HMCS Givenchy III, The Spit: From the 1930s to 2016
Aerial shot of The Spit from 1930s. Photo credit - Comox Library
I visited HMCS Quadra recently, the Canadian Navy base formerly known as HMCS Givenchy III (as well as 'The Spit' and 'Cowards Cove' in my father's naval memoirs). It was a Combined Operations training ground during WW2, and while I was there I hoped to gain a better understanding of the context and setting of some of my father's photos from 1944 - 45.
I walked twice around as well as onto The Spit (I ignored a few of many DND "No Trespassing" signs) and talked with a local woman familiar with the location of the 1940s baseball diamond where the Navy Number 1 team practised their batting and ball-handling skills, at the time not far from government oyster beds and wood booms.
I came home with the knowledge there would have been several reasons why my father thought the area was like heaven on earth.
My plane looks toward The Spit. Comox is to the right, Courtenay beyond it.
Buildings (some WW2 era) used by HMCS Quadra (Sea Cadets) dot The Spit
Three mates (D. Harrison, centre) relax, 1944. Town of Comox in background.
I relax on The Spit, similar location, i.e., opposite Comox, 72 years later
My father, centre, enjoys time off near the end of The Spit
"Batter up!" Practice field with ball screen, rudimentary benches - on the Spit.
Bill Grycan stands behind Dad. Railroad tracks appear in background
Navy No. 1 Team, likely at Lewis Park, Courtenay
No date on card. Credit - Ian Douglas, Vancouver Island Postcards
Please view photographs related to Canadians in Combined Ops on the East Coast, i.e., Halifax, NS. Link - Presentation: Photo Gallery (1)
Unattributed Photos by GH