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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.

Black History Month

On the first day of Black History Month, HMCS STAR remembers that, following the Abolition of Slavery Act of 1833 and the Slave Trade Act of 1843, two of our predecessors were involved in the suppression of the slave trade off the east and west coasts of Africa:

HMS STAR (1835-1857)

Between 1838 and 1845, STAR served on the West African Station engaged in the suppression of the slave trade.  In one period of two years, she captured seventeen ships and freed over five thousand slaves. 

In March of 1845, STAR recaptured the Brazilian slave ship FELICIDADE.  She had been previously captured by HMS WASP but FELICIDADE’s crew overpowered the small prize crew left on board and murdered them.  STAR also put a prize crew on board but FELICIDADE was overwhelmed in a gale and sank, with four of the ten prize crew surviving for twenty days on a raft living on rain water and sharks before being rescued off the coast of Sierra Leone.

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HMS PENGUIN, a sister ship

HMS STAR (1860-1877)

The 10th STAR was wooden hulled, barque rigged, and equipped with a 200 nhp two-cylinder horizontal single expansion steam engine and a single screw able to propel her at eleven knots.  Launched in 1860, only two weeks before Britain’s first iron-clad, HMS WARRIOR, which began a revolution in naval warfare, STAR only lasted seventeen years.  She displaced 877 tons, or 694 66/94 tons burthen.  She was 184’ overall with a beam of 28’4”.  She was armed with one 7’/110 pdr breech loading Armstrong gun, one 68 pdr muzzle loading smoothbore and two 20 pdr breech loaders

In1868 and 1867, STAR was involved in suppression of the slave trade off the coast of Somalia, patrolling from Socotra in the Gulf of Aden as far south as Kenya.

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HMS CORMORANT, a sister ship

New Commanding Offficer & Executive Officer for STAR announced

CANFORGEN 002/20 RCN 01/20 071308Z JAN 20

2020 NAVY COMMAND AND SENIOR APPOINTMENTS

UNCLASSIFIED

  1. VADM ART MCDONALD IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE FOLLOWING NAVY COMMAND AND SENIOR APPOINTMENTS:
    1. THE FOLLOWING OFFICERS ARE APPOINTED COMMANDING OFFICERS:
    2. (16) LCDR M-S SOWA – HMCS STAR – APS 20

  2. THE FOLLOWING OFFICERS ARE APPOINTED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS:

    (14) LT(N) M. DI BERARDO – HMCS STAR – APS 20 (AWSE)

  3. VADM MCDONALD COMD RCN CONGRATULATES ALL OF YOU

LCdr Sowa will become STAR’s 36th Commanding Officer when she assumes command, likely on 1 July 2020, with a formal Change of Command ceremony to take place subsequently.