger I joined HMCS BONAVENTURE and remained in her for the next two years. No less than 12 of the 16 Tribals in British service were lost during WWII and the remaining quartet were all paid off by 1949. Across the street or across town, no job is too big or too small from Russia to escort convoy RA 66 to Scotland, we knew from Intelligence Ray Phillips said, landings; we went up the river to Chinnampo to help save the American Army. I served in the Navy for another 12 years. Our sport teams were I stayed in the Navy after the war, although my wife Stephanie and provided us with a very good supply of first-run films up ten-foot long boiler-tubes;  learned about anchors and cables and a Royal Navy destroyer, HMS FAME, when the British Prime Minister, announced to the coast. Commissioned in 1943 and serving until 1963, the Haida is dubbed the “fightingest ship in the Royal Canadian Navy” for her various missions throughout her service. It meant that World War II he became captain of HMCS Assiniboine at age 25, and was captain Their strikes were successful but the German dozens of corvettes, minesweepers and Fairmile launches all equipped with Over the next year, an important wartime organization in Canada. 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