Fonds L450, L504, L757, L1807, L1973, L1880, L1950, L2122-L2134, L2136, L2155-L2156, L2160, L3006, L3067, L3401-L3402, L3434 - Frederick Ernest Grubb Fonds

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Frederick Ernest Grubb Fonds

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CA MMBC L450, L504, L757, L1807, L1973, L1880, L1950, L2122-L2134, L2136, L2155-L2156, L2160, L3006, L3067, L3401-L3402, L3434

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  • 1928-1973 (Creation)

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12 v. -- 7.5 cm of textual and photographic records.

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Grubb, Frederick Ernest (b. [19-?] - d. 1985)

Biographical history

Frederick Ernest Grubb served as a naval officer in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1928 to 1960. Commander Grubb served on the staff of the Flag Officer Pacific as Assistant Chief of Staff (Training and Administration) from 1956 to 1960 and retired in the rank of Commander. During his career, he commanded two corvettes during World War II, one of which, Chambly, helped sink U-501 off Greenland in 1941. Commander Grubb was well known in the Navy in the 1950s and 1960s for his succinct notes providing guidance for junior officers on naval etiquette. In retirement, Commander Grubb was registrar and curator at the Maritime Museum of B.C.

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Fonds consists of documents and ephemeral collected by Frederick Ernest Grubb during his naval career beginning with his naval training in 1928. Fonds includes documents related to training and procedures from the Royal Canadian Navy, the Department of National Defence, Royal Canadian Sea Cadets; and the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve as well as memorabilia from events and ceremonies of the Royal Canadian Navy and British Columbia's centennial celebrations in 1958. Also includes documents relating to Grubb's gunnery training and the 1967 training cruise of the Japanese Training Squadron.

Commissioning booklet for HMCS Crescent, 31 October 1955.

4 documents relating to the Royal Canadian Navy's participation in British Columbia's centenary, Operation Century.

1964 and 1966 Programmes for the graduation to be held at Canadian Services College Royal Roads, and an invitation addressed to Commander and Mrs. Grubb to the 1964 graduation ceremony.

Invitation to cocktails on board the Japanese Training Ship Nippon Maru by invitation of the captains of TS Nippon Maru and TS Kaiwo Maru held on 19 June 1967.

Folder containing documents relating to the Canadian Armed Forces Centennial Naval Assemblies, including a programme, plan for anchorage, and histories of the Royal Canadian Navy and Naval assemblies more generally.

Pamphlet titled "Japanese Training Squadron 1967 Training Cruise". Contains details and photos of defense ships Teruzuki, Shikinami; Yudachi, and Murasame.

Order of service for the unveiling of the plaque to the memory of Rear admiral Walter Hose (1875-1965), held 29 October 1967.

Lectures for University Naval Training Division on various types of warships, c. 1943.

Organization chart of the Canadian North Atlantic with the Commander-in-Chief at the head, c. 1944.

Document titled "Royal Canadian Sea Cadets: Syllabus of training for probationary sea cadets" issued by Commanding Officer Reserve Division dated 18 October 1943, list of books for sea cadets dated 27 December 1943, and a document from the Department of National Defence Naval Service regarding sea cadet summer camps dating to 24 June 1943.

Documents and correspondence from the department of National Defence (Naval Service) regarding punishment, charges, and misconduct.

Manual of shore patrol service training, Royal Canadian Navy dated 12 May 1943.

Document for the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve outlining procedures for kitting new entries, c. 1943 and a document outlining the types of buttons worn by the various branches and rates of the Royal Canadian Navy dating to 3 November 1941.

Document outlining the procedures for handling requests, H.M.C.S. Stadacona dating to 3 February 1943.

Report providing instructions on preparation and handling of confidential reports on officers (forms S206 & S450). Prepared by P.W. Earl, A/Captain, Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, Deputy Commanding Officer Reserve Division, dated 9 February 1944.

Document titled "The Origin and Earlier History of the RCN", c. 1947.

Training notes regarding officers' disciplinary classes, HMCS Cornwallis, c. 1942.

Document outlining general instructions on the duty, administration, and training of members of the University Naval Training Division, dating to 2 April 1943.

Documents outlining questions and answers on regulating duties, c. 1943.

Document titled "Outline of Reconnaissance", consisting of 10 lectures on the subjects of reconnaissance, intelligence, and ship recognition for R.C.A.F. Officers.

Booklet titled "Contract Cruise Manual, Navpers 91 058, 1948: NROTC Senior Contract Students", prepared by Training Division, Bureau of Naval Personnel, April 1948.

Programme for Remembrance Day Service, HMCS Naden, 11 November 1959.

Two copies of "Presentation of Ceremonial Drums to the Pacific Command of the Royal Canadian Navy", Victoria BC, 16 June 1961.

Official souvenir programme for the British Columbia Centenary Naval Review and Associated Naval activities, 1958.

Menu and list of guests to the Royal Canadian Navy Golden Jubilee Reunion Dinner held 4 May 1960.

Gunnery notebook for naval cadets, 1928-1929.

Commissioning booklets of HMC Skeena, Fraser, Terra Nova, and Columbia dating to 1957 and 1959. Also, an invitation addressed to Commander and Mrs F.E. Grubb to attend the commissioning ceremony of the HMCS Skeena at Burrard Dry Docks, North Vancouver, Saturday 30 March 1957.

Programme for the ceremony of presentation of colours by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the First Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and The King's Own Calgary Regiment, held at Beacon Hill Park, Friday 17 July 1959.

Invitation, reserved seating card, and programme for the Royal Roads Military College End of Year Ceremonies, 1973.

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Donated by Commander Frederick Ernest Grubb in several instalments from 1964 to 1973.


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MMBC off-site storage.

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All requests for use must be made through the MMBC Research Request program ( Please note that fees may apply.

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BCAUL control number: MMB-2383

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RAD, July 2008 version, Canadian Council of Archives.


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