Sailors enjoy a meal aboard the HMCS Agassiz. This World War II-era ship sailed escort missions across the Atlantic. (Contributed Photo/Canada Dept. of National Defence)

Sailors enjoy a meal aboard the HMCS Agassiz. This World War II-era ship sailed escort missions across the Atlantic. (Contributed Photo/Canada Dept. of National Defence)

HMCS Agassiz

A special Remembrance Day poem

Sharing the townsite’s namesake, the HMCS Agassiz (K129) was a Flower-class corvette commissioned in Vancouver in 1941. She sailed as an escort ship, battling in the Atlantic during World War II. Following the war, she was broken up in Moncton, Nova Scotia in 1946.

Blackmud poet laureate Garth Ukrainetz shares the story through poem.

The Sasquatch are having a wedding

In the mist of the Bridal Veil Falls

Fearsome grizzly bears dance in the moonlight

In the distance a loon softly calls

A steam rises high in the valley

All is well in the district of Kent

From peaceful ol’ British Columbia

To a war zone was Agassiz sent

Down the river that flows to Vancouver

Where the salmon do faithfully spawn

The crew waves farewell to the people

As they wonder how long they’ll be gone

As Agassiz sails for her valor

All the grizzly bears roar to the sky

And high on the tops of the mountains

All the Sasquatch are waving goodbye

On her way to the Battle Atlantic

A quick stop in L.A. for some sun

Many Hollywood movie stars dancing

Mary Pickford and friends having fun

Then soon she is leading the convoys

With the Newfoundland Escorting Force

Guiding thousands of ships cross the water

Guarding wartime supplies on due course

Day in and day out on the ocean

Back and forth on the high rolling waves

If the enemy cut the supply lines

Allied soldiers would soon fill the graves

So the wolf packs kept stalking and hunting

On the orders of Hitler’s foul Reich

And Agassiz fought like a grizzly bear

When torpedoes and U-Boats would strike

She rescued and sheltered survivors

From the ships that came under attack

She picked up the crew of Seattle

And safely to port took them back

As the grizzly bears fished in the Fraser

While the Sasquatch in secret did play

Brave Agassiz fought for their freedom

For the British Columbia way

With a deck full of ice she was covered

In the wintertime frozen and cold

They pushed through the pain of the frostbite

Like a prospector suffers for gold

Back home all their grandmas knit mittens

For the boys with the hands on the guns

And dear mothers sent cake and sweet candy

To their handsome Canadian sons

And such were the days of the struggle

For the Battle Atlantic was long

Bloody month after month in a war zone

In a world where so much had gone wrong

Then when the world war finally ended

A new hope in the drying of tears

Brave Agassiz sailed home to Canada

To the Sasquatch and Grizzly bear cheers

In celebration and remembrance of the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War 1945 – 2020 “Lest We Forget”

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