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NAC News – Edition 316 HMCS Penetang (River Class Frigate)

NAC News – Edition 316 HMCS Penetang (River Class Frigate)

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of August 2, 2019

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  • ★★★★NOABC 100thAnniversary and 2019 NAC Conference –2-6 October in Vancouver.  Please let the event coordinators know if you intend participating. Details available here—vancouver★   (Editor – Note time-sensitive UNTD dinner details)  UNTDA National Event – October 2, 2019
  • ★   The HMCS ALBERNI Museum and Memorial (HAMM) in Courtenay BC was flooded by a flash flood on 10 July.  HAMM was hit very hard with between 1.5 and 2cm of water suddenly rushing onto the entire museum floor.  Details about HAMM are at their web site but to aid the flood damage recovery process a GoFundMe page was initiated
  • Lt(N) Hampton (Hammy) Gray Memorial Fund – A fund for a memorial in honour of “Hammy” Gray to grace a newly designed entrance to the BC Aviation Museum in Sidney, B.C. is underway. $25,000 is needed to make the plan a reality. NAC-VI has agreed to accept donations on behalf of the project, see the complete details in “Scuttlebutt” below.
  • The Evolution of Equality and Inclusion in the Maritime Profession Symposium 2019  Thursday, 3 October 2019 Time: 8:30 to 16:30  The University of Ottawa, Desmarais Hall, Room 12102.  55 Laurier Ave E, Ottawa
  • Arctic Shipping Forum North America 29 – 31 October 2019 Hotel Omni Mont-Royal
    Montreal Details of Agenda
  • Go Fund Me for Mark Norman Good day everyone.  By now you may have seen in the news that VAdm Norman will be retiring from the Canadian Forces and has reached a settlement with the government. I will be discussing mechanisms by which the money received can be returned (or potentially donated to charity) depending on the ability of GOFUNDME to support such an approach and the wishes of the contributors.  I will get back to everyone once I have more information.  Standby for more updates.  Lee”  (Editor – Given the above, if you are thinking of a charity please think of the NAC Endowment Fund )








  • Jet Man in action amidst the RN
  • The Memory Project is expanding!    (Editor – The Memory Project Speakers Bureau is expanding! An initiative of Historica Canada, The Memory Project is a volunteer speakers bureau that arranges for veterans and Canadian Armed Forces members to share their stories of military service at school and community events across the country.  The speakers have reached 2.5 million Canadians since 2001. The Project receives requests year-round from across the country.  This is a great opportunity for you to share your story, your way and bring history to life for Canadians.  Every veteran has a story to tell.  If this volunteer opportunity is of any interest to you or anyone you know, please fill out the linked Become a Speaker form.  They would like to send you some of their promotional materials to help spread the word.  Please let them know if you prefer printed or digital materials, and where to send them.)
  • The ship that revolutionised naval warfare(Editor – a bit quirky 25 min video, but with interesting historical technical connections
  • The Beach Jumpers and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.(Editor – interesting 10 min video)
  • Lt(N) Hampton (Hammy) Gray Memorial Fund  – A place for Hammy Gray (Editor – details drawn from Starshell)  A retired RCN sailor Joe Buczkowski felt strongly that we must erect a memorial to Hammy here in Victoria so that young Canadians in the future may know of Hammy Gray’s bravery and sacrifice.  The memorial cairn will be black marble with etchings of Hammy and his Corsair aircraft.  The memorial will be set in a landscaped area of quiet reflection at a newly designed entrance to the BC Aviation Museum in Sidney, B.C.  $25,000 is needed to make the plan a reality.  The Naval Association of Canada (NAC) Endowment Fund has donated $2,500. NAC-VI has agreed to accept donations on behalf of the project, and the NAC-VI Treasurer (Diana Dewar) is holding the funds donated to the Lt(N) Hampton (Hammy) Gray Memorial Fund.  Should you wish to donate, a cheque should be mailed to the: Naval Association of Canada – Vancouver Island, Box 5221, Victoria BC V8R 6N4.  The cheque should be made payable to the NAC-VI and write Lt Gray Memorial on the memo line. Please include a return address as tax receipt and thank you letter will be forwarded.


