HMS Ca­lypso’s gun

The Central Voice - - Editorial -

The gun that sits out­side the Grand Falls-Wind­sor Legion was sal­vaged off the HMS Ca­lypso in the 1960s.

Her keel laid in the 1880s, she was the last com­mis­sioned sail­ing boat of the Bri­tish Navy, though she never saw ac­tion. In­stead, she was used as a train­ing ves­sel in St. John’s in the First World War, and later moved to Em­bree.

When the ship be­gan to fall apart, the Naval As­so­ci­a­tion ac­tive at the time sal­vaged one of the guns and brought it to the Legion in 1965. While in­stalling it out­side, they found a shell still in­side, but stuck af­ter so many years of dis­use. With much ef­fort, they got the four-inch shell out and put it on a shelf in­side to be part of the grow­ing col­lec­tion of mil­i­tary mem­o­ra­bilia.

More than 50 years later, some­one no­ticed the shell on the shelf and sus­pected it might still be live. Af­ter much back and forth with the base in Gan­der and the po­lice, on the Fri­day of the May long-week­end, lo­cal RCMP ar­rived to take the shell away. It first went to St. John’s and then fi­nally on to Hal­i­fax, where it was de­cided it was safest to de­stroy it en­tirely in­stead of at­tempt­ing to dis­arm it. The Legion now has no live or­di­nance in the build­ing.

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