Widow re­calls sink­ing

‘They never sus­pected they would be at­tacked’

The Pilot - - Editorial -

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.

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