St. Roch Commemorative Unveiling Oct 11

    HALIFAX, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - A ceremony marking the 65th anniversary of the
arrival in Halifax Harbour of the RCMP Patrol Vessel St. Roch after her
historic two-year voyage through the Northwest Passage will be held at
Alderney Landing, Dartmouth, NS Oct 11 at 11 a.m.
    Highlight of the ceremony will be the unveiling of the granite St. Roch
Commemorative by Halifax Regional Municipality Councillor Gloria McCluskey.
The event will be attended by government, RCMP, military and community
representatives, members of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) of NS
and several St. Roch crew members. The RCMP Pipes and Drums will perform
during the ceremony.
    The 104-foot St. Roch, under command of the late Superintendent Henry
Larsen, served from 1928-1950 before being retired to Vancouver. The vessel
served to maintain Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic. She was the first ship
to transit the Northwest Passage west to east, arriving in Halifax Oct 11,
1942. In 1944, St. Roch made the return east to west transit of the Passage
and in 1950 returned to Halifax via the Panama Canal to become the first ship
to circumnavigate North America.
    Among the special guests at the ceremony will be Stan McKenzie of
Yarmouth, a member of St Roch's crew during the 1944 voyage and Henry Larsen's
daughter and son, Doreen Larsen Riedel of Ottawa and Gordon Larsen of

    The St. Roch Commemorative project was undertaken by RUSI/NS in
co-operation with RCMP "H' Division and with the financial support of a number
of individuals and organizations, including The Halifax Foundation.

For further information:

For further information: Dan Tanner (RUSI/NS), (902) 835-1092, (902)
441-5569; Inspector Wayne Jacquard, (RCMP), (902) 426-0854, (902) 478-5693;
Gordon Eastwood (RUSI/NS), (902) 827-5543, (902) 489-5541

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