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Canadian DDEs @ Midway Island 1964
Ships and Harbours
No: 956   Contributor: Ken Watson   Year: 1964   Manufacturer: Unknown   Country: USA
Canadian DDEs @ Midway Island 1964

Squadron enroute to Jet64 Exercise in Indian Ocean 1964.
Picture added on 08 February 2007
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I was on hmcs fraser on Indian ocean exercise. great picture lots of memories

Added by William Tweet on 23 July 2008.
Well Bill we were shipmates, you must have been a fishead, I was engineering (grimy), don't recall meeting, but I was only in Fraser for six months for sea training as part of ERA apprenticeship. Rgds, Ken

Added by Ken Watson on 23 July 2008.
Thanks for that Bill, Cheers Ken

Added by Ken Watson on 23 July 2008.
I was a radar plotter

Added by William Tweet on 23 July 2008.
I was on the HMCS FRASER on this cruise. I was an LSET3.Do you remember the night when HMAS Melbourne went across our stern and later sunk the HMAS VOYAGER?

Added by Rod FINLEY on 23 November 2008.
yes I remember that

Added by William Tweet on 23 November 2008.
Hi Rod: I sure do I was in the ER at the time went to full ahead, this was Vikrant however, not Melbourne, it was several days after the Voyager sinking, they (Melbourne) never got to the exercise as a result. Vikrant by the way was Bonnie's sister ship.I do remember your name, I was apprentice ERA (several on board) for that cruise. A GREAT trip. Cheers, Ken

Added by Ken Watson on 23 November 2008.
Hi guys, I was an osem on board the St. Laurent when this pic was taken. We went on to do a 9 month cruise and ended up in Halifax to bring the St. Croix back to the west coast.

Added by Dale Crawford on 12 January 2009.
I was on board the Fraser on that trip as well. I was a LSEM at the time and can remember when the Ausie ship tried to run us down. I knew rod Finley and still hear from him regularly. I see now that the Fraser is due to meet her end in the scrap yard. A sad end to a fine ship. Got out in 1971.

Added by Archie w, Henderson on 10 September 2010.
Hi Archie: I remember you from Fraser in 1964, Far East trip and trip dowm to Acupulco, Mexico, what a Great Year. Take care. BTW was ABAP at the time. Got out in 68 after Hellyer destroyed our Navy. Ken Watson

Added by Ken Watson on 10 September 2010.
Hi , Me too
OSRP in the "od's" mess with Bill Tweet, Lyle Weatherby, Les Robstad, Colin Armstrong, Dave Harris, Brian Jarvis, Gerry Gulak et al...
LS Moore, LS Ball, PO Fischer

Added by Eric on 24 September 2010.
I was on board the Fraser, I remember Bill Tweet and Archie Henderson well, we had alot of good times. I believe the Fraser is now a museum in the Halifax area.
added by Les Robstad April 13/2011

Added by Les Robstad on 14 April 2011.
Sadly not the case Les she was sent to the breakers last Summer. Rgds, Ken

Added by Ken Watson on 14 April 2011.
I have a whole series of pictures of the "FRASER " on her last journey. Brought tears to the eyes of this old fart.

Added by Archie henderson on 14 April 2011.
That is too bad as I was planning on making a trip to see her this summer. Wonder why she was sold for scrap, thought they were keeping her as a museum.
Archie would love to see those pictures...alot of stories and good times on the ship

Added by Les Robstad on 14 April 2011.
Hi I was LSEM as upper deck stoker on the 261, the Mackenzie during this cruise. I recal the Junior Ranks ended up with the bulk of entertainment money to put on a party for the other ships Junior ranks at Singapor.
I had the honor of being advance party during the Mackenzie's construction, her commisioning and was also on her in Singapor when she celebrated her 25th anniversary.

Added by Lloyd Mack on 15 April 2011.
Just great to see my old friend Lloyd Mack on here. Haven't seen him for a couple of years. A small world mates.

Added by Archie henderson on 15 April 2011.
I was talking to LSRP Harry Webster , he was telling me he was in Fraser 1964 and remembers the "ODS"mess #11 the 3 killicks in the mess at the time Jim Garbet , now deceased and John King and Dunsmuir, does anyone remember the painting of John King's legs?and the threat to kill all you g-damned ODs.Harry said he sailed on the Fraser until they sailed to Montreal and left her there for conversion to helicopter ship. LSRP Harry Webster said that for some reason he ended up with Gerry Gulaks Kit Bag, and asked if anyone is still in contact with him to let Harry know and he can have it back anytime.
As far as the painting of John Kings legs, I remember it well as I was there, surprising what a little bit of rum can do to a fellow's feet

Added by Les Robstad on 29 April 2011.
I can remember when they painted John kings ' leges. Bob Dunsmuir nearly wet his pants laughing over that one. I knew Bob really well as we had been shipmates on the Sioux. Jim Garbet was a friend as well. I remember lending him a rifle so he could go hunting. He had it loaded while they were still in the pickup truck they were using and blew a hole in the floor of the cab. Must of scared the living daylights out of them. It is sure a treat to see some old shipmates on here.

Added by Archie henderson on 29 April 2011.
Thanks for the comments Archie, I don't know if you remember me but I remember you well. I was on the Fraser for Jetex 64 and the "Sailor Hat". I was on her for 2 years and left her in the spring of 65'

Added by Les Robstad on 01 May 2011.
Great times. I started as Sonar on the Fraser and the on JetEx they called for volunteers for steward and I stepped up. To Montreal. Sailor Hat and at 19yrs thought nothing of it till I saw the video on UTube. Scary stuff. Spent all my time on the Fraser till Discharged in 65. Then 40 years in our clothing store in Oak Bay Victoria. I remember SLt Rod Newman who used to borrow my TR3 and later married an old school friend. Incidentally I bought that TR3 back this year and have had it totally restored. Same car unknown at the time and was later discovered to be MY car. cheers to all

Added by Rick Burgess on 02 July 2013.
Mr Burgess, How are you? . Funny thing, I was just thinking of you and some of the other west coasters who joined 50 years ago next month. I still have our graduation photo, Terra Nova 3/63. hanging on my wall which I glance at from time to time. CPO Rigby etc.The memory is fading as I have forgotten some of the names. You were the resident tailor who sewed on our bagdes (for a price) ha ha. I also was on JetEx64 (HMCS Fraser) and in the OD's mess. Ops's room Office Rod Newman, the bagpipe player. I ran into him in Edmonton a few years later. I was in touch with Doug Saunders for many years but can't seem to find him these days. Cueball (Gil Neilson) worked the tugs until retirement and lives in North Vancouver. Had a few conversations via this route with Les Robstad. Of course I remember all the rest of the names from the above responses. Mr Finley, Archie with the big beard, even Ken Watson( from Edmonton I think))and of course Bill Tweet from Nanimo. I just moved from Victoria to Comox about 3 years ago.
Glad to hear you are well.


Added by Eric (Benny) Bostrom on 02 July 2013.
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