1960 - classification in 1960:
1912 - Hudson Bay survey, MINTO
1964 joined CHS, Drafting Section
George Wilfred LaCroix
Wilf was born January 13, 1909 and brought up in Tisdale, Saskatchewan. He attended the University of Saskatchewan at Saskatoon from 1925 to 1930, graduating with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree.
He worked with the Saskatchewan Department of Highways in charge of a field survey unit at Yorkton for a year before joining the Canadian Hydrographic Service at Victoria. After reporting to H.D. Parizeau, the next several years were spent learning the arts and science of hydrography under very capable direction. In 1940, Wilf took over the Tidal Section of the Victoria office, previously an independent unit located in Vancouver, and conducted or supervised all the Pacific coast tidal work until 1953.
During this period, he conducted a number of essential wartime hydrographic surveys as well. Of these projects, the resurvey of Esquimalt Naval Base at a large scale and a new survey of the extensive channels among the islands of the Estevan Group were outstanding. He carried out several other surveys, needed for harbor defences, degaussing ranges, etc.
A highlight of the tidal work was an extensive field survey of the tidal phenomena in Seymour Narrows, where very strong currents occur. A suitable method for determining velocity was developed and currents of 13 knots were accurately measured. The anomaly of mean sea level that occurs in this place, because of the currents, was also investigated.
In 1953, Wilf resumed full time hydrographic duties again and, as hydrographer-in-charge of the CSS William J. Stewart, carried on the Pacific coast hydrographic surveys in the tradition of H.D. Parizeau, W.K. Willis and R.B. Young until mid-summer, 1959. It was during this period that an electronic positioning system was first successfully used for west coast hydrography. The Decca 6f equipment, which was installed aboard the CSS Wm.J. Stewart in 1957, was used to subsequently produce much detailed hydrography for portions of Hecate Strait that had not previously been surveyed.
During a four-year term as first regional hydrographer, Halifax, from 1959 to 1963, the Atlantic Region was formed and Bedford Institute came into being.
In September 1963, he assumed the position of superintendent, Hydrographic Field Requirements. In this capacity, he contributed further toward the efficient development of the Canadian Hydrographic Service during the next six years.
Wilf and his wife, Olive (also known as "Pete") have two married sons and one married daughter. His hobbies are photography and the construction of bird feeders. He dabbles in wine making and suggests that a popular technical tip might be the secret of producing a bottle of wine for 50 cents.
Mr. LaCroix, who retired on April 30, 1970, worked under a total of six
Hydrographic Division chiefs during more than 39 years of continuous service.
1931 - hired as Hydrographer Grade I.
1908 - Engineer on steam launch JOSEPHINE, Lake of Two Mountains survey
1968 - taken on strength - drafting unit - Ottawa
1967 - Hydrographic assistant (Casual) - western NS - 20 June to 31 Oct (from SMU)
1968 - Casual till 24 June, then Hydrographic assistant till 11 Oct - Ship Harb. to Sheet Harb. eastern NS
1969 - Hydrographer - CSS Maxwell - Atlantoc Provinces (Apr 1 - 6 June) trasfered to Eastern Arctic survey
1969 - Hydrographer - C.D. Howe - Eastern Arctic, northern Labrador - Reconnaissabce
1970 - Hydrographer - Lower St. Lawrence survey - 3 Aug to 31 Oct
1978-Instructor for Hydro I course
Photos: Hydro I 1968/69, Hydro I 1978
Addison Kerr Laing
1930 graduated in Civil Engineering
1970 - Hydrographic Assistant - Shore Party # 3 - Pubnico -
Yarmouth, NS (29 June - 12 Oct) to training
1960 - classification in 1960:
Mike Lamplugh is a senior hydrographer with 20 years in CHS [in 1998]. He has a B.Sc. (Math.) and B.Comm. from Dalhousie University. Mikes first exposure to multi-beam surveys was in 1987 on the vertical sweep vessel F.C.G. Smith and has since been on EM100, EM1000 and Reson SeaBat surveys. Hew as also involved in the initial design of the HDCS component of HIPS in the early 1990s. During the last year, he supervised the completion of the Creed (EM1000) survey on Browns Bank and is now overseeing the production of the raster images for use in Electronic Chart Systems.
Source: 1998 Canadian Hydrographic Conference
Proceedings, p. 7.
