HMCS Oriole

The HMCS Oriole as it prepares to come alongside in Hamilton Harbour during the ship’s 2018 Great Lakes Deployment, June 29, 2018.

(Royal Canadian Navy photo)

A Royal Canadian Navy sail training vessel will be in port in Pictou for two days.

HMCS Oriole will be at Pier Charlie on July 7 and 8, and the public is invited to stop by, talk with the crew, and share stories they may have of sailing on the Oriole.

The Oriole is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the Oriole is making several port visits while sailing throughout Atlantic Canada. 

According to the Department of National Defence, the Oriole was built in 1921 for the Gooderham family. It launched on June 4 that year in Ontario.

The Navy charted the ship during the Second World War, eventually moving it to Halifax for a training vessel, proving highly valuable in this role.

Oriole was commissioned into the Navy in 1952. It was moved to the West Coast, where it spent the next 60 years. In 2018, Oriole sailed around through the Panama Canal and back to Halifax where it is now based.