Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

National Audio 3:55 PM ET

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National Audio 3:55 PM ET

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NAT119 - (Navy-Black-Loyalist) HMCS SUMMERSIDE, Ivory Coast. x-21s. The commanding officer of H-M-C-S Summerside and his crew have retraced a historic journey to Africa, with connections to Nova Scotia that date back 225 years. Lieutenant-Commander Paul Smith visited the fabled Cotton Tree in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone that was settled by free slaves in 1792. Smith -- the first African-Canadian to command a navy ship -- says the tree was a prayer site for the settlers after they arrived from Nova Scotia. ("..moment of pride.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: Smith just wrapped up a six-day visit to the country as part of an ongoing exercise with the Royal Canadian Navy and partner countries along the western coast of Africa.

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NAT120 - (Navy-Black-Loyalist) HMCS SUMMERSIDE, Ivory Coast. …

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