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HMCS Oriole visiting Schooner Cove

The public invited to check out the Royal Canadian Navy’s oldest and longest serving vessel. The HMCS Oriole is docked in Schooner Cove between Nanaimo and Parksville for the night.

Lieutenant Commander Scott Kibble is Captain of the ship, which was built in 1921.

He says the steel-hulled ship is 31 metres long and has two masts. It has sailed all over the world and relies on a permanent five-member crew. He says they’re all members of the regular force navy, with between 10 and 25 years of service. Kibble says they also accommodate 15 trainees, who spend anywhere between a couple weeks and a couple months on board. Currently, they have 15 high school students completing a week on adventure training aboard the ship.

Kibble will be giving a presentation about this ship, in partnership with the Schooner Cove Yacht Club, at the Fairwinds Golf Course Clubhouse at 7:00pm. The public is also invited to tour the ship for free from 4:30pm-9:00pm on Tuesday, April 1.

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