An­other his­toric visit to Og­den Point

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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

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