That thing that happened after the Battle of Bladensburg 🔥

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Front Lines
Squabbling over Vancouver Island

That thing that happened after
the Battle of Bladensburg

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

The War of 1812 was at its peak and the Battle of Bladensburg, Maryland, was ending in a British victory just northeast of Washington, D.C.

It was August 1814. In a few months, the war would be over. But now the American capital was in a frenzy. British troops were gathering on the horizon and the Battle of Washington was about to begin.

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Convoy duty aboard HMCS Port Arthur
Convoy duty aboard HMCS Port Arthur
Convoy Duty aboard HMCS Port Arthur

Convoy duty aboard HMCS Port Arthur

Story by Sharon Adams

It’s fair to say Harvey Douglas Burns did not know what lay in store when he left the merchant marine and joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942.

Sailors in the merchant navy had cabins, shared with one shipmate. After joining the crew of HMCS Port Arthur, he asked a shipmate where he was going to sleep. “Do you see them bars up there? That’s where you hang your hammock.”

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This week in history

January 20, 2004

Some 2,000 Canadian troops leave CFB Valcartier, Que., for Afghanistan.

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