I’m attaching an interesting video of the Royal Canadian Naval Air Base HMCS Shearwater. Watching this video brought back some good memories. As a young sailor leaving Donegal Quay Belfast on the steamer for Liverpool in the early 1950’s I recall seeing the sad and lonely hulk of an aircraft carrier at the docks. The carrier was under construction when the war ended in 1945, but was never completed. Then in 1958 the RCN purchased it and modernized it by adding a modern angled flight deck. She was named HMCS Bonaventure and served in the RCN until 1970. My other memory of Shearwater was the canteen on a Sunday afternoon. They had a very interesting pop machine, it dispensed quart bottles of Moosehead at 75 cents a pop. The Shearwater canteen was a very popular Sunday destination for members of the 6th Canadian Submarine Squadron. Halifax/Dartmouth was dry on Sundays back then, the bars and clubs were closed. Thank goodness for the Naval Air Base technicians that so ingeniously adapted that amazing pop machine. I looked carefully at the video of the museum, but alas no sign of the pop machine, what a shame to have lost that historic piece of 1960’s technology. Its also important to remember even though popular with submariners, the Base specialized in anti submarine warfare!!!!
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