Hello Wilf and Friends:-
There were many of our ships lost during WWII -- Liverpool
Harbour, Sydney Harbour, many other places one would
not believe -- The U-boats were also "lost", now are being
found by sonar, with ID number sent back to Germany.
One U-boat crew was captured in Sydney Harbour, marched
down to the prison train, and I did the unthinkable!!
One cute little fellow - aged 14 -- looked like my brother, so
I waved and smiled at hime -- he was happy to smile back.
Needless to say, the Post-Record photographer captured "that
moment in time".
About eight years ago, my husband and I met a German
businessman who wanted to retire in Nova Scotia, and bring over
some of his businesses. Always being nosey, I asked 'WHY?'
He replied he had been a POW and his home was Nova Scotia.
The gentleman did not know where he was captured so described
it -- Sydney Harbour, Point Edward Naval Base, the Isle Royale,
down to the train station. Needless to say the real estate appointment
was not kept that day -- the man drove to Sydney.
Yes, he looked like my brother -- now only one house separates
them in Liverpool, NS - hunting together -- even Mi'kMaq mocassins!
A FEW U-boats, Wilf? Try over 3,000!!!
I will ask Bill about the ship -- he was a Chief Shipwright at Louisburg.
Muriel M. Davidson muriel_davidson(a)sympatico.ca
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We often see photos of Halifax Harbour along with Bedford Basin full of
getting ready to go in a convoy to Britain during WW II.
Many ship came to and fro Sydney during those same years but nothing much
said or I haven't seen any photos of that time period.
As a youngster I had an unique experience with one ship that came into the
It had a hole in its bow that a tug boat could have gone through
it. It was a Dutch freighter that had been hit by a U Boat off the coast of
Nova Scotia. The captain at the time stayed at the Nova Hotel where my
mother was manager. My brother and I were invited on board to have a meal
with the captain and his crew. It must have been a six or eight course meal
with the all the fixings fit for a king or queen. Even with the hole in the
hull the ship was spotless from bow to stern.
Does any one know of a photo and the name of that ship? Were there other
of the harbour at that time.
I also don't think people in the rest of Canada knew how close we were to
enemy at that time. We lost a number of ships off our coast and we did
capture a few U-boats.
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