S.S. Caribou: Passengers & Crew 14/10/1942

Click here for my current list of individuals on board the S.S. Caribou Oct. 14, 1942.

These are the highest quality photos I’ve found on-line of people who were on the S.S. Caribou on the morning of October 14th, 1942, when the ship was torpedoed. Appearing in random order above are: Leonard Shiers, the only surviving baby, in the arms of Petty Officer Ralph Rogers RCN; Nursing Sister Agnes Wilkie RCNVR (wearing glasses); Seaman Eli Maxwell Bishop RN (blond); Nursing Sister Margaret Brooke RCN; Able Bodied Seaman Wilfred George Poole RN (arms crossed): Seaman Francis Warren RN (seated) with friend Kenneth Gosse, who was not on board; Captain Ben Taverner aboard the Caribou in 1941; Seaman Percy Moores RN and his brother Milton, who was not on board, in the Army uniform. Four of these people survived. To learn more click on my current list at the top of this page. Please post a comment if you have more information, corrections, or better photos. I’d love to hear from you.

19 thoughts on “S.S. Caribou: Passengers & Crew 14/10/1942

  1. Jean

    Mom and I were on the Carson on the last trip over from Port aux Basque to North Sydney before she was sunk. We were down to Harbour la Que and Dad called to tell us to get home because he heard that there was German submarines out in the Gulf . We were lucky.

  2. Sarah Bishop

    Hi Jenifer, My Great Uncle Eli Max Bishop was highlighted in your article. I am a relative of Eli and it would be great to get in contact with you.

  3. Brenda Roy

    I am interested in information about the passengers and the ship the SS Caribou. My husband’s aunt was one of those who died on board, she was only 24 years old. I have looked at the book the SS Caribou and although there were stories of some of the passengers there was only a small write up about her. I’m hoping you have more information about the people on board.

    1. Jennifer Morgan Post author

      Sorry for not getting back to you sooner Brenda. What was your husband’s aunt’s name? Does the family have any photos? You can email me at: morganjlee(at)hotmail(dot)com Thanks!!

  4. Bev Curran

    My paternal Grandfather was John Moore, Chief Stewart for the Reid Railroad who had the very sad job of travelling to Port aux Basques to identify the remains of the bodies of the crew who had died. He passed away however in 1951.

  5. Lori Vokey

    Please contact me, I am Arthur F Barry’s granddaughter. He didn’t like to talk about his time in the Navy much but he did tell me about that night. I don’t really remember much of the story he told me anymore, I had it on cassette tape because I interviewed him about it for a school project back in the 80’s but it was lost in the big Fort McMurray fire in 2016 😦 I could provide a photo of Poppy.

    1. Jennifer Morgan Post author

      Hi Lori! What a shame to have lost something so valuable in the fire. Sorry for not checking my website earlier. I am back in the saddle, getting back to the website for the Caribou passengers and crew. If you have the photo of your grandfather, I’d love to have it. Can you email it to me: morganjlee(at)hotmail(dot)com ??? And anything you remember from the tape…maybe I can phone you?

  6. Patricia Gunderson

    Hi Jennifer. Edgar Tanner McLaughlin was my uncle. My mother (his sister) told me the story of him being torpedoed when I was young but I didn’t do anything with the information until I started to do my family history. As I recall my uncle told mom the only reason he survived was that he was not asleep in his bunk when the torpedo hit but was on the upper deck playing cards with several other men. He was in the water for quite awhile before being rescued and had health issues there after. I believe he had one son, Gilbert. Unfortunately I never met my uncle but I do have a wedding photograph of him and his wife. He is wearing his Navy uniform in the photo.

    1. Jennifer Morgan Post author

      Thank you for contacting me Patricia! All I had on your uncle was his initials, rank, and that he survived. I’d love to know his age in 1942 (date of birth?) and where he was from and I’d love to have a copy of that wedding photo. Can you e-mail me at morganjlee@hotmail.com?

      1. Patricia Gunderson

        Sorry for the long delay in replying …Aa far as I know my Uncle was born in 1910 in Fall River Ma. USA. His rank was Leading Seaman RCN VR…..not sure how he came to be in the Royal Canadian Navy but my grandmother was Canadian. Can you give Gil McLaughlin my email address?

  7. Tara Yorke

    Hi Jennifer, with the anniversary of the sinking approaching I’ve just come across your site. Howard Yorke was my grandfather, his story about surviving is one our family always reflects on at this time of year; particularly an anecdote about him getting dressed so quickly he realized later that the vest he put on wasn’t his own! Curious if you’ve come across any more information on him?

    1. Jennifer Morgan Post author

      Hi Tara! Yes, that’s a great story. Your grandfather shared the cabin with John Danson and Adam Sime. According to Douglas Howe in “Night of the Caribou” page 108, your grandfather and Adam left before Danson, who took the time to get dressed in the dark. When Danson and your grandfather met on the rescue boat, John Danson was wearing two vests, one of which belonged to Howard York–and still had a pen and pencil set, keys and money in the pocket. Howard Yorke was working with the Canadian Bank of Commerce, and coming to Newfoundland on business–am I right that this was a business trip? Do you know why he was coming to Newfoundland, and where he was doing business? What did he do after surviving the Caribou? Did he return to Agincourt, Ontario? I’d love to have a photo of him–from 1942 if possible. Please email me: morganjlee@hotmail.com


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