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Sheila Acheson

Friends of Hydrography CHS Liaison 

A.L. Adams

• April 1963 (CHS org chart) - Bedford Institute, Field Officer ( as Technical Officer 1)
1964 - (winter) - Hydrographer - CSS Baffin - British Virgin Islands Survey
1965 - Hydrographer - CSS Baffin (to June 25) - South shore of Nova Scotia
1966 - Rotation - HIC - Halifax Harbour, Deep draught ship channel (28 June to 30 Sept)
1967 - Senior Assistant - CSS Maxwell - NS, Nfld, NB, Que 
1968 - Hydrographer - Shore party - Ship Harbour to Sheet Harbour, eastern NS - to 15 Aug (transfer to Tudlik)
1969 - Senior Assistant - CSS Maxwell - Atlantic Provinces

A.B. Ages

1963 - Hydrographer in Charge, CAMSELL - Western Arctic
1964 - Hydrographer, RICHARDSON - Pelly Island to Cape Parry, Western Arctic
1966 - Staff assignment, Pacific Region - Educational leave

B.E. Aho

• 1970 - Casual - Saint John River survey NB ( 9 Sept - 30 Oct)

M.J. Alder (Mrs.)

• 1961 - Chart Production, Typist (Typist 1).11

G.H. Alexander

• 1900-01 - on HMS EGERIA, Johnstone Strait (chart BA 3260, 3333)

Lee Alexander

Dr. Alexander as Senior Technical Associate with P&H Marine Associates Inc., was a Visiting Scientist on Electronic Charts with the Canadian Hydrographic Service from 1995-97. Prior to that, he was with the US Coast Guard Research and Development Center.  Over the last 15 years, Dr. Alexander has been actively involved in electronic chart-related technologies and serves on a number of IMO and IHO committees dealing with electronic chart data and performance standards. He is currently the Chairman of the IEC Working Group responsible for developing IMO performance Standard for ECDIS and has counselled numerous manufacturers on ECDIS matters.  Tapping on his technical expertise and his operational experience gained as Naval Captain in the US Navy, Dr. Alexander has provided excellent advice to the ECDIS manufacturing community.  He holds a Masters degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Ph.D. from Yale University.

L.B. Allen

• 1912 - Lower St. Lawrence River survey.

N.G. Allen (Mrs)

• 1961 - Tides and Water Levels, Clerk (Clerk 2)
• April 1963 (CHS org chart)- Current Surveys (Clerk 2)

T.W. Allen

• 1908 - Chief Engineer, LILLOOET, surveys near Skeena River.

C. Allard

• 1978-Training-Hydro I Course-(CHS Class photo)

Roy C. Amero

Roy Amero retired April 7, 1983, after 28 years with the Canadian Hydrographic Service.  Roy served overseas in World War 2 with the survey corps.  Another source says he served with the Fourth Canadian Armoured Division.  After the war, he was at Lawrencetown Survey School under the direction of Major Church, and then worked for a time with Maritime Marshlands before joining the CHS in 1955.  Roy transferred to the Atlantic coast office from Ottawa in 1960.  He was involved in surveys too numerous to mention, but notably Roy was HIC on the Acadia in 1966, and also in 1969, her last survey season.  The last few years Roy has surveyed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Arctic and offshore, and also provided a valuable contribution to the qualified data base program.  Roy died May 30, 2001 in Halifax.

Roy Charles Amero, of Dartmouth, passed away May 30, 2001 at the Queen Elizabeth II Camphill Veteran’s Building.  Born in Doucetteville, NS, on April 18, 1918, he was the son of the late Fred and Isidora (Wagner) Amero.  Roy was a veteran of the Second World War, and was a member of the Fourth Canadian Armoured Division, where he was introduced to surveying.  The Army surveyors provided coordinates, distances and other topographic information for the artillery.  Roy enjoyed this exposure to surveying and following the war, he attended the Lawrencetown Survey School (now the Centre of Geographic Sciences) in Lawrencetown NS.  Following graduation, Roy worked for the Maritime Marshlands Reclamation Authority, surveying the dyke lands in the Amherst area of Nova Scotia.  It was during this time that he met his wife, Justine (Gussie).  He joined CHS in 1955 and they moved to Ottawa where their sons, Brent and Bruce were born.  The family returned to Nova Scotia in 1960 when the Atlantic Region was created.  Roy was involved in surveys too numerous to mention, but notably, he was HIC on the Acadia in 1966, and also in 1969, her last survey season.  The Acadia is still “in service” as a major display at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on the Halifax waterfront.  Roy provided much of the background information for the on-board displays.  He had the unpleasant experience of being on board the charter vessel NV Minna when it grounded at Resolution Island in 1974.  Fortunately, everyone was evacuated safely.  Roy continued to work on a variety of survey projects until his retirement in 1983.  He was proud of his career with CHS and continued to keep in contact and attend CHS social events, including the 2000 Christmas party.  Roy was a kind and gentle man who treated everyone with respect.  His friends and colleagues will miss him.

