This exceptionally beautiful, one-liter ceramic ship's decanter was commissioned to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Navy. Fewer than 6,000 have been produced, and a donation of $5 from the sale of each decanter is being given to the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust, which maintains and operates the only surviving Corvette, HMCS SACKVILLE in Halifax. The mission of this non-profit trust is to maintain the 'Last Corvette' in her 1944 configuration as Canada's Naval Memo- rial to all those who served in the naval service.
This decanter has been hand cast from porcelain, and hand decorated using glass colored inks, not plastic, that have been permanently fired into the ceramic at temperatures approaching 1800Â° Fahrenheit. It will provide more than a lifetime of service without any degradation to those who appreciate fine and unusual objects.
Of special mention is the bottom of the decanter's base, on which most every RCN ship that was commissioned over the past 100 years is listed in alphabetical order, more than 300 ships in all. If you served, your ship should be on there!
All of the decanter's decorative elements are of historical significance. Encircling the neck are the 13 Provincial and Territorial Flags.
One of the main cameos on the base depicts HMCS SACKVILLE (K181). Commissioned in 1941, she was one of more than 120 Corvettes built for the RCN during WW II, and saw heavy action from 1941 to 1944. She is the last surviving Corvette.
The adjacent cameo to the right of SACKVILLE salutes the Merchant Marine service with a painting of the FORT WALLACE, one of the Fort Ships that carried vital supplies on perilous voyages to the Allies throughout the Second World War.
The third cameo, "READY, AYE READY" is the RCN's motto backed up by the White Ensign of World War II on the one side, and Canada's national flag on the other.
The final cameo, composed of maple leaves and Leviathans, quotes Churchill on the importance of winning the Battle of the Atlantic. Here the RCN played a vital and major role in its victory at a very high cost of ships and men. If that battle had been lost, so might the war in Europe.
The blue ribbon surrounding the base lists the Seven Seas in Latin.
The top of the stopper commemorates the RCN's 100th Anniversary, with a Maple Leaf center and a killick's anchor on each side.
This Decanter is certainly a fitting tribute to all of those who served over the past 100 years in both the RCN and the Merchant Marine, and to those who still serve today in the cause of freedom.