For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
The Ghost Fleet of Bedwell Bay, BC
Paid-off ships at Bedwell Bay, BC - 1946-1949
Photo credit: Vancouver archives online
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The Ghost Fleet of Bedwell Bay, BC was a collection of warships that were paid off during the downsizing that occurred in the RCN after the end of World War II. Some of these ships were sold and converted to merchant or civilian use; others were broken up and some were stripped and their hulks sunk as breakwaters.
If you or any members of your family or someone you know lived in the area between 1945 and 1960 I would like to hear from you. Perhaps someone you know rowed out and walked onboard some of these ships and imagined what it was like for those who sailed these ships through the U-boat infested North Atlantic. Did they hear their footsteps on the steel decks - felt the soul of the ship react to their visit.
I'm looking for photos and stories on the Ghost Fleet of Bedwell Bay. If you have photos or stories you like to share here, please send me an EMAIL and we can add them to tell the story of a less than famous time period for the RCN. A time of downsizing and uncertainty as to what the future held for the ships and the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy.
Ghost Fleet Memories
Submitted by Bruce Drake: I can remember seeing them as a very young boy walking with my parents into Belcarra Park - likely about 1953/54/55. It seemed to me to involve many many ships - I'd guess at least a dozen.
Bedwell Bay, BC - 31 Mar 2015
Courtesy of / © Dennis Cardy 2015
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