Friday, July 2, 2010

Frigate Autumn

Yesterday I had the good fortune to be invited aboard the HMCS Vancouver, a frigate in the Canadian Navy, which was docked at the north end of Canada Place as part of the celebration of Canada's Navy's 100th birthday. As my husband joked, "Wow, the Canadian Navy, almost an old as a Japanese person!"

HMCS Vancouver is usually based out of CFB Esquimalt on Vancouver Island, home of Canada's Pacific Fleet, but has been visiting her namesake city for a few days now. As yesterday, July 1st, was Canada Day, a national holiday celebrating the formation of the Dominion of Canada in 1867 (before that we were a collection of separate British and French colonies), a number of civilians were invited aboard the Vancouver to view the Canada Day fireworks, set off from a barge just off Canada Place. I didn't really take photos of the fireworks - the photos never quite live up to the real event - but here's the ship just before I went aboard.

Post title from this song by Zhanna Klimova.

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