(Month by month building a comprehensive list of significant RCN/Maritime events – if you see any glaring omissions or errors please inform me, and any more modern significant dates are welcomed.  The list currently draws from LEGION magazine, the Directory of History and Heritage’s comprehensive “Significant Dates in Canadian Military History”, and the “Canada Channel”)


  • 1 August 1910 – HMCS Rainbow is commissioned at Portsmouth, England, as the first warship in the RCN.
  • 1 August 1959 – The RCN is presented with Queens Colours by Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II in Halifax.
  • 3 August 1942 – RCN Corvette HMCS Sackville sinks U-boat in Atlantic; one of four RCN kills in five weeks. North Atlantic.
  • 4 August 1914 – War is declared between Great Britain and Germany. Canada is automatically at war with Germany as well.
  • 5 August 1914 – Two submarines, later designated CC-1 and CC-2, are purchased for the RCN by the Premier of British Columbia in Seattle, Washington.
  • 6 August 1942 – RCN destroyer HMCS Assiniboine pursues and rams German submarine U-210 in the fog, finally sinking her with a 4.7 inch shell. North Atlantic.
  • 7 August 1975 – Pierre Trudeau announces that Canada will seek agreement to set up 370 km (200-mile) economic coastal zone.
  • 8 August 1813 – US Commodore Isaac Chauncey’s ships Hamilton and Scourge capsize in minutes in a heavy gale off Forty Mile Creek on Lake Ontario, and 53 sailors drown; the ships were putting on extra sail to escape British Captain James Yeo’s fleet, and sank from a shift in weight of the guns; largest loss of life suffered by the United States Navy in the war. Yeo did not see the disaster happen, and did not press his advantage.
  • 8 August 1944 – German U-boat U-667 torpedoes and sinks RCN Flower Class corvette HMCS Regina off Trevose Head, Cornwall, UK; thirty of her ship’s company are lost.
  • 9 August 1945 – Temporary Lt (RCNVR) Robert Hampton Gray VC DSC was shot down and killed in a dive-bombing raid at Onagawa Wan (Bay) as he attacked and sank Amakusa a Japanese Etorofu-class escort destroyer; serving with the Royal Navy as a Corsair pilot aboard HMS Formidable Gray he was the last Canadian known to have died In World War II; he was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.  In 1989, in Sakiyami Park, Japan, Gray became the First member of the Allied Forces honored by the Japanese with a memorial.
  • 9 August 1941 – HMC Ships Assiniboine and Restigouche escort HMS Prince of Wales, with Prime Minister Winston Churchill aboard, into Placentia Bay, Newfoundland.
  • 10 August 1813 – Sir James Yeo’s forces capture American schooners USS Julia and USS Growler in an engagement near Twelve Mile Creek on Lake Ontario; the British rename the schooners Confiance and Hamilton and will use them as troop transports until Isaac Chauncey recaptures them near False Ducks Islands on 5 October. New York State.
  • 10 August 1941 – US President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill have their second meeting at Placentia, on a British warship; four days later they will issue the Atlantic Charter setting forth eight goals for the world; a document that will serve as the basis for the United Nations Charter. Placentia Bay, Newfoundland.
  • 10 August 1990 – Canada to send three ships and 800 sailors to the Persian Gulf as part of multinational force to force Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait.
  • 11 August 1954 – HMCS Venture is commissioned in Esquimalt, British Columbia, as a naval cadet training establishment.
  • 12 August 1814 – Royal Navy Capt Alexander Hobbs, commanding 70 seamen and marines, attacks three U.S. armed schooners supporting Major General Jacob Brown’s Fort Erie campaign; masquerading as American supply boats, the British board and seize USS Somers and USS Ohio while USS Porcupineescapes; the vessels are renamed Huron and Sauk; last naval engagement on Lake Erie in the war.
  • 12 August 2010 – HMCS Winnipeg intercepts a Thai ship, the MV Sun Sea carrying Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka, off the coast of British Columbia. BC.
  • 13 August 1813 – British schooner HMS Nancy discovered and trapped by a US squadron at the Nottawasaga River; Capt Lt Miller Worsley of the Royal Navy, warned of a close American presence, had the Nancy towed two miles up the river, where he built a blockhouse armed with two 24-pounder carronades and a 6-pounder gun from the schooner; his force consisted of 21 sailors, 23 Ojibwa and 9 French-Canadian voyageurs; the following day, 14 August, some American wood-cutting parties discovered the schooner’s hiding place, and Worsley was forced to scuttle the ship. Wasaga Beach, Ontario.
  • 13 August 2010 – The MV Sun Sea, carrying 490 Tamil migrants from Sri Lanka, is towed to the docks at CFB Esquimalt; the Thai cargo ship was intercepted off Vancouver Island on 12 August; the Tamils are moved to detention centres in the Vancouver area to await processing of their refugee claims.
  • 14 Aug 1945 – Japan offers its unconditional surrender.
  • 14 Aug 2008 – Leading Seaman Robert Teodor Binder MB, of Mississauga was a member of the Canadian Forces Naval Reserve who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Bravery on 26 November 2010.  The citation to his award notes that on the night of 14 August 2008, at the age of nineteen, he and two others repeatedly dove and performed CPR in order to rescue the occupants of a sinking car.
