Pierre Lagacé

Eric’s story about HMCS Regina

In comments from readers on July 28, 2014 at 3:13 pm

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Sitting ducks.
From One Hundred Years on a Handshake by Brian Hanington, to be published in February, 2014.
When Canada joined its allies by declaring waron Germany, the reaction of most Canadians was overwhelmingly supportive. Notwithstanding a clumsy attempt by William Lyon Mackenzie King to enact conscription, the national call to arms was heeded; more than one million men and women joined Canada’s forces to defeat Germany’s bid for continental domination. A full ten percent of the nation’s population signed up. Of those, 45,000 died in battle and another 55,000 were wounded.

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Regina came to a halt, gently rocking in the calm sea. The entire crew was shocked. All off-watch sailors had come to the upper deck to watch the sinking ofEzra Weston, and when the ship came to a dead stop they all had the same thought; Regina was now a sitting duck for attack by an enemy sub. For almost 20 minutes, they bobbed noiselessly. One of Eric’s shipmates, Able Seaman Tommy Malone, was the weapons tech on watch at the stern. Tommy knew that his depth charges—20 of which were live in their racks—were a danger. Set with hydrostatic releases to detonate at 50 feet of depth, if even one rolled off now it would kill them all. Tommy asked the bridge for permission to “set the depth charges safe” and was told to proceed. He moved quickly along the two racks of 10 charges each, deactivating each with a brass key.
Thomas De La Hunt Malone
Thomas Malone

Intermission Stories (23)

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2014 at 6:27 am

Pierre Lagacé:

About HMCS Drumheller. She took part in the D-Day invasion.
Great post from a great blogger.

Originally posted on pacificparatrooper:

John Edmunds, RCN

John Edmunds, RCN

John Edmunds

The Canadian Seaman

On D-Day, John Edmunds, from Burlington, Ontario, 19 years old, was in the Royal Canadian Navy assigned as a helmsman on an escort ship leading cargo vessels to Normandy.  Aboard the HMCS Drumheller, he was headed for Juno Beach.

Seaman Edmunds stood at the helm of his ship as his captain barked down orders from the bridge, “Port, two degrees!”  John sailed the Flower-class corvette vessel in circles around a convoy of 15 cargo ships for the length of their three-hour voyage across the English Channel.  And then – he looked toward the approaching shore.  The reality of what laid ahead of the Allies came into view, “We looked out across the English Channel and whole horizon was ships, thousands of ships.”

HMCS Drumheller

HMCS Drumheller

Men lined the deck with binoculars, searching the seas for German submarines.  Edmunds had already seen the U-boats…

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In the navy…

In Uncategorized on June 16, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Pierre Lagacé:

A little help from my very knowledgeable friends…

Originally posted on Lest We Forget:

I am not an expert.

I will need a little help from my friend readers. I believe these pictures were taken in the 1920s or 1930s.

Alfred Frenette (marine) 1

Alfred Frenette collection

Alfred Frenette (marine) 2

Alfred Frenette collection


Alfred Frenette

His daughter is looking for the ship’s name.

Feel free to contact me. I know I could ask for his service records from Archives Canada, but this could take six months.

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