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April 26, 2010 11:43 ET

Media Advisory: Canadian Navy Centennial Highlighted by HMCS Carleton

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 26, 2010) - Representatives of the Canadian Navy will be in Smiths Falls to present a framed pictorial history of Smiths Falls namesake warship, HMCS SMITHS FALLS, to mark the Centennial of the Canadian Navy. Commander Douglas Bancroft, former Commanding Officer of HMCS CARLETON, Ottawa's Naval Reserve Division will present the display to the Town of Smiths Falls. The display includes a photograph of HMCS SMITHS FALLS and a short history of the ship's service.

Since the Canadian Navy was established in 1910, over 300 Canadian Navy ships have been named for communities from coast to coast to coast. HMCS SMITHS FALLS was a Flower Class Corvette and was commissioned on 28 November 1944. Although SMITHS FALLS was a late entry into World War Two, the ship working as an escort, completed three crossings of the Atlantic Ocean between Halifax and Europe before the end of hostilities. She received battle honours for Atlantic 1945. Post war, SMITHS FALLS was converted to a whaler, working under the Honduran flag and later sold to Japanese owners, where after 1978 it no longer appeared on Lloyd's Register.

Who: His Worship Dennis Staples, Mayor
When: 1300h, 2 May 2010
Where: Veteran's Memorial Park

Similar presentations are being made across Canada, to commemorate the Centennial of the Canadian Navy and highlight the connection of the Navy has with communities, large and small in every corner of our country.

Note to the Editor/News Director: Individual interviews will be made available upon request. You can also visit the Navy Centennial website at:

Contact Information

  • Lieutenant (N) C.D. (Chris) Walkinshaw
    HMCS Carleton's Public Affairs Officer
    613-277-4990 (mobile)