Biographical data:

Adams, Kenneth Frederick

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Title Rear-Admiral (RCN)
Official Number O-1160
 
Birth 06/09/1903 Death 01/12/1984
Place Victoria Place Victoria
Area BC Area BC
Country Canada Country Canada
 
Titles
Honours War Cross 3rd Class (Greece)
Awards
Qualifications
 
Biography
(He was qualified as a Master Mariner.)
 
Military Service
He was appointed as a Naval Cadet RCN 1919. He served in the Royal Naval College of Canada (Tenth Term) 1919. With no vacancies in the RCN after graduation from the RNCC, he entered the Merchant Service and obtained a Master Mariner's Certificate. (Transferred to RCNR 1928), (Transferred to RCN) 1928. He was appointed as a Lieutenant RCN (With seniority dated 03/01/1928). He served in H.M.S. President 1928. He served in HMCS Vancouver. He served in HMCS Skeena 1931. He served in HMCS Champlain. He was appointed as a Lieutenant-Commander RCN (With seniority dated 03/01/1936). He served in HMCS St. Laurent as First Lieutenant 1937. He served in the RCN Barracks Halifax 1939. He served in HMCS Nootka (I) (In command) 1939. He was appointed as a Commander RCN (With seniority dated 01/01/1941). He served in RCN Barracks Halifax 1941. He served in HMCS Prince David (In command) 1941. He served in RCN Barracks Halifax. He served in HMCS Assiniboine (I) (In command) 1943. He served in HMCS Ottawa (II) (In command) 1943. He served in HMCS Prince Henry (In command) 1943. He served in HMCS Iroquois (I) (In command) 1945. He was appointed as an A/Captain RCN 1944. He served in HMCS Somers Isle as Commanding Officer RCN Barracks Training Base Bermuda 1944. He was appointed as a Captain RCN (With seniority dated 01/07/1945). He served as Captain-in-Charge RCN Barracks Halifax 1945. He served in NSHQ as Director Naval Reserves 1945. He served in HMCS Uganda (In command) 1946. He served in NSHQ as Director Naval Reserves and as Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel 1947. He was appointed as a Commodore RCN (With seniority dated 01/09/1949). He served in HMCS Magnificent (In command) and as Senior Canadian Naval Officer Afloat 1949. He served in RCN Barracks Esquimalt. He served in HMCS Star as Commanding Officer Naval Divisions (Hamilton) and as Senior Officer in Chief Command 1953. He was appointed as a Rear-Admiral RCN (With seniority dated 27/5/1955). He served in HMCS Star as Flag Officer Naval Divisions (Hamilton) and as Senior Officer in Chief Command 1956. He served in HMCS Patriot as Flag Officer Naval Divisions (Hamilton) and as Senior Officer in Chief Command 1956. (He was retired 28/010/1958). (He was qualified as a P and RT instructor.)
 
Vessels Owned
Aircraft Flown
Named Features Adams Harbour (BC);
 
Anecdotes
With no vacancies in the RCN after graduation from the Royal Naval College of Canada, he resigned from the navy and entered the Merchant Service and eventually obtained a Master Mariner's Certificate. In 1927 he was the Master of a small coastal freighter, the A.G. Lillie, for Victoria Petroleum, who had a number of stations in Victoria, the Gulf Islands, and up the British Columbia coast. In November 1927 the A.G. Lillie burned in Sturdies Bay BC (Galiano Island). He was the Master of the the Attaboy. Before his World War Two service he worked in the merchant service for CN Ships.
 
References
Macpherson, Ken and John Burgess (1981); Blatherwick, John (1992); Government of Canada The Canadian Navy List Ottawa ON; MacFarlane, John M. (1994); BCELP Geographical Place Names Cards Correspondence To/From BC Chief Geographer;
Last update
2013-03-18

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