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It’s All There in Black and White: H.M.C.S. Aurora

Lucky Cumberland kids got a chance of a lifetime to visit the H.M.C.S. Aurora as reported in this April 30, 1921 edition of the Cumberland Islander.

The Aurora served the Royal Navy during World War I before she was offered to the Canadian government in March of 1920.

A Wikipedia entry for the warship notes that “The Royal Canadian Navy commissioned her on 1 November 1920. She sailed shortly afterward from the United Kingdom for Halifax, Nova Scotia, arriving on 21 December with two ex-Royal Navy destroyers that had also been transferred.

After a minimal time in port at HMC Dockyard, the three ships set out for a training cruise via the Caribbean to Esquimalt, British Columbia. The cruise masked the secret mission of carrying secret documents from the Admiralty to British consulates throughout Central and North America…”.

With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.

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