Canada at War: NOVA SCOTIA: Big Haul

Halifax fishermen were in luck the moment the tow line snapped. Driven by the wind, the disabled U.S. Liberty ship drifted helplessly away from the tug which was towing her into port. She slid past the islands which ring Halifax's outer harbor, grounded firmly on Lobster Claw Ledge. Rocks under the sea smashed her hull. She lay broken near the land, her mid decks awash.

Within a few hours fishermen and country folk, from the 40-mile stretch between Tancook Island and Herring Cove, flocked on foot or in dories, motor boats and schooners to the scene of one of the biggest...

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