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Our New Badge

Hamilton Naval Association badge

Our new badge was designed by our member LCdr (Ret’d) Don Williamson, a member of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada. Don Williamson arms

BLAZON:
On a hurt between in chief a stock-less anchor and in base a sledge hammer fess-wise a
heavy anchor chain of three links fess-wise all Or. The whole surrounded with a ribbon Or
edged Azure inscribed with the name of the organization beginning and ending with a stylized
maple leaf Rouge and joined in base with a shackle Or. Ensigned overall with a Naval Crown
Proper.

SYMBOLISM:;
The blue background represents the ocean and lakes of Canada, the anchor chain signifies
the link between the Naval community represented by the stock-less anchor and the city of
Hamilton, represented by the hammer. The shackle joins the end of the ribbon holding
elements together and is used to depict a naval environment. The red Maple Leaves mark the
organization as being Canadian.
(The description of a heraldic design is called a Blazon, normally little or no punctuation is
used in heraldic blazons. A hurt is a blue disc. ‘In chief’ is above the mid point and ‘in base’
means below that point. Fess-wise means ‘across horizontally’, the names of Colours are
usually in Norman French and capitalized, Or is gold, Rouge is red, Azure is blue, Proper
means ‘in its natural colour’. “Ensigned overall” is above or on the top of.)

Plain language Description;
A gold chain of three links is depicted horizontally in the centre of a blue disc with a golden,
stock-less anchor above it and a golden sledge hammer below. The whole device is
surrounded by a golden or yellow ribbon on which the name of the organization is written and
two Maple Leave are shown, one at the beginning and on at the end of the name.. The ribbon
is edged in blue and the ends of the ribbon are joined by a golden shackle. On top of the
whole device is a Naval Crown in its natural colour.

STAR’s Link to James Bond

STAR Accession #STA1991.0.007.4

This coat is No. 1 Full Dress which would be worn with epaulettes, cocked hat & sword with dress sword belt.  There is also a hat box and an epaulette box.  No. 1 Full Dress was put in abeyance during WWII and never reintroduced, except for a modified version worn by Flag Officers and members of the Royal Family.

Cdr Cohen display on the quarterdeck of HMCS STAR
Cdr Cohen Display, Quarterdeck, HMCS STAR

Cdr Kenneth Herman Salaman Cohen, CMG, CB, RN (1900 – 1984)

Cohen joined the Royal Navy in 1918 and retired as Commander.  In 1936, he was seconded to the British Secret Intelligence Service, popularly known as MI6.  During the Second World War, he was in charge of agents in Vichy France, including Marie-Madelaine Fourcade, code name Hérisson, who led Alliance, the largest French resistance network.  Cohen ended the war as Chief Controller Europe and retired from the SIS in 1953, likely when he was not chosen to become the next head or “C” (called “M” in James Bond novels).  Cohen was created CMG (Companion of the Order of St. Michael & St. George) in 1946 and CB (Companion of the Bath) in 1954.


Cohen as a LCdr, RN in 1932
Cohen as a LCdr, RN in 1932
Kenneth Cohen