The People's Boat

The People's Boat

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In June 2000, when Lieutenant-CommanderScott Crawshaw navigated HMCS Oriole to a first overall victory in the Victoria-Maui yacht race, it capped the 50-year career of the Royal Canadian Navy?s most endearing craft.Author Shirley Hewett's narrative uses first-hand interviews with many of the Oriole's retired captains and kindly reminiscences to show the heart of her favourite ship. She has also searched far and wide to document the visual heritage of the Oriole. Her access to navy archival records and the personal photo collections of many of these retired sailors helps create a mosaic of memories recalling live aboard the Oriole. Launched in 1921 as Oriole IV, the ship was the prized possession of Royal Canadian Yacht Club Commodore George Horace Gooderham until 1941. Oriole then served as a training vessel for sea cadets; she was commissioned by the Royal Canadian Navy in 1952. Two years later she sailed from Halifax to Esquimalt via the Panama Canal.Forty-eight years later, she has earned the name ?the people?s boat.? There may be no other sailing ship in North America that has touched the lives of so many people during her 80-plus years of existence. Oriole has toured the Pacific, trained thousands in the ways of the sea, raced with tall ships and private sailing yachts, and become a fixture at nautical events in Victoria?s harbour. Hewett has long been captivated by Oriole. A scribe for the sailing scene, Shirley has invested years of effort to compile facts, interviews, and the grand collection of illustrations found in The People?s Boat.Hewett has long been captivated by Oriole. A scribe for the sailing scene, Shirley has invested years of effort to compile facts, interviews, and the grand collection of illustrations found in The People?s Boat.


Title:The People's Boat
Author: Shirley Hewett
Publisher:Heritage House Publishing Co - 2002
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