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Page 7 - "Cap" Cowley - A Salvage Tug Captain

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1990/6/1 (492 reads)

the Canadian Canso threatened to bomb her if she tried to dive. And they sent up for a tug and a destroyer from Iceland. So the two of us went out together and we got this submarine. We took all the crew pris? oners and towed her into Iceland. So, on the way up Val fjord (??) I said to the boys, I said, "You hoist the white en? sign above the German ensign, and we'll steam through the"--the Yankee fleet was all up there, anchored in Val (??) Fjord. I steamed right between all the battle wagons--a row on that side and a row on that side--with the English flag flying above the German one! And they brought out their bands and they started to play. What a day that was! (Laughs.) And that--they gained a lot of knowledge from that submarine. She was just out from Hamburg. Never fired a torpedo, and she was loaded with stores and grub. So any? how, the English flew up a crew of experts to Iceland, and they got that submarine operating. They took it back to England, and they used it as a training ship, then, for antisubmarine warfare in around the approaches to the Clyde. We not only did that code books. So they b Nova Scotia is alive with sounds calling you to a time of scenic surprises, maritime folkways, rollicking festivals and down home fun. The sounds of Nova Scotia ... you'll hear them in your heart forever. May 31-June 4 Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival, Windsor to Digby June21-Aug. 25 Festival on the Bay, Glace Bay June 22 - 24 Celebration '90 - the 6th Annual Multicultural Festival, Dartmouth June 23, June 27-July! 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That did a hell of a lot of good, I'll tell you, getting those code books. There have been 2 or 3 books writ? ten about that. After Iceland we went back to Eng? land for a refit, to Liverpool. And from there we were sent down to the Mediterranean. So we used to be the rescue tug out of Gibraltar. But that was such a busy place for tugs that there were 3 down there. Three deepsea tugs. Not only did we do salvage up there, but we used to sail with the Malta convoys, escorting them in case any ships got damaged, then we could get a line on them and tow them back to Gib. For information, call Check In: In Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island toll-free 1-800-565-0000 In Halifax/Dartmouth 425-5781 1990 NOVA SCOTIA FESTimLS & EVENTS (If a tug got damaged...?) Well, if a tug got damaged any, she was a dead loss. See, three- quarters of the ship was engine room. You get wa-
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