Shown here is Algonquin's wartime badge superimposed over a Maple Leaf. This is the way it appeared on the cover of the ship's Christmas card on December 25th, 1944. (Card via Ken Garrett)


A cast metal rendition of the badge from WWII. (Photo via Ken Garrett)

Algonquin's badge as it appears today. (via RCN)

The origin of the name Algonquin is uncertain, but it is believed to be derived from a word in the dialect of the Mic Mac Tribe meaning "at the place of spearing fish and eels". This interpretation has been carried into the heraldic design of the Ship's badge. Originally this name was applied to a small tribe in the Gatineau Valley in Quebec. However this tribe in turn was only part of a great Indian Nation sharing a common language, to whom the name Algonquin is now applied. Some tribes crossed into the northern section of what is now the United States; it was here that they lived and fought under the leadership of two of the greatest Indian Chieftains of North America, Pontiac and Tecumseh. The descendants of this great tribe are now to be found living on reservations in Ontario and Quebec where they still support themselves by hunting and trapping.
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