1943 - of Ship Channel
1970 - Student Assistant - Lower Ottawa River, Que - 18 June to 11 Sept (from St. Lawrence Institute)
resident of Natashquan, P.Q., sailor on
1967 Hydrographic assistant - CSS
Marabell - BC Coast - various locations (12 June to 6 Oct)
Michael Lane, R.N.
surveyor successor to Cook in Newfoundland
Daniel Langelier graduated in 1981 from Laval
University, Quebec with a degree on Geodesy. He became a land surveyor in 1982
and practiced his profession in the private sector. In 1990, he came to CHS
where he is currently Project Manager at CHS Laurentian Region at Mont Joli.
1960 - classification in 1960:
Tides and Water Level
Section, Tech. Officer 2
ROBERT LANGFORD - EMPLOYEE WORK HISTORY
FROM HYDROGRAPHIC RECORDS (field reports):
1970 - Staff Trainee - Lake of the Woods
survey ( may 19 to Oct 7)
1967 - taken on strength - compilation unit - Ottawa
1910 - Lake Ontario survey, resigned at end of season.
La Porte (French Navy)
surveyed Newfoundland in 19th Century
John B. Larkin
John Larkin moved to Pacific Region after working as a training officer in
Ottawa and was the field data processor in CHS.
April 1963 (CHS org chart)- Central Region, Field Officer (as Technical Officer 1)
Jim started his career with CHS as a cartographer at Headquarters. In the
late seventies, Jim moved to Scotia-Fundy Region. After he retired a few years
ago, Jim returned to Ottawa.
1967 - Hydrographic Assistant - Trent
Severn Waterway (Ont) - 15 Aug to 15 Oct
Lavard (French Navy)
surveyed Newfoundland in 19th Century
1946 - Chief Engineer, ACADIA
1964 - Hydrographer, in charge of sub-party - CSS Cartier - Beaverstone Bay,
Great Lakes survey
Horace Heatherington Lawson
Born 2 February 1889 at Toronto, son of James
Lieut. J.R. Lay, R.N.
1900-01 - on HMS EGERIA, Johnstone Strait (chart BA 3260, 3333, BA 3387)
surveyed Newfoundland in 19th Century
1917 - 2003
Chuck will always be remembered for the dedication to accurate work, his straight forward approach to almost everything in life but mostly for his irreverence of modern society. He balanced this with a subtle sense of humour that never left him.
He was a second generation hydrographer. His father, Heaman L. Leadman was the hydrographer who finally put the deadly Superior Shoal, on Lake Superior, on the chart and ended his career as Superintendent of Hydrography.
In about 1950 Chuck graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a degree in forestry. He then joined Topographic Surveys where he stayed for two years before joining the Canadian Hydrographic Service.
His career in the CHS, from about 1953 to 1973, saw him deal with a wide variety of surveys. First he was assistant on arctic surveys with D'Arcy Charles on board the Algerine. That was followed by time on the Acadia off Newfoundland under C.H. Martin and D. LeLievre. Further shoreparty work with G. Lowe and L. Hunter kept him working in Newfoundland a little longer.
When he became Hydrographer-in-Charge of surveys he spent time in Prince Edward Island, Lake Winnipeg, the St. Lawrence Seaway survey and Lake of the Woods among other assignments. One of the more interesting highlights must have been the responsibility for safety of navigation around the Montreal Expo 1967 site.
Office projects he was involved with were the writing of the CHS Survey Manual as well as Sailing Directions for the Richeleau River and the Trent Canal System. Toward the end of his career he joined Staff Training in Ottawa.
Chuck had resisted moving to Burlington with his family when Central Region was relocated there. For the sake of a few years he did not want to cut ties with Ottawa and instead spent the working week in Burlington and the week-ends at home with his family.
In Ottawa he lived with his family in the house he had inherited from his father in 1966. He was an ardent Ottawa football fan. In W.W.II he had been a bombardier with the RCAF and maintained his interests in aviation by frequent walks near the airport, watching the coming and going of air traffic, and following the annual air shows.
Source: Lighthouse, Edn 64, Winter 2003
born 29 Dec 1917, died 19 July, 2003 at
Heamen Lawrence Leadman
born 7 December 1887 in Ontario (1901 census)
1913-20 - Lake Superior survey
Captain (later Vice Admiral) F.C. Learmonth C.B., C.B.E., R.N.
Learmonth served one commission in command of the EGERIA employed on surveys on this coast. He became Hydrographer of the Navy in 1919. A post he held till 1924.
