Dr. Margaret Brooke thanks the Royal Canadian Navy for prestigious honour
April 13, 2015
Victoria, BC. – Dr. Margaret Brooke, MBE, B.A. PhD, issued the following statement:
"I am amazed that my actions as a survivor of the sinking of the SS Caribou led the Royal Canadian Navy to my door. It is even more surprising as it coincides with the mention of my name in a recently published novel titled "Flying Time" by Suzanne North.
“I was honoured to learn during a telephone conversation with the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence, on April 10, 2015, that a new Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship will carry my name and be known as Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Margaret Brooke.
“The following day, Commodore Bob Auchterlonie, Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific, came to my home and wished me a happy birthday. This was the first contact I have had with the navy since I retired more than 53 years ago.”
“I was and remain very proud of my years serving in the Royal Canadian Navy and thank all who were involved in making my 100th birthday an even more memorable occasion.”
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