Canadian Naval Centennial 2010

First 100 years of the Navy

CNC Okanagan Events

NADEN Band Sailors & Songs show

CNC Okanagan News

Centennial Vignettes:

Admiral Kingsmill and the founding of the Canadian Navy

Canada's first submarines

Lieutenant Rowland Bourke, VC

VAdm DeWolfe and HMCS HAIDA

Lt Cdr Cornelius Burke MTB skipper

Lt Cdr Fuller
"Pirate of the Adriatic"

Lts Atherton and Hearns HMCS CHILLIWACK

Stoker Robert Powers

Lt Robert Hampton Gray

Okanagan based Naval biographies:

Rear Admiral Richard Leir

Captain Clarence King

Robert Hadgraft, OMMS

Centennial Virtual Sailpast:

1910 -1920



Okanagan Naval Namesake Ships:




Canadian Naval Centennial Links



















































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A number of activities are being planned in the Okanagan to mark the 2010 Canadian Naval Centennial year. The Okanagan Canadian Naval Centennial (CNC) Committee has been formed to plan these activities and represents a wide spectrum of naval stakeholders in the region including the Okanagan Military Museum Society (OMMS) and Naval Veterans associations of Kelowna and Penticton.

2010 Canadian Naval Centennial events planned for the Okanagan

Naval Namesake Certificate presentations - 28-31 Mar 2010 - Presentation of CNC Namesake framed certificates to the mayors of the city of Kelowna (HMCS KELOWNA), Vernon (HMCS KALAMALKA), and the Okanagan Nation Alliance (HMCS OKANAGAN) by Cdr Robert Ferguson, CO of HMCS WINNIPEG.

Mon 29 March – 1:30 p.m -Kelowna City Council presentation
Tues 30 March – 3:00 p.m - Kamloops City Council presentation. 7:30 p.m - Revelstoke City Council presentation.
Wed 31 March – 09:00 a.m – Vernon City Council presentation. 11:30 – Okanagan Nation Alliance presentation (Westbank First Nations Outdoor Arbour).

2010 Canadian Naval Centennial Week - Okanagan, 1-8 May- a series of events in Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon during CNC week.

Saturday 1 May

Penticton -

10:00 -10:30 a.mNaval Colours ceremony - raising of RCN White Ensign on quarterdeck of SS SICAMOUS
11:00 a.m -12:00 p.m - Dedication of CNC Naval Cairn at Veteran's Memorial Park in Penticton. Guest of honour Admiral (ret'd) John Anderson.
1:00- 4:00 p.m - Dedication of portrait in recognition of Admiral Richard Leir at Leir House (old Leir family residence now a city cultural and arts centre)'
6:00 p.m Happy Hour 7:00 -11:00 pm -Evening CNC social dinner/dance at Penticton Legion

Naval Vets Penticton CNC Coordinator Joe Duffy by CNC Naval Cairn at Veteran's Memorial Park site.

Sunday 2 May

Battle of Atlantic (B of A) services
- Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon. This year special public recognition will be sought for Battle of Atlantic services in this centennial year.

Penticton - B of A will be conducted at the Penticton RC Legion. Planting of CNC Oak tree (under consideration). Note: Oak trees have a symbolical significance in the navy as warships in the days of sail were made of sturdy Oak, hence the term 'Heart of Oak' - the title of the naval anthem.

Kelowna - services will be conducted as usual at the Anglican church. Possibility of planting of CNC Oak Tree (under consideration)

Vernon - B of A ceremony is under consideration for the Vernon Cenotaph park venue in conjunction with a service at the Vernon Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans Assoc.


Kelowna -

11:00 a.m-12:00 p.m CNC Flag Raising Ceremony at entrance to Okanagan Military Museum. White Ensign (raised by naval vets - Commemorating our navy's history), Canadian flag (raised by Okanagan based current serving members (Reserve) - Celebrating current navy) and CNC flag (raised by Sea Cadets - Commitment to navy's future) with naval honours, bosun's call and HMCS KELOWNA ships bell.

RCN White Ensign
Canadian Flag
(current naval ensign)
CNC flag

12:00 p.m -Official Opening of the Okanagan Military Museum CNC Exhibit - open for remainder of the naval centennial year. .CNC Art display is being planned as part of OMM CNC exhibit

1:00 - 3:00 p.m (still planning)CNC Navy Day luncheon event at Kelowna Legion on completion of events at museum.


Tuesday 4 May - CNC Oak Tree planting (under consideration) and possible evening social event at Legion/ANAF

Saturday 8 May - Kelowna

7:00 - 9:00 pm - Kelowna City Band 'Tribute to the Canadian Forces and Salute to the Canadian Naval Centennial Concert' - at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Tickets will be on sale soon through Ticketmaster. Adults $20, Seniors/Students $15.

Kelowna City Band- Canadian Forces and Canadian Naval Centennial Concertpromotional photo - Paul Seguna

CNC Road Show Events - Fall 2010-

7:30 pm, Monday 4 October - Penticton - Maritime Force Pacific (Naden) Band CNC travelling road show "Sailors and Songs " concert at Delta Lakeside Inn. Tickets $10.

7:00 pm, Tuesday, 5 October - Kelowna -Maritime Force Pacific (Naden) Band CNC travelling road show "Sailors and Songs " concert at Kelowna Community Theatre. Tickets will be on sale at the Okanagan Military Museum and Mosaic Books Kelowna for $10 starting in May.

Photo:Sgt David Snashall

For more information on the Canadian Naval Centennial Okanagan Committee activities contact:

Paul Seguna
CNC Okanagan Committee- Events Coordinator/Public Relations
Tel(BC): 250-558-5503



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