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Her Majesty's Canadian Submarine

HMCS Onondaga

SSK 73

International Ship Call Sign:  CGNQ

Voice Call Sign: Voyage Pride

 


 

 

THE FINAL VOYAGE OF CANADIAN SUBMARINE

HMCS ONONDAGA

 

June 17, 2008

Preparations in Halifax

The following photos taken onboard HMCS ONONDAGA in Halifax harbour on June 17, 2008. The submarine was being prepared for her final voyage to Rimouski where she will be on display at the Pointe-au-Pere Maritime Historic Site. The official opening was planned for May 2009.

 

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June 23, 2008

The following photos taken onboard submarine HMCS ONONDAGA on June 23, 2008. The submarine is almost ready to begin her final voyage to Rimouski. Note the RIMOUSKI banner attached to the fin as well as banners of sponsors Hydro Quebec and Caisse Desjardins attached to the casing.

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July 15, 2008

ONONDAGA AT THE CANSO CAUSEWAY

IN TRANSIT FROM HALIFAX TO RIMOUSKI

Photo Courtesy of Monstermoves

The following photo was taken on Tuesday July 15, 2008 at the Strait of Canso which separates Cape Breton Island from mainland Nova Scotia. The second leg of the journey was delayed for two days due to high winds in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

 


July 17, 2008

ONONDAGA'S ARRIVAL AT RIMOUSKI  

 

Click here to see Onondaga being towed in the St. Lawrence river

as she approaches Rimouski

 

Submarine ONONDAGA and tugboat JERRY NEWBERRY approaching Rimouski.


JERRY NEWBERRY getting help from another tugboat.


Going by the first buoy at the entrance to the port of Rimouski-East.


ONONDAGA is asking: Where are you taking me ? This is not Halifax Harbour.

Where are my sisters OKANAGAN, OJIBWA and OLYMPUS ? I want to go home ! ! !


Still entering the port of Rimouski-East.


Rimouski, Rimouski, here I come !

Rimouskois and Rimouskoises, I am all yours ! I am now your submarine !


The crowd is watching as ONONDAGA gets closer.


Cameras are clicking. ONONDAGA is a star around here.


Approaching the wharf. The voyage is almost over.


Preparing the lines.


A final little push from tugboat JERRY NEWBERRY.


It's almost over.


Touchdown !  ONONDAGA has arrived.

A small step for ONONDAGA ! A giant leap for submarine museums in Canada !


Rimouski will never be the same again !


ONONDAGA at Rimouski. The old girl still looks good after all these years.


A very happy Museum Director. He finally got his submarine !


Onondaga's arrival was frontpage news in the local papers.

 


July 2008

PHOTOS FROM DANIEL BISSON

ONONDAGA AT THE WHARF IN RIMOUSKI-EAST











 

August to December 2008

Installation at Father's Point (Pointe au Père)



Above Photo taken on 18 July 2008

Ramp being prepared at Pointe-au-Père for hauling ONONDAGA out of the water

Photo courtesy of Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père


Above Photo taken on 23 July 2008

The ramp at Pointe-au-Père being readied.

Photo courtesy of Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père

 


1 December 2008 - ONONDAGA Out of the water    ( Photo from Roland Thériault )


1 December 2008 - ONONDAGA Out of the water    ( Photo from Roland Thériault )


11 December 2008 - Getting ready for Christmas   ( Photo from Serge Guay )

 

24 February 2009 - The first access door    ( Photo from Onondaga on Facebook )


24 February 2009 - The first access door    ( Photo from Onondaga on Facebook )


6 April 2009 - Jacques St-Pierre, Owner of Multi-électronique

and Serge Guay, Museum Director in front of the sonar screens

Converting HMCS ONONDAGA into a submarine museum was an initiative of the Father's Point Maritime Historic Site (Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père) in Rimouski, Quebec.  The submarine museum opened its doors to the public on 13 June 2009. The website of Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père can be accessed by clicking the following link:

http://www.shmp.qc.ca


A sign that was installed in the Control Room to thank donors to the project

 

Go to the video page and scroll down the page to see videos of Onondaga

 

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