I am pleased to invite you to attend a virtual Merchant Navy/Royal Canadian Navy Commemoration ceremony that will be held on October 14, 2020, at the Royal Canadian Navy Monument, commencing at 11:00 a.m. EST. This observance will be ‘live-streamed’ on the Royal Canadian Navy Facebook page, and recognizes the Allied Merchant Navy and the American Merchant Marine Veterans as the mainstay of the Allied Forces victories in both World Wars. It also recognizes their contributions to the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, and the important role they play in the ‘present day’ global security, defence, and to the economy.
October 14, 2020, marks the 78th Anniversary of the sinking of the Newfoundland ferry SS Caribou that was torpedoed in the Cabot Strait on her way to Port aux Basques, Newfoundland: 136 of the 237 souls on board perished. The year 2020 also marks the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Atlantic, and the 110th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Navy.
During the Second World War, a total of 25,343 merchant ships, with 164,783,921 tons of cargo on board, sailed from North America to Britain. The Royal Canadian Navy gave to the struggle over 2, 000 dead and 24 warships. More than 900 RCAF and Canadian Army personnel were also lost. Over 2,199 Canadian Merchant Navy Seaman were killed in both World Wars. Moreover, more than 250,000 American Merchant Marine sailed the treacherous oceans of the world. Over 6,835 American Merchant Marine were killed and over 11,000 wounded. In addition, 604 Merchant Mariners were taken prisoners of war, resulting in 61 casualties within POW camps.
We would be honoured to have you join us virtually for a Facebook LIVE stream at https://www.facebook.com/RoyalCanadianNavy/. To join the online conversation on social media and share your own stories, please use the suggested hashtags: #BOA75, #RCNRemembers, #MerchantNavy, #CanadaRemembers.
I have added the following links for additional information. They are:
- International Maritime Organization (IMO) World Maritime Day
(September 29, 2016)
- Official United Nations Observance Day of the Seafarer(June 25, 2016)
- A Message of Gratitude to the People of the United States of America on their National Maritime Day(May 22, 2016)
- A Message of Gratitude to the Republic of India on their National Maritime Day(April 5, 2016)
We look forward to you joining our virtual ceremony LIVE from the Royal Canadian Navy Facebook page.