A small piece of Canada’s naval history was recently salvaged from the wreck of His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Regina (K234), which was sunk by a German U-boat off the coast of England on August 8, 1944.
A brass fuse box plate was retrieved by a local diver and turned over to the United Kingdom’s Receiver of Wreck, who is responsible for salvaged artifacts. The Receiver of Wreck researches owners of wreck material, works with the finder and owner to return recovered material, and collaborates with other interested parties such as archeologists and museums.
In this case the brass fuse box plate, which measures approximately six inches, was turned over to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) through the Canadian High Commission in London.
Camilla Moore, Receiver of Wreck, presented the fuse box plate to Commander (Cdr) Jeff Dargavel, Commanding officer of HMCS Toronto, on October 29, 2020.
“It is my duty to attempt to return wreck material to its owner, and I am delighted that we were able to assist in returning the plate from HMCS Regina to the RCN,” said Ms. Moore. “It is particularly poignant given the circumstances of the vessel’s loss and the significance of the Battle of the Atlantic in its 75th anniversary year.”
The presentation was made on board Toronto during its recent visit to Naval Base Portsmouth, England, as part of the frigate’s mid-deployment rest and maintenance period. While alongside in England, mitigation strategies were adopted to…