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Canadian Merchant Navy and Royal Navy Sailors Lost on SS Rose Castle

The following 24 sailors died when the SS Rose Castle was torpedoed and sunk in the second U-boat attack at the Bell Island anchorage on November 2, 1942:


Said (Sidi) Ali, Donkeyman, 46

Reginald Bennett, Able Seaman, 18

badge of the Canadian Merchant Navy, featuring a crown above

Badge of the Canadian Merchant Navy

Fred Burt, Second Steward, 26 (born in Rose Blanche, NL)

William Joseph Dwyer, Trimmer, 22

William James Fillier, Fireman, 22 (born in Bell Island, NL)

Albert Edward Gabriel, Trimmer, 20 (born in Newfoundland)

John Robert Green, Third Mate, 30 (born in Newfoundland)

Charles Hardy, Fireman, 20 (born in Rose Blanche, NL)

William Henderson, Chief Engineer, 62

Henry Clarence King, Able Seaman, 25 (buried in Beach Hill Anglican Cemetery, Bell Island, NL) (born in St. John’s, NL)

Walter J. MacDonald, Master, 44

Angus MacLeod, Oiler, 21

Patrick MacMullen (McMullin), Oiler, 22

Ivan Daniel MacPherson, Fourth Engineer, 30

Robert Arnold Mann, Ordinary Seaman, 17

Logo with white ensign of the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom

Logo of the Royal Navy

William Gerard McLennon, Able Seaman, Royal Navy DEMS Gunner, 24 (born in Placentia, NL)

Michael J. McPherson, Ordinary Seaman, 18

James Miles, Boatswain, 42 (born in Newfoundland)

Viggo Svend Lykke Dahl Pehrson (Peperson), Cook, 34

R.A. Ross, Deck Hand, 20

Gerald Monrad Stromsmoe, Fireman, 21

Joan (Jean) Suga, Second Engineer, 27

Arthur J. Vatcher, First Mate, 40 (born in Burgeo, NL)

Leonard Birton Wasson, Able Seaman, 30

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Halifax Memorial in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Their 19 crewmates survived the sinking, including three Newfoundlanders: Gordon Hardy from Rose Blanche, James Perry from Bauline and Frank Rees from Bell Island. A second Gordon Hardy from Ingonish, Nova Scotia also survived.

Letter listing survivors of the sinking of SS Rose Castle in 1942

DOSCO letter listing the survivors from SS Rose Castle


Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newfoundland Constabulary report of Head Constable William Russell (Bell Island), dated November 4, 1942 (The Rooms Provincial Archives Division, GN 13, box 249, file 23)

SS Rose Castle correspondence, 1941-1942 (Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University, Dominion Steel & Coal Corporation fonds, MG (L))