Amica at Swan Lake
Royal Canadian Navy – HMCS Corvette – Served 3 ½ years
Max joined the Canadian Navy right after high school at the age of 17. He started out as an apprentice doing 18 months of training in Galt near Cambridge, Ontario to become a Marine Engineer. He then continued his training in Victoria, British Columbia and finished at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
Once Max completed his training, he was stationed in Greenock, Scotland for about a week before he joined the HMCS Corvette for Convoy Duty in the English Channel for 1 year from 1944-1945. Max returned home in May of 1945 and 2 months later he joined the Forget Corvette in Quebec City.
After 3 ½ years of service, he was discharged from the Navy in November of 1945.
Looking back on his time spent with the Canadian Navy, Max feels the most important lesson he learned was discipline. He was very young when he joined the Navy and had a lot of responsibility with his job. That same discipline helped him later in life when he graduated from Queen’s University as a Mechanical Engineer.
Max recalls getting sea sick only one time before he earned his “sea legs” and got used to being aboard the vessels.