1906 surveyed Port Simpson, B.C. (chart
1961 - Tides and Water Levels,
Technician (Clerk 2)
- worked on Hydrographic launch
1913-15 - water level studies St. Lawrence River
1969 - Hydrographic Assistant (TIRL)
- CSS Wm J Stewart - BC locations (15 Apr to 10 Oct)
1912 - appointed as junior assistant in Tidal Survey.
Capt. I. Lefebvre
1904 - Pilot of steam launch JOSEPHINE, Lake St. Louis survey.
1968 - Hydrographic Casual - CSS Acadia - Nfld (29 May to 31 Oct)
D.D. (Dick) LeLievre
Dick Lelievre joined the CHS in May 1948. It did not take Dick long to work his way up to HIC on various ships, such as the Theron, Acadia, Algerine, Baffin, Kapuskasing, and Minna. Dick originally comes from the rocky shores of Inverness, Cape Breton. He was one of the first graduates of the Nova Scotia Land Survey School in Lawrencetown, under the direction of Major J.A.H. Church. Actually, Dick has had many 'firsts'. He was HIC on one of the first Hi-Fix surveys (Chaleur Bay, 1963); and he was on board the HMCS Labrador on her first trip through the Northwest passage. Dick retired from CHS in July 1981.
Source: Lighthouse, Nov. 1981, p. 43.
1951 - St. Lewis Sound (Lab.) survey (FS 2274)
1961 - Chart Production, Clerk (Clerk3)
1964 joined CHS, Compilation Section
1966 - Joined CHS
1966 - CSS Kapuskasing - Gulf of St Lawrence (29 Aug to 27 Oct)
born 25 November 1882 in Quebec (1901 census)
graduate in Civil Engineering
1931 - transferred from National Resources Branch, Dept. of the Interior
as an experienced draftsman.
1965 - Student Assistant (16 May - 4 Sept) from S.A.I.T - Trent-Severn Waterway survey, Ontario
1921 - temporarily hired as Instrumentman, Lake Melville survey
Capt. John N. Lewis
Capt. John Neville Lewis, 66, of Bedford, N.S., died suddenly and peacefully at home February 4, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Rita Olivia Lewis; sons, Julian and Giles (wife Louise) Aucland-Lewis, both of England; and a daughter, Sara and her husband Scott Wickenden, Hamilton, Ont Captain Lewis had been a skipper on various ships over many years including the Baffin, the Dawson, the Hudson and Terry Fox. He was also involved in the sailing of the Louis-St Laurent to Europe.
classification in 1960: Tech Officer 1
Andrew E. Leyzack
Currently  as a multi-disciplinary hydrographer with the Canadian Hydrographic Service, Central and Arctic Region, Andrew holds an honours diploma as Hydrographic Survey Technologist from Humber College and brings 13 years of experience in the field of hydrography to the CIG Council, including three years acting as Hydrographer-in-Charge of Western Arctic Surveys. He is President of the Canadian Hydrographic Association and Vice Chair, Administration and Communication, FIG Commission IV. Andrew is at present, a candidate for a Canada Lands Surveyor commission.
Source: Geomatica, Vol. 56, No. 3, 2002, p. 302.
1909 - Hydrographic Assistant to F. Anderson, BAYFIELD II, Lake Ontario survey.
1884 - Chief Engineer, BAYFIELD
1935 - 2001
Ed was born in Pine River, Manitoba, February 13, 1935. He joined the Navy in 1952, and served in Nova Scotia and Esquimalt. He then joined the Federal Public Service in 1956, and started with the Department of Mines and Natural Resources, spending the next 36 years with the Canadian Hydrographic Service. Ed considered himself fortunate to spend 18 of those years at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography. Ed had many friends in Nova Scotia. He was always quick to help them with their home renovations and carpentry. He was a good carpenter and a wonderful cook. After retiring in 1991, he moved back to his home-town of Winnipeg, He was active in the Federal Superannuates National Association and was elected Deputy Regional Director of that association in 1994. He was also active in the Optimists Club of Assiniboia, spending a number of years as President. He died March 3, 2001 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Sources: Lighthouse, Spring 2001, Ed. 59.
Born: 4 Dec 1921, Czech Republic
1960 - classification in 1960: Map Compiler and
1966 - CSS Kapuskasing - New Brunswick - 26 June to 31 July
1964 - 24 Aug - 9 Oct, attached to CSS Kapuskasing - Chaleur Bay
surveyed in Maritime Provinces in 19th Century
Lieut. H.C. Lockyer, R.N.
