Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Ontario, Arrival in Esquimalt, 1945.

Charles Dobie :
ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY
HMCS ONTARIO
Photos Submitted by Ken Johnson

HMCS Ontario, Arrival in Esquimalt, 1945.

When I first started to scan the photos of the ceremony on HMCS Ontario's quarterdeck, I assumed they showed the announcement of the Japanese surrender. But after doing more photo sorting, I realized they show the ship's arrival at Esquimalt Harbour. The negative numbers are in the same series and more or less sequential, so they must all be related. These official "F" series negatives are unique to this photo collection. According to Wikipedia, HMCS Ontario arrived in Esquimalt on November 27, 1945.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Ontario, 1945.

Negative #F-4760: HMCS Ontario approaches the entrance of Esquimalt Harbour. The number on the ship on its port side is K444 (only readable in the original scan), which makes it HMCS Matane, a River Class frigate.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Ontario, 1945.

Negative #F-4765: HMCS Ontario approaches the entrance of Esquimalt Harbour.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Ontario, 1945.

Negative #F-4759: HMCS Ontario approaches the entrance of Esquimalt Harbour.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Ontario, 1945.

Negative #F-4764: HMCS Ontario in Esquimalt Harbour. The Tribal Class destroyer ahead of her has no number.
Russell Hodgkin, whose father served on the same voyage, emailed me in part: ". . . . but look at the stern of the Ontario. She is in full on emergency reverse to avoid a collision. The Ontario I believe had the right of way, and there were some strong words spoken as a result of the incident. "

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Ontario, 1945.

Negative #F-4758: HMCS Ontario approaches the jetty in Esquimalt Harbour.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Ontario, 1945.

Negative #F-4757: HMCS Ontario about to tie up at the jetty in Esquimalt Harbour.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Ontario, 1945.

Negative #F-4766: A crowd of relatives greets the ship in Esquimalt Harbour.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Ontario, 1945.

Negative #F-4754: An admiral comes aboard HMCS Ontario.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Ontario, 1945.

Negative #F-4756: A reporter speaks into CBC microphones.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Ontario, 1945.

Negative #F-4762: Capt. Harold Taylor Wood Grant, commanding officer of HMCS Ontario, speaks into CBC microphones, with the reporter standing behind him.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Ontario, 1945.

Negative #F-4755: Overview of the assembled troops and officials on the quarterdeck of HMCS Ontario.

Email Ken Johnson.


Can you provide names, details or corrections?
Please email Charlie Dobie.


BACK TO MAIN MENU