Admiral Desmond Piers Naval Association
2007 Slate of Officers
President Martin Field (902) 527-2660
Imm. Past Pres. Maurice Legault (902) 634-3285
1st Vice President Milton Williams (902) 543-4997
2nd Vice President Leo Sampson (902) 354-5027
Secretary/Membership Jerry Sigrist (902) 543-6763
Treasurer Elmer Mason (902) 543-4168
Master-at-Arms Ivan Foote (902) 644-3629
RCNA Director Jerry Sigrist (902) 543-6763
Entertainment Ivan Foote (902) 644-3629
Supply Officer Dave Heming (902) 543-7054
Monument Doc Halliday (902) 685-2342
Bursary Chairman Gordon Crouse (902)
Chaplain Larry Truelove (902) 354-2901
Sick & Visiting Committee Bridgewater Dave Heming (902) 543-7054
Lunenburg Moe Legault (902) 634-3285
Liverpool Larry Truelove (902) 354-2901
Chester Bob Whiteside (902) 275-4910
Board of Directors
Jerry Sigrist (Chairman)
Royal Canadian Naval Association - National Executive.
President John McGovern Admiral Hose Br. - Windsor Ontario
Imm. Past Pres. John Sullivan Montreal Quebec
Exec. Vice Pres Ken MacAskill Thunder Bay Naval Vets - Thunder Bay Ont.
Vice Pres. (Mbship) Blaine Barker North Bay Br. RCNA - North Bay Ont.
Treasurer Harold Quick Sault Ste. Marie RCNA
Exec Secretary Gerald Sigrist Admiral Desmond Piers NA, Bridgewater NS
Recording Sec. Don Spience Brant Naval Vets, Brantford ON
Parl. & Vets Affairs Doc Halliday Admiral Desmond Piers NA, Bridgewater NS
Area Vice Presidents
British Columbia Joe Duffy Penticton NVA.
Maritimes Jerry Sigrist Admiral Desmond Piers Naval Association
NW Ontario & Man Francis Ross Man. & North Shore NVA, Sudbury ON
Prairies June Greig Edmonton RCNA
S. Central Ont. Doug Sephton DEMS Association
SW Ontario Gerry Coulter London Naval Veterans , London ON
National Supply Officer Don Spiece Brant Naval Vets Brantford ON, 519-753-8904
Message From The Bridge.
Well here we are winding down another year. Fall is upon us and we are looking ahead to
Christmas and getting our wheels ready for the winter.
The Annual RCNA AGM has concluded with our Shipmate, Gerald “Jerry” Sigrist, bringing
home “Shipmate of the Year” and “Area Vice-President of the Year” and yet another title to his armful
that he already has. His newest title is “National Executive Secretary”. Congratulations Shipmate
Sigrist ADPNA Secretary, ADPNA Membership Chairman, ADPNA Board of Directors, ADPNA RCNA
Director, RCNA Area Vice-President and National Executive Secretary.
Along with the above awards Shipmate Sigrist and Shipmate “Doc” Halliday were presented with
the “Beaver Medal”, a project of the Canadian Confederation Centennial Committee of British Columbia
and the first awarded to Robert S. Maxwell on January 1st 1963. The Beaver Medal was struck from
copper fittings taken from the SS Beaver, and represents the contribution to history which the SS Beaver
made in the early days of the Province of British Columbia. The recipients have been selected, not for
bravery in battle or heroic efforts on the battle front, but for the contribution they have and continue to
make to the country and community in which they live and serve. They were recognized for their
personal leadership, sharing their personal talent, providing enjoyment to others, research for better living
conditions. Above all else, being the silent role model for all to follow.
Our summer picnic and BBQ day was a great event once more, with breakfast being helped along
by Shipmate Michael Sigrist and his wife Noreen. Their help was greatly appreciated. What a wonderful
day we had, with lovely weather, good friends and spirited play at the many games that were held. A big
thank you goes out to Shipmate Foote and all of his volunteers, without them the day would not have
Again we are enclosing “raffle” tickets for a case of Christmas “Turkeys: (12 of your flavour) to
be drawn for December 7, 2007. More details later in the Newsletter.
We will be holding elections in January and will be looking for some fresh new blood to take up
the slack and join the Executive. I encourage the membership to come out and be seen and heard. This is
your ASSOCIATION; please think about what you may be able to do to see it prosper.
It is my wish that every member enjoys a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a JOYOUS and HAPPY
Shipmate Martin Field, President ADPNA
Annual Christmas Dinner and Dance.
