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Some Sketches of Interesting Canadian Naval PersonalitiesCanadian Naval Personalities

21/09/2014 While many personnel of the Royal Canadian Navy have distinguished themselves in their naval careers a number have stood out in other aspects of their lives as larger than life "personalities" in their own right.


14/08/2014 The fishboat seascape was built by Barry Rolston’s father – Robert C. Rolston. The boat is still afloat, nearly sixty years later. Barry Rolston, nautical historian and past President of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, in Victoria, shares some images and memories of this beautiful vessel.

Guide to Fishing Licence Codes Seen on Canadian VesselsFishing Licences

21/07/2014 Many Canadian commercial fishing vessels sport stickers with interesting codes. It is clear that they relate to fishing licences carried by the vessel – but what do they mean? Here is a list which will enable the casual observer to ‘decode’ them.

Rainbows At SeaRainbows

14/07/2014 On the east coast of central Vancouver Island it is easy to see rainbows. The showery weather, followed by sunny periods, so often associated with the Pacific coast of Canada, is the cause. Late in the day rising air lifts water vapour following rain creates the conditions necessary to create a rainbow.

RCN Ships Present Off the Juno Beach (Normandy) on June 6/7/1944 (D–Day Landings) RCN D-day Ships

01/06/2014 Commander Fraser McKee presents a complete listing of all the RCN Ships Present Off Juno Beach in the Normandy landings on June 6&7, 1944 (D–Day Landings)

Some Early Sport Salmon FishingSport Salmon Fishing

28/05/2014 Naval ships at anchor up the British Columbia coast at anchor at the end of an operational day provided a venue for some recreational fishing at the end of the day or on the weekend. In the 1940s to 1960s this was a widespread activity among naval personnel on the Pacific coast. The rise in popularity of sport fishing after the Second World War and the increasing availability of salt water sport fishing gear enabled many more amateur anglers to go salmon fishing. Some individuals such as Chief Petty Officer 1st Class, R.E. ‘Dick’ James RCN were instrumental in getting competitive sport fishing going in the RCN.

Traditional Western Arctic Ocean Seamanship SkillsArctic Navigation

14/05/2014 Captain Sven Johansson was the first person in history to conquer the North West Passage from West to East in a yacht. It took him five years (it was back when the Arctic Ocean still had lots of ice). He spent years before that working in vessels in a very hostile Arctic marine environment. Along the way he absorbed a great deal of traditional knowledge and understanding of special seamanship skills from his Banks Island friends. He shares some of this with us in this article.

The Wreck of the C.C.C.G. Rider C.C.C.G. Rider

28/04/2014 Contributor Nick Newell had an encounter with the wreck of the former C.C.G.C Rider in a remote location on the west coast of Vancouver Island some years ago. Marine historian Captain Clay Evans recalls, "I would say the Rider was wrecked around 1989. She was the former Fisheries Patrol Vessel Hunter Point. She had been purchased by some hand–loggers who were using her as a bunkhouse and if memory serves me right, they had actually tied a high–line to the old tow post aft and were slinging logs down the hill–side towards her. I believe it was these same chaps that were trying to tow her, possibly around Brooks Peninsula, to a new logging site when they lost the tow and she ran aground".

John Franklin Gooldrup Boat Builder John F. Gooldrup

14/04/2014 John F. Gooldrup was born in Pender Harbour in 1922. His daughter shares his boat building experiences and legacy. He was a member of a large family of boat builders who operated on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. The Gooldrup name is not as well known in the literature as some others but nonetheless they were productive builders and innovators.

Featured Reference Tables and Lists:

The Royal Canadian Naval Reserve University Naval Training Division (UNTD)

Bill Clearihue has developed and updated a definitive Nominal List for the University Naval Training Division (UNTD) of the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve which contains the names of almost 6,000 former members and details of their service. Other lists available from him detail the former members known to be deceased and a list of former members who achieved positions of note in their civilian or military careers. Clearihue will update these lists from time–to–time and they will be updated on this site.

Canada’s Admirals & Commodores

Canada’s Admirals & CommodoresBook Cover

14/05/2014 Canada has a rich naval heritage which tends to have a low public profile. To the detriment of the Navy and our awareness of our national culture and history, Canada’s naval contribution in two World Wars, the Korean conflict and the many United Nations and NATO operations is hidden from public view. The great contribution of the navy is both interesting and important – but it is difficult for history lovers to access the information. In 1994 John MacFarlane published the first edition of Canada’s Admirals and Commodores (ISBN #0–09693001–2–3). Since that time we have been maintaining updates to the entries in that publication as well as tracking names of all new appointments as they are announced.

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