Wednesday, October 23, 2019

October 23 - Kootenay Day

Today was a solemn day to remember the nine lives lost and countless others deeply affected by an event that took place fifty years ago.

HMCS Kootenay was in the English Channel en route back to Canada when its gear box exploded. Nine Canadian sailors lost their lives, and many of the 243 or 244 aboard the ship suffered short and long term injuries. Kootenay was ailing in company with HMCS Saguenay and HMCS Bonaventure at the time

A memorial service was held today in Point Pleasant Park where the anchor of HMCS Bonaventure rests as a memorial to naval personnel who died in service in peacetime.


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