Princess Royal voyage recalled

Descendants of Nanaimo’s settlers gather outside the Bastion Sunday (Nov. 27).

Descendants of Nanaimo’s settlers, who sailed from England aboard the Princess Royal and arrived in Nanaimo harbour Nov. 27, 1854 after a voyage of almost six months, will gather outside the Bastion Sunday (Nov. 27) to recall their ancestors’ long voyage.

The Bastion’s bell will ring at 11 a.m. and a roll call of the passengers’ descendants will be taken.

Bill Gard, chairman of the Nanaimo Heritage Commission, is this year’s speaker, and Rev. Jim Manly will offer a blessing.

The public is invited to attend the short ceremony.