Gerald Elmer Wade, known as Gerry or Gunner to his friends, passed away on Dec. 1, 1986 after a long battle with leukemia.
Gerry was born in Fredericton in 1922 where he received his primary and secondary education. Gerry volunteered to serve his country at the age of 17 and spent over five years in the services, serving with the Canadian forces in the Mediterranean and Western Europe during the war. This was where he picked up the nickname "Gunner", by which many of his friends knew him.
After the war, Gerry attended Mount Allison University and earned his Engineering certificate in 1949. Gerry obtained his B.Sc. from Carleton University, a DLS, and also two provincial survey licenses (Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island).
Gerry's surveying life started with the Department of Mines and Resources, Topographic Survey Branch. However, in the spring of 1951, he transferred to the Canadian Hydrographic Service. He rose from junior hydrographer's position to a hydrographer-in-charge of surveys in a short time. Gerry worked on the major survey ships Acadia and Baffin on the east coast. As well as working on the southern surveys, he spent many years in the Arctic. These surveys included combined Canadian-Danish surveys as well as a host of other scientific projects.
After he retired from the CHS in 1977, Gerry established the Hydrographic Surveying programs at Humber College and Erindale College (University of Toronto), himself teaching courses in this program.
Source: Lighthouse, May, 1987, p. 26.
1954-56 - surveyed Canso Harbour, N.S.
Capt. John T. Walbran
1897 - as
Master of Dominion Steamer QUADRA (lighthouse supply ship) submitted several
hydrographic notes concerning B.C. coast rocks and corrections to charts.
Capt. J.T. Walbrun
1900 QUADRA, surveyed Telegraph Cove, near Victoria B.C. (chart BA577)
1901-02 - Chief Engineer FRANK BURTON, Lake Winnipeg survey
1964 - Hydrographer - CSS Marabell - West Coast
1961 - Pacific Region, Clerk (Typist 1)
April 1963 (CHS org chart) - Field
Officer, (Technical Officer 1) will be transferred to Bedford Institute in
Ellsworth McLean Walsh
On November 19, 1977, the Canadian Hydrographic Service and the cartographic community in Canada and abroad were shocked by the sudden death of Ells Walsh. Ells' death at the age of 59, after he had enjoyed less than two years of his retirement, is a poignant reminder of life's uncertainties.
A big, handsome friendly man, Ells was one of the Ottawa Valley Scots with his roots in Pontiac County. He was educated as a draftsman at Ottawa High School and then joined the Bureau of Geology and Topography as a junior draftsman in 1935. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942 and served until 1946 in the Construction Engineering Branch at Air Force Headquarters. His final year was as a Flight Sergeant in charge of drawing all site plans and co-ordinating surveys with Air Commands.
A year after returning to civilian life, he transferred to the Canadian Hydrographic Service which was just beginning a major post-war expansion. He became a supervising draftsman in 1951 and in 1954, received a Suggestion Award for developing a tool to scribe dots on plastic. The CHS was just then starting to move away from fair sheets drawn by pen and ink on metal mounted paper, to engraving on plastic, commonly referred to as scribing. In 1954, he became a supervising compiler and, in April 1955, Chief Compiler. Ells inventive turn of mind quickly showed itself in the rapid adoption of the photo-mosaic as the standard technique for preparing a compilation drawing instead of the tedious method of "squaring down". He was immediately faced with probably the biggest challenge of his career, as the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway required the compilation of fourteen charts from a vast array of ever-changing drawings emanating from both Canadian and American Seaway and Hydro authorities and aids to navigation authorities. It quickly became evident that the meetings that Ells organized were the only place where all of those concerned with navigation could find out what was going on!
Ell was always an enthusiastic small boat owner and played a major role in developing the format for the recreational charts, the production of which was fast becoming an important commitment of the CHS. He organized the first display of these charts at the Toronto Boat Show in 1960. This was done on such a tight budget that the entire exhibit was built in his basement, for Ells always enjoyed working with his hands and had a good workshop.
