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Year: 2017

Forty-three

Just out of curiosity, I took a look at what Wikipedia has to say about the number forty-three.  It’s pretty boring (unless you’re into prime number, in which case you’re pretty boring).

Cheers,

Sean

Word of the day: Friktison

Another Blast from the Past: Mobile Web Services

I’m continually amazed at how long ‘old’ internet posts and articles stick around.  While doing some digging into into a Java AJAX library for work, I ran across an article I had written for Java Developer’s Journal in 2003 titled “Mobile Webservices with kSOAP.”

Granted, this is a archived soft-copy of the print magazine article I’d written, so one might expect it to have a bit of longevity.  That said, it’s interesting to look back 14 years at the state-of-the-art Internet and mobile technologies and compare them to where we are today.

As for me, I now have a teenage daughter and my most recent print article isn’t about Java or web services, but Canadian Destroyers–“The ‘Rolls Royce Destroyers’: Canada’s First Made-to-Order Warships” is now available for download at Canadian Naval Review.  No need to hurry though–you might still be able to get it sometime in the next 14 years.

Cheers,

Sean

Tin-Can Canucks: Now on Sale

The long wait is over!

Tin-Can Canucks is officially on sale. Available through CreateSpace & Amazon you can find it online–and hopefully on the shelves of a book store near you.

The book’s foreword is by Vice-Admiral M.F.R. Lloyd, CMM, CD who is the current Chief of the Naval Staff and Commander of the Royal Canadian navy. It covers the history of the destroyer-type warship in the Canadian Navy from 1915 to 2016.

You can get your copy through these vendors:

Buy from Barnes and Noble
Buy from GoodReads
Buy from CreateSpace
Buy from Amazon
 For more information, see TinCanCanucks.com

 

Cheers,

Sean

Tin-Can Canucks: HMCS Yukon

(Save the featured image–from ShipSpotting.com, see below–photos and associated captions are from For Posterity’s Sake)

This post is another of a series of excerpts from my book Tin Can Canucks.  As the book is still under development these posts should be considered as part of a work in progress.  These excerpts are presented as they’ve been developed and may not be in chronological (or any logical) order.

HMCS Yukon Specifications

Length: 366’
Beam: 42’
Draft: 13’ 6″
Displacement: 2380 tons

Laid Down: 25-10-1959
Launched: 27-7-1961
Commissioned: 25-5-1963
Paid Off: 3-12-1993

Armament: 4 x 3”/50 HA/LA guns, 2 x Limbo ASW mortar, homing torpedoes

HMCS Yukon

HMCS YUKON circa 1975 Courtesy of Robert Berbeck

The first Canadian warship to carry the name, HMCS Yukon was built by Burrard Dry Dock Ltd. of Vancouver, British Columbia.  When she was commissioned she was the third of the Mackenzie-class to enter service with the Royal Canadian Navy.

She sailed from the west coast to Halifax on July 27th, 1963 and would operate out of that port for the next 17 months.  On January 5th, 1965 she returned to Esquimalt to exchange crews with fellow Cadillac Destroyer HMCS Ottawa, which had been ordered to transfer to Halifax.

Cartoon about a collision between HMCS Yukon and USS Kitty Hawk.

Yukon, sister ship HMCS Mackenzie, and the supply ship HMCS Provider left Esquimalt on May 4th 1970, bound for Japan.  The pair of Mackenzie-class destroyers arrived in Hakodate on May 22nd, while their compatriot Provider went instead to Yokosuka.  During their deployment they undertook exercises with naval units from Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.  The three Canadian ships also visited the ports of Kobe, Osaka, and Sasebo before returning home to Vancouver Island.[1]

After undergoing a mid-life refit in February of 1975, Yukon was transferred to Training Group Pacific where she took up the role of instructional vessel for Maritime Surface and Sub-surface (MARS) Officers.  She underwent her DELEX life extension refit at Barrow Yarrow Inc. in Esquimalt staring May 28th, 1984, and had her hull and machinery repaired to bring her up to as close to as new vessel as practicable.  The DELEX also saw replacement of sensor equipment no longer supported or maintained with more up to date equipment, and the addition of a set of lightweight ASW torpedo tubes.[2]  Yukon returned to service on January 16th, 1985.

The next year, she was one of three Canadian warships to visit Australia in celebration of the Royal Australian Navy’s 75th Anniversary.

Yukon today. Dive photos of the former HMCS Yukon at Mission Bay in 2013
Courtesy of Photographer: Michael Kazma © 2013
Copyright Owner: Michael Kazma / Shark Chums

Paid off on December 3rd 1993, Yukon was eventually sold to the San Diego Oceans Foundation.  On April 25th, 1999 she was towed from Vancouver, bound for San Diego where it was intended to sink her as a diver’s wreck on July 15th.  She would sink at the intended site a day early however, due to rough weather.[3]

[1]  (Barrie & Macpherson, 1996) p. 57

[2]  (Lynch, Twilight of the St Laurents, 1990) p. 189

[3]  (MacPherson & Barrie, Ships of Canada’s Naval Forces: 1910-2002, 2004) p. 259

Featured Image Via:

ShipSpotting.com
© Chris Howell

 

Cheers,

Sean

VIMY Events in France

Vimy Ridge in 2017 II

Vimy Ridge has always been of huge historical significance for me–it represented the coming-of-age of the Canadian Military, and, as General Rick Hillier might say, was the first visible occasion where Canada’s military ‘punched above its weight.’

For that reason, it’s been a dream of mine to visit Vimy and the other Canadian battlefields in France, from both the First World War and the Second Word War.  Luckily, this year, I’ll be able to make it happen.

Along with my daughter (a Royal Canadian Sea Cadet) and my father we will be traveling to France to visit Paris, Juno Beach & Caen, Dieppe and of course Vimy Ridge–the last spot on Vimy Ridge Day on April 9th.

Most of my recent writings have been about the Royal Canadian Navy, but there will always be a special place in my heart for the Canadian Army–having served in a recce unit in my youth.  In fact, my former unit’s predecessor the Prince Edward Island Light Horse landed as II Canadian Corps Security Company on Juno Beach, June 6th, 1944.

So it is my hope, over the coming week or so, to blog about this trip to France–both as a means to explore a country I’ve never been before, and perhaps highlight some history while I’m at it.  Call it my Vimy Ridge Travelogue.

In the meantime, I would like to share a video from Veterans Affairs which leads into the Vimy Ridge Centennial. (I should also note that the featured image on this post is also from Veterans Affairs Canada)

Cheers,

Sean

Vimy Ridge in 2017

The Battle of Vimy Ridge by Richard Jack

Well, it’s now been several months since I was last able to post, and it’s been a crazy few months.  I’m going to skip past some of the madness (but will be posting about it over on my Tin-Can Canucks website shortly), and instead focus on a very important date in Canadian Military history.

The Battle of Vimy Ridge was fought in France during World War One between April 9th and April 12th, 1917.  It was here that the Canadian Corps stormed the ridge and was able to recover a great amount of terrain from the Germans–terrain that British and French offensives had failed to recapture previously.

It’s often seen as the forge on which our country was made.

With the centenary of this monumental battle coming up in less than a month, there are obviously many activities and ceremonies marking this great battle, and even greater victory.  April 9th is now known as Vimy Ridge Day, and that’s the date around which most of these events will be happening.

None so central though, than the ceremony that will be occurring at the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France.

More on that later.

Cheers,

Sean

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