The Zeebrugge Raid: Block-ships during WWI

“Ahead of her, as she drove through the water, rolled the smoke-screen, her cloak of invisibility, wrapped about her by the small craft. The north-east wind moved the volume of it shoreward ahead of the ships; beyond it, the distant town and its defenders were unsuspicious; and it was not till Vindictive was close upon the Mole that the wind lulled and came away again from the south-west, sweeping back the smoke-screen and laying her bare to the eyes that looked seaward. There was a moment immediately afterward when it seemed to those in the ships as if the dim coast and the hidden harbour exploded into light. A star shell soared aloft, then a score of star shells; the wavering beams of the searchlights swung around and settled to a glare; the wildfire of gun flashes leaped against the sky; strings of luminous green beads shot aloft, hung and sank; and the darkness of the night was supplanted by the nightmare daylight of battle fires.” [1] 

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A small beginning: The Royal Canadian Navy and the HMCS Niobe

Mr. William Gordon Wright, R.C.N.| in command of 1st Division. [c1910-1920] Collections CCGW/CCGG 2016.03.04.06
Mr. William Gordon Wright, R.C.N.| in command of 1st Division. [c1910-1920] Collections CCGW/CCGG 2016.03.04.06
This week, the Canadian War Museum announced the acquisition of the ships wheel belonging to the World War I-era naval cruiser, the HMCS Niobe. The Niobe was scrapped in 1920, but the ships wheel ended up in the Camden Shipyard & Naval Museum. It was repatriated to Canada just this year. Continue reading “A small beginning: The Royal Canadian Navy and the HMCS Niobe”