In 1968, he was appointed Chief of Chart Production, the position he held until 1974 when he accepted a special assignment as the CHS International Hydrographic Bureau Officer. Ells has been a member of the Canadian delegation to the 1972 International Hydrographic Conference and was one of the original members of the US/Canada Great Lakes Charting Advisors. His broad knowledge of charting and his ability to get on easily with other people came into its own during his last three years when he served on the North Sea International Chart Commission which was charged with preparing the first specifications for a truly international set of medium and large scale charts. This has been a dream for every hydrographer since the first International Hydrographic Conference in 1919 and Ells had a major hand in making it become a reality. His last major task was to chair the Chart Format Steering Committee which oversaw the adoption of the new four-colour, metric, bilingual contoured format for Canadian charts compatible with the international specifications. Work on the prototypes was well in hand when he retired at the end of 1975 after forty years of civil and military service to his country.
Ells saw the first fruits of his labour, the new charts of Vancouver Harbour and the joint US and Canadian charts of lakes Erie and Ontario. these will be an enduring monument to Ells' major contribution to Canadian and international charting.
Source: Lighthouse, April 1978, p. 34.
1960 - classification in 1960: Tech Off 6 April 1963 (CHS org chart)- Chart Compilation (Technical Officer 7)
1967 - Hydrographic assistant (Tech 1) -
CSS Wm J Stewart - BC Coast - new staff member (27 April- 12 Oct)
Lt. F.H. Walter, R.N.
1900-01 - on HMS EGERIA, Johnstone Strait (chart BA 3260, 3333, BA3387)
1909 - Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, asked for survey of Tatamagouche Bay
1961 - Tides and Water Levels, Assist.
Technician (Assist Technician 3)
April 1963 (CHS org chart) - Tides and Water Levels, Data Collection and Reduction (Clerk 2).
1935-1936 - Deputy Minister Department of the Interior.
1928 - Churchill Harbour survey.
1941 - ?
Aug. 1966 Joined the Canadian Hydrographic
I was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1941. Moved to the Ottawa area in 1951. Final high school years were spent in Almonte, Ontario.
From July 1961 to August 1966, I was employed in Ottawa, as a cartographer with Mines and Technical Surveys (DEMR, now NRCan), in the drafting of topographical maps at scales of 1:50,000 and 1:250,000.
In August 1966, I joined the Canadian Hydrographic Service. I progressed from a trainee in 1966 to a junior hydrographer on a shoreparty with Bert Smith in 1967. Other junior hydrographer assignments included the Kapuskasing ship survey in 1968, the CSS Baffin in 1970 and the Kapuskasing in 1971.
I was a senior hydrographer on several Labrador Sea ship surveys, beginning with the MV Minna in 1972 and I was assigned to this ship until its demise when it went aground in September 1974. I continued as a senior hydrographer on the MV Martin Karlsen in 1975, and became a second hydrographer in charge on the Karlsen in 1976.
In 1968 I was chosen to attend the first Hydrography II course for the development of senior hydrographers. I successfully completed this course. My success on Hydrography II lead directly to an offer to attend university on the UTP program, beginning in 1971. I took my university training at Dalhousie University in Halifax and in 1976 I earned an Honours BSc in Geology.
I had several more opportunities to participate as a scientific observer on ship surveys;
1980 Baffin in the Labrador Sea
My career changed direction in 1977. I won a competition for the position of Bathymetric Research Officer and moved to Ottawa to work for David Monahan. I interpreted field sheet data in a geomorphological manner in order to draw seafloor contours to represent the topographic relief.
I remained with this position until I retired in 1996, after more than 34 years of public service.
I have continued on a volunteer basis to create Great Lakes maps using the same principles and techniques that were developed for oceanfloor mapping. This is a collaborative project that includes US government agencies as well as CHS.
I joined the Friends of Hydrography group in 1998.
1965 joined CHS, Compilation Section
1967 -Student Assistant - Trent Severn Waterway (Ont) - 9 May to 2 Sept, from Algonquin College
1968 - Student Assistant - St Lawrence River Survey - Ontario and Quebec - 6 May to 31 Aug, from Algonquin College
1969 - Hydrographer - CCGS Camsell - western Arctic (7 July to 132 Sept)
Walter J. Watts
August 1911 - first of the CHS engravers
to join the Printing Bureau.
