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Maude Leslie ???

Thanks to Keith Black for this puzzle. The Toronto Star of 11 February 1959 reports on the death of Maude Leslie, noted as “the mother of the navy”, who showed up either at HMCS STAR or the railway station (presumably the Canadian National, now LIUNA), whenever men were being shipped out. It also noted that she had died in a nursing home where she had been placed by HMCS STAR Ladies Auxiliary. Does anyone have any information to add?

Error Correction

The page Visiting Ships referred to a visit by the gunboat HERON to Hamilton in 1866 and was accompanied by a picture of HMS BRITOMART, identifying her as a sister ship of HERON. The ship pictured was however BRITOMART of the Bramble Class, commissioned forty years after HERON and the rest of the ships of the BRITOMART class, and looking nothing like her. Thanks to Bryan Kerman of Port Dover, who spotted the mistake. Bryan has been researching HERON’s sister ship, CHERUB, which helped Port Dover celebrate the first Dominion Day / Canada Day on 1 July 1867.

HMS BRITOMART, Bramble Class, 1900-1920
The actual HMS HERON in Toronto Harbour in 1867.