For whom the ship’s bell tolls

Ships’ bells mark the watch, sound alarms, send signals, declare a ship’s presence in foggy weather and even serve as baptismal fonts. Usually engraved, the ship’s bell is often the primary identifying element of an historic wreck, as was the bronze bell from HMS Erebus, explorer John Franklin’s vessel that was found after 168...
  • The prince with a common touch

    October 16, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Mike Trauner was a prisoner in his own home until a few inspiring words from Prince Henry of Wales, better known as Harry, set him free. As a master corporal with 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, Trauner lost both legs and sustained other major wounds...
  • Invictus Games will evolve, patron says

    October 11, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    When it comes to the future of the now-annual event that he created, Prince Harry is an optimist—meaning he doesn’t believe there will be a perpetual need for the Invictus Games as we now know them. Ideally, he suggests, the competition for sick and wounded...
  • Researcher finds much to study in Invictus Games

    October 4, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Preliminary findings of a three-part Dalhousie University study into the physical and psychological benefits of sport to wounded veterans and their families have told athletes what most already know: sport is good. Nevertheless, the most important element of Celina Shirazipour’s work may come down the...
  • New exhibit spans five conflicts

    September 27, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Walk into the new permanent gallery at the Canadian War Museum and the first thing you’ll see are two harbingers of change—a section of the Berlin Wall and a case filled with captured AK-47 rifles. Unfortunately, the change these artifacts represent isn’t the one many...
  • Storied Lee-Enfield rifle heads into retirement

    September 20, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
      For 12 years now, Eena Kooneeliusie, a private in 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (1CRPG), has been packing her cherished Lee-Enfield .303 service rifle as she did her part in asserting the country’s sovereignty in the High Arctic. It has served her well. While...
  • Hornets, Super Hornets and Lightnings

    September 13, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    It seemed like an idea right out of left field at the time. Critics have been questioning the wisdom of the proposed purchase of 18 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets ever since the government announced last November that it would explore the option as a stopgap...
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