Saturday, October 26, 2013

A Navy service: HMNZS Toroa's 85th Anniversary

One of the many joys of Cathedral life is the opportunity to share in and support the life of the city; our naval HQ HMNZS Toroa has been around for 85 years and it was our privilege to host their service for this weekend. From all over the country (and abroad) navy people appeared.  We must have had about 200 for the service with a fine sermon preached by the Reverend Colin Hay RNZNVR (retired) with The Reverend  Dr Tony Martin participating as Officiating Chaplain.  The photo below was captured by Tony - a little detail of life below stairs before the service!
I'm just cutting it, not eating it

Mignon and a team of helpers

Ready at the door

The White Ensign

Processing the White Ensign

Its a very long aisle

The gathering afterwards in the Crypt
I have decided to add a brief historical note that was given me.
Since its inception in 1928, HMNZS TOROA has been a large part of Dunedin’s history and during this period has played a vital role in the City’s history.  During World War 2 numerous members of TOROA were drafted into the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy and then in 1941, the Royal New Zealand Navy.  Assistance was also offered during the 1959 fire that devastated the Arthur Barnett store and again in 1990 during the Aramoana massacre, when members of HMNZS TOROA manning the inshore patrol Vessel HMNZS MOA positioned it to seal off the harbour entrance to all shipping.”

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