Historic Boat on Display this Weekend

Historic Boat on Display this Weekend


It’s Rendez-vous naval de Québec this weekend in Quebec City at the port, and in addition to the four Naval ships open to the public, there will also be a special Chris Craft cruiser called “H.M.S. Jeffy Jan ll”, a 36 foot vessel, that played an important role in the history of the Second World War.

The craft was built in 1937, and if any of you know the Chris Craft brand, you’ll know that it’s made of a unique wood with a particular window pattern that was so prevalent in all their models. The boat has not been in the water for the last 10 years.

The boat itself was used to transport special dignitaries who attended the Quebec Conferences in 1943 and 1944. These conferences were where the strategy for the Invasion of Normandy took place between President Theodore Roosevelt and Sir Winston Churchill with Canada’s Prime Minister Mackenzie King being the host and participant. The rest of course, is history.

The Jeffy Jan ll, will be restored to its original condition after this weekend and will be on display at the Quebec Naval Museum when the restoration is completed. A fine piece of history connecting  Quebec City directly to WWll.

LifeinQuebec.com Staff Writer

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