HMCS NCSM Unicorn

405 - 24th Street East
Saskatoon SK  S7K 0K7

Phone: 306-934-8546 / 8533

HMCS NCSM Unicorn

"Unicus Est"

In the midst of sprawling wheat fields, expanding blue skies, and near the center of the heart of Saskatchewan, stands Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Unicorn. One of the RCNVR's original Naval Half-Companies, Unicorn rapidly took root in Saskatoon and has continued to flourish nearly 1,300 kilometres from the sea.

Established on 27 April 1923 as the Saskatoon Half-Company under the command of First World War veteran Lt. John McEown, HMCS Unicorn has been a cornerstone of Saskatoon for nearly a century. Unicorn was first quartered in the local Armoury, moving to the ‘Old Legion Hall' at the corner of 21st Street and 1st Avenue in 1930. In 1934, the burgeoning Ship's Company moved again, this time a block north to 25th Street to a former car dealership and garage. The ship moved to its present location in 1943, when a purpose-built brown brick building with white trim became Saskatoon's stone frigate at the corner of 4th Avenue and 24th Street, across from City Hall.

Warships bearing the name Unicorn were part of the Royal Navy dating back to 1544. In 1941, the Saskatoon Half-Company was commissioned as a land-based ship and named after one of the first vessels to enter Hudson's Bay in search of the Northwest Passage in 1619. Bearing a crest depicting a unicorn with wings, Unicorn maintains its uniqueness among other Naval Reserve Divisions. The crest was adopted in 1948 from the Royal Navy, which often added wings to its crests after a particularly arduous endeavour. Perhaps this was the reason for the symbol; or perhaps the fact that one of the last ships named HMS Unicorn was an aircraft carrier is behind the embellishment.

The Ship's Company played an active part in the life of Saskatoon and the surrounding communities, fielding sports teams, hosting public events and even helping with harvest. During the Second World War, Unicorn became a focal point for the Navy's wartime efforts in Saskatoon, becoming a Royal Canadian Navy recruiting centre. 3,573 officers and non-commissioned members enlisted and received their initial training on board.

HMCS Unicorn continues to play a prominent role in Saskatoon. Members of the Ship's Company have served with the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan, the former Yugoslavia, Namibia and southwest Africa, Cyprus, the Golan Heights, Germany, Great Britain, France, Holland, the U.S., in the Gulf War, and in every Canadian province. Both in 1950 and 1997, members of Unicorn courageously volunteered to assist with efforts to cope with the flooding of Manitoba's Red River. Closer to home, Unicorn helped deal with flooding in the South Saskatchewan River valley and have aided local protective services in operations on the river. Unicorn has provided safety boats to community boating events, with the ship's nine-pound gun often used to start the final races. Members of the Ship's Company have even spent weekends in a life raft tethered to one of Saskatoon's bridges to raise money for local crisis shelters.

Unicorn remains home to a proud heritage and more than 60 sailors that contribute to Canada's defence at home and abroad, in ships on both coasts and with Port Security and Naval Control and Guidance of Shipping units.

Au confluent des vastes champs de blé, de l'immensité du ciel bleu et près du coeur de la Saskatchewan se dresse le Navire canadien de Sa Majesté (NCSM) UNICORN. L'une des Demi-compagnies navales d'origine de la RVMRC, le UNICORN s'est rapidement établi à Saskatoon et a continué de prospérer à près de 1 300 km de la mer.

Mise sur pied le 27 avril 1923 en tant que Demi-compagnie de Saskatoon sous le commandement du vétéran de la Première Guerre mondiale le Lieutenant John McEown, le NCSM UNICORN a été un élément fondamental de Saskatoon pendant près d'un siècle. Le UNICORN s'établit d'abord dans le manège militaire local, s'installe ensuite dans le " Old Legion Hall " au coin des 21st Street et 1st Avenue en 1930. En 1934, la compagnie en plein essor déménage à nouveau, cette fois, un coin de rue au nord de la 25th Street, dans une ancienne concession automobiles et garage. Le navire s'installe dans son emplacement actuel en 1943, lorsqu'un édifice en briques brunes avec des moulures blanches construit pour l'occasion devient la frégate de pierre de Saskatoon, au coin des 4th Avenue et 24th Street, en face de l'hôtel de ville.

