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OTD – 17 November 1974

HMCS PORTE DAUPHINE, originally commissioned in 1952, was recommissioned alongside STAR, after serving from 1958 to 1974 with the Coast Guard.  She served on the east coast for four years before transferring to the Pacific in 1978, being paid off  in 1995 after forty-three years service.


OTD – 15 November 1932

Ordinary Seaman David Oribine, V-8627, RCNVR of HMCS STAR was posted to HMS QUEBEC, the Combined Training Centre for amphibious operations, at Inveraray, Scotland. Following his participation in Operation TORCH, the invasion of North Africa, on 8 November 1942, he and various other Canadian landing craft crew were returning to Glasgow in the Troop Transport ETTRICK, when it was torpedoed and sunk off Gibraltar by U-155. The majority of the over three hundred crew and passengers were rescued but OS Oribine and twenty-three others were not.

David was the son of John & Katherine Oribine, 183 Catharine St N., Hamilton, and was 21.

Troop Transport ETTRICK, ex P&O liner