St Roch Legacy

A letter from a former RCMP Officer

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I have a copy of the recently published book The History of the RCMP Marine Services. You may be interested to know that I made a knife from wood (the handle) recovered from timbers that were removed for replacement, from the St Roch. I made it for the RCMP Heritage Museum. The St Roch was brought to Vancouver for a refit in the mid 1950s. It was at this time that the timbers were removed and found to be good quality teak. One of the work crew salvaged the teak and gave it to retired member, Fred Bodnaruk, of North Vancouver who used it for the making of several violins, one of which he presented to the museum. It was Fred who gave me the piece from which I made the knife handle as well as a presentation case for the knife. The blade has an etching of the St Roch, which was done by one Eugene Schreiner of Saskatoon. —Tony Wachowicz RCMP (retired).

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