Irving Shipbuilding Inc. sponsored an event on May 2, 2013
at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa to recognize those who won the peace
during World War II’s Battle of the Atlantic. More than fifty veterans of
the Battle of the Atlantic were honoured at the gala dinner, which was
organized by the Naval Association of Canada and the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN).
The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest continuous military campaign during World War II, beginning on September 3, 1939 and ending on May 8, 1945. During this period 7,145 vessels were repaired at facilities in Halifax and Dartmouth, NS.
Halifax Shipyard, located in the Bedford Basin, was first called Halifax Graving Dock Company in 1889. In 1918 it became Halifax Shipyard; by 1979 the yard had become Halifax Dartmouth Industries. Today's shipyard has been part of J.D. Irving, Limited since 1992.
Saint John Dry-dock & Shipbuilding Co. also built several patrol vessels and cargo ships that served during the Battle of the Atlantic. One of those vessels was the HMCS Sackville, which today is the last of Canada's 123 World War II-era Corvettes. Docked along the Halifax waterfront, it has been designated Canada's official naval memorial, dedicated to preserving Canada's naval wartime heritage.