A commemorative ceremony to mark the anniversary of the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt will be held at the HMCS Esquimalt Memorial next to Municipal Hall in Esquimalt on Sunday, April 16th, 2017. Acting Esquimalt Mayor Beth-Burton Krahn and Commander Capt Andrew Muir will be in attendance. The public is invited to attend this ceremony.
HMCS Esquimalt was the last Canadian warship lost to enemy action in World War II. It was torpedoed in the approaches to Halifax on the morning of April 16, 1945, just three weeks before the end of the war. The vessel sank with heavy loss of life within sight of the coast. The survivors endured six hours in the frigid water before rescue arrived. Only 27 of the minesweeper's 71 crew survived.
For more information on HMCS Esquimalt, visit the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum website at www.navalandmilitarymuseum.org.
Note: There is limited parking adjacent to Municipal Hall due to Esquimalt Town Square construction. If possible, please use the parking lot south of the Archie Browning Sports Centre.