Another historic visit to Ogden Point
Re: “Ogden Point history includes FDR visit,” letter, Sept. 13. May I mention a further significant event in the history of Odgen Point?
This was the visit of the Goodwill World Tour of the Royal Navy’s special service squadron which put into Victoria on June 21, 1924.
The squadron, manned by 7,000 seamen, consisted of the battle cruisers HMS Hood and HMS Repulse — the former being the world’s largest warship at that time — together with the Australian HMAS Adelaide and four light cruisers.
The three major vessels docked side by side at Ogden Point, leaving the four cruisers to proceed to Esquimalt. Over four days, the decks of all the three large ships were thronged with Victorians intrigued with massive guns. Mayor Reginald Hayward boarded the flagship Hood to extend the city’s welcome to the squadron commander Vice-Admiral Sir Frederick Field. John Lover Oak Bay