While in St. John’s NF, Roger was able to visit two of Canada’s Ship’s, One a “stone frigate,” the Naval Reserve Unit HMCS CABOT and later the Canadian Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel, HMCS GOOSE BAY.
The visit to CABOT was planned, Roger was able to meet with Lt. (N) Miller, Executive Officer and discuss some of the history of the unit and provide a signed and dedicated copy of his book, Warships of the Bay of Quinte.
While at CABOT, Roger was invited to go aboard HMCS GOOSE BAY. The MCDV had been on a fisheries patrol off the Newfoundland coast when she had incurred some minor damage from a North Atlantic storm. The ship put in to St. John’s to make repairs.
Roger was able to meet with GOOSE BAY’s Commanding Officer, LCdr. Kray Robichaud and her Executive Officer LCdr. Devita. Roger donated a copy of his book, Warships of the Bay of Quinte to the officers and crew of the ship. In return LCdr. Robichaud gave Roger a Commanding Officer’s Ball Cap for the ship and a GOOSE BAY’s badge.
Three of the ships in the Warships of the Bay of Quinte, HMCShips BELLEVILLE, NAPANEE and HALLOWELL, served in St. John’s during WWII, escorting convoys in the North Atlantic.
GOOSE BAY is the first vessel in the Canadian Navy to have a copy of Roger’s book.