Remembering the S.S. Caribou
Friday, Oct. 14, marks 74 years since word came of a tragedy in the Cabot Strait.
A German U-boat torpedoed the S.S. Caribou, the modern car ferry between Port aux Basques and North Sydney, in the early-morning hours of Oct. 14, 1942.
In all, 137 people were killed, including 31 crewmembers and 10 children. Many of the bodies were never recovered.
The message “Remember the Caribou and Her Gallant Crew” remains on a framed poster at the Royal Canadian Legion Channel Branch 11 in Port aux Basques and in homes along the southwest coast.
The town of Port aux Basques has begun planning activities to mark the 75th anniversary of the tragedy in 2017.
At September’s council meeting, economic development strategist Shauna Strickland said an application for funding had been approved.
Strickland said activities will include a wreath-laying event, a community parade and events with the school. She said a committee will be struck early next year to start planning.