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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.

OTD – 29 January 1944

28 January 1944     Steward Dirk Van Ooyen, V-8608, and ERA 5th Class Douglas Charles Varney, V-40240, of HMCS STAR were reported missing, presumed killed, when HMCS MAHONE, a Bangor class minesweeper, operating as local escort out of Sydney, Nova Scotia, was rammed by the merchant ship SS Fort Townshend, which was operating from New York to St. John’s, off Louisburg. One man was killed and several others injured. MAHONE underwent four months of repairs in Halifax and returned to service in July.

SS FORT TOWNSHEND, 3,489 Gross Tons, Furness-Withy Red Cross Line
HMCS MAHONE, J159, Bangor Class

OTD – 16 January 1945

Lieutenant Bernard John Kennedy, RCNVR, aged 23, who enlisted at HMCS STAR in November 1941, and who had served on the lower deck on convoy duty during 1942, was killed in a flying accident in a Grumman Avenger Mk II while training with 763 Naval Air Squadron (Anti-submarine Operational Training) at HMS Nightjar, RNAS Inskip in Lancashire.

He was the son of John and Maggie Kennedy of Ferguson Avenue North in Hamilton and graduated from Cathedral High School before working at National Steel Car.

Lt Kennedy, pilot, centre with his crew, Midshipman Gordon Fell, RNVR, navigator, & Leading Airman Phillip Royston Mallorie, RN, wireless operator, behind him.