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Local Heroes, Daring Rescue of the 709
Mar 11, 2010
1943 - USN submarine chaser SC 709 foundered off Louisbourg NS. Local fishermen effected a daring rescue under extremely adverse conditions. Stranded on a shoal & pounded by 12-foot seas, SC 709...
Life before the fortress - Community - Living - The Cape Breton Post
Mar 08, 2010
Life before the fortress - Community - Living - The Cape Breton Post Author Elaine Sawlor with a copy of her new book, Beyond the Fog, which explores the stories of the 81 families whose...
The French Ship
Mar 07, 2010
After The British Left, the villageof Louisbourg grew with Irish and Scottish immigrants. Houses were built on the ruins and even the foundations of the of the Fortress. There...
Fortress of Louisbourg Launches One-of-a-kind Tour | News Releases | Government of Nova Scotia
Mar 02, 2010
Fortress of Louisbourg Launches One-of-a-kind Tour | News Releases | Government of Nova Scotia
Ghost stories at Fortress Louisbourg - HALIFAX.CityGuide.ca
Mar 02, 2010
Ghost stories at Fortress Louisbourg - HALIFAX.CityGuide.ca
Raindancer Story
Feb 28, 2010
Jimmy Norman MacDonald (Big Jim) helped a friend sail a yacht to the Virgin Islands. He was on his way to the Airport to fly back to Nova Scotia when he saw a sign on a bulletin board.Wanted crewman...
Hockey Game
Feb 06, 2010
My father, Charlie worked for a ship chandler that supplied the pilot boat to put the pilots aboard any ship entering the...
Rule of the Road for Steamers
Feb 03, 2010
Rule of the Road for SteamersWhen all three Lights I see ahead ~I port my helm, and show my RedGreen to Green ~ or Red to Red~Perfect safety ~ Go ahead!If to Starboard Red appear,It is my duty to...
Our First Xmas Tree
Nov 02, 2006
by Celia LeDrewChristmas Eve 1929 the temperature was 7 below and the sky was cold and clear and there was lots of snow. It had snowed for three days and the snow crunched under your feet when you...
The Home On the Hill
Sep 26, 2006
The Home on the HillBy Charlie ShawWe live at the house by the side of the hill,A home away from home.A better place you couldn't findNo matter where you roam.For when the rain beats on the windowsOr...
SPECIAL VE DAY 1995 EDITION

By
Jean Kyte

  • 1939 & 1940
To the Louisbourg of 1939 the looming war declared by Great Britain and France on Germany on September 3rd was a minor affair that hardly rippled the even tenor of everyday life. The previous February, Mayor Melvin S. Huntington arranged with Malcolm Patterson to introduce a bill in the Legislature establishing the boundaries of the town. The opening of the new Post Office on February 14 and the Customs Office in the same building on February 23 were signs of progress. Swordfishing went on in the summer and the fleet was welcomed as usual. On September 1, Huntington noted in his diary, " Germany invaded Poland today and the war that has been threatened for many months has begun." Up to then, nothing in the way of world news was considered worthwhile mentioning in his diary.
L H. CANN


Work Of Louisburg Marine Engineer Highly Praised
- LOUISBURG, March 6—Out of this publicity-neglected port today came a story on the feat of a small marine en­gineer who has won recognition through & repair job to a freighter which is believed unequalled in Canadian marine records. ,The engineer is L. H.Cann, own-of the Cann Machine Shop, locat­ed on the harbor front of this, bustling summer resort. The story begins in February, 1947, when the big 5,000-ton freighter, Random, owned by the Newfoundland Railway, cracked a blade in its wheel a short distance from this port.



1943 - USN submarine chaser SC 709 foundered off Louisbourg NS. Local fishermen effected a daring rescue under extremely adverse conditions. Stranded on a shoal & pounded by 12-foot seas, SC 709 quickly became weighed down by ice & began listing to starboard. Canadian naval authorities in Louisbourg judged it to be too risky to attempt a rescue. The sailors aboard SC 709 could be seen from the shore from time to time as they tried to move about on the wave-swept deck.

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