The H.M.S. Raleigh was commissioned as part of the British North Atlantic squadron in 1922. It was a Cavendish class cruiser of 12,000 tons displacement, length overall of 605 feet, with a complement of 700 officers and men. On August 8, 1922, in thick fog and without warning, the Raleigh ran aground on Point Amour, Forteau Bay, Labrador. The ship remained hardaground and upright for four years. During this period, it was stripped of all salvageable items and was destroyed with explosives in September 1926. Since that time, local residents have been salvaging the brass from cordite containers and shells, which were left behind. Each spring new projectiles and cordiate wash up on the beach and are collected. This book follows the story of the Raleigh from 1922 to current day.
Raleigh on the Rocks
Major-General Richard Rohmer is a practicing lawyer, pilot, best selling author of fiction and non-fiction (over twenty-five publications) and Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Windsor. During WWII, he was a fighter recee pilot who took part in D-Day operations June 6, 1944 and the Battle of Normandy. He later flew combat jets with the RCAF.
Richard commanded Canada's Air Reserve Group and then became Chief of Reserves of the Canadian Armed Forces. He is a Commander of the Order of Military Merit and an Officer of the Order of Canada. He holds the Distinguished Flying Cross, is a member of the Order of Ontario, and a Queen's Counsel.