By Major-General Richard Rohmer
The H.M.S. Raleigh was commissioned as part of the British North Atlantic squadron in 1922. She was a Cavendish class cruiser of 12,000 tons displacement, a length overall of 605 feet, with a complement of 700 officers and men. On August 8, 1922, in thick fog and without warning, the Raleigh ran aground on Point Amour, Forteau Bay, Labrador. The ship remained hardground and upright for four years. During this period, she was stripped of all salvageable items and was destroyed with explosives in September 1926. Since that time, local residents have been salvaging the brass from cordite containers and shells, which were left behind. Each spring new projectiles and coordinate wash up on the beach and are collected. This book follows the story of the Raleigh from 1922 to current day.