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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ships Sail for Goderich

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

HMCS Shawinigan and Summerside will dock in Goderich on Thursday.

Goderich is welcoming visitors it doesn't see very often.

Two Royal Canadian Navy ships -- HMCS Shawinigan and HMCS Summerside -- will tie up at the Port of Goderich on Thursday.

Commanding officer of the Shawinigan Lieutenant-Commander Paul Roddick tells Bayshore Broadcasting News that the Goderich visit has added meaning.

Work details will be sent into town from both vessels to help with tornado cleanup.

Crewmembers will help clean up glass in Courthouse Park and also do work at the Sailors' Memorial in Maitland Cemetery.

The Memorial commemorates the sailors who died on Lake Huron in the Great Storm of 1913.

Roddick says while there is so much work that lies ahead for Goderich after last month's tornado it's important to the ships' crews to do what they can while they're here.

Roddick tells us the stop in Goderich is part of a Navy goodwill and recruiting tour.

It's also an effort by branches of the Armed Forces to get into parts of Canada where they wouldn't normally be seen.

The vessels arrive at 8 AM on Thursday and will be open to visitors between 1 PM and 5 PM.

HMCS Shawinigan and HMCS Summerside are scheduled to leave at 9 AM on Friday.


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