Royal Canadian Navy's oldest and longest-serving commissioned sailing ship leaves Friday

The HMCS Oriole will depart from Victoria's inner harbour Friday destined for Rendezvous 2017, a Tall Ship festival celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation throughout Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

The Oriole is a commissioned sail training vessel, and is the only one of its kind in the Royal Canadian Navy.

It was first launched 96 years ago -- in 1921 --  and is the oldest and longest-serving commissioned vessel in the Royal Canadian Navy.

The Oriole is used for the training of junior officers and non-commissioned sailors as an introduction to the sea.  The ship also participates in a large variety of races and public outreach events.

The ship will leave from Ship's Point in the 700-block of Government Street at 10:30 am

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