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Rescuing Survivors
Rescuing Survivors

Three merchant mariners from the MV (motor vessel) Panama come alongside the Canadian frigate HMCS Longueuil during an April 1945 rescue.

All three stand in their wooden raft as they prepare to board the frigate, and one of them (right) has a bandaged head. An engine breakdown and shifting ballast sank the Panama on 11 April. Only five of the ship's 50 crew survived to be rescued by Longueuil 18 days later. Even with the assistance of a lifeboat or life raft and the supplies it might carry, exposure to the elements rapidly took its toll on survivors.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19930068-007

Storm Damage, SS Joel R. Poinsett
Rescuing Survivors
HMCS Longueuil Rescues Survivors
Ordinary Seaman Somer Oscar James
Chief Officer Percy Kelly
Officers aboard SS Stanley Park
SS Stanley Park
David McMillan
Officers, SS Stanley Park
"Crossing the Line", SS Stanley Park
Gun Crew at Practice, SS Stanley Park
Gun Crew, SS Stanley Park
Disposing of Ammunition, SS Stanley Park
Towing SS Noranda Park, September 1945
SS Stanley Park's Swimming Pool
Holiday Portrait, SS Stanley Park
On Stanley Park's Flying Bridge
Fireman, SS Stanley Park
HMCS Micmac
HMCS Magnificent and Destroyer
Canadian Ships in Halifax Harbour
HMCS Assiniboine and Sea King Helicopter
HMCS Porte St. Louis and HMCS Porte St. Jean
HMCS Ontario in the Panama Canal