1968 - Hydrographic Assistant -
Lake-of-the-Woods survey - Ontario (4 June to 11 Oct)
KEITH WEAVER - EMPLOYEE WORK HISTORY
April 1963 (CHS org chart) - Electronic
Technician, Bedford Institute (Technician 3)
early 1930 - appointed as a student
1959-60 - western Arctic surveys
SAM WELLER - EMPLOYEE WORK HISTORY
1961 - Headquarters Staff, Stenographer (Steno 3)
1969 - Hydrographer - St. Lawrence and
Lower Ottawa River Survey, Que
1970 - Student Assistant - Lower St. Lawrence survey - 11 May - 26 Aug
(Mrs) S. Weston
1967 - Joined CHS - drafting section - Ottawa
Hydrographic Assistant (29 Sept - 30 Oct) - CSS Kapuskasing - Chaleur Bay (NB
R.Adm. Sir William J.L. Wharton
1904 - Hydrographer of the [Royal] N
classification in 1960: Tech Off 1
1938 - Director, Surveys & Engineering Branch
1968 - Crew member - Stuart Lake, BC - Shore party - CHL Crane
1930-34 - west coast Vancouver Island
1912 - magnetic survey in Hudson Bay.
American Consultant Hydraulic Engineer, Int'l Waterways Comm.
Sydney O. Wigen
Sydney Wigen received his B.A.Sc. in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1945, when he joined the Canadian Hydrographic Service. Until his retirement in 1984, he was tidal superintendent for the Pacific Region, CHS, where he was responsible for tide and current surveys and research in the Pacific and Western Arctic Oceans. He was the Tsunami Advisor for Canada hosting the International Tsunami Symposium in Victoria in 1985. He has been a collaborator on a number of papers in tsunami and mean sea level research. He was an active member of the community and church. One of his greatest joys in life was music, singing with choirs in Honolulu, Victoria and Saltspring. He died August 20, 2000, after a 14-year struggle with Parkinsons disease.
Sources: The Canadian surveyor, September 1974, p. 260.
Lighthouse, Spring 2001, Ed. 59.
June 1945 - hired
1930 - Playgreen Lake survey.
1893 - sextant observer on Wm. P. Anderson's survey of Bay of Quinte.
1937-38 - North Shore of Gulf of St.
Prof. G.S. Williams
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
January 1929 - appointed as apprentice
copper plate engraver.
1923 - SW Nova Scotia surveys.
R. Kenneth Williams
Ken was born in Ostrea Lake, Halifax County, Nova Scotia in 1928. He received his early education there and obtained his Commission as a Canada lands Surveyor in 1982.
Prior to joining the Canadian Hydrographic Service he served in the merchant navy, the R.C.M.P (Marine) and worked for CMMK construction during the building of the railway from Sept Iles to Schefferville, Quebec.
He joined CHS in June 1952 as a seaman on CSS Kapuskasing , and in September of that year accepted a position as assistant Hydrographer on the hydrographic shore party at Picton. Ontario.
During his thirty three years of service with CHS he progressed through the ranks and retired in 1985 as staff officer to the Dominion Hydrographer.
Over the years he served on and was Hydrographer-in-Charge on all types of surveys carried out by CHS. In 1956 he was seconded to the Department of Transport to investigate a complaint by the Captain of the ferry "Bluenose", sailing between Yarmouth, N.S. and Bar Harbour, Maine. The Captain said that he was damaging his ship on an uncharted shoal in the approaches to Yarmouth. During this investigation Ken met Mineola. He determined that the ferry was sustaining damage from striking the wharf while docking and that no uncharted shoal existed. Consequently, the Captain was replaced and Ken married Mineola and returned to Ottawa.
During his career he made four trips through the Northwest Passage, the most memorable one in 1969 during the "Manhatten Project" when he discovered underwater "Pingos" in the Beaufort Sea. He was Hydrographer-in-Charge on many surveys in the Canadian Arctic operating from Transport Canada icebreakers and from CSS Baffin. He also carried out multi discipline surveys from the charted ship "Martin Carlson" off Newfoundland and the Labrador coast. During the early part of his career he served as Senior Assistant Hydrographer on the survey of Lake Winnipegosis, Manitoba, under Paul Radakir.
In 1978 he won a competition and was appointed Regional Director, Hydrography, Quebec Region. He served there for five years and served his last two years with CHS in Ottawa, retiring in October 1985.
He and Mineola now live in Halifax in close proximity of their three children and four grandchildren.
Source: Lighthouse, Nov. 1979, p. 30.
1964 - Hydrographer - assisted in Halfax harbour survey
1942 - Vancouver & Fitzhugh Sound
1941 - May 1941, appointed as clerical
assistant in chart distribution.