Les navires de guerre portant le nom de Unicorn font partie de la Marine royale depuis 1544. En 1941, la Demi-compagnie de Saskatoon fut mise en service en tant que navire basé à terre et nommé d'après l'un des premiers navires à entrer dans la baie d'Hudson à la recherche du passage du Nord-Ouest, en 1619. Le UNICORN, dont l'insigne illustre une licorne avec des ailes, maintient son caractère unique parmi les autres divisions de la Réserve navale. L'insigne a été adopté en 1948 de la Marine royale, qui a souvent ajouté des ailes à ses insignes à la suite d'une action particulièrement difficile. Il s'agit peut-être de la raison de ce symbole; ou la raison derrière cet ornement est peut-être le fait que l'un des derniers navires appelés HMS UNICORN était un porte-avions.

L'équipage du navire a joué un rôle actif dans la vie de Saskatoon et au sein des communautés avoisinantes, en jouant dans des équipes sportives, en étant l'hôte d'événements publics et même, en aidant lors du temps des récoltes. Lors de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale, le UNICORN devint le point central des efforts de guerre de la Marine à Saskatoon, devenant un centre de recrutement de la Marine royale canadienne. Un total de 3 573 officier et membres non commissionnés se sont enrôlés et ont reçu leur instruction de base à bord.

Le NCSM UNICORN continue de jouer un rôle important à Saskatoon. Les membres de l'équipage du navire ont servi avec les Forces canadiennes en Afghanistan, en ancienne Yougoslavie, en Namibie et en Afrique du Sud-Ouest, à Chypre, sur le plateau du Golan, en Allemagne, en Grande-Bretagne, en France, en Hollande, aux États-Unis, à la guerre du Golfe et dans toutes les provinces canadiennes. En 1950 et 1997, les membres du UNICORN se sont courageusement portés volontaires pour aider au prix de grands efforts à faire face aux inondations de la rivières Rouge au Manitoba. Plus près de chez lui, le UNICORN a aidé à faire face aux inondations dans la vallée de la rivière Saskatchewan Sud et a apporté son soutien aux services de protection locaux dans les opérations sur la rivière. Le UNICORN a fourni des bateaux de sécurité à la communauté lors d'événements nautiques, en utilisant souvent les canons de neuf livres que l'on trouve sur les navires pour donner le départ des courses finales. Les membres de l'équipage du navire passent même des fins de semaine dans des radeaux de sauvetage attachés à l'un des ponts de Saskatoon afin d'amasser des fonds pour des refuges locaux.

Le UNICORN continue d'être le foyer d'un héritage fier et de plus de 60 marins qui contribuent à la défense du Canada, au pays et à l'étranger, à bord de navires sur les deux côtes, ainsi qu'au sein d'unités de sécurité portuaire et de coopération et orientation navales pour la navigation commerciale.

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Joint Parade

Joint Parade
06:30 pm - 12 April 2018

At HMCS NCSM Unicorn

NLCC HM Weir has invited us to join their parade as they are inspected by LCdr A. Cann. This is an opportunity to see what our future generation is doing in the...

Regular Parade

Regular Parade
06:30 pm - 22 March 2018

At HMCS NCSM Unicorn

Thursday March 22nd is a Regular Parade. Same timings as usual 1830 to 2100 Canteen at stand easy. Uniforms required. Regular classes. See you all there!! Slt...

Switcheroo Parade

Switcheroo Parade
06:30 pm - 15 March 2018

At HMCS NCSM Unicorn

Thursday March 15th is a Swicheroo Parade.!!! Same timings as usual 1830 to 2100 Canteen at stand easy. Uniforms required. Parents!!! Please plan to parade and...

Regular Parade

Regular Parade
06:30 pm - 08 March 2018

At HMCS NCSM Unicorn

Thursday February 8th is a Regular Parade. Same timings as usual 1830 to 2100 Canteen at stand easy. Uniforms required. Divisional inspection Parade. Be sure to...

Marksmanship Qualifier

Marksmanship Qualifier
09:00 am - 24 February 2018

At HMCS NCSM Unicorn

Our marksmanship team will be doing their qualifier shoot with 702 Lynx Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets this morning! Any successful athletes will move on to...

