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HMCS Crescent DDE226 at Halifax 1962
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No: 1784   Contributor: Ken Watson   Year: 1962   Country: Canada
HMCS Crescent DDE226 at Halifax 1962

Crescent C-Class destroyer 'Cr' Group, she along with Crusader were sole representatives of this class in the RCN. Crescent received the 'Full Conversion' to anti-submarine frigate (DDE designnation in RCN), while Crusader remained essentially as-built with exception of VDS fitted as trials ship in late 50's. See Cambrian this file for configuration. Crescent lies outboard of HMCS Cape Scott (ex RN Beachy Head)to RCN 1952, built Burrard, N.Vancouver 1944. Crescent built Clydebank 1944,to RCN 1945.
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I was a electricians mate on the ship in 1962 when we were the first canadian forces to return to holland after the second w.w.

Added by John Cadman on 16 August 2010.
the cresent was the first ship to have variable depth sonar in the world at that time. we lowered a fish type sonar dome over the aft of the ship on a cable to better detect submarines.

Added by John Cadman on 17 August 2010.
Spent 6 months on her from Nov/45 to April /46

Added by ED Kift Supply AssistantRCNVR on 28 October 2010.
Hi John, Think sister HMCS CRUSADER actually was the first to run VDS. Maybe Cresent was first 'Operational' with the kit. Cheers, Ken

Added by Ken Watson on 31 October 2010.
i believe my dad served on this ship than....Jack Neilson...anyone know him or of him. or pictures...
please contact

Added by Brian Neilson on 13 December 2010.
Aboard Crescent 62-63 Radio 4, overseas visits to Londonderry, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Great ship.

Added by Allan Briscoe ABRS2 on 26 December 2010.
john cadman ABLM1 Allan I was on that trip. Amsterdam was great I played for the ships hockey team.your name sounds familiar.

Added by John Cadman on 30 December 2010.
Hi I HAVE MY gT Grandfather on the crescent in 1911 could this be the same ship. He was going from Hong Kong to Woosung? Thanks Karen

Added by Karen on 04 January 2011.
Not the same Crescent. HMCS Crescent built in the U.K. during the 1940's as a Tribal Class Destroyer and operational in WWII. Converted to DDE Class in the mid 50's

Added by Allan Briscoe on 04 January 2011.
Sorry Karen but this Crescent was not built until over 30 odd years after 1911. Rgds, Ken

Added by Ken Watson on 04 January 2011.
Allan: Crescent was built as a Cr Class waremergency destroyer, somewhat smaller than the tribals. She was converted as shown in early 195os regards, Ken

Added by Ken Watson on 04 January 2011.
I stand corrected - I do remember that we commonly referred to our ship as a "converted tribal", but suspect that this was just a simple convention. Probably to emphasis the modernization of things like messdecks with bunks versus 'micks and central galley/eating facilities, etc. I also spent some time on the tribal, Athabaskan and can clearly the tribulations of drawing a meal from the galley and then proceeding forward (in my case) and down a deck or so to the appropriate mess in order to consume the meal. Not fun in heavy weather !!! Also, aboard Crescent, Radio 4 was located off the main ops space, port side, while on the Athabaskan Radio 4 was midships port (slightly aft, if I remember correctly) with access only from the weather deck and up an outside ladder.

Added by Allan Briscoe ABRS2 on 04 January 2011.
Al Briscoe this is your old shipmate Frank Maclennan one of the "Rat Pack" fm Radio 4 on the Crescent. It's been awhile. U r quite right about the access to R-4 on the tribals as I was on the Cayuga in 62 as well. my e-mail address is Frank Maclennan

Added by Frank maclennan on 14 January 2011.
My father was on the Crescent. He was a gunner and his name is Roger Gagne.

Added by Dean Gagne on 24 January 2011.
Dean, when was your father on the Crescent?

Added by John Cadman on 26 January 2011.
My father (Roger Gagne) was on the cresent in 1958. He went through the Panamal Canal with it. He also spent more time on the HMCS Fort Erie.

Added by Dean Gagne on 26 January 2011.
I was on HMCS Crescent 1960-1963 as hull technician.

