Vice-regal tradition revived
The Lieutenant-Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador was scheduled to undertake a three-day vice-regal tour of Trinity and Conception Bays aboard the HMCS St. John’s this past weekend.
This year’s naval tour was part of the navy’s centennial and the first to take place since 2006.
“ I am extremely pleased and appreciative of the offer … to reinstate this longstanding tradition of a Vice-Regal tour in Newfoundland and Labrador by sea,” Lt.-Gov. John C. Crosbie stated last week.
Prior to the trip, Crosbie was to inspect an honour guard from the ship, and receive a 15-gun salute.
Joining the party were day sailor guests, consisting of members of local cadet units and other invited guests.
While in Trinity Harbour on Sept. 17, Crosbie and his wife were tp host an onboard reception for community, cultural and business representatives from the Bonavista Peninsula.
On Sept. 18, the HMCS St.John’s was scheduled to anchor in Cupids as part of the town’s 400th anniversary celebrations, with the lieutenantto take part in several scheduled activities. This included the bestowal of the Freedom of the City on the ship by the town, a march by the ship’s company to the Memorial Garden for a tree planting, and a reception hosted by Cupids 400 at the Cupids Legacy Centre.
While at Cupids, the St. John’s was to open its upper decks to visitors, with local tour boats providing transportation to and from the warship.
On Sept. 19, the St. John’s was scheduled to return the Crosbies to St. John’s.
“ We are proud and honoured to have the opportunity to spend this time with some of Canada’s finest sailors, many of whom hail from our own province,” Crosbie said.
The HMCS St. John’s visited Cupids as part of its vice-regal tour of Trinity and Conception Bays on Sept. 17-19.