Walter King Willis
1891 - 1962
born 19 January 1891 at Saint John, New Brunswick, the son of Samuel & Isadora Willis (1901 cencus)
Born in Saint John, N.B. 19 January 1891, died in Victoria 1 July 1962. After graduating from University of New Brunswick with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1912, he worked for Saint John & Quebec Railway and for CPR. He joined the Hydrographic Service in 1913 and worked in Lake Ontario 1913-15 and in Lake Superior in 1916. He transferred to the West Coast in 1917. In 1918, he joined the Navy as a Lieutenant and was sent to England, where he was employed on hydrographic duties at the Admiralty Office in London. He returned to the Canadian service in August 1919. He served as Hydrographer-in-Charge of the Wm.J. STEWART and was appointed in charge of the Regional Office in Victoria in 1946. He retired from Government service in 1953.
1913-15 - Lake Ontario survey
Gold Medallion of Life Membership in Professional Engineers of British Columbia
July 1, 1962 - died
Obituary - "Soundings" July & August 1962:
Following a prolonged illness the death occurred on Sunday July 1, 1962, of Mr. Walter King Willis, a former Supervising Hydrographer, and District Engineer of the regional office in Victoria, B.C. Mr Willis was born in Saint John, N.B. January 19, 1891, and received his primary and high school education in that city before graduating from the University of New Brunswick in Civil Engineering in May 1912.During the next year he was employed first with the engineering department of the Saint John and Quebec Railway Company on railroad location surveys, and then with the Canadian Pacific Railways located at North Bay, Ontario.
In May 1913, Mr Willis was appointed to the Canadian Hydrographic Service as a Junior Hydrographer and was immediately assigned to the Great Lakes Surveys under Mr. G.A. Bachand aboard C.G.S. Bayfield. Between the years 1913 - 15 he assisted with the resurveys in Lake Ontario, and in1916 with that in Lake Suoerior.On the recommendation of the Chief Hydrographer, Mr. Wm.J. Stewart, Mr. Willis was transfered from headquarters in Ottawa to the Pacific Coast office in Victoria,in May 1917. From that year to the year 1920 he served under Lt. Commander P.C. Musgrave, R.N. (Retired) and from 1920 to 1946 he continued to serve under Mr. H.D. Parizeau. When Mr. Parizeau retired Mr. Willis was appointed his successor as Supervising Engineer, Pacific Coast, a classification he held until it was changed to that of District Engineer in 1948. After his retirement in August 1953 Mr. Willis continued to reside in Victoria until the time of his death.
In World War I Mr. Willis served overseas on active duty as a Lieutenant with the Admiralty Office in London for over nine months, and upon his return to Canada in August 1919 resumed his survey work on the Pacific Coast, where he was to remain for the rest of his career. In 1938 he was appointed officer-in-charge of the Houseboat C.G.S. Pender, and from the years 1939 to 1945 was in charge of the major survey vessel C.G.S. Wm. J. Stewart. Mr. Willis's service career is quite phenomenal in that of some thirty-nine years of survey service over thirty years of them were spent in the field, much to his own liking and preference.
During March 1918 he was married to Miss Grace Isobel Phillips of New Westminster B.C. who still survives and is living in Victoria with her eldest married son Richard. Another married son resides in Winnipeg. Throughout most of his lifetime Mr. Willis was keenly interested in local activities, and at one time was actively connected with the Boy Scouts of Canada in Victoria. He was a member of the Civil Service Professional Institute, and held an honorary membership in the Association of Professional Engineers of British Columbia, an Honor bestowed bestowed on him just prior to his death. At one time he was a member of the fraternal order of Elks, and he was known to be a lover of the outdoor life, happy when gardening or away to his cottage where he could fish and relax to his heart's content.
He was possessed with a modest and reserved disposition with a reputation of being unpretentious in his personal relationships, but was a stickler for details. His passing severs one of the few remaining links between the early days of the Hydrographic Service and the present. In a recent letter from his successor Mr. R.B. Young to the Dominion Hydrographer, Mr. N.G. Gray, we find this statement, quote " Mr. Willis was most meticulous in his work and set a very high standard for those who worked under his supervision."
We in the Canadian Hydrographic Service outside the Victoria Office are in full accordance with Mr. Young's tribute and feel nothing more cam be added. Our own sentiments are that this parting tribute is well-deserved and well-earned by Mr. Willis in recognition of his past contributions to this service.
