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HMCS Sackville, now a National Historic Site, is Canada’s oldest warship. The warship is also the last of Canada's 123 corvettes, one of many convoy escort vessels built in Canada during World War II. Following the ship's war service during the Battle of the Atlantic (1939-1945), the Sackville was used as a research vessel until 1982. The ship was then restored to its wartime glory in 1983 and has since served as a naval memorial. As visitors travel through the preserved areas of the ship, which include a mess hall, a gun deck and boiler rooms, they'll learn about the daily routine and challenge sailors faced during the battle.

For many recent patrons, this site was a highlight of their trip. They say the ship has a fascinating history and is in pristine condition. Though many remark it's a small ship, they confirm there is plenty to see.

HMCS Sackville is berthed in the Naval Dockyard (about a mile north of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic) from November to mid-June each year, then it is moved to Sackville Landing, near the Maritime Museum, from late June to late October. Admission is CA$5 (around $3.50) for adults and CA$2 (about $1.50) for children. Check the warship's website for exact hours.

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