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HMCS Saskatoon K158 circa 1943
Ships and Harbours
No: 2065   Contributor: Ken Watson   Year: 1943   Manufacturer: Unknown   Country: Canada
HMCS Saskatoon K158 circa 1943

HMCS Saskatoon typical of the 123 corvettes which Canada deployed during the 'Battle of the Atlantic'so named by Winston Churchill. Many present ships of the Canadian Navy carry Battle Honours "Atlantic 1939-1945". This six year long ordeal was a near run thing, Lest We Forget.
Picture added on 10 May 2007
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My father served on this ship 4 years in WW2.
He wrote a poem in 1943 "Out of the fog and mist, steamed 5 corvettes sleek and swift"
Aboard these ships are the men for freedom and democracy to the very end.
They have left their shore to fight this war, to convoy supplies to our loyal allies.
To hit and ram one of Hitler's dam, means one less U-boats nest.
Several observe a blinking light,
and our relay team holds to the sight.
We pick up speed, we whirl like a steed.
After the reef was taken over,
heading for Darrier and Dover.
We slipped through port with no worries or sport,
to receive our mail and quaff some ale.
After Irish hours of long sea duty, we rush up to see our Spartan like beauties.
After a few days ashore, we, re at sea once more.
Out of the fog and mist, steam five Corvettes sleek and swift.

Added by Greg Harakas of Michigan U.S.A on 11 February 2015.
I just hope you read the poem my father wrote.

Added by Greg Harakas of Michigan U.S.A on 11 February 2015.
Thanks for this Greg. Cheers, Ken

Added by Ken Watson on 12 February 2015.
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