For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
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The photos in this series show the sinking of a merchant ship, a depth charge attack by HMCS BUCTOUCHE, and the rescuing of survivors.
The ship sunk and the convoy it was in is not known. The first photo (SL01) shows the torpedoed merchant ship with one of the convoy escorts just ahead of it. In the following photos (all taken from HMCS BUCTOUCHE) you will see the depth charge attack and the crew re-loading the depth charges. This is happening in daylight. It is hard to imaging these men guarding a convoy and conducting a depth charge attack in the dark of night. The convoy moves on - it does not stop. These men were lucky and rescued by HMCS BUCTOUCHE. As long as there was a U-boat threat, it was not safe for a ship to stop and pick up survivors.