72nd an­niver­sary of Amer­i­can naval tragedy re­called

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS -

An ec­u­meni­cal ser­vice at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in St. Lawrence Feb. 18 re­mem­bered the 72nd an­niver­sary of the sink­ing of the ‘USS Trux­tun’ and ‘USS Pol­lux’.

It was on that day in 1942 dis­as­ter struck just off the coast of the Burin Penin­sula, and two Amer­i­can navy ships were lost when they ran aground dur­ing a fierce win­ter storm.

The ‘ Trux­tun’ went down at Cham­bers Cove near St. Lawrence, while the ‘Pol­lux’ sank at Lawn Point.

Al­though 203 Amer­i­can sailors per­ished in the dis­as­ter, the ef­forts of res­i­dents in the area helped save 186 lives.

Fa­ther Ce­cil Critch and Rev. Terry Caines presided over the ec­u­meni­cal ser­vice.

Mem­bers of RCSCC 269 En­deav­our were also on hand and, among other du­ties dur­ing the day, served as es­corts dur­ing the wreath lay­ing, em­ceed by Lau­rella Stacey.

Nella Hod­der, Ail­ish Slaney and Madi­son Slaney pre­sented the Book of Re­mem­brance dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

In­ter­ces­sions were con­ducted by sea cadets CPO2 Peter Slaney, CPO2 Tif­fany Lambe, PO2 Claire Ed­wards, Grade Nine stu­dent Jes­sica Squires and Grade Seven stu­dents Jer­rett Ed­wards and Lu­cas Far­rell.

Mayor Paul Pike brought greet­ings on be­half of his town, while as­sis­tant Carol Ann Ha­ley repre- sented Ran­dom-Burin-St. Ge­orge’s MP Judy Foote.

As part of the an­nual re­mem­brance, three con­tests are held to keep the mem­ory of the dis­as­ter alive and in the hearts of youth.

Me­gan Hodge won the poster con­test, while Travis Per­rot’s ef­fort was selected as the best es­say con­test and Jes­sica Squires was the win­ner of the poem con­test.

Emily Pittman and Heather Clarke sang the Cana­dian and Amer­i­can na­tional an­thems. Also per­form­ing, the St. Lawrence Academy Choir sang a re­flec­tion hymn.

LEFT: St. Lawrence Mayor Paul Pike brought greet­ings for the town dur­ing the Feb. 18 ec­u­meni­cal ser­vice in re­mem­brance of the 72nd an­niver­sary of the Trux­tun-Pol­lux dis­as­ter at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. St. Lawrence Fire Chief Dar­rell Doyle, es­corted...

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