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Month: May 2012


HMCS Ojibwa begins final voyage

The submarine HMCS Ojibwa is making her final voyage from Halifax to Port Burwell, Ont., where she will become a museum centrepiece. Submariners gathered in Halifax to toast the Oberon-class Ojibwa, the last of her kind, as she was put on an ocean-going drydock for the journey to Hamilton, where she is expected to arrive June 4. The Oberon-class submarines served for three decades during the Cold War before being replaced by Victoria class submarines in 1998. Ojibwa will be at the Heddle Marine shipyard all summer for affixing of permanent cradles and restoration work. The 300-foot long will be shipped by barge Sept. 7 to Port Burwell, then transported over land to her permanent home at the museum site, where it’s hoped she will draw about 100,000 tourists a year, beginning in the summer...
Letters From Katherine

Letters From Katherine – March 24, 1918

March 24, 1918   Dear Mum and Sis, Have not written for two or three days but have been so busy that when I got off duty I was too tired to write. The war news does not look very good does it? We are simply rushed. We get patients from the field since the CCS (casualty clearing station) was bombed. Very quick work in the line in the a.m. and here at night. Poor fellows, they have some awful wounds. We have one very sick man. Amputation of both legs above the knee. He lost so much blood that I am afraid of him. We had to send him to the OR again tonight and when he came back he would not rest unless he had my hand and there I sat and thought every minute my back would break. He is a dear but I am so afraid he will go out. I have not heard any more about going back…it surely should...
Letters From Katherine

Letters From Katherine – Nov. 17, 1917

Nov. 17, 1917 Saturday   Dear Mother & Sis, Have not written since Thursday but have been in the operating room & have been busy. We had one big op Thursday…don’t know why but they asked me to scrub up for it. A big man came down to do it. It was very important and everything went off fine, but I tell you I was a fussed girl when they told me… but they all said it was fine and our Colonel was tickled to death, praised me up sky high. Well, we are warned for France, that is this unit. Fordy and I are doing our best to go with them. Wouldn’t it be grand. I spoke to the Colonel and he said “Yes Miss M., we want some good nurses.”  It was just after the operation and he was feeling fine. Major Wilson said he would do all he could so perhaps we will get off with them. They are ...
Torpedoed In The St. Lawrence: Navy, Part 51

Torpedoed In The St. Lawrence: Navy, Part 51

As historian Michael Hadley wrote, the star shells “cast a cone of light as far astern as Raccoon’s lonely station off the convoy’s port quarter, where she was seen—by all accounts—for the last time.” It was fortunate for the Royal Canadian Navy and for the Canadian government that attacks by U-165 and U-517 in August and early September 1942 took place in the remote reaches of the northern Gulf of St. Lawrence. Indeed, since the attacks took place off Newfoundland and Labrador they were not even in Canadian waters. The same was true of the daring attack by U-513 on the iron ore ships alongside the loading wharf at Wabana, Nfld., on Sept. 5, 1942, which will be the subject of another story. For the time being, it is important to realize that German U-boat skippers Eberhard Hoffmann ...

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