HMS Bounty, We Bid You Farewell

The effects of Hurricane Sandy will be felt for some time and our hearts go out to all those affected by its tragic consequences.  Of particular note to those of us in the CCV, is the loss of the HMS Bounty and potentially two of her crew.

MHS Bounty in Thunder Bay in 2010

The Canadian Corps of Voyageurs was very pleased to take part in the welcoming of the HMS Bounty during her visit here to Thunder Bay in 2010.  The modern day replica of its famous namesake, HMAV (His Majesty’s Armed Vessel) Bounty, was built in 1960 for the movie “Mutiny on the Bounty”.  Many of us are familiar to some degree with the historical account concerning the original ship and crew in Tahiti in 1789, but perhaps we are not all as familiar with the modern ship and crew.  Purchased by the HMS Bounty Organization in 2001, she was first refitted and restored to full readiness, refitted again in 2005 for her role in “Pirates of the Caribbean II: Dead Man’s Chest”, and refitted again following the movie once again as the Bounty replica.

Since 2007, HMS Bounty has served as a living museum, focussed on teaching the nearly lost arts of square rigged sailing and seamanship.  As a working 18th century square rigger, she travelled extensively from one event to another and was on her way “home” to St. Petersburg, Florida to provide dockside tours scheduled in early November.  Working her way around Hurricane Sandy proved fateful and she succumbed to the winds and the waves early Monday morning and sank off the North Carolina coast.  Fourteen of the sixteen crew members were saved.  Captain Robin Walbridge remains missing as of the writing of this post and crew member Claudene Christian has died as a result of her injuries.  We mourn their loss.

Thunder Bay Welcomes HMCS Ville de Quebec

Thunder Bay is fortunate this year to be included in the Royal Canadian Navy’s Great Lakes Deployment, a tour of fourteen Canadian and U.S. cities.  Members of the Canadian Corps of Voyageurs were honoured to join staff from Fort William Historical Park, as well as numerous representatives from the City of Thunder Bay, Fort William First Nation and local Canadian Forces staff in welcoming the arrival of the Ville de Quebec (VDQ) the morning of Wednesday August 15th 2012.

CCV salute

The crew of the VDQ favoured us all with a single shot from their ceremonial gun, answered by members of the CCV Honour Guard and FWHP Canon Crew.

VDQ and Fort staff exchange ceremonial fire

The VDQ will be in port for 5 days and tours of the ship will be available.  We encourage anyone who can spare the time to come down to Pool 6 and see the VDQ – it is an experience.

Once the crew of the VDQ was officially welcomed by FWFN and City of Thunder Bay, those in attendance were afforded the opportunity of a guided tour.  This is just one of the benefits of being a member of the CCV as we often get to take part in events ahead of the general public.



CCV Salute

Members of the CCV are often called out for Honour Guard duty at Fort William Historical Park.  On August 14th 2012, we were called out for another VIP arrival, a Deputy Assistant Minister from the Ontario Government.

VIP Salute


2012 Relay for Life – Success!

Honour Guard

The Canadian Corps of Voyageurs was on hand once again in support of this worthy cause.  Check out the Relay for Life Thunder Bay page and see the summary results of this year’s event. It’s not too late to donate either!

Fight Back!

Preparations are already being made for next year, June 14th 2013. What will you do to partcipate?


Ok, easy tiger …  it’s Cancer we are supposed to be fighting!

2012 Relay for Life

The Canadian Corps of Voyageurs is proud to continue to give our support to The Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life.  It will be our honour to once again fire our salute and to lead out the cancer survivors in their victory lap.

Relay for Life Thunder Bay

The Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life is more than just a fundraiser. It is an opportunity to get together with family and friends and celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer, and fight back in the hope of finding a cure for this terrible disease. Look here.

Celebrate – Remember – Fight Back!


June 15, 2012 – 7 pm to 7 am
Fort William Historical Park, Thunder Bay, Ontario

It’s never too late to Get Involved!