1970 - Student Assistant - Lower St. Lawrence survey - 16 May - 28 Aug
Ralph Wills was born in Ottawa on Sept. 2, 1918 and was educated in Montreal and Winnipeg and HMS Conway. He served with the Royal Navy Reserve from 1939, transferring to the RCNR in 1946 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He obtained his Master (Foreign Going) Certificate in London, U.K., in 1946 and sailed with Western Canada Steamships until he joined the Canadian Hydrographic Service in 1954.
He retired as Regional Field Superintendent of the Pacific Region of CHS at the Institute of Ocean Sciences.
Source: Lighthouse, Fall 1989, p. 51.
classification in 1960: Draftsman 3
classification in 1960: Draftsman 1
classification in 1960: Draftsman 2
John Hugh (Jack) Wilson
March 17, 1943 December 17, 2003
On December 17, 2003, the hydrographic community was saddened and deeply shocked to learn of the passing of distinguished hydrographer and good friend of many, Jack Wilson.
Jack leaves behind his wife, Freda, whom he married on October 23, 1971; sons Troy, Chad and Robin; his mother Isabel, and two sisters Heather and Sharon. Jack was proud of his family and pleased that his sons were responsible adults and well on their way at establishing their careers.
John Hugh (Jack) Wilson was born and raised in the farming community of Riceville, 70 kilometres east of Ottawa. He graduated from Maxville High School in 1962, and spent the next two years working on road construction surveys for the Ontario Department of Highways. During the summers of 1965 and 1966, jack worked as a student assistant for the Canadian hydrographic Service (CHS) on the Trent-Severn waterway system. Upon graduation, in 1967, from a three-year Civil Engineering course at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EOIT) in Ottawa, he joined the Legal Surveys Division of the federal Dept. of Energy, Mines & Resources. He worked six months as an assistant to a Dominion Land surveyor in the Yukon Territory. ON October 12, 1967, Jack joined Central Region of the CHS, at that time based in Ottawa. In early 1968, he completed the basic hydrography training program which included three months field training in the Caribbean. Jack passed the course with distinction. In 1970, he moved to what is now known as the Central and Arctic Region, of CHS, based in Burlington, Ontario. Jack and Freda moved to the village of Waterdown, just north of Burlington, where their children grew up and received their early education. Jack spent as much time as he could with his boys and hardly ever missed one of their sports games that included soccer, baseball and 17 years of hockey. He also spent a lot of enjoyable time making extensive renovations and improvements to the family home. Jacks love of nature and the outdoors was shared by and with his family. Together they spent many good times canoeing, sailing, camping, skiing and hiking. Hiking the Bruce Trail was particularly enjoyable and convenient as the trail was very near their Waterdown home.
Jack was a field man with the CHS and spent many summers and some winters away from home. However, as a family man, he took his young family with him whenever the opportunity allowed. Early in his career with CHS, Jack had aspirations of becoming a Dominion Land Surveyor and this came to fruition in 1981 when he obtained his Commission as a Canada lands Surveyor. Jack was justifiably proud of this achievement. Jacks career prevailed and flourished during the good years of field hydrography in Canada. He spent the summer of 1968 with Hydrographer-in-Charge (HIC) Ab Rogers, on the Ottawa River survey. |In the fall of 1968, he joined George Yeaton, on the Polar Continental Shelf Project (PCSP), which included work in introducing Hovercraft to Arctic surveys. Jack spent the winters of 1969 and 1970 working with Hovercraft in the Beaufort Sea, first with George Yeaton and then with John OShea. This was followed by a summer survey in 1970 using Hovercraft in Franklin Bay, NWT. In 1970 Jack completed the Hydrography-2 training program. In 1971, he was Senior Assistant on the Lower St. Lawrence River survey under the leadership of HIC Bruce Wright. This was followed by a rotational assignment in 1972 with the Tides, Currents and Water levels Section. In the summer of 1973, Jack accepted an assignment with the Pacific Region working on the Wm. J. Stewart. In 1974 and 1975, Jack was the HIC of the PCSP winter bathymetry programs in the Eureka and Nanson Sound areas of the Arctic. During the summer of 1975, he monitored a contract survey of Lac St. Jean. In 1975, he declined an offer of a promotion to work out of Pacific Region because