For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
Photos and Documents from the Collection of
Joseph Barr Champion, Merchant Mariner, RNCVR, RAN(R), Ship's Master
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Joseph Barr Champion, my great uncle, was born in Australia in 1888. Coming from a family with an extensive seafaring history, in 1903, at the age of 15, he joined his first merchant ship as a cabin boy; beginning a career at sea that spanned several decades on 5 of the 7 seas - the South Pacific, Indian Ocean, North Pacific, North Atlantic and South Atlantic; in 3 and 4 masted sailing ships, coastal tramps, warships and post-World War 2 merchant vessels. After a long seafaring carrier, Joseph passed away in Australia in 1962. He recorded his seafaring career in various diaries and photo albums which will be posted here. I hope you enjoy a trip through history from sailing vessels to warships.
Yours aye Garry Weir, CD, P1RM, C.F. (Navy), Ret'd
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