HMCS Ontario
HMCS Ontario

Navy Crest

Alan A Sandercott (1956)

In the spring of 1956 I left Burns Lake and boarded a train for HMCS Chatham in Prince Rupert BC to join the Royal Canadian Navy. I was sixteen years old at the time and I felt the urge to see the world.

During my five years in the navy I served on two land bases; HMCS Cornwallis & HMCS Naden, and three ships; HMCS Ontario, HMCS Ste Therese and HMCS Jonquiere. It was a period when rum rations were still the order of the day.

At first I was trained in Engineering and acquired my Stationary Steam Qualification. During my final year I received adminstrative training and operated the Engineer's Office aboard the HMCS Jonquiere. My interest in electronics and amateur radio dates back to my navy days.

After completing my five-year term I accepted a discharge and returned to civillian life in Burns Lake. I retained reserve status in the navy and helped establish the Burns Lake Sea Cadets. Those five years of naval service seemed like a lifetime but I've never regretted that phase of my life.

HMCS Ste Therese
HMCS Ste Therese

HMCS Jonquiere
HMCS Jonquiere


Iroquis Division
Iroquis Division (May-Oct 1956)

The Barracks
Rows of Barracks

Parade Ground
Parade Ground

Exercise
Exercise

HMCS Cornwallis
HMCS Cornwallis

Assault course
Assault course

Training completion
Training completion

Graduation celebrations
Graduation celebrations

Basic training finished
Basic training finished

Heading back west to Esquimalt
Heading back west to Esquimalt

HMCS Ontario
HMCS Ontario

Putting to sea
Putting to sea

Refueling at sea
Refueling at sea

Boat drills
Boat drills

Fleet duty
Fleet duty

Foreign ports
Foreign ports

Parade duty
Parade duty

At sea on Ste Therese
At sea on Ste Therese

US Navy port
US Navy port

Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridg

Crew transfer st sea
Crew transfer st sea

HMCS Ontario
Silloette of HMCS Ontario

Heading to sea on HMCS Jonquiere
Heading to sea on HMCS Ste Therese

40mm Bofor Gun mount
40mm Bofor Gun mount

Twin 4in Gun Mount
Twin 4 inch Gun Mount

Rough seas
Rough seas

Depth charges exploding
Depth charges exploding

Smoke from 4in guns
Cordite smoke from 4 inch guns

Sister ship
A sister ship along side

New destroyer escourt
New Destroyer Escourt vessel (DE)

Fighting onboard fire
After fighting a dangerous onboard fire

Esquimalt dockyard
Esquimalt Dockyard (Home Base)

HMCS Ontario
HMCS Ontario


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