It is with gratitude and joy that we thank the City of Belleville Arts and Culture Grant committee, for the generous grant of $5000.
Funds provided by the Grant will be used to refurbish and purchase instruments for the Belleville Sea Cadet Corps. All our instruments are old, needing constant repair. Our music director, Brian Couglan, developed his musical talent as a Quinte Cadet, going on to spend his career as a musician with the Canadian Armed Forces. He recognizes several of the instruments from when he was a cadet in the 70’s. Refurbishing and supplementing our instruments will be expensive. The Grant will pay for the refurbishing of 4 horns, 3 trombones and purchase 2 used tubas. Cadets are able to achieve positive results more quickly on a quality instrument encouraging them to increase their skills.
Our Sea Cadets are extremely anxious to return to the band and in-person training as soon as Covid-19 Restrictions allow. The goal of the Navy League is to upgrade our band inventory as a welcome back.
On Saturday June 26 2020 RCSCC Quinte held a change of command ceremony. With a few officers and a few Navy League members present. Out outgoing Commanding Officer Lt(N) Koshman received a service award from LCdr. Eggink. LCdr Eggink oversaw the chain of command from Lt(N) Koshman to Lt(N) Wisniewski.
Lt(N) Koshman will be moving on to the sailing center in Kingston in September. We wish him well in his new endevors.Lt(N) Koshman was given a thank you gift from the Navy League for all his has done for the corps. He also received a thank you from the officers of RCSCC Quinte. I am sure he will find a great place for the commemorative oar from the corps officers.Fair winds and following seas Lt(N) Koshman
As his last official act as Commanding Officer Lt(N) Koshman, awarded ASLt. Matther Taylor his appointment to officer certificate.
May 2 2021, marks the 76th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. The battle of the Atlantic was the longest continuously fought battle of the Second World War. The Royal Canadian Navy participated in this battle by providing protection to convoys of merchant ships moving war goods to Britain and by hunting German U-Boats (submarines).
Did you know that RCSCC Quinte's namesake (HMCS Quinte) has battle honours for the North Atlantic 1941-1942. HMCS Quinte earned this honour from fighting in the battle of the Atlantic. The Quinte, with her 83 Officers and crew, was assigned to the Western Local Escort Force and acted as a convey escort ship, safely guiding merchant ships from the coast of Canada out into the Atlantic Ocean where escort duties would be passed to larger navy vessels. Today we can still see HMCS Quinte's ship bell at the CFB Trenton Yacht Club.
In respect to and remembrance of those who served in this devastating battle today we flew our flags (past and present) at half mast while taking time to remember the sacrifice of so many.
They have no grave but the cruel sea.
No flowers lay at their head.
A rusting hulk is their tombstone.
A fast on the ocean bed.
On September 12, 2020 the Belleville Branch of the Navy League was able to officially open the new deck at our corps building. Along with a few dignitaries and members of our branch, we were able to have a small celebration.
Our branch president Carol Taylor, along with our corps Commanding Officer Lt.(N) Dwight Koshman, were joined by Ontario Navy League President Rear-Admiral(retired) Jennifer Bennett, CMM, CD, Mayor Panciuk, MPP Todd Smith, look on while Lyle Vanclief cut the ribbon.
It is with much joy and gratitude that we say thank you to the John and Bernice Parrott Foundation. Their amazing gift and generosity will go a long way to help us provide a safe and positive space for our cadets. In this time of uncertainty to be able to move forward on such an important project is an amazing step forward. With this donation and the funds raised from our bottle drive we will be able to complete the dock-emergency exit and shoreline restoration.
Thanks to the John M and Bernice Parrott foundation and the community for their generous donations. After a summer of much work and repair, our building and our dock and emergency exit are complete and ready once again for when the cadets and officers are back.