AGM was on June 28th for the Canadian  Naval Memorial Trust AGM Report 2017

HMCS Sackville’s Friday Lunch on board. The ship is now at her summer berth in downtown Halifax. Trustees please come on down and renew friendships.

Should the ship not be available an email will be sent to all local trustees.

Scott Smith, 1st Lieutenant, HMCS Sackville


Trustees receive awards at the Historic Naval Ship Association

Four Trustees of the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust (CNMT) were named award winners during the 2015 AGM of the Historic Naval Ships Association (HNSA) held in San Pedro, California. Representing CNMT at the AGM was LCdr (ret’d) Sherry Richardson, Life Trustee and HNSA Secretary. The awards were presented at an event aboard HMCS Sackville Oct 2. Shown from left: Commodore (ret’d) Bruce Belliveau, Chair of CNMT; Cdr (ret’d) Wendall Brown, a former CO of Sackville who received the HNSA William J. Diffley Award for significantly contributing to the success of a museum/ship; LCdr (ret’d) Pat Jessup, CNMT Director of Public Affairs, recipient of the Dr John C. Fakan Communications Award for advancing electronic communications between member ships and museums, serving as editor of Action Stations magazine and operating an active Twitter account; LCdr Richardson, who presented the awards; and Bert Walker who received the Educators Award for developing “The Way of the Ship: HMCS Sackville” manual for interpretative guides and new members and carrying out lectures at libraries and other venues. The fourth recipient was Capt (N) Ted Kelly, Director of Battle of the Atlantic Society who received the Casper J. Knight Award (HNSA’s highest award) for advancing the work of the Battle of the Atlantic Place project. HNSA, with fleet members in 13 countries, advocates the preservation of ships and maritime history around the world. HNSAPhoto039

(Bill Gard photo) HNSA Awards to CNMT – Read more – 2015

Douglas S. Thomas, Executive Director, Canadian Naval Memorial Trust 902-721-1206

Introduction of Pay-and-Display Visitor Parking / CFB Halifax

As part of the implementation of the  CFB Halifax Parking Policy, changes to visitor parking will come into effect on 2 March 2015. As of that date, several visitor parking areas will be subject to “pay-and display” parking. People who do not hold a parking pass for these areas will be able to purchase hourly or daily parking stubs between 0700 and 1600 on work days. Parking during silent hours will not require the purchase of visitor parking.

The locations and rates for pay-and-display visitor parking are as follows:

–          HMC Dockyard (Rainbow Gate, Admiral’s Gate and Niobe Gate) ………………….$2/hour or $10/day
–          STADACONA (Juno Tower, Fleet Club, Museum/Gym and the Clinic) ………….$2/hour or $10/day
–          Windsor Park (near the MFRC)                            ……………………………………………..$2/hour or $10/day
–          RA Park (near the Officer’s mess)                           …………………………………………$2.50/hour or $15/day

Purchase of a pay-and-display parking stub at the “daily rate” will also enable personnel to park anywhere in General Parking at that part of the Base in order to minimize the effect on those with short-term business.

Further information on the introduction of pay-and-display visitor parking will be available in the February issue of TRIDENT.

Sackville now has internet WiFi access. This has been generously provided by Internetworking Atlantic Inc (IAI)



April 8th 2014 – Mr. Bob D’Aoust awarded Admiral’s Medal
Bob D’Aoust is the author of “Ultimate Sacrifice”, a 3-Volume work describing the service of all members of the RCN, WRNS, RCNR and RCNVR who lost their lives due to service during World War II. These volumes honour the service of these men and women and fill a void in the record of our Naval Heritage. Bob has kindly permitted the CNMT to use his research to greatly advance our Book of Remembrance project, which will provide a record of all those who lost their lives due to service in the RCN since 1910. More details of this publication, and of its author, are available at:

CNMT was so impressed with the scholarship demonstrated by this work that we nominated Bob for the Admiral’s Medal, awarded annually by the Admirals Medal Foundation.

ad medalEstablished in 1985 in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the Canadian Navy, the Admirals’ Medal has been bestowed upon individual Canadians in recognition of their achievements in the advancement of maritime affairs in Canada. Named for Rear-Admirals George Stephens and Victor Brodeur and Vice-Admiral Rollo Mainguy, the medal is awarded annually for outstanding achievements in the areas of maritime-related science, technology and academic studies, or for the application of practical maritime skills warranting special recognition.
The Admirals’ Medal is presented on behalf of the Admirals’ Medal Foundation, a charitable organization established by Rear-Admiral Nigel David Brodeur, Vice-Admiral Daniel Nicholas Mainguy and Vice-Admiral Robert St. George Stephens – all sons of the aforementioned Admirals. The Royal Canadian Navy Benevolent Fund administers the foundation while the Executive Secretary, The Director of Navy History and Heritage for the Canadian Navy, ensures that all arrangements are made regarding the competition for the medal, the selection of The Admirals’ Medal recipient and the presentation of the medal.
This year’s Medal will be presented to Bob D’Aoust by Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Commander, RCN, on the evening of 01 May 2014 at the annual Battle of the Atlantic Gala Dinner held in the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa and organized by the Ottawa Branch of the Naval Association of Canada.
Douglas S. Thomas  Executive Director, Canadian Naval Memorial Trust  902-721-1206


The Canadian Naval Memorial Trust (CNMT) will recognize the late Jessie Coade, a pioneering newspaper columnist of the World War II era at a gathering aboard HMCS Sackville, HMC Dockyard Friday Feb 28 at 11 a.m.
Commodore (ret’d) Bruce Belliveau, Chair of the volunteer CNMT which owns and operates HMCS Sackville, said a framed photograph of Mrs. Coade interviewing a sailor in 1941 will be displayed in the ship to recognize the popularity of her “Messdeck News” column. The column ran tri-weekly in the Halifax Mail 1940-1945. Members of Mrs. Coade’s family, including sons Peter and Paul and daughters Bridget and Jessie will attend the event.
“Jessie Coade, whose husband Vincent was serving in the Navy at the time, took the initiative in late 1939 to convince senior naval officers of the need for a column of ‘personal news about members of the RCN…what the sailors were doing, day-to-day happenings, sports, their loves and their dreams.’ Messdeck News was a great morale booster. Today it is an important part of the Trust’s mandate to preserve our naval heritage,” Belliveau explains.
In 1985, Jessie Coade (affectionately known as Messdeck Annie during the war) published “Messdeck News Collected Verse of Messdeck Annie, 1939-1945” which includes the writings and musings of sailors sent to her during the war. Proceeds from sale of the book were dedicated to preserving HMCS Sackville, Canada’s Naval Memorial.




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AGM for Canadian Naval Memorial Trust June 28th 2017