May 12, 1902 - Nov. 02, 1942

Arthur John 



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Merchant Marine  Book of Rememberance Page 241. 

My Grandfather, Died Nov 2, 1942 when the ship on which he was 1st mate , named the SS Rose Castle, was torpedoed by the German U-boat U-518 while anchored off Lance Cove, Bell Island Newfoundland during WW II

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                             The SS Rose Castle

The Bell From The SS Rose Castle 
Now on display at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 18
Bell Island, Newfoundland

Picture from the "Continuous Certificate of Discharge for Seamen" book

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To see my Grandfathers War Medals and Masters Papers, Click Here
To read a Remembrance Day newspaper article about the sinking of the Rose Castle, Click Here
My Grandfathers full history by Ed Vatcher
All Of Ed Vatchers Family writings

Click above to Visit the Lance Cove Seamans memorial

Hot Links

Bell Island Web Site - pictures of the torpedoe attack and other information
A story about the U-Boat attacks at Bell Island
Enemy on our doorsteo - The book about the U-Boat attacks at Bell Island (
Tribute to the Merchant Marines of WW II Canada online History of Canada's Merchant marines and WW II
Veteran's affairs Canada - WW II history
The Full Merchant Marine Book Of Remembrance

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