Re­mem­ber­ing the S.S. Cari­bou

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Front Page - BY BRYAN TAIT

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.

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