Navy ship Oriole docks in Oshawa and you can take a tour

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Published August 17, 2022 at 3:17 pm

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Photo via HMCS Oriole Twitter

The HMCS Oriole docked in Oshawa this week and is open for tours for one day only.

Oriole left Halifax on May 12 for a Great Lakes deployment visiting communities along the Great Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes.

The ship docked at Lakeview Park pier on Wednesday, Aug. 17, said acting Sub-Lieutenant Scott Ferris, Public Affairs Officer with Oriole in a post to Facebook.

The Oriole will be open for deck tours tomorrow (Aug. 18) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can tour the ship, meet the crew and learn more about the navy’s “one-of-a-kind” ship and the history of the navy.

“Head over to the pier, come down and see us,” said Ferris. “Help us celebrate 101 years of sailing excellence aboard HMCS Oriole.”

Designed and built in 1921, Oriole served as the flagship of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto until the Second World War, when it became a training platform for sailors. Commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy in 1952, it is still used as a sail training vessel and public outreach missions.

HMCS Oriole is the navy’s longest-serving commissioned vessel.

By the middle of July, more than 10,000 people had toured the ship, with 4,500 visitors in Sault Ste. Marie alone over the Canada Day long weekend.

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