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CPO Ted Jamieson

PO Ronald Lowry

George Edward 'Ted' Jamieson – summary of his career in the Navy (R.C.N.)

- while still in school (Toronto) joined the Sea Cadets - (boy bugler)
was under age for Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve at that time.

- at 18 years of age, he transferred to the gunnery branch, and was with the first reserves
brought up for active service by, August 1939.

- He received anti-submarine training in the fall/winter of 1939/40.

- During WWII, Jamieson was initially an Able Seaman in the gunnery branch, he served on Cornwallis, Drummondville and , Stadacona
in a convoy escort role, both transatlantic and coastal.

- Jamieson, having served for most of WWII, was promoted to petty officer,
and had volunteered for the war in the Pacific.

- In 1951, Jamieson was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD), having served for 12 years.


- By 1952 he was aboard the tribal class destroyer HMCS Iroquois, as chief petty officer 2nd class (CPO2),
when she sailed for a tour of duty off Korea - Sea of Japan.

- served as the Chief Torpedo Anti-submarine (TAS) instructor on Iroquois, to January 1953.


- Later in 1953, (Halifax, Nova Scotia), he was assigned Chief Boatswain's Mate duties.

- In the summer of 1953, Jamieson served as a Sonar operator, with a helicopter anti-submarine squadron.


Sonar operators (aircrewmen)
of the HS50 anti�submarine squadron.
In the background is a section of the Sikorsky HO4S-3.

The following excerpt (from 2005), is courtesy of George Clarke,
a pilot and operations officer for HS50 1955 –60 (retired in 1960 - same year as Chief Jamieson)

'Tail' of the Cold War

“Ted [Jamieson] was a great friend - and the vignette that I have involved,
the Chief and I tracking an 'A Class' RN submarine,(HMS Ambush, I believe), when our ‘Transducer Ball´
became entangled with the High Frequency Antennae of the Sub, and Ted advised me of the situation and I
asked him to try to "eyeball" the angle of our cable so that we could attempt to follow the sub's course which he did.
 The Sub´s commander finally realizing something was wrong ‘crash surfaced´ and as he did so, the Transducer (Sonar) Ball became disentangled.  
It was an exciting few moments and Ted's coolness in helping me
determine the Sub's course saved us a 'dunking'[ditching] in the cold Atlantic.  I and the Sub's Commander were called
to the Admiral's office the next day… Anyway, as a result, ‘"Guillotines"´ where installed on our cables..." - George
[ed. George added these thoughts at the tail end of his vignette, to do with the emergency release mechanism of the cables and transducer 'balls']

{George Clarke - HS50 squadron,  
[the Sikorsky HO4S-3 was a military version of the Sikorsky S-55 civilian helicopter]
He´d flown the Sea Fury, Tracker, Avenger, Expeditor, Bell 47 [Bell experimental mine sweeping]
at Panama City, Florida, and flew Mustangs and Vampires, in the RCAF, then later chose to fly helicopters
for the Navy as a 'new experience'.      He resides in Whitehorse, Yukon.}

- Jamieson returned to Halifax (1953), in the role of Senior Instructional CPO at the Torpedo Anti-submarine (TAS) school. He was in charge of overseeing instructors, while preparing course material and exams.


- He was chosen by the Navy to recieve the Queen's Coronation Medal in 1953.

- promoted to  Chief Petty Officer (1st class) in 1955.

- retired from the Navy in 1960, maintaining an association on the (Navy) Reserve Emergency list, until 1965.

Petty officer Ronald Lowry, R.C.N.  -  his Navy career summary

- Chose to write the exams to join the Navy, during a 2 year plumbing apprenticeship in Oshawa, in 1949.

-   Lowry trained on HMCS Cornwallis at Deep Brook, Nova Scotia

- In 1951 he was posted to HMCS Nootka, trained in Sonar - his chosen Navy trade.


- early in 1952, Lowry was aboard Nootka when she sailed for a 2nd  tour of duty to Korea.  
He was assigned torpedo anti-submarine (TAS) duties -ship's control room.

- Lowry had received demolition training - in addition to Sonar.
During the Korean conflict, with his experience he was detached from Nootka for 6 months, to liason with
South Korean and British marines to take part in commando-style raids - disabling
enemy strategic installations, bridges and railways.

- Nootka returned to Canada, November 1952.  Lowry was promoted to petty officer.

- of his 10 year Naval career, he served aboard mine sweepers, cruisers and patrol vessels.

- 3 years attached to the  Royal Navy (U.K.), in the submarine service.

- circled the globe twice, and  visited 62 countries.

- Lowry retired from the R.C.N. in 1960.

-  four of his sons also served, or are currently serving in the Navy (Canadian Forces).

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