Objects and Photographs


Storm Damage, SS Joel R. Poinsett
Storm Damage, SS Joel R. Poinsett

This June 1944 photograph shows the torn hull of the American merchant ship SS Joel R. Poinsett after it broke in a storm.

Enemy action was not the only danger faced by merchant mariners. The Joel R. Poinsett split in two in a March 1944 storm. The fore part of the ship sank, but the after part remained afloat because the watertight bulkheads (left, inside hull) held. A lengthy search and difficult recovery by the salvage tug Foundation Franklin saved the rest of the ship, which was towed back to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where it became a floating depot.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19720151-016

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
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SS Stanley Park's Swimming Pool
Holiday Portrait, SS Stanley Park
On Stanley Park's Flying Bridge
Fireman, SS Stanley Park
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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