Wreath laying ceremony

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The HMCS Moncton held a wreath-laying ceremony outside St. John’s harbour Friday morning, Nov. 9, 2012 to honour those who were lost or killed in conflict at sea. The ceremony included naval reservists from HMCS Cabot, a group of about thirty invited media and guests, Premier Kathy Dunderdale and Wabana mayor Gary Gosine. Also taking part in the ceremony was Pat Mansfield who witnessed part of a German torpedo attack on four iron ore ships anchored at Bell Island in 1942 during the Second World War. Sixty-nine merchant mariners died in the attacks on the SS Sagonaga, SS Lord Strathcona, SS P.L.M 27 and the SS Rose Castle. Guests were also given a tour of the HMCS Moncton and shown what life on board the Canadian naval vessel is like for the crew. The ship is currently on fishery patrol off the coast of Newfoundland and made a special trip to St. John’s for the ceremony as part of Veterans’ Week events.

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