Doreen Riedel, daughter of Henry Larson, who captained the St. Roch, receiving the vessel inductee award. Presenting the award is Nigel Bullers, CEO of EasyPark.
Sponsored by EasyPark.
Eugene “Dean” Hadley, individual inductee and last surviving member of the 1940 St. Roch crew, receiving his award from VMM board chair Peter Bernard.
Sponsored by Gluskin Sheff.
David Bogle, VP/GM of Hudson’s Bay Vancouver Downtown receiving the expedition inductee award from Andrew Prossin, Founder/Managing Director of One Ocean Expedition.
Sponsored by One Ocean Expedition.
Launched in 1928 by Burrard Dry Dock in North Vancouver, the vessel St. Roch was built specifically for the RCMP to serve their remote detachments and communities along a 1,200 mile arctic coastline. During WWII she became the first vessel to transit the Northwest Passage from west to east. Subsequently the St. Roch became the first vessel to complete the Passage in both directions, and the first to circumnavigate North America. The accomplishments of the St. Roch led it to become a symbol of Canadian sovereignty.
Photo: RCMP St. Roch trial voyage, 1928.