The early morning mist had just lifted when the First and Third Canadian Escort Squadrons sailed into Helsinki harbour, Finland, on Tuesday, October 15.
G.V. H.M.C.S. "LAURENT".
L.V. Flag Salute.
L.V. "St LAURENT" pulls to the South Harbour.
S.V. "SAGUENAY" coming in.
L.V. Capt. COX, Military Attache, leaves "ST. LAURENT".
C.U. Coat of Arms "St LAURENT".
Big G.V. 1st & 3rd Canadian Squadrons in Harbour.
S.V. Sailors going aboard bus.
S.V. Finnish Guide Miss Marja "Loyhka" with Edward Spencer on step of bus.
G.V. Bus leaving passing Olympic Stadium.
L.V. Bus arriving at "Wartsila Comcernen's Arabia Factory (Ceramics)"
S.V. Lt. Stanley Goodyer, Lt. Richard Williamson looking at glass products.
L.V. Officers in Museum of Factory.
S.V. Girl working.
S.C.U. Elise Lainela working.
G.V. Officers standing in front of W.Cs.
S.V. Officers smashing W.Cs.
L.V. Officers smashing W.Cs.
Nearer V. Officers smashing W.Cs.
L.V. Officers waving to workers at Arabia Factory.
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Background: The early morning mist had just lifted when the First and Third Canadian Escort Squadrons sailed into Helsinki harbour, Finland, on Tuesday, October 15.
Led by the crack escort vessel, HMCS St.Laurent, the squadrons comprise the Saguenay - seen following the St.Laurent into harbour - Assiniboine, Haida, Micmac and Nootke.
With Robert Stigell's statue "shipwrecked" providing and appropriate background, the ships steamed slowly into the south harbour where the Commander-in-Chief, Angus George Boulton, gave a press conference.
The following day, a Canadian guard-of-honour marched to the Tomb of Heroes which includes the grave of the famous Finnish general of the Russe-Finnish war, Field Marshal Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim.
While the band played a hymn, the Commander-in-Chief stepped forward to lay a wreath at the Tomb of Heroes. Later, the entire guard-of-honour marched through the city along Mannerheim street and past the Parliament building.
Among the official functions of the day was a visit to the Mannerheim Museum by a party of 20 Canadian officers. Also visiting the capital was a party of 80 men who, accompanied by two guides, visited the Olympic Stadium and the saw the statue to the great Finnish runner, Paave Nurmi.
On the third day of the visit, a party of Canadian officers visited the famous Arabia Glass Factory and inspected many of the products.
The squadron, which will visit Copenhagen on its' tour, sailed from Helsinki on Sunday, October 18.