Sources: Lighthouse, April 1983, p. 50.
CHS Tattler, summer 2001
Geomatica, Vol. 56, No. 2, 2002

• 1957 – Rankin Inlet (Comp book 156160)
• April 1963 (CHS org chart)- Bedford Institute, Field Officer ( Technical Officer 5)
1964 - Hydrographer in Charge - Halifax Harbour Survey (on Opportunity Basis)
1965 - HIC - CSS Maxwell - east coast of NS and Gulf of St Lawrence (3 May - 14 July) - CSL Eider - NB (19 July - 29 Oct)
• 1966 - HIC - CSS Acadia - Magdalen Islands, Que - Baie Verte, Hamilton Sound and Change Run,  Newfoundland
1968 - HIC - Shore party - Ship Harb to Sheet Harb, eastern NS
1970 - HIC - Shore party No.2 -Ship Harbour to Liscomb Harb, NS - 4 May to 30 Oct 

Arthur Amos
187? -

   born 10 Jan. 1872 (or 1875) in Quebec (1901 census)

• graduate of Civil Engineering
• 1904 - came from Public Works upon amalgamation, St. Lawrence R. survey
• 1905-06 - in charge of DELEVIS, St. Lawrence River survey.
• 1906 - in charge of drafting room when not in the field.
• 1907 - astronomic and magnetic observations, Montreal to Cornwall
• 1909 - assisted Capt. Boulton in writing Sailing Directions of St. Lawrence River.
• September 1909 - resigned.

D. Anderson

• 1963 - Cook - CSS Richardson - Western Arctic

Captain Frederick Anderson, M.E.I.C.

FREDERICK ANDERSON was born in Charlottetown, P.E.I., September 23rd, 1868, the son of Dr. Alexander Anderson, Head of Prince of Wales College. He was an honours graduate of the Royal Military College in June 1890, and in the next two years was employed on city engineering work in New York City and Norfolk, Virginia. On September 15th, 1892 he was appointed a 'Clerk' in the Chief Engineer's Branch, Department of Marine and Fisheries, Ottawa. In April 1893, when Mr. Stewart was placed in charge of the Georgian Bay Survey, Mr. Anderson became his First Assistant on the BAYFIELD. His position was made permanent July 1st, 1894, and until 1900 he worked in Georgian Bay, Lakes Erie and Huron, including the North Channel. During Mr. Stewart's absence in Lake Winnipeg in 1901, he was placed in temporary charge of the Lake Huron Survey; and the following year took over Mr. Stewart's work in Lake Winnipeg. This survey he completed in 1904. Successful in passing his Master's examinations at Ottawa, in December 1904, he was granted Certificate No. 4608, Master Competency, Inland Waters, with the rank of Captain, effective January 1st, 1905. For the remainder of his Hydrographic career he was familiarly known as 'Captain Anderson' and to his more intimate associates as 'Cap A.'. When Mr. Stewart became Chief Hydrographer, in 1905 Captain Anderson took charge of the Great Lakes Survey in the steamer BAYFIELD. By 1908 he had completed the first resurvey of Canadian Waters in Lake Superior, and the following year began the recharting of Lake Ontario.

When it was decided to send the first Hydrographic expedition to Hudson Bay in 1910, Capt. Anderson supervised the outfitting of the two survey parties and the ship details in connection with the transportation to the Bay in the Government icebreaker STANLEY. The next year (1911) he succeeded Commander I.B. Miles as Officer-in-Charge, Hudson Bay Survey, C.G.S. MINTO. In 1913 the new Atlantic Coast steamer ACADIA completed her maiden voyage to Hudson Bay, in charge of Capt. Anderson, and when the First World War began he had reached the western entrance to James Bay with his northern charting. Mainly in support of the war effort the ACADIA began the recharting of the Atlantic Coast of Nova Scotia in 1915, and for the remainder of the war, Capt. Anderson was in charge of Hydrographic defence charting along the Atlantic seaboard, much of it having to do with anti-submarine installation surveys in strategic localities. He was also the first Hydrographic Officer to carry out joint oceanographic investigations in the ACADIA during the season of 1915, and in the early 1920's conducted tests with Radio Direction Finding Apparatus to improve hydrographic surveying on the Atlantic Coast. He also surveyed areas of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and the Magdalen Islands; and in 1924 was assigned to headquarters where he wrote sailing directions and pilots.

