PORT AUX BASQUES AND ST. JOHN’S, NL– Liberal Whip and MP for Random–Burin–St. George’s, Judy Foote, made the following statement today on the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the SS Caribou on October 14, 1942:
“Seventy years ago, war struck close to home when a German submarine torpedoed and sank the civilian passenger ferry, the SS Caribou, as it crossed the Cabot Strait from Sydney to Port aux Basques. Of the 237 passengers and crew aboard, 136 died, including 31 crew members, 10 children, and 57 Canadian and American military personnel.
The Caribou tragedy brought the war to our very shores. But it did not bend our will. It steeled our resolve. Newfoundland and Canada prevailed against the U-boat wolf packs in the Battle of the Atlantic, and, along with our allies, in the larger war in Europe and the Pacific, a victory that gave us seven decades of prosperity, progress and peace.”
Liberal Senator George Furey continued:
“The Caribou disaster remains a pivotal moment in our history as a seafaring people. It reminds us of the horrors that result when civilized nations go to war, but also that valour and good will prevail even in our darkest hour.”
On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary Caucus, we stand with the people of Newfoundland and Labrador to remember the loss of life, recall the heroism of many and reflect on the lasting legacy of one of the saddest events in our history.”