The Monument to the USS Phelps Carrying President Franklin D. Roosevelt

by John M. MacFarlane 2017

Plaque Monument

The plaque commemorating the visit of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the USS Phelps to Victoria BC. (Photo from the John MacFarlane collection.)

The USS Phelps (DD–360) carried President FranklinD. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to Victoria on September 30, 1937 to Victoria BC on a goodwill visit to Canada.

USS Phelps

The USS Phelps (Photo from the Wikipedia collection. )

The USS Phelps (DD–360) was built by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation’s Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts and launched in 1935.

USS Phelps

Premier T.D. Pattullo on board the U.S.S. Phelps; greeting American president, Franklin D. Roosevelt (Photo B-08121 from the British columbia Archives collection.)

The visit to Victoria was not the only presidential service of this vessel. In November 1936 Phelps, along with the cruiser Chester, escorted the heavy cruiser Indianapolis carrying President Franklin D. Roosevelt to Buenos Aires, Argentina for the opening of the Inter-American Peace Conference of 1936. The cruise included good-will visits to Montevideo, Uruguay and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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