In 1900 the Phaeton was based in Esquimault, Vancouver Island. When he was posted to the ship Harold travelled with a party of other officers, sailors and marines by passenger ship to Halixfax Nva Scotia, and then by train across Canada on the Canadian Pacific Railway. During this trip various entertainment was organised where the officers sang to the men and vice versa. Harold's contribution was a rendition of a song popular at the time ' Wrap me in my tarpaulin jacket'
HMS Phaeton, Christmas Greetings 1901;