A blog about my interests, which include fabric landscapes and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.
Monday, June 04, 2012
We were making some donations to our local thrift store on the weekend and I stumbled across a package of assorted hankies and doilies and discovered this hankie....
I was intrigued by the possible history so I 'googled' to see what came up. As it turns out the HMCS Venetia was a ship used in World War II. It was commissioned and built by the Fairfield Shipbuilding Company in Scotland in October of 1917. She had a speed of 34 knots, weighed 1100 tons, and had a crew of 134. According to the records I found she flew under the Canadian flag . Her forward was set on fire 23/05/1940 by gunfire from the Germans captured by the French shore batteries. She was also damaged in collision with the yacht 'Amuree' off Dunkirk. She was 'lost' (sunk) off the Knob Buoy in the Thames estuary 19/10/1940 and at that time was under the command of Desmond Craig.