HMCS Oriole

It is easy to joke about humble nature of the Royal Canadian Navy.  In this case, the HMCS Oriole is the sole Canadian craft present in Seattle for Fleet Week.  She was built in Boston in 1921, and was donated to become commissioned as a navy ship in 1952.  She is used for basic seamanship and sail training, and is based in Esquimalt.

The Norwegian Pearl (spotted in Vancouver two years ago) lurks behind the Oriole.  And a US Navy ship is also docked nearby, bearing the slogan "Destroyer Squadron One: Total Force".  Quite the contrast!


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