Following the sudden death of Mr. Stewart, in June 1925 he was named Chief Hydrographer, and within three years of assuming this office succeeded in having the Hydrographic Survey reorganized and renamed the Canadian Hydrographic Service. Under his direction the first electronic navigation aids were introduced to the Service (Gyro Compass, Echo Sounding Machine), and aerial photography was adopted for charting purposes. Just before his retirement he had the personal satisfaction of having a new survey ship built and named after his former Chief - Wm.J. STEWART. Following the transfer of the Hydrographic Service from the Department of Marine to Mines and Resources (1936), he retired from active duty February 1st, 1937, and from the Government Service July 1st, 1937. With his separation the classification 'Chief Hydrographer' was officially abolished.

At the time of retirement Captain Anderson was a member of the Montreal Harbour and St. Lawrence Water Levels Board; the Lighthouse Board of Canada; the Geographical Board of Canada; the Engineering Institute of Canada; and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He was an original member of the Minto Skating Club in Ottawa, the Royal Ottawa Golf Club, and the Rideau Club. He died in Ottawa September 23rd, 1957, aged 89 years and was survived by a widow and a son. At the time of his death the Ottawa Journal wrote, quote "he was a slightly built man of exceptional physical stamina who liked nothing better than to plunge ashore and penetrate the bush country on a survey mission, often camping on the spot with more zeal than equipment."

Source: Meehan: The Canadian Hydrographic Service - From its Inception in 1883 to the End of the Second World War, Unpublished manuscript.

• Sept. 1892 - appointed clerk in Dept. Marine and Fisheries
• 1893 - transferred to First Assistant to Mr. Stewart
• 1899 - on shore party near South Baymouth, Manitoulin Island
• 1901 - First Assistant to Mr. Stewart, in charge of BAYFIELD
• 1902-04 - in charge of Lake Winnipeg survey, FRANK BURTON
• 1905 - Master, Inland Waters certificate #4608
• 1905-08 - Officer in Charge of BAYFIELD (II), Lake Superior survey.
• 1909-10 - Officer in Charge of BAYFIELD (II), Lake Ontario survey.
• 1910 - surveys at Alberton and Souris, PEI
• 1911-12 - in charge of Hudson Bay survey, icebreaker MINTO
• 1913-14 - Officer in Charge of ACADIA, Hudson Bay survey.
• 1915-16 - Officer in Charge of ACADIA, survey of Halifax Approaches
• 1917 - Current surveys St. Lawrence R.
• 1917 - wrote sailing directions for Lake Superior.
• 1918 - Officer in Charge of Halifax & Sydney surveys.
• 1919 - surveyed Liscomb Island to Egg Island, N.S. (chart 4317)
• 1914-18 - responsible for special submarine detection surveys.
• 1919-20 - Officer in Charge of ACADIA, surveys off Eastern shore, Nova Scotia
• 1920 - hydrographic survey at Borden, PEI & Cape Tormentine, N.B.
• 1921 - Officer in charge of ACADIA, surveys off Cape Breton, Lake Melville, oceanographic work in Hamilton Inlet/Lake Melville
• 1922 - Officer in Charge of ACADIA, surveys off Eastern shore, Nova Scotia,oceanographic work at entrance to Bay of Fundy
• 1922-23 - Officer in Charge of ACADIA, surveys off Bay of Fundy
• 1924 - in Ottawa to write Sailing Directions for Lake Superior.
• 1925 - succeeded Wm.J. Stewart as Chief Hydrographer.
• 1927 - made his only visit to the Victoria Office.
• Sept. 1936 - granted extension to complete Montreal Harbour water levels report.
• Feb. 1937 - retired.

Capt. H. Anderson

• 1942 - in charge of outfitting & maintenance of boats, Gulf of St. Lawrence survey

Neil M. Anderson

Neil Anderson is a native of Turtleford, Saskatchewan. Neil obtained his education from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in land surveying and later earned a B.Sc. from the University of Victoria in Computer Mathematics. Neil joined the Canadian Hydrographic Service in 1960 and spent eight years as a field hydrographer, specializing in Arctic hydrographic surveying. He has headed technology development sections both in support of field hydrographic surveying and charting and in cartography for the development of interactive computer graphics systems for nautical chart production.

