Widow recalls sinking
‘They never suspected they would be attacked’
This article appeared in the Gulf News in a special insert printed Oct. 13, 1992, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the sinking of the S. S. Caribou. Evelyn Butt passed away on April 21, 2011.
“I found out just before noon time that day,” Evelyn Butt recalled. “I knew something had happened because people were out on the street everywhere. They were going back and forth, but nobody came where I was.” It was Oct. 14, 1942.
Her husband, Hubert Coffin, was a sailor on the S. S. Caribou and his father, Elias Coffin, was boson.
Mrs. Butt said the S. S. Caribou wasn’t prepared for war.
“They didn’t carry any guns or anything,” she said, “because they never suspected they would be attacked.”
The Port aux Basques widow
Evelyn Butt lost her husband and her father-in-law the night the S. S. Caribou was torpedoed.