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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.

STAR’s 96th Anniversary

Although the (Royal) Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve was formed on 31 January 1923, units are dated from the appointment of their first Commanding Officer.  Lt Ralph Howard Yeates, a Hamilton lawyer, was appointed CO of the Hamilton Half Company of what was to become the RCNVR on 15 March, 1923, making STAR the second oldest naval reserve division in the country (Montreal Company’s CO, Lt Frank Meade, was appointed the day previously). Yeates had served in the First World War, initially in the army and then later in the Royal Naval Air Service and became a Lieutenant in the RNCVR after the war.  He served as Commanding Officer for six and a half years.  Initially operating out of the Navy League offices at Main and Hughson Streets, the unit moved into the old W.W. Grant Sail Loft at 469 Bay Street North, less than a kilometre from our present home, later that year.

Naval Association of Canada (Hamilton Area Group) – May Luncheon

The Hamilton Area Group May Winery Tour

1030 for 1100 tour (or 1230 for meal only) Wednesday May 22, 2019


135 Taylor Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0

Dress: Dressy Casual

Tour & Tasting

Journey of the Senses

Length: 1 1/2 hours

“The best of both worlds, this experience includes a tour and tasting at both our

Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery!

Your experience kicks off in our own vineyard, where we will discuss

the growing season and terroir that allow us to grow premium grapes right here in Niagara, as

well as the landscape of the Ontario wine industry. Take a peek at our onsite winemaking

facilities and enjoy a structured tasting of two VQA wines before making your way to our

Teaching Brewery to tour the tanks and sample some of our beloved local brews.”

Luncheon Menu

Roasted Beet Salad

Baby Arugula, candied walnuts, whipped goat’s cheese,

maple balsamic vinaigrette


Puree of Parsnip Soup

Root vegetable crisps, paprika NC Honey, parsley oil


Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon

Curried grains, kale, soubise, apple ~ cucumber raita


Crispy Tempura Fried Tofu

Korean BBQ sauce, coconut basmati rice, stir fried bok choy,

broccoli, shiitakes, red pepper, kimchi


Grilled Breast of Chicken

Pommes puree, Market Vegetables, Natural Pan Jus


Chocolate Mocha Tart

Orange Caramel, Glazed White Chocolate Mousse


Niagara Fruit & Cream Cheese Pastry

Crisp Crumble, Seasonal Fruit Coulis

Coffee or Tea

Please RSVP by 1 May 2019 to:  Robert Morris

NAME ____________________________________




Meal and tour

(tax and tip included)

X1= $50




Total                    _______

Please make cheques payable to


1452 Upper James St.

Hamilton,  ON,   L9B 1K3


 bring to HAG Luncheon in March or April

Driving Directions

From the QEW:

Get on Queen Elizabeth Way East

Follow Queen Elizabeth Way to Glendale Ave (Outlet Mall) /Regional Rd 89 in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Take the Regional Road 89/Glendale Avenue S exit from Queen Elizabeth Way (44.0 km)

Continue on Glendale Ave/Regional Rd 89

to Taylor Rd, left turn onto Taylor Rd

Continue 900m to 135 Taylor Rd.  Niagara College entrance lane on left, then Winery is up on your right!

Please notify of any dietary restrictions/allergies

Steel City

While no shipbuilding was done in Hamilton, steel from the city was used all over the country for the war effort. This issue of the newsletter, STELCO Flashes Of Interest from May 1942, highlights the use of Hamilton steel in shipbuilding with an image of the corvette K-165, HMCS BATTLEFORD, which was build in Collingwood and launched 15 April 1941.

Courtesy of LCdr (Ret’d) Doug Martin.