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The Immigration Story of Jack Howes (British Immigrant)

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I arrived at Pier 21 in Halifax on Saturday 19 February 1955 having disembarked from the Cunard line "SAMARIA".

I had been recruited by Canadian Vickers Shiyard in Montreal to help design ships for the Royal Canadian Navy.

My fiancee followed me to Canada and arrived in Quebec City on 1 July 1955. We were married in Montreal two weeks later.

Prior to coming to Canada I had served in the Royal Air Force in England and on the basis of this I was accepted by the RCAF (Air Reserve) shortly after my arrival in Montreal. This helped me to integrate into the Canadian way of life very quickly.

After 17 years in Montreal I joined Transport Canada working as a Marine Surveyor in Thunder Bay and Ottawa. I retired in 1994.

My wife died in 1993 and I have a son who is a federal Civil servant working in Ottawa.