Laid down on 30 April 1953 at Davie Shipbuilding Ltd., Lauzon, Quebec
Launched on 3 June 1957
Officially commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy on 17 February 1959
Decommissioned from active service in the Canadian Forces on 24 May 1996
Departed Halifax Harbour for the last time on 17 November 2009
Arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia on 19 November 2009
Dismantled and Broken Up at Pictou, Nova Scotia in 2010
I served onboard HMCS Gatineau from January 1967 until September 1968
Aecon Fabco wins $4.2M contract
By Ray Burns, Transcontinental Media
5 November 2009
[PICTOU, NS] — The end of two Canadian Navy destroyers could mark the beginning of some busy times at the Aecon Fabco shipyard in Pictou. The Dartmouth-based company won a tender to dismantle and dispose of HMCS Terra Nova and HMCS Gatineau which are currently tied up in Halifax Harbour. The company was awarded the tender for the removal/dismantling/disposal of the ships. It was awarded on October 22 with a bid of $4,258,529.78.
A recent story in The Chronicle Herald quoted a spokesman for Aecon Fabco as saying the dismantling work would likely take a year to complete for 60 to 70 workers. He said that asbestos in the ships would have to be dealt with first. Department of National Defence spokeswoman Nancy Cook said the ships are scheduled to be removed from Halifax in December. “They are going to be disposed of through dismantling,” Cook said. “The company can then sell the pieces off. They are anticipating to have the full dismantling done by the fall of 2010.”
The 372-foot long ships were both built in the 1950s and served during the Cold War and were decommissioned in the late 1990s. The Department of National Defence called for bids on September 18, 2009, for the removal, dismantling and disposal of the ships. The deadline was October 8, 2009, and it was announced yesterday that the contract was awarded to Aecon Fabco. The DND said both ships will be towed to the Pictou shipyard.
About HMCS Gatineau…
HMCS Gatineau (DDE 236) was a Restigouche-class destroyer that served in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and later the Canadian Forces from 1959-1996. She was the third ship in her class and the second vessel to carry the designation HMCS Gatineau. Gatineau was laid down on April 30, 1953, at Davie Shipbuilding Ltd., Lauzon, Quebec, and launched on June 3, 1957. She was officially commissioned into the RCN on 17 February 1959 and carried the pennant number 236 as a destroyer escort.
Fond memories of time aboard HMCS Gatineau
The Advocate - Pictou, Nova Scotia - December 9, 2009
John Cameron stands on Pier C in front of the HMCS Gatineau, a river class destroyer brought to Pictou to be scrapped.
Part of John Cameron’s life has come full circle with the arrival of the naval destroyer Gatineau in Pictou Harbour. It’s one of two destroyers arriving in Pictou after being retired to be scrapped at the local Aecon Fabco shipyard. The Pictou resident and retired member of the Canadian Navy was on board the ship when it was commissioned 50 years ago in Halifax.
“I’d just finished my basic training and went right to her,” he said. “It was
great. We had a good crew.
"I was on the Gatineau for 16 months, until June 1961. After that, I just went from one ship to the other.
Sad to see the end of HMCS Gatineau
The Advocate - Pictou, Nova Scotia - January 12, 2010
To the editor:
Photos of Dying Ship HMCS Gatineau
Pictou, Nova Scotia - 2010
I cried when I saw this photo
The Following Photos Were Received from Jim Brannen
on October 23, 2010
HMCS Gatineau has been broken apart at Pictou, Nova Scotia.
The following photos show what is left of the proud ship.
As Jim said in his message: " A sad sight "
It is hard to believe that this is what is left of HMCS Gatineau
This is the way I want to remember my old ship HMCS Gatineau