Added by James Morris on 31 January 2011.
I was on Crescent Mar./60 to Oct /61, Leaving her as an ABFC1; drafted to Stad for TG2 Course.If memory serves me, the CO was Capt. murdock, and XO was LT/CMD Wilkes. Coxn was C1BN4 Hall, and his brother was the Chief GI, C2FC4 Hall.Great times in the Marintimes.

Added by Russ Jenkins on 04 February 2011.
My father Ltcdr. Doug Muncaster served on the Crescent in the in the early 60's.I remember having lunch in the Officers mess one Sunday in Halifax harbour, And my older sister spotted the anchor hatch cover floating in the harbour.It looked like a starched T shirt.

Added by Michael Muncaster on 05 April 2011.
I was also on Crescent from summer 1960 to July 1962 as ABSG and confirm the officers stated by Russ Jenkins. We sailed to Northern Ireland, Amsterdam south of England and Gibralter then exercises up the Med before heading back, stopped at Azores to fuel then back to Halifax

Added by Jack Holland on 09 January 2012.
Hey Jack..... I remember that trip as well. Frank Maclennan (comment above) was also aboard then. I see that you were an SG, so I think that we were all likely in the same messdeck.

Added by Allan Briscoe on 09 January 2012.
Your are right Al we were all in the same messdeck. Hard to believe it was 50 years ago.
Do you guys remember the Rock apes in Gibralter?

Added by Frank Maclennan on 09 January 2012.
I remember that trip well Jack.

Added by Jim Morris on 10 January 2012.
Jim; your name looks familiar but I usualy never forget a face and always have trouble putting names to them. What trade were you in? Yes a lot of great memories are comming back to me as I have not talked to anyone off the Crescent since I left her in july 62

Added by Jack Holland ABSG on 10 January 2012.
Jack I was a Hull Technician ( Shipwright).

Added by Jim Morris on 11 January 2012.
I served on the Crescent as an electrician from 1960-62. Was on the Ireland, Amsterdam etc. cruise as well. Recognize all the names - Coxn etc. Good ship - happy crew.I was drafted ashore for surgery in the summer of '62 and then to HMCS Thunder for a short time. Got out in Sept. Great memories.

Added by Graham Armour ABLM on 29 February 2012.
My father served on the Crescent and my sister and I names are on the ships bell.

Added by Frank Thornton on 31 January 2013.
I served on the Crescent on her 1966 West coast transfer.

Added by ABNS Bill Copeland on 12 July 2014.
I hitched a ride from Bermuda to Halfax with the Minesweeper Squadron-Fundy/Thunder/Chignectoe/Chaleir(Not shure of spelling)I think it was June 1968

Added by Mike Muncaster on 01 September 2014.
I served on the Crescent as AB/GR and was on the Londonderry, Portland, Amsterdam cruise. Yes, she was a good ship, remember Nobby Hill was Chief Coxn and his brother was a CPO. And Lt baker was the elec officer, good memories.

Added by Bill Jones on 21 April 2015.
Yes, I remember the Elec. Officer, Lt. Hank Baker having a few wets sent into the L shop, right next to the wardroom pantry!

Added by Graham Armour ABLM1 on 30 April 2015.
Ya I had forgot Lt. baker he was a good guy.

Added by ABLM1 John Cadman on 30 April 2015.
Graham How are you. John

Added by ABLM1 John Cadman on 30 April 2015.
Great John, I remember you...we were all so young then. Great to see all the names...I remember a lot from 4 mess...before the electricians were moved aft to the stokers mess. Retired now back in NL.

Added by Graham Armour ABLM1 on 30 April 2015.
Graham do you remember Sadie. John send me your email address mine is John

Added by ABLM1 John Cadman on 30 April 2015.
My father William Thornton served in the RCN on the HMCS Cresent. As a steward. My sister & I were baptized on HMCS Cresent as for years thinking from between 1958 to 1961.

Added by Frank Thornton on 15 April 2017.
I sailed on the HMCS Crescent in 1969, bringing it from Halifax to Esquimalt, where it was decommissioned.

Added by Gordon Graham on 08 August 2017.
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