1896 - survey of Lark Harbour (Bay of Islands, Nfld) (chart BA 1209)
1908 - Member of Parliament, requested survey of Amherst, N.S.
1964 - Student Assistant (26 May - 4 Sept) from NS Land Survey School - CSS Maxwell - NS,NB, Que
Ron F. Logan
Ron retired in 1985 after 35 years with the Canadian Hydrographic Service. He
passed away in November 1987.
1954 - surveyed St. Peter's Bay, N.S. (chart 4336)
W.K. Lomox (or Lomax)
1964 - Hydrographic Assistant
CSS Marabell - April - West Coast
1963 - Coxswain - CSS Richardson - Western Arctic
1964 - Summer student from Lawrencetown - CSS Acadia - PEI, NS, Nfld (24 May - 31 Aug)
graduate in Civil Engineering
1960 - Officer in Charge of THETA, Bay of Fundy & Lancaster Sound.
George Everett Lowe
1966 - Student Assistant - CSS Maxwell- Atlantic Provinces and Quebec (20 May to 3 Sept) from EOIT, Ottawa
1947 - appointed as Student Assistant
1964 - Student Assistant (Hydrographer) - CSS Marabell - West Coast
June 1908 - took over as Sailing Master of
BAYFIELD (II), after grounding in Nipigon Bay.
I I was born in Nelson, British Columbia in 1937. Subsequently, I moved to Grand Forks where I completed my High School education. I then attended the University of British Columbia for one year and then took a survey course in Victoria. This course was sponsored by the British Columbia government and the Federal government. Upon completion of this course I was offered employment by the Topographic Survey group with the provincial government and spent 2 years with them. We carried out mountain surveys in B.C. and the Yukon in support of land mapping.
I joined the Canadian Hydrographic Service in May 1960 and served aboard the C.C.S. Wm. J. Stewart during my first season. The "Stewart" was carrying out Range/Range Decca 6F surveys in Hecate Strait. Conventional launch surveys were also conducted in many unsurveyed bays in the southern portion of the Queen Charlotte Islands. What an interesting time.
I went on to serve as Hydrographer in Charge in many West Coast and Arctic surveys as outlined below. In 1985, I was the first Hydrographer in Charge of the newly commissioned "John P. Tully" and carried out important surveys in Canada's Beaufort Sea in support of Canada's oil exploration. I also, in the 70's, was in charge of multidiscipline survey aboard the C.S.S. Parizeau off the coast of British Columbia in support of an offshore oil tanker route. The surveys, which were a joint Canadian and American effort, began off the coast of Washington State in 1975 and progressed north off the coast of Alaska in 1978. The resultant information was used to improve safety of coastal tanker and nuclear submarine traffic
I retired in March 1994 after 34 years of hydrographic surveys on the Pacific Coast and Canada's Western Arctic.
Presently I have a consulting business.
Some other accomplishments are listed below:
I was the first National Secretary/Treasurer of the Canadian Hydrographers Association, later called the Canadian Hydrographic Association, in its founding year of 1966. I continued to take an active part in CHA activities and was many times the Pacific Branch Vice President and branch executive. I was National President of the CHA for one three year term from 1987 to 1989. While National President I initiated the CHA/CIDA professional sponsorship of a program to assist developing countries, like Jamaican and Malaysian, acquire accreditation to teach at the IHO/FIG approved Cat A and Cat B levels. I created the CHA student award for deserving students and managed this award since it's inception. Twelve university or college students have received the $2000 award. I built the association from the original 5 branches to 8 branches (1990) and negotiated a non profit designation for the CHA. As National President I assisted with the first independent CHA branch sponsored Canadian Hydrographic Conference in Vancouver in 1988. I also negotiated an annual $5,000 grant from the Canadian Hydrographic Service to support CHA activities.
In 1974 I wrote and passed the tests necessary to be certified as a Master Home trade Steamship and was declared competent to take charge of a ship. However, as a practicing surveyor and CHS policy, no multi functional positions were allowed.
In 1981 I wrote and passed the tests necessary to be commissioned a Canada Lands Surveyor and in 1986 was accredited by the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping as an inshore/offshore hydrographer and was issued certificate numbers 34 and 35.
Below is a list of areas worked and positions held.
1960 Joined the Canadian Hydrographic Service, West Coast. Carried out Decca Surveys aboard the Wm. J. Stewart in Hecate Strait. Junior Surveyor. TO 2.
