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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.

HMCS Sackville gets Federal Money

Minister MacKay announced a one-time government contribution of $240 000 to the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust in support of the naval memorial HMCS Sackville, and the Canadian Naval Memorial Project. Further, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, announced a contract award of $455 400 to Akoostix Inc. for a Sonar Processor.

Minister MacKay took the opportunity to announce the contribution of $240 000 in support of the naval memorial HMCS Sackville, and the Canadian Naval Memorial Project.

“HMCS Sackville is a witness to our past and reminds us of our Navy’s accomplishments during the Battle of the Atlantic,” said Minister MacKay. “Canadians can be proud of our Navy’s rich heritage and our contribution to preserve the vessel for the benefit of future generations.”

“The young men who sailed in the North Atlantic on corvettes like Sackville proved critical to victory in the Battle of the Atlantic, which was the key campaign of the Second World War,” said Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison, Commander Royal Canadian Navy. “I am extremely pleased that the Government of Canada is contributing to the Canadian Naval Memorial Project.”

The Canadian Naval Memorial Trust was formed in 1982 by a group of retired Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) members who sought a forum through which they could preserve, in a living fashion, the history of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). In 1985, the Government of Canada designated Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS)Sackville as Canada’s official naval memorial, dedicated to telling the story of the RCN and to preserving Canada’s naval wartime heritage. The Canadian Naval Memorial Trust operates HMCS Sackville as a living memorial and interpretation centre, which depicts the life of Canadian sailors who served in the RCN to keep the sea lanes between Europe and North America open during the Second World War.

Despite efforts at ongoing maintenance and support, weathering and the environment contributes to the continued deterioration of the ship. Over the past 10 years, this deterioration has intensified and the Trust has indicated that the long-term preservation of the Sackville can only be assured if the vessel is placed in an environmentally controlled berthing facility that is free from corrosive elements.

To that end, the Trust embarked upon the Naval Memorial Project, which seeks to construct a Naval Memorial Centre on the waterfront in Halifax, Nova Scotia with funding coming from private donations and other levels of government. The Naval Memorial Centre will house HMCS Sackville in a berthing facility that is publically accessible and yet protects the ship from continued environmental degradation. The $240,000 contribution from the Department of National Defence will support the Trust’s funding needs for the design of the Naval Memorial Project building(s).

The Naval Memorial Project will ensure the preservation of HMCS Sackville so that she may continue to serve as a reminder of the sacrifice of so many Canadians who died on the seas defending the freedoms that Canadians today enjoy.

The CNMT was formed with a mandate to preserve the Second World War era Flower-class corvette as a Naval Memorial and museum, providing professional interpretation of the ship within the larger scope of the Royal Canadian Navy’s own history.

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