Oriole sets sail for Canada 150 celebrations

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An enthusiastic 20-person crew from tall ship HMCS Oriole has begun its historic voyage, setting sail for Canada 150 celebrations on the East Coast later this summer.

The Navy’s 31-metre ambassadorial sailing ketch departed Esquimalt Harbour March 16, beginning a journey down the Pacific Coast, through the Panama Canal, and up the East Coast to Charlottetown.

The ambitious voyage is not only a chance to take part in the celebration of Confederation and nationhood, but is also Oriole’s first voyage to Canada’s East Coast in over 30 years. If all goes according to plan, Oriole will take 14 weeks to complete the 10 000 nautical mile (16 000 km) voyage, says the vessel’s commanding officer, Lieutenant-Commander Mike Wills.

Oriole is scheduled for a maintenance refit in Halifax before completing the shorter 7 000 nautical mile homeward leg of its journey in April 2018.

—The Lookout

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