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Old 01-10-2016, 11:33
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Hi fellas, my wife and I just got back from a 17 day drive through the Maritimes which included a visit to Cornwallis and I thought some of you may like to see a few pictures I took.

I did my basic in Skeena 1/64 so it's been 52 years since I was there and it still looks the same although most of the buildings are being used by private companies now.

The flag pole and viewing stand are still in place.

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The parade square and drill shed brought back lots of memories, specially the seemingly endless double time marching LOL

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This is my old Skeena block on your left with Mackenzie on the right and as you can see it now has a loading dock for trucks. Sad to see my old home with broken windows and peeling paint.

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The post office is boarded up now and appears to be empty.

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The administration building still looks good.

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One of the churches is now home to the Cornwallis museum but unfortunately it was closed for the season by the time we got there.

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And the main gate is now a pizza joint.

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What I found very sad was the lack of any information at all at the entrance to the former base to even indicate to passersby what this place was. Driving down the hiway it appears to be nothing more than a bunch of old buildings.

After the long history of this base and the fact that 500,000 Canadian sailors were trained there I expected to at least see a monument or plaque or anything at all to tell the story.

Former sailors know the history and the fact there's a museum down the road but absolutely nothing to indicate it to tourist or anyone else passing by.

We also spent a few days in Halifax and wow, has that place ever changed after the last 1/2 a century LOL. We spent an entire day enjoying the boardwalk and seeing all it has to offer.

From my hotel window I could see a few ships tied up although I don't know which ones they are.

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The highlight of the trip though was visiting HMCS Sackville which is a restored Corvette permanently based in Halifax harbor which is now a floating museum, a huge tourist attraction and the only one left in the world.

My dad served on the corvette Kitchener (see my avatar) during the war escorting convoys and the two ships are basically the same. They were tiny ships and living and working aboard them would have been much tougher than anything us guys went through. Back in the 60's I spent some time on a frigate and thought that was cramped but I see now we had it pretty darned good.

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Hope you didn't find my long winded post too boring but thought some may like a trip down memory lane.

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Old 01-10-2016, 20:52
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Lew: I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Nova Scotia. Cornwallis is still the home of HMCS Acadia, the Sea Cadet summer training camp. It is also a business park.

The ships in the three pictures of the Halifax Dockyard and harbour are: (1) the former Iroquois is alongside pending disposal and HMCS St John's is on the syncrolift having propeller work done; (2) HMCS Preserver, which will pay off and decommission on October 21, 2016; and (3) HMCS Montreal, if I read her pennant number correctly, it being 336.

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Old 01-10-2016, 21:45
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Thanks for the info Brian, it was good to see those ships, specially the one sailing out of the harbor
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Hi fellas, my wife and I just got back from a 17 day drive through the Maritimes which included a visit to Cornwallis and I thought some of you may like to see a few pictures I took.

I did my basic in Skeena 1/64 so it's been 52 years since I was there and it still looks the same although most of the buildings are being used by private companies now.

The flag pole and viewing stand are still in place.

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The parade square and drill shed brought back lots of memories, specially the seemingly endless double time marching LOL

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This is my old Skeena block on your left with Mackenzie on the right and as you can see it now has a loading dock for trucks. Sad to see my old home with broken windows and peeling paint.

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The post office is boarded up now and appears to be empty.

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The administration building still looks good.

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One of the churches is now home to the Cornwallis museum but unfortunately it was closed for the season by the time we got there.

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And the main gate is now a pizza joint.

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What I found very sad was the lack of any information at all at the entrance to the former base to even indicate to passersby what this place was. Driving down the hiway it appears to be nothing more than a bunch of old buildings.

After the long history of this base and the fact that 500,000 Canadian sailors were trained there I expected to at least see a monument or plaque or anything at all to tell the story.

Former sailors know the history and the fact there's a museum down the road but absolutely nothing to indicate it to tourist or anyone else passing by.

We also spent a few days in Halifax and wow, has that place ever changed after the last 1/2 a century LOL. We spent an entire day enjoying the boardwalk and seeing all it has to offer.

From my hotel window I could see a few ships tied up although I don't know which ones they are.

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The highlight of the trip though was visiting HMCS Sackville which is a restored Corvette permanently based in Halifax harbor which is now a floating museum, a huge tourist attraction and the only one left in the world.

My dad served on the corvette Kitchener (see my avatar) during the war escorting convoys and the two ships are basically the same. They were tiny ships and living and working aboard them would have been much tougher than anything us guys went through. Back in the 60's I spent some time on a frigate and thought that was cramped but I see now we had it pretty darned good.

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Hope you didn't find my long winded post too boring but thought some may like a trip down memory lane.
Lew, photos are never boring, or the text. Thank you for posting them.
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Old 05-10-2016, 16:54
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Yes thanks for sharing, have not been at Cornwallis since the 70s
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Old 07-10-2016, 01:49
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A great many good men (me included) passed through those gates.
I was terrified when I went there in '54.
I remember a G.I. asking a young kid from Quebec if his mother cried when he left?.. He said Yes! The G.I. said it was tears of joy, not tears of sorrow.
I crapped when I heard that... Lord, what's in it for me??
Best ten years of my life in many ways. Kept me out of civvie street trouble.
Thanks for the trip down memory lane mate.
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL OUR FRIENDS IN CANADA FOR MONDAY 10TH OCTOBER. HAVE A GOOD CELEBRATION.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL OUR FRIENDS IN CANADA FOR MONDAY 10TH OCTOBER. HAVE A GOOD CELEBRATION.

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Thanks Dave - I can taste the turkey already!
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Dave: Thank you for the Thanksgiving thoughts and wishes.
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I was in Haida Block....course 8541. Haven't been there since Graduation. I heard the Gym burned down several years ago. Thanks for the pics!
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I suspect that even the name Cornwallis will disappear soon as the forces of political correctness continue their agenda to erase all mention of his existence.
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I suspect that even the name Cornwallis will disappear soon as the forces of political correctness continue their agenda to erase all mention of his existence.
Yes I would suspect that will come at some point. The museum is closing down as well.
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Yes I would suspect that will come at some point. The museum is closing down as well.
Sad to see - hopefully the museum at Stadacona will be able to save some of the more important memorabilia - though space there must be at a premium.
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Sad to see - hopefully the museum at Stadacona will be able to save some of the more important memorabilia - though space there must be at a premium.
Hard to say as the Museum at Stad is full to the brim. In fact they hardly know what they have. I believe an attempt to give artifacts to other museums and with the rest sold off. I wish we had a larger naval museum to display more items.
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