The Wallaceburg Squadron was formed in 1960 to meet the needs of the local boating population. In addition to courses being offered in basic seamanship - the rules of the road, safe "driving" skills, and boat care and maintenance, the Wallaceburg members meet for social occations and summer fun. The Squadron is involved in local events, including WAMBO both to encourage safe boating and to provide assistance to the local organizers when called upon. For two and a half generations, Wallaceburg has stood together with the country-wide CPS organization for safety on the water.
And what about the Canadian Navy Ship: HMCS Wallaceburg?
She was built in Thunder Bay Ontario and commissioned on November 18, 1943. After training she worked escorting ships across the Atlantic, protecting them from possible submarine attack, starting February 1944. Though build as a minesweeper, she never did carry minesweeping equipment while in the Canadian Navy. In April 1944 she became a Senior Officer's ship and in July & August she was assigned training duties at the Navy base in Deep Brook Nova Scotia. She was retired on October 7, 1946 but brought back into service on November 1, 1950 to help train cadets. In the summers of 1956-1957 she was on the Great Lakes and retired again on September 24, 1957.
She started a whole new career in the Belgian Navy on July 31, 1959 and was given a new name, the Georges Lecointe, and served until scrapped in 1969.
•Class: ALGERINE Class (110 build worldwide)
•Displacement: 990 tonnes
•Length: 225 ft
•Width: 35.5 ft
•Draught: 8.5 ft
•Speed: 16 kts
•Compliment: 8 Officers and 99 Crew
•Arms: 1-4" Gun, 4-20mm, Hedgehog.
•Builder: Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Port Arthur, Ont.
•Keel Laid: 06-Jul-42
•Date Launched: 17-Dec-42
•Date Commissioned: 18-Nov-43
•Paid off: 07-Oct-46