Poem to commemorate 75th anniversary of end of Battle of the Atlantic

Garth Ukrainetz, known as the poet laureate of the Blackmud Creek in Edmonton, has written the following poem in observance of the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Atlantic, in honour of all the Flower-class corvettes. The Town of Kamsack had a “Flower Corvette”, the HMCS Kamsack, named after it.

The Battle of the Atlantic has been called the "longest, largest, and most complex" naval battle in history, according to information found on the Internet. The campaign started immediately after the European War began, during the so-called "Phoney War" and lasted more than five years, until the German surrender in May 1945. It involved thousands of ships in more than 100 convoy battles and perhaps 1,000 single-ship encounters, in a theatre covering millions of square miles of ocean.

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Western Flowers of the Sea

 

By Garth Ukrainetz, Poet Laureate of the Blackmud Creek

 

Five and Twenty warriors

From Dominion’s western side 

Feisty little fighting ships

Full of hometown pride

The wild roses of Alberta

The Yukon and BC

Manitoba and Saskatchewan 

Western flowers of the sea

 

Vancouver and Regina

Lethbridge and Quesnel

Calgary and Rosthern

Weyburn fighting hell

Brandon and Nanaimo

Here comes Chilliwack

Moose Jaw ramming U-boats

Kamloops striking back

 

Saskatoon and Dawson

Agassiz and Trail

Battleford and Dauphin

Mighty Morden setting sail

Kamsack and Drumheller

New Westminster on the guard 

Alberni and Wetaskiwin 

With Camrose charging hard

 

Royal Canadian Navy

Western Canada Corvettes

On the water fighting bravely

Lest we all forget

The wild roses of Alberta

The Yukon and BC

Manitoba and Saskatchewan 

Western flowers of the sea 

ⓒ2019 Garth Paul Ukrainetz

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