In 1979, Neil was appointed Director of Planning and Development for the Canadian Hydrographic Service, at its headquarters in Ottawa. In this capacity, he was responsible for co-ordinating the national R&D programs for hydrography and marine cartography. Neil was involved with many different types of technology development projects related to hydrographic surveying and nautical charts, including electronic charts, Global Positioning System, geographic information systems, multibeam sonar systems, marine robotics and data communication. Neil was a leader in the development of Geomatics as a science and engineering discipline that is emerging out of a collective impact of these technologies. Neil developed and participated in many government - industry cooperative projects, at both the national and international levels.

Neil retired on May 31, 1995 from CHS and has joined Nautical Data International as the Vice-President, International Development.

Source: The Canadian Surveyor, Winter 1993, p. 256.
Lighthouse, Spring 1995, pp. 34-5.

• 1960 - classification in 1960: Tech Off 1
• April 1963 (CHS org chart)- Central Region, Field Officer (as Technical Officer 2)
1964 (winter) - Hydrographer - CSS Baffin - British Virgin Islands survey
1964 - Hydrographer - in charge of sub-party - Killarney and Tobermory, Great Lakes survey
1966 - Field assignment, Central Region - Hydographer-in-Charge, Polar Continental Shelf Project
1973 - on rotation from field, headed Hydrographic Development Group

William P. Anderson
4 Sept 1849 -

• 1892 - appointed Chief Engineer Dept. Marine and Fisheries, responsible for hydrographic surveys. Also General Superintendent Lighthouses and Hydrographic Service.
• 1892 - responsible for tidal investigations.
• 1893 - carried a survey of Bay of Quinte.
• 1898 - completed Bay of Quinte survey
• 1903 - relinquished General Superintendency of Lighthouses to Mr. J.F. Fraser
• Anderson Ledge, Manitoulin, named after him (White, p. 11)

W.L. Andrews

• 1920 - came on staff as a draftsman
• 1920-30 - on staff of Drafting Office/Chart Construction
• 1933 - retired due to ill health.

C.J. Angus

• 1960 - classification in 1960: Tech Off 8
April 1963 (CHS org chart)- Sailing Directions (Technical Officer 8)

J.L. Angus

• 1960 - Officer in Charge of THETA, Bay of Fundy & Lancaster Sound.

Robert Angus

   born 2 April 1845 in Scotland (1901 census)

1905 - attended to affairs of Tidal and Current Surveys while Dr. Dawson in B.C.

S.A. Antosik

• 1960 - classification in 1960: Asst. Technician 1
• April 1963 (CHS org chart)- Technical Assistant (Dom Hyd Staff), Chart Documents (Assistant Technician 2)

W.E. Archdeacon

• 1860 – as 2nd master, surveyed Bay of Fundy, under Shortland (chart BA353)

Lt. R.H. Archer

• 1875-76 – surveyed Discovery Harbour, Ellesmere I (chart BA275)

W.E. Archibald

• 1860 - As a Second Master, survey of Bay of Fundy (chart BA 353)

J. Armstrong

   1969 - Student Assistant - Lower St Lawrence Survey (19 May to 31 Aug) from Ottawa

J.G. (Gord) Arnold

• 1961 - East Coast Staff, Principlal Clerk (Principal Clerk).

J. Ascroft

• 1932-45 - Chief Engineer, Wm.J. STEWART

F. Ashbury

• honours graduate from University of Toronto
• 1911 - magnetic survey, Hudson Bay

W. Ashe, DTS

• 1886 surveys at Ashe Inlet, Stupart Bay, Port De Boucherville, Marble I (chart BA1221)

P.M. Asher

   1970 - Hydrographic

T.J. Ashton

• 1968 - Student Assistant - Trent-Severn Survey, Ont. (6 May to 30 Aug) - from Ottawa
1969- Student Assistant - St Lawrence River, Que. (12 May to 24 Aug) - From Algonquin College

K. Au Coin

• 1960 - Officer in Charge of THETA, Bay of Fundy & Lancaster Sound.

Aviso (French Navy)

• surveyed Corner Brook, Newfoundland in 1935

D.J. Axford

• 1960 - classification in 1960: Engineer 1

(Mrs) L Ayers

1966 - joined CHS
1967 - transferred to compilation unit from Nomenclature
1968 - resigned