Ferret 54-82598

954 Ferret Mark I, Canadian Army Registration Number 54-82598. When I purchased it in 2007 it was very complete and original as it left the army. It even had the tow cable still on it!  I used to own this particular Ferret and it is now back in Edmonton, Alberta being restored (2016).

Ferret Scout Car Mark I, CAR 54-82598 - Left side, as found at Mill Bay, British Columbia, Canada.
Ferret Scout Car Mark I, CAR 54-82598 – Left side, as found in 2007 at Mill Bay, British Columbia, Canada.

 

CAR number over the driver's hatch on 54-82598
CAR number over the driver’s hatch on 54-82598

Ferret Hull # 392 as found March 2007.

My Ferret Mark I, Hull number 392.B.5.4 served in the Canadian Army, and after unification in the “Land Element,” from 1954 to January 1980.

Analysis of the markings show that this Ferret served mainly with Combat Arms School. The CAS was at Camp Borden (CFB Borden) (24 Nov 1966 – 1970) and then at CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick (1970 – ____? ).

The Lord Strathcona’s Horse Regiment (Royal Canadians) [LdSH(RC)] = kept this one and then it was traded for a T16 Universal Carrier to Gord Cumming at Crown Surplus Stores Ltd. in Calgary, Alberta. In September 2006 Gord sold it to Captain Bob Carter, CD (Retired) of Mill Bay, B.C. Bob had driven Ferrets in the Canadian Army having served with the Fort Garry Horse, Lord Strathcona Horse (RC) etc. On April 1 2007, Bob sold it to Captain Colin Stevens, CD, of Mission, BC. Due to a change of my circumstances (moving into a big city and getting married to a lovely lady)  I sold my Ferret to Tim Biscope of Edmonton, Alberta in 2008 August. He was planning to restore it. He later sold it to ____ of Edmonton. By that time the smoke dischargers had vanished.

Modifications in service included:

  1. Machine gun mount bases for the No. 8 Mk. I machine gun mount for the 1919A4 Browning .30 Cal and its converted GPMG C1   7.62 NATO identity.
  2. Submachine gun rack at rear of fighting compartment.
  3. Spotlight on starboard side? (A bracket is there)
  4. Improved British “Tower” style turn signals (added sometime after 1969)

Photos will be added as time permits.

IN-SERVICE PHOTOS

>> NONE FOUND <<

 

SITTING IN THE CALGARY , ALBERTA SURPLUS DEALER’S YARD IN 2005

AS FOUND IN MILL BAY, BRITISH COLUMBIA IN 2007

ANALYSIS OF 54-82598 IN MISSION, B.C.

 MARKINGS
  • Coloured Canada flag decal remnant and outline of Mobile Command diamond shaped decal.
  • Combat Arms School decal. Old (?) pattern with Infantry and Artillery switched, and single maple leaf for infantry.
    Combat Arms School decals (large over top of small)

 

 

DATA PLATES

The main data plate was missing as is usually the case. This was made of cast aluminum and was an attractive souvenir.

 

 

BREN GUN MOUNT (REPLICA)

 

 

Ferret MK. I 54-82598 leaving Mission, B.C. to return to Edmonton, Alberta in April 2015. My wife is looking on. Interestingly she did not insist that it go.
Ferret MK. I 54-82598 leaving Mission, B.C. to return to Edmonton, Alberta in April 2015. My wife is looking on. Interestingly she did not insist that it go.