of his commitment to his community and family. The year 1977 was another rotational year for Jack with a variety of short projects. The following years were devoted to presiding over major surveys of lake Huron Offshore and inshore (1977, 1978 and 1979), rotational assignments (1980), Eastern lake Ontario Kingston area (1981), Hudson Bay on CCGS Sir William Alexander (182 & 1983). In 1984, jack was given another rotational assignment that included monitoring a contract survey on Manitoulin Island, Loran-C calibration in Lake Superior, and in the winter, a few months teaching hydrography in Jamaica. The years 1985 and 1986 were spent as HIC of surveys in the St. Lawrence River in the Cornwall and Long Sault area. The 1987 season started with work in the Cobourg area of Lake Ontario followed by a summer in Hudson Bay as HIC on the CCGS Narwhal. Jacks assignments for 1988 and 1989 were primarily as HIC of local surveys and responsibility for sheet checking. In 1990, Jack was back as HIC of the St. Lawrence River survey in eastern Lake St. Francis. In 1991, he ran a survey out of Picton, Ontario and 199 was spent primarily in training field activities to cartographic staff. In 1993 Jack was HIS of a survey of Lake Ontario based out of Oshawa. For about a year, covering parts of 1994 and 1995, Jack was assigned to the Small Craft Harbours Program of the Department. In 1996, he was HIS of the CCGS Griffon for the survey upgrading of Georgian Bay hydrographic data. Complimenting these programs, Jack wound up his career in 1997, responsible for a side scan program aboard CCGS Sir Wilfred Laurier which was scanning arctic waters for traces of wreckage from the Franklin expedition.
After 30-plus years with the CHS, 22 of them as a HIC, Jack retired on February 27, 1998. He sold his home in Watedown and moved, with his wife Freda, to a dream home he had contract-built on the pristine shores of Bobs Lake, north of Kingston. He lived there enjoying life and the rustic flavour of the area while finishing his beautiful home and taking time to enjoy his love of fishing both summer and winter. Jack also got a lot of satisfaction in cutting firewood with the chainsaw he received as a retirement gift from his fellow hydrographers.
As a hydrographer with an office next to Jacks for most of our careers, I submit my personal remarks. Jack was a perfectionist, a diplomat, and a true professional. He was also a gregarious type, who enjoyed the corridor gossip, socializing and ruminating. His smile was infectious. He tackled every situation from a perspective of listening, smiling, and negotiating. His office was orderly to the nth degree, with everything neatly in the right box or slot. Jack had a firm handle on all. However, he savoured life immensely, and had great laughs and repartee with fellow hydrographers. As one passes through life, you meet quality people, and remember good times you enjoyed with them. Jack was one of them, a superb Canadian, and a hydrographer worthy.
Source: Bruce Wright, Lighthouse, Ed. 65, Spring 2004
1965 Student Assistant (17 May - 3 Sept)
from E.O.I.T. - Trent-Severn Waterway Survey, Ontario
1960 - classification in 1960: Map Compiler and
1913-15 - water level studies, St.
Lieut. W.T.P. Wilson, R.N.
1900-01 - on HMS EGERIA, Johnstone Strait (chart BA 3260, 3333, BA3387)
Cartography and Multidisciplinary hydrographer
-1977-Training-Carto I (Class
1970 - Student assistant - Wm J Stewart - BC,
various locations (1 June - 22 Aug) from BCIT.
Commander James Wood, R.N.
1846-48 - Officer in Charge of HMS PANDORA, B.C. surveys. (Juan de Fuca, Str. of Georgia)
1965 - Student Assistant - Rainy Lake Survey, Ontario
Mike joined the Canadian Hydrographic Service as a deck hand on Wm. J. Steart in 1964. and as a hydrographer in 1970. He attended University of Calgary 1980-84, returning every summer to work for CHS. He has surveyed from Vancouver Island to the arctic, including the MacKenzie River. He has worked on various assignments and is presently with the Geomatics Section, Pacific Region. Upon retirement in 1997, he secured a surveying job in New Guinea.
Source: Lighthouse, Fall 1995, p. 39.
Lighthouse, No. 56, Fall 1997, p. 49.
Mike Woodward obtained a B.Sc. from University of Victoria, 1980 in Mathematics and Physics and a M.Sc. from University of Toronto in theoretical Physics. In 1974, he joined CHS where he was in charge of the Current Surveys group. Recently he was project leasder in the re-engineering of the production system for the Canadian Tide and Current Tables and reviewed the role of water level monitoring in Western Canada.
Source: 1998 Canadian Hydrographic Conference Proceedings, p. 13.