Date: Friday December 7th, 2007
Place: Royal Canadian Legion, Churchill St., Bridgewater
Time: 1730 - Up Spirits
1830 - Hands to Dinner
O/C Dinner approx 2000 - 2359 dancing to the music of Grant Smith & Friends.
Dress: Casual - As you like
Price: Tickets are $20.00 per person. Guests are invited.
A 50/50 draw will be held during the fun and games.
Dinner: Full turkey dinner with all trimmings plus wine.
Prizes: The raffle for a case of wine will be held.
Prizes will be drawn for bottles of wine.
50/50 tickets will be available.
Motel of Choice: Bogan Villa Inn (former Bridgewater Motor inn) High Street Bridgewater.
Meet & Greet will be held during the afternoon in the hospitality room at the Inn.
Dinner tickets will be available from one of the following:
Entertainment Chairman Ivan Foote 902-644-3629
President Martin Field 902-527-2660
Secretary Jerry Sigrist 902-543-6763 (will mail tickets on receiving payment)
All members are encouraged to attend and bring your friends. Guests are more than welcome.
Have a good time as I am sure you will.
Shipmate Ivan Foote, Entertainment Chairman
Musings from the Editor
Enclosed you will find two books of tickets for our Christmas Raffle. If you do not want them
yourself, please try and sell them to your friends or neighbours and return cash and stubs or unused tickets
to our Secretary at our Association Address. Thanks Very Much. The winner of the Summer Raffle was
our good member from Newfoundland, Shipmate Marshall Mullins.
The year 2010 is fast approaching. Because this is the 100th Anniversary of the Royal
Canadian Navy, there will be many things happening all over Canada to celebrate this
momentous year. Many of the RCNA clubs in Canada have already come up with some very
good ideas to consider. Although a couple of ideas were discussed at our last meeting, to date,
our club is still searching. Please put your mind to work to make it happen. We would appreciate
any or all ideas because we don’t want to be left in the lurch and be the only club not taking part.
Dedication of Monument in Memory of Admiral Desmond Piers.
As most Shipmates are aware, our Monument to our namesake, Admiral Desmond Piers,
was unveiled this spring. It is a beautiful piece of work and, if you were not at the dedication
ceremonies and haven’t seen it, you are encouraged to add it to your list of places to visit. It sits
on Chester Municipal Property adjacent to Janet Piers’ residence on the waterfront in Chester,
Membership: Membership stands at 139, all classes of Membership.
Dues are a very important part of keeping the club alive. There are a few outstanding for 2007.
Please check the envelope this newsletter came in and, if the expiry date is Dec 31, 2006, I expect to see
your cheque for $15.00 shortly. If you are anything like me, you may be forgetful at times (Senior
Moments). You can also check your membership card.
I am accepting Dues for 2008, many are already in. There are eight members overdue for 2007 and they
will be dropped from membership. This will be their last issue of the newsletter.
Address: Our new address is on the envelope, but is repeated here for your information. Please
address all Association correspondence to this address:
Admiral Desmond Piers Naval Association
450 LaHave St. Unit 17. Suite 121
Bridgewater, NS B4V 4A3
Kit Shop: Shipmate David Heming, our very congenial Supply Officer, keeps a good
inventory of souvenir and regalia items of interest. Check it out at www.adpna.com
(kit shop) or call Dave 902-543-7054.
The ADPNA had a number of worthwhile projects underway in 2007 which are keeping a
few Shipmates very busy: 1. 53rd RCNA Reunion 18-20 May - was a great success;
2. Monument to the Memory of Admiral Piers - completed and unveiled, another
3. Scholarship and Bursary for Sea Cadets - ongoing;
4. Candlelight Ceremonies - ongoing, to be performed at schools during Battle of
the Atlantic week;
5. donations to deserving Charities - ongoing; and
As you know, a lot of work is being done by very few volunteers. We always appreciate
more volunteers and/or suggestions for our projects. These are discussed at our monthly
meetings, so make an effort to attend and find out what the ADPNA is all about.
Scholarship & Bursary
As was described in our last Newsletter, the ADPNA has initiated a Bursary to go to a
deserving Sea Cadet serving in a Corps from Chester to Yarmouth to Cornwallis. This will help a
Cadet pursue goals at a recognized University, College or Community College. Mrs. Janet Piers
is also establishing a living memorial to her late husband. She is donating a sum to sustain this
memorial at no cost to us. Both scholarships, Admiral Desmond Piers Naval Association Bursary
and Admiral Desmond Piers Memorial Scholarship Trust will be administered by the ADPNA
and both will be no less than $500.00 per annum. The 2007 Bursary winners are:
CPO1 Melissa Bullen RCSCC Neptune, Lunenburg NS; and
CPO2 Sarah Biddle RCSCC Niobe, Bridgewater NS
Remember - These Cadets are our future.
