40 years ago today, one of the worst Canada’s worst peacetime naval tragities occured. During A routine high speed pass, HMCS Kootenay suffered a gearbox explosion killing 9 crew, and injuring several more.
Addtional Coverage and Background:
CBC Archive Footage of Kootenay (with Saguney and Bonaventure
HMCS Kootenay survivors mark 40th anniversary
Hazegray’s Account of the Explosion
Taking stock of Canada’s worst peacetime naval disaster
Update May 18 2009:
HMCS Sackville fires its main gun in memory of Rear Admiral William Moss Landymore. Rear Admiral Landymore served in the navy for 33 years and was recognized for his wartime service during the Battle of the Atlantic. His ashes were spread outside Halifax Harbour during a committal ceremony aboard HMCS Toronto on May 1.
Canadian minesweeper Middlesex lost just after the war near Lawrencetown Beach. She wrecked so close to the shore that a gangway was rigged to take the crew ashore.
Photo credit: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, MP35.17.2, N-7,455
From the Shipwrecks of Nova Scotia Lots of ships lie in the Harbour and Approaches this site Lists them.
Natural Resources Canada has put togeather an intersting site on Halifax Harbour. The site explores the geology and geography of the harbour, and pays particular attention to the various man made influnces on the harbour
It also explores common Harbour myths such as the Tunnel to Georges Island (False) and Previous Narrows Bridges (true)
A few years ago i took a trip to See HMCS Fraser in Bridgewater NS. (Photos from the trip) The ship was intended to be turned into a museaum, but is instead rusting. DND has recently agreed to purchase the Ship Back.
See the latest News:
DND takes back rusting warship HMCS Fraser
and This Editorial
Also some internal shots not by me
The CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier will begin a 6 week search on Aug 18th for the remains of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror which are believed to have become stranded in ice in 1848, causing Franklins crew to set off over land to seek help. Over the last 150 years, numerous attempts have located some bodies, and other artifacts, but never the actual ships themselves.
Painting above is the HMS Terror in the Arctic during the winter of 1836/1837 and from the National Maritime Museum