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Al­bum of HMCS Sum­mer­side, Prince County mil­i­tary his­tory on dis­play at Eptek Art and Cul­ture Cen­tre

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A lit­tle piece of Sum­mer­side’s mil­i­tary his­tory is com­ing home. For the month of De­cem­ber, a photo al­bum, which fea­tures the pic­tures of crew mem­bers of the HMCS Sum­mer­side dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, will be on dis­play at Eptek Art and Cul­ture Cen­tre.

“The al­bum was re­cently do­nated to the P.E.I. Reg­i­ment Mu­seum, by a man from Nova Sco­tia, after turn­ing up in an e-bay auc­tion,” ex­plained the mu­seum’s cu­ra­tor Greg Gal­lant.

“It’s a great find, and it’s nice to have it here, as it has Sum­mer­side’s name on it. Now is there any­one from Sum­mer­side on it, I don’t know. I’m sure there was/is, but who they’d be I don’t know.” The al­bum and pho­tos be­longed to Paul Herbert, an LDG Sea­man in the crew of the Sum­mer­side.

“It’s a beau­ti­ful al­bum. The real beauty about it, is that the pic­tures fol­low the path that the ship took. It par­tic­i­pated it Op­er­a­tion Nep­tune, as well as some block­ades off of Eng­land, and also took part in Nor­mandy in­va­sions, by guard­ing the coast after D-Day. There are pho­tos from North Africa, be­cause the ship would have trav­elled around that area and into the Mediter­ranean for the in­va­sion of Si­cily, Italy. So, there’s a real pho­to­graphic story.” The pho­tos also de­pict the ship it­self, as well as the art­work painted on the ship’s guns, like a car­toon pic­ture of a fright­ened Adolf Hitler, the Nazi Ger­man Chan­cel­lor at the time.

“The art was called a gun shield. It was com­mon to see art like that. All ships had it in some way, shape or form. The war­time HMCS Char­lot­te­town had paint­ing of a sailor pour­ing a bag of pota­toes down the con­ning tube, the open hatch of the U-Boat. In other words, they’re go­ing to sink the U-Boats with pota­toes,” Gal­lant ex­plained with a chuckle.

The ex­hibit that the al­bum will be a part of de­picts Prince County’s mil­i­tary his­tory, in­clud­ing pieces on the Sum­mer­side RCAF base, the Mount Pleas­ant air force base and the radar sta­tion in Tig­nish.

“There’s only about 30 known pho­tos about the sta­tion in Tig­nish,” said Gal­lant. “There is also in­for­ma­tion about the P.E.I Reg­i­ment. It’s a nice cross-col­lec­tion of in­for­ma­tion for the Prince County Area.”

Nikkie Gal­lant, the site di­rec­tor at Eptek is ex­cited to have the ex­hibit on dis­play for Remembrance Day.

“We like to com­mem­o­rate Remembrance Day wher­ever pos­si­ble. The whole premise of the day is to re­mem­ber what was fought for and the im­por­tance of the peace that fol­lowed. Those wars, World War One and World War Two, set the ground­work for the hu­man rights we have to­day. It’s im­por­tant to hon­our those that were will­ing to put their lives at risk to mark those free­doms,” she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the ex­hibit, go to the P.E.I. Reg­i­ment Mu­seum web­site at http://www. peireg­i­ment­mu­seum.ca, or by call­ing Eptek Art and Cul­ture Cen­tre at 902-888-8373.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO/P.E.I. REG­I­MENT MU­SEUM

Art­work on the guns atop the war­time HMCS Sum­mer­side de­pict­ing “Canada or Bust,” and “It’s no use Adolf.”

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