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This is a press release issued by Arrow Recovery Canada Inc. on June 25th, 2004
about the announced RCN search for the Arrow Free Flight Models.

June 25, 2004


Thursday June 24, 2004 The Kingston Wig-Standard published an article by Derek Baldwin under the headline “Navy takes up hunt for Avro Arrow”. This was followed by a second article on Friday with the heading “None of them are looking in the right place' for Avro models”. We believe we are looking in the right place and that we may even have models already recorded on our Side Scan equipment.

Our group Arrow Recovery Canada is a registered Non Profit Corporation that has been searching for the “Lost Arrow Models” in Lake Ontario for over five years. Our mandate is to find and raise a number of Models for museums to display for the benefit of the people of Ontario. Our research and investigation has led us to an area of the lake off Pt. Petre in a test range once used by the Federal Government. For several years, and as recently as the week of June 15 th to 17 th of this year, we have been conducting side scan sonar survey of the lake bottom in that area. Our search is conducted under a survey licence from the Provincial Ministry of Heritage.

This effort has not come cheaply! Dedicated members of Arrow Recovery Canada have spent countless hours in research, fund raising and on-site survey in an effort to find these models. Displays at Air Shows and other events have helped us to raise funds to pay for boat gas and rental of Side Scan equipment. Our members are all volunteers who have dedicated their time and personal equipment to the search. None of us will profit in any way from this project, other than through the satisfaction of a job well done.

We now have several targets that may prove to be Arrow Models and the Nike booster rockets that were used to launch them. We may be only weeks away from announcing the discovery of an Arrow Model. After years of effort we may also be kept from success by our own Canadian Navy acting on behalf of a Toronto group who spent years looking in the wrong area. Our web site is the best Avro Arrow information site on the internet. Most of our research is posted on that site for the benefit of all Canadians. If any group is looking for Arrow models they probably found their information on our web site.

We are now confronted with the Canadian Navy using public tax dollars to put two ships, two crews and sophisticated equipment into our search area (as recorded on our survey licence for the past five years) but certainly not on our behalf. We would have gladly shared our research with the navy if they had asked, but to have them searching in an area that we “staked out” on behalf of a group that failed in the past is acutely unfair.

We believe the Canadian Navy should postpone their search until we have had a chance to complete our investigation.

Our members, the companies, and the many thousands of people who have supported our efforts and told us their personal stories about family and friends who worked on the AVRO Arrow project deserve no less.

Andrew Hibbert

President Arrow Recovery Canada Inc.

London, Ontario

It has been discovered that a rival group and author initiated this search effort. This group has been searching unsuccessfully for over 12 years in the wrong area, they continued to search the same area.
The author had never been involved in a legal search effort, and pettioned the DND to be allowed to join the unsuccessfully effort.


Search Failure Article:

Our find, last search effort, June 15-17, 2004, a thought to be uncharted shipwreck. Search was halted and the ministry informed! This was two weeks before the failed search by the other group.


This image is courtesy of Arrow Recovery Canada, Dundee Marine Services and Galcon Marine.

June 16, 2004.



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