For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
They made the Ultimate Sacrifice
KING, William Jones, AB, VR5921, RNCVR, MPK - 30 Oct 1918, HMCS GALIANO - Husband of Stella King, of Victoria, BC.
On 29 Oct 1918 the GALIANO was sent with supplies to the light house at Triangle Island off Cape Scott at the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island. A number of her regular crew were unable to make the trip due to illness as the 1918 flu pandemic had reached her base at Esquimalt. She set out towards the Queen Charlotte Islands from Triangle Island at 5 pm on Oct 29th. When she made her only distress call at 3 am the next morning, she was estimated to be within visual range of the light at Cape St. James 95 miles from Triangle Island. She was never heard from again and went down with the loss of all hands.
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From the The Daily Colonist, Nov. 3, 1918
Working in the Armory at the Navy Yard, Mr. King was chosen to replace a member of the GALIANO's crew incapacitated with "flu". The longest journey he had ever made on the water was as a passenger to Vancouver and Seattle. Before leaving on the trip his relatives teased him about getting seasick.