1961 Launch surveyors aboard CSS Marabell. Surveys in Strait of Georgia. In charge of launch.
1962 Launch surveyor aboard CSS Marabell. Surveys on Canadas west coast, Nasoga Gulf and Iceberg Bay. In charge of launch.
1963 Launch Surveyor aboard CSS Marabell. West Coast surveys north of Prince Rupert. In charge of launch.
1964 Launch Surveyor and 2IC of CSS Marabell. Surveys in Quatsino Sound and other Island locations.
1965 Launch Surveyor CSS Marabell. Surveys on West Coast of Canada. (T.O. 3)
1966 CCGS Camsell. Hydrographer in Charge, surveys aboard this vessel in Canadas Western Arctic.
1967 Hydrographer in Charge, shore based surveys of Sooke Harbour and aboard CCGS Camsell in Canadas Western Arctic.
1968 Hydrographer in Charge, shore based surveys and 2IC of Wm. J. Stewart for surveys of Canadas West Coast. (TO 4)
1969 Rotational assignment Canadas west coast.
1970 Hydrographer in Charge. Surveys of Port Alberni, Gold River, Silva Bay and Esquimalt Harbour. Other surveys West Coast of Canada.
1971 Hydrographer in Charge, Revisory Surveys Canadas west coast.
1972 Hydrographer in Charge, Alert Bay, Gabriola Passage and Campbell River. Shore based.
1973 Hydrographer in Charge, CSS Revisor undertaking surveys in Fishermans Cove and Vancouver Harbour.
1974 Hydrographer in Charge, CSS Richardson carrying out surveys in Cortes Bay Whiterock Passage, Van Anda Cove and Seymour and Belize Inlet.
1975 Hydrographer in Charge, CSS Parizeau carrying out surveys in support of the oil tanker route off Vancouver Island.
1976 Hydrographer in Charge, CSS Parizeau carrying out surveys off the west coast of Vancouver Island.
1977 Rotational assignment and established coastal horizontal control off the west coast of the Queen Charlotte Islands.
1978 Hydrographer in Charge, shore based surveys in Vancouver Harbour, Roberts Bank, and False Creek.
Hydrographer in Charge, CSS Parizeau, continuing multidiscipline surveys off Canadas west coast.
1979 Hydrographer in Charge, surveys of Harrison Lake. Shore Based surveys.
1980 Rotational assignment and acted as scientific authority on contract surveys.
1981 Hydrographer in Charge, Barge Pender carrying out surveys in Okisollo Passage. Hydrographer in Charge, CSS Richardson in Skidegate Inlet, Campbell River and Whale Rock
1982 Hydrographer in Charge, Revisory and Conventional surveys in James Bay and Victoria Harbour.
1983 Acting Regional Field Superintendent.
1984 Hydrographer in Charge, surveys of Sushwap Lake and Mara Lake.
1985 First Hydrographer in Charge, CSS John P. Tully on her maiden voyage into the western Arctic. Carried out surveys in Kugmallit Bay.
1986 Scientific Authority; contract surveys of Requisite Channel.
1987 Acted for Field Superintendent for extended period this year.
1988 Hydrographer in Charge, CSS John P. Tully, surveys of the Beaufort Sea.
1989 Scientific Authority, contract surveys in the Arrow Lakes. Established horizontal control on the Arrow Lakes.
1990 Acting Regional Field Superintendent
1991 Hydrographer in Charge, surveys of the Fraser River.
1992 Scientific Authority, contract surveys of Bull Harbour.
1993 Hydrographer in Charge, CSS John P. Tully for Western Arctic surveys of Coppermine and Ice Breaker Channel.
Barry Lusk retired from the position of hydrographer in charge for the western Arctic and contract surveys on March 31, 1994. He began as a hydrographer on the William J. Stewart surveying the west coast of the Queen Charlottes, and completed his career as HIC on the John P. Tully for the survey of the western Arctic in the summer of 1993. Barry served for several years as president of the Canadian Hydrographic Association.
Source: Lighthouse, Spring 1994, p. 40.
Additional info from field reports:
1911 - engaged to be Officer in Charge of Hudson Bay survey but withdrew his services
Knut Lyngberg has been a field hydrographer with the Pacific Region of the CHS since 1981. He hold a Diploma in survey Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. As part of completing his Canada Lands Surveyors Commission, he studied the positioning accuracy of Loran-C along the A-B line in Dixon Entrance.
Source: Geomatica, Spring 1994, p. 130.