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Review of HMCS Sackville

HMCS Sackville
Ranked #10 of 145 things to do in Halifax
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: HMCS Sackville, the last remaining Flower Class corvette in the world, symbolizes the extraordinary effort of Canadians seventy years ago during the Second World War. Restored to her wartime configuration she serves as a museum and memorial to those lost during the Battle of the Atlantic and to honour those who serve and continue to serve in the Naval Service of Canada. HMCS Sackville is berthed at Sackville Landing adjacent to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in the summer and in HMC Dockyard during the winter.
Reviewed August 16, 2011

The Sackville is docked by the Maritime Museum pier during the Summer months (May-September) and for history buffs that is a grand opportunity. Though hundreds of these vessels were made, she's the last one afloat, and ironically it survived because after requiring some major repairs it was repurposed for noncombat uses and in that guise continued to perform civilian duties for decades. Currently the restoration portrays her in her last fighting form.

An inexpensive donation to go in, in most of the accessible spaces there are audio explanations available in English and French and in the former mess space there is a running video of the history of the vessels (funny note, to run the video they had to install a DVD player so you may suddenly spot it glaringly different sitting right on the Captain's desk among all the classic gear!) As you tour it, do be aware you may have to move through tight passageways and up steep ladders, and watch your head going through the hatches.

It is impressive to go through the passageways and see the conditions in which young men lived and fought and to think how they'd sail and stand watches in the nasty North Atlantic weather mostly on the open deck or in tight, spartan quarters in a smallish ship.

Good job, lads. Lest we forget.

Thank JRDelirious
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Reviewed July 24, 2010

For only $2.00 you get to tour a World War II Corvette. The ship is docked outside the Maritime Museum of the Altantic, and if you have been in it, you don't have to pay again to see the Sackville.
Corvettes were the primary defence against the German U-Boats. This tour gives you the chance to see how the sailors lived and fought during the war.

2  Thank Raydar_ABE
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Reviewed July 10, 2010

This vessel is a corvette and was built in St John, NB and commissioned in 1941. It saw action in WWII. I have toured WWII ships in the states but this one is in the best condition of any that I have ever seen. It is tied up behind the Maritime Museum. One can tour the bridge and other areas of the vessel but the engine room spaces are off limits. It's a great way to spend an hour or less if you're ever in Halifax and is located very close to the ferry landing.

1  Thank globeseeker007
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Reviewed August 17, 2009

Get an appreciation for what sailors had to endure during the Battle of the Atlantic. This corvette is the only one left in the world! Talk to the vet who is usually on hand to answer questions. Well laid out and worth the time.

Thank dgenge
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Reviewed September 21, 2008

H.M.C.S Sackville

This is a great opportunity to explore one of the last of these feisty little sub chasers that served in the North Atlantic during WW II.

Thank salusfamilias
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