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Gavin Murphy

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Interesting observation. But actually the problem is getting them seaworthy. I'm not sure if any have sunk........yet. Canada leased 4 from the RN. If I'm not mistaken, not all are delivered yet. Only 2(?). Mind it is keeping Halifax Shipyards in business with all the repair work!

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The Halifax shipyards have got to be grateful for the work. The DND has a lot invested in these boats, so they won't just give up on them. What the government does may end up being a very different story. Look at what happened to HMCS Bonaventure. They put her through a very expensive refit only to scrap her barely a year later.
 
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Janet Orpen

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In April my boyfriend and I did a cross Canada trip out to Halifax. We purposly went up the Gaspe, to Remouski to see anything related to the Empress of Ireland. We saw the museum, unfortunatly it was closed. We are divers and wanted to dive the Empress but the St. Lawrence was still under the ice.

While we were driving around we went to see the HMCS Nipigon. I have some photos of it while they were readying it for sinking. I didn't know when it would sink, but now I know. (WRECK DIVE)
One day I will see the Empress where she lays, But I believe artifacts should remain where they are.

Marion I saw the piece on Country Canada and I was so impressed an Albertain took up the fight. I know in the diving community there is a great deal of love for the Empress and no on wants anything to leave Canada.
 
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Marion Kelch

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> [Janet, thanks very much for your moral support. Greatly appreciated. We are indeed in a huge battle to save these artifacts. Last week three members of our Committee, including myself, took a boat to the site of the wreck where the buoys mark the wreck. We held a short ceremony of Remembrance and tossed roses in the water in memory of those who perished. To the west was a foamy sunset. The media showed great interest in our visit and we did five interviews in total including two with Jacquie Czernin of CBC Quebec City. I have met so many people who want the artifacts to stay in Canada. Still it is difficult to get this moral support to translate into dollars, euros, whatever. We have no doubt we can raise the funds over the long term but I'm afraid that Mr. Beaudry may attempt to sell the artifacts to the guy in Florida around the end of September. We are doing everything possible including pushing for a political solution. Thanks again!
 
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