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About Dinger

A sea cadet at RCSCC LION from 1963 to 1968, I joined the Naval Reserve at HMCS STAR in 1968 as a Bos'n. I was an Officer Cadet in the ROUTP, commissioned in 1971, and awarded my watchkeeping ticket in 1973. I served at sea, at one time or another, in all five Gate Vessels and HMCS FORT STEELE & CHAUDIERE as well as the Coast Guard icebreaker Louis St. Laurent and served as OIC of the patrol vessels RALLY and RAPID. At STAR from 1968 to 2007, I served as XO twice and then as CO from 2002 to 2005. I rounded out my career by serving as SSO Training at NAVRESHQ in Quebec City in 2008, retiring in 2009 as CO of HMCS HUNTER in Windsor. I was Executive Director for the Friends of HMCS HAIDA till 2011 and have been an active volunteer onboard HAIDA since she arrived in Hamilton in 2003.

Maude Leslie ???

Thanks to Keith Black for this puzzle. The Toronto Star of 11 February 1959 reports on the death of Maude Leslie, noted as “the mother of the navy”, who showed up either at HMCS STAR or the railway station (presumably the Canadian National, now LIUNA), whenever men were being shipped out. It also noted that she had died in a nursing home where she had been placed by HMCS STAR Ladies Auxiliary. Does anyone have any information to add?

Error Correction

The page Visiting Ships referred to a visit by the gunboat HERON to Hamilton in 1866 and was accompanied by a picture of HMS BRITOMART, identifying her as a sister ship of HERON. The ship pictured was however BRITOMART of the Bramble Class, commissioned forty years after HERON and the rest of the ships of the BRITOMART class, and looking nothing like her. Thanks to Bryan Kerman of Port Dover, who spotted the mistake. Bryan has been researching HERON’s sister ship, CHERUB, which helped Port Dover celebrate the first Dominion Day / Canada Day on 1 July 1867.

HMS BRITOMART, Bramble Class, 1900-1920
The actual HMS HERON in Toronto Harbour in 1867.