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The maritime war

Fascinating pictorial presentation about the many vessels that served on Canada’s coasts during World War II

Join local author and historian Catherine Gilbert at the Museum at Campbell River on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 1-2:30 p.m., for a fascinating pictorial presentation about the many vessels that served on Canada’s coasts during World War II.

While doing research for her book Yorke Island and the Uncertain War, Gilbert became intrigued with the boats and their crews that performed marine services during the war, from patrolling the coast as part of the Fisherman’s Reserve to supplying defence sites as part of the army’s’ Royal Canadian Army Service Corps.

She will also discuss the role of the Royal Canadian Airforce’s marine squadrons that performed both supply and rescue duties.

Local fishermen, tugboaters and master mariners alike, were all members of this vast fleet that patrolled our western shores on the lookout for Japanese subs and ships, and Gilbert has uncovered both humorous and exhilarating stories of their adventures.

Gilbert will share her photos and findings at this talk, which coincides with the Museum’s exhibit honouring the men on Campbell River’s Cenotaph.   Cost is $6 per person.  Call the Museum at 250-287-3103 to reserve a seat.