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ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY
HMCS CONESTOGA
WRCNS TRAINING, GALT, ONTARIO
Photos From The Collection of Gertrude Quinn

HMCS Conestoga :
Galt & Preston, Ontario, 1943.

WRCNS Training Establishment, Galt, Ontario

WRCNS Training Establishment, Galt, Ontario.
Designated HMCS Conestoga, it was a former girls' reform school.

Barracks, Preston, Ontario

HMCS Preston, Ontario.

Writen on the back of the photo is: "The big buses are our "Liberty Boats". My room is on the floor where I have an X. It faces the street. I can see everything going on around this corner. In the back we have a beautiful big flower garden the length of the ship."

The Preston Springs Hotel is still standing (2016). It was left derelict for about 30 years in the 1950's but eventually restored and turned into a nursing home. It was sold again in 2014. It has its own entry on the Torontoghosts.org website because at least one room is supposed to be haunted. (All of this info is from a simple Google search).

Galt, Ontario

Photo 559b: Gertrude Quinn, Galt, Ontario.

Galt, Ontario

Photo 559c: Unknown, Galt, Ontario.

Galt, Ontario

Photo 560a: Unknown, Galt, Ontario.

Galt, Ontario

Photo 560b: Unknown, Galt, Ontario.

Galt, Ontario

Photo 562c: Gertrude Quinn, Galt, Ontario.

Galt, Ontario

Photo 563a: Gertrude Quinn is centre, Galt, Ontario.

Galt, Ontario

Photo 563b: Gertrude Quinn is front left, Galt, Ontario.

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For more about the history of the WRCNS during WW2, see this article in the Canadian Encyclopedia.

See this album of photographs belonging to the Commanding Officer of HMCS Conestoga, Lieutenant-Commander Isabel Macneill.


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