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Louis Anaclet Leblanc, O.B.E.


RNCVR / Merchant Navy


Born: 1891, West Pubnico, Nova Scotia


Died: 1896


LeBLANC, Louis Anaclet  - was born at West Pubnico, Nova Scotia in 1891, the son of Louis Cyrille and Melanie LeBlanc. He went to sea at an early age as a mate, and later master, of coastal vessels. During World War I he commanded a minesweeper off the coast of eastern Nova Scotia. He went on to serve with the Canadian National Steamships and commanded the Lady Rodney during World War II, which was converted to a troop vessel and carried war brides from mainland Europe to the United Kingdom, and then to North America. Before taking command of the Lady Rodney he commanded the C.N.S. Cathcart, protecting the sealanes of the West Indies. Following the war, the vessel was returned to its luxury liner status. In 1947 he was awarded the key to the City of Boston in recognition of his services. He married Azilda Cuillard of Montmagny, P.Q. and the couple resided at Saint-Michel de Bellechasse, P.Q.


Ships served in:

First World War

CD-26 - Appointed to CD-26 01 May 1918 as a Mate, RNCVR (seniority 11 Jun 1918) (Navy List Oct 1919)

HMCS NIOBE - Appointed to NIOBE 01 Feb 1919, add'l, as a Mate, RNCVR (Navy List Mar 1919)

HMCS ARMENTIERES - Appointed to ARMENTIERES 10 Mar 1919 as a Mate, RNCVR (Navy List Mar-Oct 1919)

Second World War





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