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I am looking for information about a ship that was apparently sunk in the Strait of Belle Isle in 1942 by a U-boat.

All I know from a relative is this: Alfred Peterson went to Goose Bay with McNamara Construction to build the airport for the U.S. government with a friend, Mr. Sauvé, also a carpenter. They were to leave Halifax to go to Quebec to get to Goose Bay. Sauvé had a premonition and didn’t want to leave, but Alfred talked him into it.

The boat was torpedoed by a German U-boat in the Strait of Belle Isle and Sauvé died. Alfred was saved and spent a couple of weeks in a fishing village on the coast of Labrador, possibly to keep word of the sinking from getting out.

Not all of these details may be correct because it is a family story.

I have contacted numerous libraries and archives In Newfoundland and Quebec and seen several books, but I cannot find any information about this incident.

A lot of this information was suppressed at the time for war purposes and as a result may not have entered the official history of the war.

I would like to ask your readers if anyone has any information about this or knows where the information would be located. If they do, please contact me at Box 1682, Yellowknife, NT XIA 2P3.

Thank you,

Brian Latham


Organizations: McNamara Construction

Geographic location: Goose Bay, Quebec, Newfoundland U.S. Halifax Yellowknife

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