Websites; www.adpna.com if you are on the internet, don’t forget to check out this site on a regular
basis. All the latest information pertaining to the Admiral Desmond Piers NA is posted here, as well as a
lot of good photos. This site is now under the good hand of Webmaster and Club President Martin Field.
www.hqrcna.com the RCNA National website. A lot of good information on the Royal Canadian
Naval Association is listed here including some good links. You will also find a good deal of information
relating to Veterans and Sailors. When he isn’t off to Ottawa or Winnipeg or wherever, the webmaster
Robert “Zulu” Currie works hard to keep this site up to date, so make it worthwhile and click on
regularly. You will be pleasantly surprised.
Sick & Visiting Committee: Bridgewater Dave Heming 543-7054
Lunenburg Maurice Legault 634-3285
Liverpool Larry Truelove 354-2901
Chester Bob Whiteside 275-4910
Shipmate Len Haley is convalescing at home and we wish him well.
Shipmate Steve Daubs will enter hospital on the 25th for a rather serious operation. Good luck Steve.
Shipmate Bernie Churchill is in Camp Hill hospital in Halifax - Veterans Wing.
Annual RCNA AGM
Shipmates Doc Halliday and Jerry Sigrist in their capacities as National Executive Members and
our 1st Vice President, Shipmate Milton Williams, as an observer, attended the Annual General Meeting
in Kitchener-Waterloo the end of September. Written reports are forthcoming because the Minutes are not
yet completed. As the President mentioned, I was extremely pleased to be awarded the RCNA Shipmate
of the Year as well as the Area Vice-President of the year. These awards are voted on by the Area Vice
Presidents with the Executive Vice President overseeing. As well during the dinner on Saturday evening
Shipmate Doc Halliday and I received the Beaver Medal as explained by the President in his message
from the Bridge.
A New Crowsnest
Crowsnest Vol 1 No 1 Summer 2007
For nearly 20 years Crowsnest was the navy’s national newspaper, reaching all those with an
interest in the life of their navy. We’ve revived the name for a new publication with an unchanged goal of
providing a bird’s eye view of the navy, from all points of the horizon. Crowsnest will complement our
other print and web-based products, and reach a broader audience. It is aimed at all who would like a
better understanding of our navy, as well as an appreciation for our sailors and air personnel and the great
work they do for the country around the world. Crowsnest will provide a forum for news, feature articles
and updates on topics from across the navy - at sea and ashore. Much of what we do is accomplished far
from the view of anyone but other mariners, and whether it is at home, in local waters, or further abroad,
we’ll be using Crowsnest to tell some of our stories.
We look forward to your comments and suggestions. Welcome aboard!
Vice-Admiral Drew Robertson. Chief of the Maritime Staff.
The Crowsnest can be found at www.navy.forces.gc.ca
Some things to remember - If you hear of anyone sick at home or in hospital, please call one of the Sick
and Visiting Committee or any Executive Member. Sometimes this information falls through the cracks.
Days of Yore
October 19 1940 HMCS Bras D’or - lost - 30 in crew
October 22 1940 HMCS Margaree - collision - 142 lost
October 21 1943 HMCS Chedabucto - collision - 1 lost
October 28 1944 HMCS Skeena - grounding - 0 lost
October 2 1952 HMCS Iroquois - hit by enemy fire in Korea - 3 killed
October 23 1969 HMCS Kootenay - explosion - 9 die
October 11 1949 The Mainguy report on the RCN status was published
October 28 1955 HMCS St. Laurent II commissioned
October 15 1958 HMCS Ontario paid off
If you move or have a change of address or phone number, I would appreciate knowing. Some
newsletters and even a couple membership cards have been returned as address unknown. I do my best to
keep the address list up to date but need your help.
Please address all correspondence to our address listed above and on the envelope.
“The Admiral’s Log” is the official newsletter of the Admiral Desmond Piers Naval Association. It is published
The opinions, which may be expressed herein, are not necessarily those of the Association or its members. Some
articles appearing in this newsletter are from other similar publications, websites or books of naval interest and can
be reprinted provided appropriate credit is given.
Ed. - As I have taken on another job with the National Executive of the RCNA, I will be stepping down as
Editor of this newsletter come election time in January. This will probably be my last edition as Editor,
but I’m sure I will help with some input to whoever takes it on. Volunteers please come forward. - Jerry