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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.

HDW brings Grey Cup

HMCS HARRY DEWOLF arrived in Hamilton on Monday, 13 November bringing along with her the Grey Cup in preparation for the game to be held on the 19th. She berthed along the east face of Copp’s Pier (Pier Eight), bow to bow with HMCS HAIDA, whose first Captain in 1943 was Cdr Harry DeWolf himself.

HDW entering the Burlington Canal
HDW under the Skyway Bridge in the Burlington Canal
HDW comes alongside Pier Eight with assistance from tug Ocean Golf
The Grey Cup comes ashore with Bob “The Caretaker” Young right behind.
HDW & HAIDA bow to bow with STAR’s field gun in the foreground.
HDW as seen from STAR’s boatshed
LCdr Mike DiBerardo, CO STAR and Cmdre Patrick Montgomery, Commander Naval Reserve with CPO1 Bob Campbell, Formation Chief, flank the Grey Cup with other STAR sailors at the arrival ceremony on Monday, 13 November.

HARRY DEWOLF Visits Hamilton

GLACE BAY’s promised visit to Hamilton was cancelled due to the Seaway strike but HARRY DEWOLF is on the way, currently alongside in Montreal. She will be in Toronto on the 11th and 12th of November, arriving in Hamilton on the 13th and leaving on the 20th. She will berth at Copps Pier (Pier #8) close to HMCS HAIDA. She will be open for visitors on Thursday, 16 November. Rumour has it she will bring the Grey Cup with her! Further details as they become available. See