Category Archives: OTD

OTD – 6 February 1810

06 February 1810     Sailors from HMS STARR a 16 gun ship of the MERLIN class, form part of a Naval Brigade that establishes gun batteries to bombard the capital of Guadeloupe, the last French colony in the West Indies.  The surrender of Guadeloupe markedly diminishes the slave trade, made illegal by Britain in 1807.  In 1847, participants are eligible to apply for the Naval General Service Medal with the clasp, Guadeloupe, and STAR received the battle honour Guadeloupe. 

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.