The Carlplace — Mrs. May Anderson to Mr. M. P. Morris





Thanks to Ray Paquette–This was posted today on “The Canadian Warship Group”, a FB page I follow:
#OTD 13/12/1944 #RememberRCN -HMCS CARLPLACE commissions into #RCNavy. She is the last of 60 Canadian built River class frigates to enter service during #WWII.

Mrs. Anderson was a well known resident of Carleton Place where she was on teaching staff of this Carleton Place High School. Ray Paquette sent me a photo of the Carlplace a month ago and I put it up. I am happy to now document it with this photo.


Dear Mr. Morris,


I wish to thank you for your kind letter of introduction to the Commanding Officer of the “Carlplace” which reached me early in February. Upon inquiry I found that the “Carlplace” had just sailed. She returned last week and Lt. Cdr. Wright invited me to visit the ship and have dinner with the officers on board. Lt. Large was ashore but I had the opportunity of chatting with several others during the evening.


You will be pleased to know that everyone I met felt that the ship was particularly fortunate to have been adopted by the town of Carleton Place. They assured me that none of her townspeople needed any letter on introduction to enjoy the hospitality of their ship. The radio seemed to be their prize possesion. It is much better than they had ever dreamed of getting and enjoyed by all men on board. The C.O. brought out the Carleton Place file of letters and discussed the gifts received with certain recommendations. I have written to Mr. Ritchie hoping that the suggestions made might be of some use to his committee.


Tel. T.O. Bevis Stark of H. M. C.S. “Cape Breton” which was tied up alongside the “Carlplace” was invited on board to meet the C.O. while I was there. It was a very happy occasion I am sorry that more of our townspeople could not share our good fortune.


With best regards to Mrs. Morrison and yourself, I remain,



May Anderson


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From Ray Paquette this morning
This was posted on a website I follow, “Royal Canadian Navy Friends”. The first ship I served in was HMCS SUSSEXVALE was an updated Prestonian class frigate which had been a River class frigate, the same class as the Carplace, during WWII…

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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