Officer Training

Officer Training
08:00 pm - 09 February 2018

At HMCS NCSM Unicorn

HM Weir officers will be participating in training over the next few days. This training is for all Navy League Officers from across the province and is conducted...

Regular Parade

Regular Parade
06:30 pm - 08 February 2018

At HMCS NCSM Unicorn

Thursday February 8th is a Regular Parade. Same timings as usual 1830 to 2100 Canteen at stand easy. Uniforms required. Nautical knowledge night!!!. Slt (NL)...

Sports Day

Sports Day
09:00 am - 04 February 2018

At HMCS NCSM Unicorn

Make sure to bring your A-game and your ball game! We’re going to staying nice and warm with a full day of sports and leisure, lunch provided. #45jervisbay #45sea...

Open House and Job Fair / Portes ouvertes et salon de l'emploi

Open House and Job Fair / Portes ouvertes et salon de l'emploi
07:00 pm - 31 January 2018

At HMCS NCSM Unicorn

Find out about summer #jobs and other employment opportunities in the Royal Canadian Navy and the Naval Reserve. Renseignez-vous sur les emplois d'été et autres...

No Practice On The 28th January

No Practice On The 28th January
09:00 am - 28 January 2018

At HMCS NCSM Unicorn

Greetings Everyone, There will be NO band or gaurd practice on Sunday the 28th. Practice will resume on the 4th of February. Thank you Slt (NL)Steve Lawson Executive...

Seamanship Inter-Divisional Competition

Seamanship Inter-Divisional Competition
08:00 pm - 26 January 2018

At HMCS NCSM Unicorn

Competition weekend is here and another time for every sea cadet across the province to get together! Putting the skills learned at Seamanship Day to work; cadets...

Deck Division Activity

Deck Division Activity
04:00 pm - 20 January 2018

At HMCS NCSM Unicorn

Good times ahead!! All 3 DPO's and the Coxswain are welcome to attend also. This in unit action is for the deck divisions and DPOs only. If your cadet is in Shawinigan,...

Regular Parade

Regular Parade
06:30 pm - 18 January 2018

At HMCS NCSM Unicorn

Thursday January 18th is a Regular Parade. Same timings as usual 1830 to 2100 Canteen at stand easy. Uniforms required. We will be doing some rope work this evening. Slt...

Joint Mess Dinner

Joint Mess Dinner
06:30 pm - 19 December 2017

At HMCS NCSM Unicorn

HM Weir will join with Jervis Bay for Mess Dinner. The Naval Mess Dinner is an important function and steeped in tradition. The amount of tradition that is followed...

Joint Mess Dinner

Joint Mess Dinner
06:30 pm - 19 December 2017

At HMCS NCSM Unicorn

The holiday season is all around and what better way to celebrate than to come together dinner and fun times with 18 HM Weir! Dress will be mess kit for all. #45jervisbay...

702 Lynx Squadron Annual Mess Dinner

702 Lynx Squadron Annual Mess Dinner
06:00 pm - 16 December 2017

At HMCS NCSM Unicorn

The Mess Dinner is one of the most important traditions of the Canadian Forces. Mess dinners originated about 200 years ago, the purpose being the same as it is...

Commendation for Top Corps

Commendation for Top Corps
06:30 pm - 05 December 2017

At HMCS NCSM Unicorn

Jervis Bay has again been honoured as the top corps in the province. Mr. Greg Lawrence, MLA Moose Jaw Wakamow, will be the guest of honour presenting to the corps....

702 Lynx Squadron - Commanding officers Parade

702 Lynx Squadron - Commanding officers Parade
06:00 pm - 04 December 2017

At HMCS NCSM Unicorn

Each month 702 Lynx Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets conducts a Commanding Officers Parade. During this event cadets are inspected on their dress, drill and deportment....

702 Lynx Squadron - Commanding Officers Parade

702 Lynx Squadron - Commanding Officers Parade
06:00 pm - 06 November 2017

At HMCS NCSM Unicorn

Each month 702 Lynx Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets conducts a Commanding Officers Parade. During this event cadets are inspected on their dress, drill and deportment....

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