Les Sites Navals d'EsquimaltThe long naval presence here has produced a unique legacy among defence sites in Canada. From its establishment in 1865 until Britain's Royal Navy withdrew in 1906, Esquimalt served as headquarters of the vast Pacific Station. In the Dockyard, the Admiralty built wooden storehouses and repair shops for the Pacific fleet. Well-crafted brick buildings, many still in use, replaced the original structures in the 1890s. A hospital complex was installed at nearby Pilgrim Cove. Sailors who succumbed to disease or to the hazards of life at sea were buried in the Royal Navy Cemetery. Cole Island, isolated at the northern tip of Esquimalt Harbour, housed gunpowder and high explosives. In 1910, the new Royal Canadian Navy took over the base, eventually expanding the Dockyard and hospital sites to provide training and administrative facilities, and the heavy industrial complexes needed to service the modern Canadian fleet. These sites embody more than a century's evolution of naval defence by British and Canadian forces.
|Placed By||Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada|
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|Date Added||Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 2:48am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||10U E 468868 N 5364862|
|Decimal Degrees||48.43613333, -123.42090000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 48° 26.168', W 123° 25.254'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||48° 26' 10.08" N, 123° 25' 15.24" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 800-806 Belim St, Victoria BC V9A 6N7, CA|
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