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Chief Officer Percy Kelly
Chief Officer Percy Kelly

Chief Officer Percy Ambrose Kelly (left) poses with Captain Nels Helgesen (right), who rescued Kelly and other survivors from the SS Lady Hawkins.

A bandage on Kelly's head covers a wound suffered when the German U-Boat (submarine) U-66 sank the Lady Hawkins. Helgesen's ship, the SS Coamo, rescued 71 survivors after they had spent five days in a lifeboat. Kelly was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire and received the Lloyd's War Medal for Bravery at Sea for his role in their survival. In December 1942, the German submarine U-604 sank the Coamo with the loss of its entire crew, including Captain Helgesen.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 20040004-005_43



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