Navy dis­pos­ing of am­mu­ni­tion from HMS Raleigh in Labrador

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L’ANSE AMOUR — Mem­bers of the Royal Canadian Navy’s fleet div­ing unit for the At­lantic re­gion will be clear­ing vis­i­ble un­ex­ploded re­mains of am­mu­ni­tion from the site of the HMS Raleigh in Labrador for the next month.

The area sur­round­ing L’Anse Amour will be in­ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic start­ing un­til June 10.

Lo­cals who have col­lected ex­plo­sive ma­te­ri­als such as cordite or re­mains of am­mu­ni­tion shells over the year are in­vited to drop them off dur­ing day­light hours at the tem­po­rary in­stal­la­tion along L’Anse Amour Branch Road.

An ex­plo­sive tech­ni­cian will then dis­pose of them safely.

HMS Raleigh, a Bri­tish heavy cruiser, ran aground on Aug. 8, 1922 at Point Amour, Forteau Bay, Labrador.

Over time, wave ac­tion, storms and de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the wreck have un­cov­ered a num­ber of un­ex­ploded or­di­nances.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic can con­tact the Royal Canadian Navy’s bomb dis­posal team at 1-902-441-6340 for more in­for­ma­tion on the op­er­a­tion.

The HMS Raleigh ran aground at Point Amour, Labrador in Au­gust 1922.

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