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2015

Donation of two pairs of dolphins to submarine museums

 

 

 

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, 1 December 2015

 

Two pairs of dolphins are being donated to Canada’s submarine museums by LCdr Jim Guilford, RCN (Retired). One pair of dolphins, about 12 inches high, is being donated to the Museum of Naval History in Port Burwell, Ontario, for the OJIBWA Submarine Museum; and the other pair of dolphins, about 6 inches high, is being donated to Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père in Rimouski, Quebec for the ONONDAGA Submarine Museum. The dolphins have been transferred to Donald Courcy, a submarine veteran, who will deliver the dolphins to the submarine museums. In the attached photos, you can see Donald Courcy on the right accepting the dolphins from LCdr Jim Guilford on the left.

 

LCdr Guilford served many years in the Canadian Submarine Service when he was a non-commissioned officer and his trade was Radioman, just like Donald Courcy. He was Donald’s POTEL onboard submarines OKANAGAN and OJIBWA in 1971/1972. Jim also served as COX’N of OJIBWA. He held the rank of CPO1 before commissioning from the ranks and he achieved the rank of LCdr before retiring from the Royal Canadian Navy.

 

Jim ( VE1JG ) and Donald ( VE1SS ) are passionate ham radio operators and lovers of the morse code. Jim has also accumulated one of the best collection of morse keys in Canada. Donald recently moved back to Halifax and reconnected with Jim at a meeting of the Halifax Amateur Radio Club. It is while reminiscing their submarine days that Jim came up with the idea of donating the dolphins to the submarine museums.

 

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