The Port Alberni Maritime Heritage Society is hosting the HMCS Yellowknife from May 22-25 at the lighthouse near the Harbour Quay Marina. This Royal Canadian Navy ship will be available for public viewing from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24. Sea and Navy League Cadets will have an opportunity to tour the 180 foot long ship.
The HMCS Yellowknife is a Kingston Class vessel, commonly referred to as a Maritime Coast Defense Vessel, seven of which are still sailing. The ship is manned by a 35-40 person crew, generally made up of reserve Royal Canadian Navy members.
The ship’s visit was initiated by the PAMHS during the summer of 2014.
The PAMHS is led by their new president, Kenn Whiteman, who will act as the Master of Ceremonies during the official welcome and reception. The PAMHS mission is to present, preserve and to promote the maritime history and heritage of Port Alberni, the Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound and Vancouver Island’s west coast.