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Disaster aboard HMCS Kootenay

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Disaster aboard HMCS Kootenay

Disaster aboard HMCS Kootenay

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

The worst peacetime disaster in Canadian naval history occurred 51 years ago this week when nine crew were killed and another 53 injured in an explosion and fire aboard HMCS Kootenay.

The engine-room accident on Oct. 23, 1969, marked the last time Canadian service personnel were buried overseas and it helped bring about sweeping changes to shipboard fire-prevention and firefighting systems.

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Rescue tugs to the rescue
Rescue tugs to the rescue

Rescue tugs to the rescue

Story by Sharon Adams

German submariners referred to the period from July to October 1940 as Die Glückliche Zeit, or the Happy Time, when their wolf packs sank more than 280 Allied ships.

It was not too happy for Convoy HX-77. Between Oct. 11 and 13, a wolf pack targeted its 42 cargo ships, picking off six vessels carrying 35,000 tonnes of supplies and war materiel to the United Kingdom.

At just after 10 p.m. in a gale on Oct. 11, the cargo ship Port Gisborne was hit by a torpedo from U-48 in the North Atlantic, about 180 kilometres off Ireland.

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This week in history
This week in history

October 20, 1671

Bachelors in New France are ordered to marry filles du roi (King’s Daughters)
—800 young French women who immigrated in 1663-73 in a program sponsored
by King Louis XIV—or else lose their hunting, fishing and fur-trade rights.

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Canada and the Victoria Cross

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The lore behind the VC is sprinkled with strange and heart-wrenching stories. Victoria Crosses have been cherished, stolen, lost, recovered, sold and even pawned. Some recipients attained high office; some died in poverty.

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Thomas Ricketts, VC

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“A splendid boy”—Thomas Ricketts, VC
“A splendid boy”—Thomas Ricketts, VC

“A splendid boy”—Thomas Ricketts, VC

Story by Sharon Adams

A sturdy lad who had worked from an early age beside his fisherman father, Thomas (Tommy) Ricketts was not asked for proof of his birthdate when he followed in the footsteps of his brother George and joined the Newfoundland Regiment in September 1916, at the age of 15. He was destined to become a hero before his 18th birthday.

Private Ricketts was a seasoned soldier by the time the Hundred Days Offensive began in 1918. Sent to the front in July 1917, he went over the top at the Battle of Langemarck in August, fought at the Battle of Poelcappelle in October. In November, he was wounded early on in the First Battle of Cambrai, which claimed his brother in December.

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Unmanned spy vessel washes up on Scottish island; nobody claims it

Unmanned spy vessel washes up on
Scottish island; nobody claims it

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

A mysterious, low-profile craft, identified as a robotic spy vessel, has washed up on Scotland’s Isle of Tiree not far from Britain’s nuclear submarine base. But after more than a week of public appeals by coast guard authorities, no one has claimed ownership.

A little more than three metres long, the craft looks like a surfboard with solar panels. It was identified as the surface element of a Wave Glider, an “unmanned surface vessel” made by California-based Liquid Robotics, part of Boeing Corp.’s defence, space and security division.

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This week in history
This week in history

October 17, 1944

HMCS Prince Henry and HMCS Prince David land liberation forces in Greece.

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