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HMCS Sackville’s restoration in 1984.

HMCS Sackville reemerged this summer after extensive steel work to reinforce her hull. Corvettes were built quickly and cheaply in the second world war, and were built to last the war. Sackville is the last of her type in the world.

After the war, Sackville become AGOR 113, a navy survey vessel. She was eventually retired, and in 1984 began being restored to her wartime appearance. The Following photos are part of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic’s Slide Collection, and show some of that early restoration work.

AGOR 113 at Halifax Shipyards to have her through hull sealed
AGOR 113 alongside Pier 2 for removal of the modern bits.
New Bridge structure and Gun platform have been installed
A/A gun tub on the Engine room casing.

Bob Pearson maintains an excellent website detailing the Flower Class Corvette, including instructions on Canadianizing the Revel HMCS Snowberry Kit.

Thanks to Roger Marsters, Currator at the NS MMA for the research assistance.

3.5 million to repair HMCS Sackville

The federal government today announced a contribution of up to $3.5 million to the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust for extensive repairs to HMCS Sackville.

As Canada’s oldest warship and the sole remaining Flower-class corvette, HMCS Sackville is an important part of Royal Canadian Navy history.

HMCS Sackville has been owned by the non-profit Canadian Naval Memorial Trust since the 1980s, operating seasonally on the Halifax waterfront as Canada’s Naval Memorial and a museum ship.

Most of the repair work is expected to be completed at the Fleet Maintenance Facility (FMF) Cape Scott located within Her Majesty’s Canadian (HMC) Dockyard Halifax.

Tours and visits to HMCS Sackville will be discontinued until the repairs are completed, which, pending an assessment, is expected to be in summer 2018.

HMCS Sackville – A Night Of Furious Action

Marc Milner is one of Canada’s preeminent naval historians and expert on  the corvette. I suggest taking look at has recent article A Night Of Furious Action at This Piece looks at the work of Escort Group C3, Protecting convoy ON 115 from July 29 to Aug. 1, 1942

Marc has also Produced a number of Books, Including Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy: 1939-1945 which is the best guide to the Canadian Corvettes.


Battle of the Atlantic Place – “Rising to the Challenge”

The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest and most decisive battle of the Second World War, and winning it at sea came at a high price with the loss of 24 Canadian naval and 72 merchant ships, numerous maritime patrol aircraft and over 5,000 members of the RCN, RCAF and Merchant Navy.

Battle of the Atlantic Place will not be a museum. It will recognize and honour a generation that was supremely challenged, fought with great courage, and advanced Canada onto the world stage. It will be an innovative, experiential centre where guests do much more than learn about the greatest naval battle of World War II. Guests will go on a journey that gives them a visceral sense of Canada’s decisive role in winning the war itself. They’ll feel what it was like to serve at sea in a ship under constant threat, to design and build hundreds of ships in an impossibly short period of time, to fly the unforgiving skies over one of the stormiest oceans in the world, to industrialize on a national level when there was very little capacity to start with, and for people and provinces to come together as a nation to achieve success.

Located on Sackville Landing The building will encompass HMCS Sackville. – the last example of a class of ships that numbered in the hundreds. The plans for the building are well developed, the site is secured, and the programing is developed.

In terms of story telling (which is what they want this facility to do) the plans look to give the Canadian War Museum a run for the money.

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HMCS Sackville Returns to the Waterfront + Update on Battle of the Atlantic Place.

Today at 10am, HMCS Sackville made her way to Sackville landing for the summer season.

On the 4th and 5th of June, 5 teams pitched their concepts for Battle of the Atlantic Place. Bellow is how they got to that point.

A significant milestone has been reached in the plan to commemorate the remarkable contribution by Canada in the Battle of the Atlantic when a jury, established to evaluate design proposals for the new Halifax waterfront landmark, compiled its short list.

Proposals were submitted from 10 consortia representing more than 100 companies from Canada, the USA and Europe. The selected design teams ( in alphabetical order) on the short list are:

Those five move to the second stage of the selection process which requires a presentation of preliminary design ideas in early June.

Battle of Atlantic Place, an initiative of the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust, will be the new home for HMCS Sackville, the last remaining Corvette – the ships critical to victory in the Atlantic.
Ted Kelly, a director on the Trust’s Board, said Sackville is a fitting symbol of the extraordinary effort by hundreds of thousands of Canadians, who “came from what was largely an agrarian society to develop a capability to engage in a war at sea.”

Battle of Atlantic Place will be more than home to Sackville. The facility will provide a memorial to more than 4,000 people who gave their lives in the conflict and have no known grave.  Perhaps most importantly, Mr. Kelly said, “it is intended that the story of amazing achievement of that generation of Canadians will be told in a manner such that future generations know of the struggle and sacrifice of their forebears in the accomplishments that shaped the character of their country.”

Members of the evaluating jury are drawn from across Canada.  They are: Andrew Amos, engineer, senior partner in the firm of Catalyst Engineering Consultants and Project Manager; Paul Merrick, internationally renowned architect and founding principal of Merrick Architects Ltd. of Vancouver and Victoria; Randy Mosher, quantity surveyor and cost consultant based in Moncton; Jamie MacLellan, public art consultant, Halifax; Guy Larocque, engineer, who served as director of facilities at the Canadian War Museum; and Ted Kelly, a former naval Captain, who heads the Battle of Atlantic Place project team.

The federal, Nova Scotia and Halifax Regional Municipal governments, along with several corporations and individuals have made contributions towards the development of a design concept for Battle of Atlantic Place.

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