HMCS IROQUOIS BADGES
|This crest was provided
by John Clark, Barrie, Ontario. It's a reproduction of the one designed
by the crew in 1943.
The first attempt at putting the artwork
on felt produced a painted effort on thin felt which was not too attractive.
John gave a copy to the IROQUOIS Association and it should be in their
official scapbook. A second attempt resulted in an attractive crest in
felt layers. There are a number still in existence and both John Clark
and Tom Ingham have one in their possession. The only changes are to the
head of the Indian, the details of which were lost in copying it from the
original artwork to the felt painting. The colours are now closer to the
original crest which faded considerably in the last 50 years. John figured
it was time to refurbish and maybe preserve a little of our history. Tom
Ingham is the only crew member who has seen this revived crest, so it will
be interesting to note any remarks from other shipmates of G89. The word
ONGWANONSIONNI on the crest means "we of the long house" in reference to
a type of Indian shelter made from a frame of lashed branches and covered
|217 era jacket patch. (Submitted
by Kerry Setter)
|This is how the badge looks
today. (Courtesy RCN)
BLAZON: Orange- the head of an Iroquois
brave, couped at the base of the neck, properly coloured and wearing two
eagle feathers in his hair and a gold ring pendant from the ear.
SIGNIFICANCE: In 1942, a Commanding Officer of
this ship initiated steps to procure a badge for the ship. This resulted
in the making of an unofficial one in the shape of a shield which bore
the head of an Iroquois brave, with his peculiar cox-comb hair-do, ring
in ear and war paint. It was taken from a painting by the late J.C. Jeffries
and contrary to the usual procedure in heraldry, it faced the right as
one looked at it. After WWII, a definite policy regarding ship's badges
was laid down by the RCN. As a result, it was approved that the head of
an Iroquois facing the opposite direction to that of the original badge
would be used for reasons of sentiment and appropriateness.
|SHIP'S COLOURS: Gold and Black
MOTTO: "Relentless in Chase"
BATTLE HONOURS : Atlantic 1943
For more information about the ship's
badge, please refer to the article "A Badge Comes Home" in the Stories
section of this web page.