1965 - Summer student - CSS Wm J Stewart - 17 May - 11 Sept - (from S. Alta. Inst. Tech.)
Bruce Martin Wright joined the Canadian Hydrographic Service on May 29,1961. He retired on March 31,1994. His period of employment included field assignments from the Ottawa [ Central ] base 1961-1971, and from Burlington, Ontario [ Central and Arctic Region ], 1972 1994.
Bruce Wright was born in 1935 , in the bustling town of Midland, Ontario. At that time, Midland was a thriving port on Georgian Bay, seasonally handling steel, wooden, and paddle-wheeled lake ships that transported commodity freight, passengers, grain, lumber, and coal. Midland was also a major railway hub, and a jumping-off point for traffic and freight into The Thirty Thousand Islands. It also had a significant ship building facility, noteworthy for the construction of the hydrograhic vessel CSS Cartier, as well as several steel lakers, and several wooden WW11 minesweepers. The last ship built in Midland was the 730 ft CSL bulk carrier T.R. McClagan. Steamship whistles, train whistles, plant whistles were the milieu of the thirties, forties, and fifties in Midland.
Bruce Wright attended Midland primary and secondary schools, achieving a senior matriculant in 1953. He then set about looking for adventure and challenges. His first stop was working two seasons on the CPR passenger ships, as a petty officer. He then spent six months working in the engineering section at the AVRO aircraft plant in Malton, Ontario, where the project was the ill-fated Avro Arrow CF-105. Later, in 1956, he joined the Legal Section of the Ontario Department of Highways, and worked as an instrumentman and party chief on projects extending from Niagara Falls to Cornwall to Wawa.
In 1961, while working in Parry Sound , a federal government help-wanted ad for hydrographic surveyors caught his eye. The rest is history. DArcy Charles, acting Dominion Hydrographer, phoned Bruce Wright, asked three survey-related questions, and told him to report post-haste to Austin Quirk in Port McNicol.
Abbreviations: HIC = Hydrographer-in -charge of all components of a survey operation
HICL = Hydrographer-in -charge of a launch or a component of a survey.
CSS = Canadian Survey Ship
CCGS = Canadian Coast Guard Ship
1960 - classification in 1960: Tech Off1
1961 HICL - Georgian Bay, Small Craft route surveys and horizontal control at Midland, Parry Sound, Britt, Little Current; Intro of tellurometer MRA1: HIC Austin Quirk
1962 HICL - Georgian Bay, Small Craft route surveys at Key River, Bustard Islands, Killarney, French River; CSS Boulton and CSS Bayfield were part of survey. HIC Austin Quirk.
1962 Training cruise aboard CSS Cartier in Kingston area of Lake Ontario, and the St.Lawrence River downstream from Quebec City. HIC M.Bolton/A.Kerr/S.van Dyck.
1963 Launch and Ship hydrographer - Decca launch and ship survey aboard CSS Baffin, at Sable Island and Cape Race, NFLD, HIC F.DeGrasse
1963 Navigation hydrographer, oceanographic cruise on CSS Baffin, to test gravimeter equipment in hurricane FLORA
1964 HICL, CSS Cartier Survey, Killarney, Collins Inlet small craft sounding; HIC A. Kerr
1964 HIC of launch and ship track soundings aboard the arctic icebreaker CCGS John A. Macdonald which was trying to navigate the Northwest Passage. Polar ice at Byam Martin Channel severed a blade from main propeller.
1964 HICL, Ottawa River data revision, down stream from Chaudiere Falls
1965 Polar Continental Shelf Project, helicopter S-55+decca/hi-fix spot soundings-thru-ice, Mould Bay, Hecla and Griper Bay, Hellgate, Wellington Channel; HIC Ross Douglas
1965 HICL, St.Lawrence River, Quebec City to Trois Rivieres. HIC C. Leadman.
1966 Polar Continental Shelf Project; Cape Grassy camp, Queen Elizabeth Islands, Robeson Channel area, using Bell 204B helicopters +Decca, Mini-ranger; HIC N.Anderson
1966 HICL Georgian Bay Survey, Tobermory area, using sextant, mini-fix, mini-ranger + Bertram launches, and east coast launches ; HIC E.Brown
1967 Instructor aboard CSS Baffin on Caribbean winter training cruise re Antigua, St. Lucia, Jamaica, Redonda ; HIC S. van Dyck
1967 HIC Lake-of-the-Woods survey, Kenora area, photo sounding, Edo 9006 sounders, Grew launches, first deployment of a Bell 206A helicopter in C& AR.
