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3069 W.A. McColl’s – II Year – 1951: “watching the Wolfe Islander come across and several times it seemed as if she wouldn’t make it to the mainland”

17 Apr 51

On Sunday there was a terrific wind blowing from the west. RMC is a windy place but never yet has it been as windy since I’ve been here. Quite a crowd was out on the ramparts watching the Wolfe Islander come across and several times it seemed as if she wouldn’t make it to the mainland. Insurance goes on for the lake boats on the 15th so two went out and (I suppose because they were so light) had to go down the river to get in the lee of the wind. The water is high but on top of that the surface water all the way from Hamilton has been blown down here. St. Lawrence pier was awash all day and the waves kept pouring over. The wind and waves were so strong that on the road around Fort Frederick, all kinds of rocks and debris were thrown up. The padre from Royal Roads spoke to us in church. So far I think I have passed all the exams although probably did not distinguish myself on any of them.

20 Apr 51

All the exams are over now except for three, three tough ones. Magnetism and Electricity might have got me this time. Yesterday, and ex-cadet and ex-colonel of the P.P.C.L.I. took the salute on a march past. Our drill is becoming good. But on the day of the Physics exam, I was really preoccupied and stunned on parade so I was banking right and left.