2012 saw a party to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the commissioning of HMCS “Oriole” into the Royal Canadian Navy. Built in 1921 by the Gooderham family of Ontario, she was commissioned in 1952. Over the years hundreds of junior officers have sailed on the grand old lady learning many of their basic leadership and seamanship skills.
We were proud to be invited to attend the birthday party followed by a day sail off Victoria. With a smart 12-14 knot breeze, all sails were set, including her colourful jenniker. At this point I was allowed to take the wheel from Lieutenant Commander Jeff Kibble the Commanding Officer. It was an exciting ride as we crossed the Esquimalt waterfront at about 12 knots- port rail under.
We have worked a lot with “Oriole” over the years – escorting her safely into Steveston and taking VIP guests off her for transport back into Victoria after the Classic Boat Festival sail past.
I had created a watercolour of “Oriole” as a gift which we presented at the reception. Non- limited prints are available with part proceeds going to the ships fund.
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