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H.M.S. Ulster


H.M.S. ULSTER 1958-1960 Commission 



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H.M.S. Ulster started life as a "U" Class destroyer and retained that designation until - along with other "U", "R","T", "V", "W" & "Z" class destroyers - she was converted to a Type 15 A/S Frigate.

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H.M.S. Ulster  as a "U" Class destroyer taken in the Mediterranean before conversion to Type 15 Frigate

The crew of the 1958-60 commission had a very unique and interesting trip up the St Lawrence Seaway for the official opening by Her Majesty  Queen Elizabeth II on June 26th of 1959. Forming close escort to the Royal Yacht, HMY Britannia, she was the only British warship to go so far inland and covered all of the Great Lakes paying visits to many ports both in Canada and the United States of America.





H.M.S. Ulster in Eisenhower lock

H.M.S. Ulster in lock
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H.M.S. Ulster at sea

The Captain - Commander Cameron Rusby, claimed the "altitude" record for a Royal Navy warship in Lake Superior just prior to the visit to Fort William & Port Arthur (Now Thunderbay) at lakehead of Superior. Apart from this Royal Escort, "Ulster" performed escorts for H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh, H.E. The Governor General - West Indies and H.E. The Governor - British Honduras.


H.M.S. Ulster ships company photographed in Hamilton ,Bermuda 1958.
Sadly 50% of the officers and approximately 30% of the known crew have now "Crossed the Bar"

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Bronze Medallion presented to 1958-60 Crew who were present at 1959 Official Opening of St Lawrence Seaway

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HMS Ulster 1958-60


27 September 13 October Iceland, Fishery Protection
30 October 10 November Passage to Bermuda
25 November 17 December U.S.A.
24 January 27 April Caribbean & South America
15 June 9 August St. Lawrence Seaway Canada & USA
21 August 5 October Hurricane Guard, Caribbean
12 October 23 October Passage to U.K. then refit




Dorset San Juan, Puerto Rico


Hants Sept Iles, P.Q. Canada
Devonport Devon Gaspé, P.Q. Canada
Lisahally N. Ireland Port Alfred, P.Q. Canada
Ponta Delgada, Azores Quebec, P.Q. Canada
Bermuda Atlantic Trois Rivières, P.Q Canada.
Baltimore, MD USA Montreal, P.Q. Canada
Washington, DC USA Brockville, ON Canada
Philadelphia, PA USA Kingston, ON Canada
Key West, FL USA Toronto, ON Canada
Nassau, Bahamas Welland Canal,ON Canada
Pointe à Pierre, Trinidad Windsor, ON Canada
St. Georges, Grenada Sarnia, ON Canada
Kingston, Jamaica Penetanguishene, ON Canada

George Town,

Grand Cayman

Parry Sound, ON Canada



Chicago, Illinois USA
Cartagena, Colombia Saulte Ste. Marie USA.

La Guaira,


Port Arthur, ON Canada



Fort William, ON Canada


St. Lucia

Alpena, Michigan USA
Port of Spain, Trinidad Detroit, Michigan USA
Plymouth, Montserrat Murray Bay, P.Q. Canada
St. John's, Antigua Shediac, NB Canada
English Harbour, Antigua Charlottetown, PEI Canada
Barbuda Caribbean Halifax, NS Canada
Anguilla Caribbean Road Town, Tortola
Nevis Caribbean Belize, British Honduras
Basseterre, St. Kitts Stann Creek, British Honduras
Bequia Caribbean Guantanamo, Cuba.
Cannonan Caribbean Matthew Town, Great Inagua
Union Island Caribbean Grand Turk, Turks Islands
Carriacou Caribbean Cockburn Harbour, South Ciacos

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