OCdts. On Parade


This photo of HMCS WALLACEBURG from her cutter (you can see it is not in its davits) at the Royal Military College jetty in Kingston, Ontario was featured in the Admiral’s Log, the official newsletter of the Admiral Desmond Piers Naval Association of Bridgewater N.S. The Algerine-class minesweeper which was acquired 1959 and stricken 1969 is wearing the new light haze-gray colour scheme. HMCS WALLACEBURG had carefully eased alongside the very small RMC jetty. 2184 Commodore ‘Debbie’ Piers (RMC 1930) was then the Commandant of RMC (1957-60). The Commanding Officer of WALLACEBURG, LCdr. Don Bethune, the Supply Officer and Milton Williams were kindly entertained at ‘Tea’ by Commodore and Mrs. Janet Piers.

Researched by E3161 Victoria Edwards


** Special note**

Hi Bill,

I have just enjoyed reading the latest online edition. Good work once again. At the risk of sounding like a cranky old fellow, the item about HMCS Wallaceburg contained some errors. She was actually built in 1943, paid off in 1946, recommissioned in 1950 as a training ship spending the summers of 1956 & 57 on the Great Lakes. As an Ordinary Seaman reservist I sailed the upper Great Lakes at that time in a sister ship HMCS Sault Ste Marie. Wallaceburg was transferred to the Belgian Navy in 1959 as Georges Lecointe and subsequently was retired in 1969.
– 5844 David Wall (RMC 1963)

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