1968 HIC Lake-of-the-Woods survey, Kenora area south, photo sounding, Edo 9040 sounders
1969 Attend CSM conference, Washington,USA
1969 CSS Baffin Sat Nav cruise, Apr. 1-12
1969 CSS Baffin Hydro- geophysics survey, June 13 - July 6
1969 Observer, Tadoussac Hovermarine Survey, HIC A.Kerr
1970 HIC Lower St. Lawrence Survey, at Tadoussac, Pointe-au-Pic ,using Bertram,Botved, east coast type launches, MiniFix,Miniranger positioning, auto logging/processing introduction
1971 HIC, Lower St.Lawrence Survey, based at Pointe-au-Pic and Riviere-du-Loup
1972 HIC, James Bay winter horizontal control, oceanographic sampling, and water level survey from Fort George, using 3 Bell 206 CCG helicopters, Feb - Apr.
1972 HIC, MiniFix and Water Level installations and calibration, James Bay, June-July
1972 HIC, CCGS Narwhal survey in James Bay, La Grande River, corridor and approaches, Ship and Shore based operations. Bertram and custom launches, Minifix+Miniranger.
1973 Office assignments, plus HIC of CCGS N.B. McClean survey of Chesterfield Inlet approaches, Hudson Bay.
1974 Conference Chairman, CHS Conference, March 5-7, Hamilton
1974 HIC ,Lower St.Lawrence, South Shore survey from St-Jean-Port-Joli
1974 HIC, CCGS Narwhal survey of Chesterfield Inlet. Ship and shore based. Automated magnetic tape collection and processing of data. Helicopter support from Chesterfield Inlet.
1975 HIC CCGS Narwhal survey of Hudson Bay. Joint underway oceanographic-geophysic-depth data collection.
1976 HIC winter survey, helicopter spot soundings, James Bay. Based at Moosonee.
1976 Rotation projects.
1977 Conference Chairman, CHS Conference, Burlington
1977 HIC charter ship MV Petrel, plus shore party at Eskimo Point, corridor surveys, west cost of Hudson Bay, using Botved launches, Miniranger positioning
1978 HIC Baker Lake shore based survey using Botved launches, MiniRanger positioning
1978 Acting Assistant Regional Hydrographer assignment
1979 HIC Lake Nipissing Survey, based at North Bay, using Botved launches, MR positioning
1980 Rotational asignments
1981 HIC CCGS Sir William Alexander, Hudson Bay, surveying the approaches to Chesterfield Inlet, using MR/Mfx positioning, Bertram launches
1982 HIC St.Lawrence River survey, based at Prescott. MiniRanger Botved resurvey of river downstream from Brockville.
1983 HIC St.Lawrence River survey based at the Iroquois control Lock, re-surveying downstream river waters
1984 Rotational assignments, plus time slots as acting Assistant Regional Hydrographer
1985 Office assignments plus time slots as acting Assistant Regional Hydrographer
1986 Acting Assistant Regional Hydrographer, plus formatting new chart schemes for St.Lawrence River and Great Lakes.
1987 Chart formatting, preparing Regional activity reports, plus time slots as acting Assistant Regional Hydrographer
1988 Acting Assistant Regional Hydrographer, plus Dealership inspections.
1989 Time slots as acting Assistant Regional Hydrographer, plus formatting James Bay, Hudson Bay, and Lake St. Clair. Complete Dealership Inspections for Canadian and USA chart vendors
1990 Time slot as acting Assistant Regional Hydrographer ; HIC Lake Simcoe Loran C calibrations; HIC Lake Huron Lidar horizontal control.
1991 HIC Lake Huron near-shore survey, based at Stokes Bay.
1992 HIC Lake Huron near-shore survey, based at Stokes Bay
1993 HIC aboard CCGS Sir John Franklin, surveying Victoria Straits plus Coronation Gulf
1994 March 31- retired
Photos:Hydro I 1966/67
1946 - Student Assistant on Northumberland Strait survey.
Staff Commander P.H. Wright, R.N.
1872-89 - As a Staff Cdr., survey of S Nfld - under
Maxwell (chart BA 2142)
Capt. A.G.N. Wyatt, R.N.
1927 - In command of the Admiralty survey ship BEAUFORT