• 1964 - Student Assistant, CSL Rae - Great Slave Lake and Mackenzie River, NWT
George M. Yeaton
1938 - 20xx
8 Aug 1959 Joined Canadian
May 72 - Aug 72 HIC, CSS Baffin, Virgin Rocks, Hopedale and East Coast, Nfld.
May 73 - Aug 73 HIC, Minna, Off-shore, East Coast, Nfld.
May 74 - May 75 HIC Minna, Off-shore, East Coast Nfld.; (Minna sank in 1974)
June 75 - Aug 75 HIC Martin Karlson, Off-shore, East Coast Nfld.
Sept 75 - Jan 76 Bedford Inst. of Oceanography Acting Regional Hydrographer/Assist. Regional Hydrographer
Feb 76 - Jan 77 French Language Training, Halifax
Feb 77 - Dec 82 Chief, Nautical Geodesy Section, Ottawa
Jan 83 - Dec 85 Chief, Staff Training, Ottawa
Jan 86 - Nov 93 Chief, Nautical Geodesy and Tides, Ottawa
17 Nov 1993 Retired and loving it Ottawa
Source: Based on Autobiographical Information (2000).
George retired in November 1993 after 33 years with CHS. He started out as a field hydrographer in Atlantic Region and soon became a senior hydrographer and then HIC; his surveys ranged from Seal Cove, N.S. to the Beaufort Sea. George moved to Ottawa in 1976 to become Chief, Nautical Geodesy Section. He was seconded to the Training Unit for a few years and then returned to his true home in the Geodesy Section, which later broadened its scope to include the Tidal Section as well.
Source: Lighthouse, Fall 1993, p. 54.
George Yeaton was born in Hantsport, Nova Scotia and attended public and high school in Hantsport and Windsor, graduating in 1957. He attended the Nova Scotia Land Survey Institute (now COGS) from January to December 1958 when he received his provincial land survey certificate.
George joined the Canadian Hydrographic Service in 1959 where he worked out of Dartmouth, N.S. at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography as a hydrographic surveyor. During this period, he did field surveys in the Maritimes, Newfoundland, Labrador, Quebec and Hudson Bay and had many hair-raising experiences during storms both at sea and on land.
One such incident occurred at Cape Race while working out of Trepassy on the south shore of the Avalon Peninsula. He and his crew had driven to Cape Race to tie in the Loran-C transmitting tower, an imposing structure of more than 1300 feet in height, when a violent storm arose. The watchman advised them to quickly move away from the tower because the storm had forced it out of position by more than eight feet, and he feared for its collapse.
It was also during his tour in Newfoundland waters that he met many fine people in the old "Outports" before their relocation to the main island and larger established towns by order of the then Premier Joey Smallwood.
In 1967, George moved to Ottawa to become officer-in-charge of the hydrographic portion of the Polar Continental Shelf Project. While with the project, he conducted through-the-ice surveys in the Arctic using helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.
During the survey season of 1969, an exciting innovation in the form of a hovercraft fitted with a special retractable sounding device was introduced to survey open leads in the ice filled waters of the Beaufort Sea.
In 1970, George qualified under a newly introduced University Training Plan and moved to Fredericton, N.B. to attend the University of New Brunswick. During his summer breaks from UNB, he conducted off-shore multi-disciplined surveys of the Atlantic Continental Shelf. He graduated in 1974 with a B.Sc. in surveying engineering and qualified as a P.Eng. the same year. He then returned to the Bedford Institute for a year.
He was next posted to Ottawa, where he was first chief, nautical geodesy, then for a period of three years was responsible for surveying and cartographic training. During this time he qualified for his commission as a Canada Lands Surveyor. He returned to nautical geodesy in 1985 and in 1987 assumed responsibility for the tidal unit as well.
George retired from the Canadian Hydrographic Service in November 1993 after 34 years with the Public Service and was appointed editor of Geomatica in November 1994.
Source: Geomatica, Vol. 49, No. 2, 1995. p. 227.
1969 - Casual Hydrograpic Employee - C.D. Howe Eastern Arctic - Reconnaissance
• 1950 - First Officer, KAPUSKASING, Labrador coast.
Robert Bruce Young
In his 39 years with the Canadian Hydrographic Service on the Pacific Coast. Robert Bruce Young made a notable contribution to the safety of shipping and to the development of the country.
He was born in Havelock, Ontario on August 28, 1907, and received his early education in the Compeer district of Alberta. He attended high school in Camrose, Alberta and earned a B.Sc. as a civil engineer from the University of British Columbia in 1928.
In January 1929, he was appointed to the staff of the Hydrographic Service on the Pacific Coast, beginning his career as an assistant hydrographic surveyor on the survey ship Lillooet, serving on that ship until 1933 and on the William J. Stewart until 1938.
During 1939 and 1940, he was hydrographer-in-charge of the houseboat Pender. From 1941 to 1945, as senior assistant on the William J. Stewart, he carried out special surveys for the Department of National Defence, in addition to regular coastal surveys. In 1946, he was appointed hydrographer-in-charge of the William J. Stewart, continuing surveys of the northern B.C. coastal waters.
From 1953 until April 30, 1968, R.B. Young was regional hydrographer, Pacific Coast, and during his tenure the Pacific Coast element grew to include five ships, and work was expanded into the Western Arctic.
Source: The Canadian Surveyor, December 1982, pp. 181-182.
• January 1929 - Appointed to CHS as Hydrographer Grade I.
• 1930-34 - west coast Vancouver Island survey.
• fall 1930 - on board aircraft that took first air photos along the Pacific coast.
• 1935-36 - Queen Charlotte Islands survey.
• 1937 - various Pacific coast surveys.
• 1939-40 - Officer in Charge of PENDER, Malaspina Strait survey.
• 1941 - Officer in Charge of PENDER, Bella Coola survey.
• 1942 - Officer in Charge of PENDER, Beaver Harbour & Deep Bay survey.
• 1943 - west coast of Vancouver I surveys.
• 1944 - Strait of Georgia surveys
• 1944 - Officer in Charge of PENDER (after Ripple Rock incident), Strait of Georgia survey
• 1945 - Seymour Narrows survey.
• 1946 - Officer in Charge of Wm.J. STEWART, Inside Passage survey
• 1947 - Officer in Charge of Wm.J. STEWART, Queen Charlotte & Smith Sounds
• 1950 - Officer in Charge of Wm.J. STEWART, oceanographic stations
1961 - Pacific Region, Engineer (Engineer 6)
• 1962 - A/Chief, Marine Sciences Branch, Pacific Coast.
• April 1968 - retired from CHS.
• 1928-29 - Great Slave Lake survey
1960 - classification in 1960:
• 1901 - seasonal employee, Lake Winnipeg Survey