  • 15 August 1827 – Royal Navy Captain John Franklin lands at the entrance of the Rideau Canal, on his return down the Ottawa River from the Arctic, welcomed by Colonel By. The following day, 16 August, Franklin will lay the foundation stone of the Ottawa Locks being built by Thomas Mackay.
  • 15 August 1944 – HMC Ships Prince David and Prince Henry participate in the Allied landing in southern France, codenamed Operation Dragoon.
  • 16 August 1956 – HMCS Assiniboine is commissioned into the RCN as the first of the new St. Laurent class of destroyer escorts.
  • 16 August 2011 – Government announces that the name “Air Command” is being changed to the air force’s original historic name: Royal Canadian Air Force, and the name of Maritime Command to RCN to better reflect Canada’s military heritage and align Canada with other key Commonwealth countries whose military units use the royal designation.
  • 17 August 1809 – Construction of Admiral Horatio Nelson’s Monument begins; at the top of Jacques Cartier Square. Montréal, Québec
  • 17 August 17, 1940 – World War II – Mackenzie King meets Franklin D. Roosevelt for two-day conference at Ogdensburg to discuss North American Defence; will sign Ogdensburg Agreement on August 18 the parties will discuss modifying cash and carry principle for delivery of arms from US factories to Canadian forces; on August 18, the parties will agree to set up a Canadian-American Permanent Joint Board of Defence, composed of senior officials from both countries.
  • 17 August 17, 1943 – World War II – First Quebec Conference (codenamed “QUADRANT”) – Mackenzie King hosts Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and the Combined Chiefs of Staff at the sixth Anglo-American War Conference, held at the Citadelle and in the Chateau Frontenac hotel; ends August 24, 1943; plans developed for Overlord, the 1944 landings in France; Churchill and Roosevelt also secretly signed the Quebec Agreement to share nuclear technology.
  • 18 August 1833 – Steamship Royal William leaves Pictou NS; will arrive in Gravesend September 11; First vessel to cross the Atlantic under steam power.
  • 18 August 1944 – HMC Ships Ottawa, Kootenay and Chaudiere sink the German submarine U-621 while on patrol in the Bay of Biscay.
  • 18 August 2005 – Military – HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337) deployed to the Canadian Arctic to prohibit illegal fishing and to reassert sovereignty in the North.
  • 19 August 1914 – World War I – Canada officially declares war on Germany and Austria-Hungary. Ottawa, Ontario
  • 20 August 1942 – HMC Ships Prince Robert, Prince Henry, Prince David, Dawson and Vancouver leave Esquimalt, British Columbia, to commence operations in the Bering Sea.
  • 20 August 1944 – HMC Ships Ottawa, Kootenay and Chaudiere sink the German submarine U-984 while on patrol in the English Channel – their second combined victory in three days.
  • 21 August 1872 – Chebucto Head Lighthouse starts operations, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 21 August 1940 – The Permanent Joint Board of Defence is established to co-ordinate Canadian and American activities relating to the defence of North America.
  • 21 August 1944 – HMCS Alberni is torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-480 in the English Channel. 59 of her ship’s company are lost.
  • 22 August 1711 – An English naval expedition against Quebec is wrecked on reefs north of Anticosti island.
  • 22 August 1944 – HMS Nabob, a British aircraft carrier but with a RCN crew, is torpedoed off Norway and severely damaged.
  • 23 August 1953 – HMCS Caribou is commissioned as a Naval Reserve Division in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland.
  • 24 August 1949 – North Atlantic Treaty goes into effect, with the parties agreeing that an armed attack against one country would be considered ‘an attack against them all.’ NATO created by Canada, the US and 10 European countries.
  • 24 August 1957 – Military – Wind class icebreaker HMCS Labrador under RCN Capt O.C.S. “Long Robbie” Robertson the first deep draught vessel to navigate Bellot Strait; will become the first ship to circumnavigate North America in a single voyage; transferred to the Department of Transport on 22 November 1957, and re-designated the Canadian Government Ship (CGS) Labrador; later CCGS Labrador.
  • 24 August 1969 – US oil tanker Manhattan leaves Chester on trial voyage through Northwest Passage; helped by Canadian Coast Guard ice-breaker CCGS John A. Macdonald, the Manhattan will reach Sachs Harbour, NWT, on September 15.
  • 24 August 1990 – HMC Ships Athabaskan, Protecteur, and Terra Nova with 934 personnel sail from Halifax to participate in the United Nations to participate in the blockade of Iraq over its invasion of Kuwait three weeks earlier, Operation Friction.
  • 26 August 1939 – World War II – The British Admiralty transmits the single word ‘funnel’ – the agreed-upon signal transfers control of Canadian merchant ships from the owners to the RCN.
  • 27 August 1942 – The Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service is established.