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Rescue at Sea
Rescue at Sea

On 24 September 1944, the frigate HMCS Swansea (foreground) rescued seven British soldiers from a sinking segment of an artificial harbour (right).

Towed by a tug, this giant floating concrete structure, called a Phoenix, was headed to Normandy to help create an artificial harbour known as a "Mulberry". Soldiers were stationed on board to supervise the towing and operate pumps to keep it afloat. Swansea, called to assist when heavy weather interfered with the towing and caused the Phoenix to start sinking, made several attempts to rescue the soldiers (right, on Phoenix). It ultimately succeeded, after coming dangerously close to the sinking concrete structure.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19870232-011

HMCS Prince Robert Refitted as an Armed Merchant Cruiser
German Prisioners Leaving HMCS Prince Robert
Soviet Merchant Ship
HMCS Algonquin
HMCS Ontario in Malta
HMCS Prince Robert in Hong Kong
Liberated Prisoner of War Coming Aboard HMCS Prince Robert
Depth Charge Attack on U-Boat
Rescuing German Survivors
German Prisoners, HMCS Swansea
Spent 4-inch Cartridge Casings, HMCS Swansea
Laying a Smokescreen, HMCS Swansea
Stokers, HMCS Huron
Damage to HMCS Qu'appelle's Stern
260th Landing Craft Flotilla, Southampton, England
Officers of the 260th and 262nd Flotillas
The Crew of LCI(L) 135
LCI(L) 249, Bernières-sur-Mer, 6 June 1944
LCI(L) 249 at Bernières-sur-Mer, 6 June 1944
LCI(L) 135 on Juno Beach
LCI(L) 249 in Drydock, Portsmouth, England
Rescue at Sea
Ship's Company, HMCS Stormont
Commander Kenneth F. Adams and HMCS Iroquois