Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque officially unveiled
ST. JOHN'S, NL, May 2, 2014 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Leona
Aglukkaq, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for
Parks Canada, Senator David Wells today unveiled a plaque commemorating
the importance of the Crow's Nest Officers' Club as a national historic
site of Canada. A special ceremony was held at the Crow's Nest
Officers' Club in St. John's in the presence the member of the Historic
Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and the Royal Canadian Navy.
The Crow's Nest Officers' Club was established in 1942 at the height of
the Battle of the Atlantic and became well known among naval officers
based in St. John's as a place to relax and share stories about the
ongoing war effort. Today, the club's unique collection of military
artifacts connects visitors to the rich body of naval tradition from
this era and preserves the memory of serviceman who made the ultimate
sacrifice protecting allied convoys in the North Atlantic during the
Second World War.
Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
advises the Minister of the Environment regarding the national historic
significance of places, people and events that have marked Canada's
history. Parks Canada manages a nation-wide network of national
historic sites that make up the rich tapestry of Canada's cultural
heritage and which offers visitors the opportunity for real and
The Crow's Nest Officers' Club - originally named the "Seagoing
Officers' Club" - was founded in 1942 by Captain E.R Mainguy of the
Royal Canadian Navy to create a more effective operational force
through increased social interaction amongst Allied naval officers and
their counterparts in the Merchant Marine who were involved in the
Battle of the Atlantic.
Crow's Nest Officers' Club is located on the top two floors of a late 19th-century industrial building in St. John's, N.L., and was designated a
national historic site in June 2010.
The Battle of the Atlantic (1939-1945) was the longest running battle of
the Second World War and is commemorated each year across Canada on the
first Sunday in May.
Based on recommendations from the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of
Canada, to date, the Government of Canada has designated over 2,000
national historic sites, persons and events.
"On behalf of our Government, I am proud to commemorate the Crow's Nest
Officers' Club as a place of national historic significance and welcome
this unique site to our family of national historic designations. The
Crow's Nest Officers' Club is a valuable cultural and historical asset
that connects Canadians to the personal stories and heroic
contributions of Allied naval forces during the Battle of the Atlantic
in the Second World War."
Senator David Wells
"The collective experiences and stories reflected in the history of the
Crow's Nest Officers' Club serves as a living legacy to the valiant
service and remarkable bravery of allied forces who served in the North
Atlantic during the Second World War. On behalf of the Board of
Directors and membership of the Crow's Nest Officers' Club, we are
delighted the Government of Canada, on the recommendation of the
Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, has selected the Crow's
Nest Officers' Club for this significant designation."
Tony Dearness, President - Crow's Nest Officers' Club
Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada: http://www.pc.gc.ca/clmhc-hsmbc/index.aspx
Crow's Nest Officers' Club: http://crowsnestnl.ca/
For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room.
SOURCE: Parks Canada
For further information:
Public Relations Officer
Newfoundland East Field Unit