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Harold D. Tee

Started in 1911 - Retired in 1952

 
 

 

1952

Long Service Radio Expert Retires

 

H.D. Tee was District Superintendent of Radio at Regina. Saskatchewan, and has been forty years in the Canadian Government radio service. Some of the highlights in his career included that of being one of the first in Canada to have a training in the international morse code, having received the training in the United Kingdom Postal Telegraphs before coming to Canada in 1911. He was one of the first operators to have the "delightful" experience of working a midnight to 0800 shift. This was when he was at Prince Rupert in 1911, when at that time only two ships were equipped with radio. Another event which would not be easy to forget was when a hurricane completely destroyed the wireless station at Triangle Island, a very lonely and stormy place. The wind gauge was destroyed when registering a velocity of 125 miles per hour.

 

During the first World War, Mr. Tee was attached to S.S. Malaspina, formerly in the Fishery Protective service, and later converted to a scout ship for allied fleet in the Pacific when there was danger of the B.C. coast being raided. After the end of the war he returned to the Department of Marine and Fisheries where he was in charge of several coast stations, including Estevan Point, Cape Laze, Bull Harbour, Point Grey and Digby Island and since 1930 he has been located in Saskatchewan.

 

Before moving to their new home in Victoria, Mr. and Mrs. Tee were honoured at a gathering of the radio clan in Regina and Saskatoon.

 

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