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Page 13 - Capt. Walter Boudreau's Story: Louisbourg Rescue, 1943, & The Sinking of the Angelus

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1993/8/1 (244 reads)

lifeboat stocked according to regulations at all. But what we did have: a few cans of tinned milk, some corned beef, and so on. And nothing to open the cans with, ex? cept a knife, of course. And I don't think there was any milk, there was no water at all. And we saw a couple of things float? ing one time--pieces of board--and scraped some little barnacles off and ate them. Oh, toothpaste, we ate. I remember that. We ate a tube of toothpaste. Little barna? cles, that's all. Nothing else. Had no wa? ter. It was the water that really.... We were thirsty because of swallowing all the salt and everything, I suppose. And (one day) I heard a kind of a rap, rap, rap, rap. The cook had thrown every single can over the side. He went mad. And with the last can, he jumped over. And that was--hypothermia does that. It gets you up here first. And, so anyway, that's the story of the well-stocked lifeboat--it wasn't. And the cook went out of his mind and threw the food overboard. So that left the mate and myself. That's all. Nothing to fish with, and all sorts of fish around. There was a shark, a small shark, that circled the boat when we were on the bank. That was when (the mate) and I were alone. And he was, kind of, at one end and I was at the other like this, see Your Vacation Centre MACAULAY'S FORD MERCURY SALES LIMITED BADDECK • 295-2500 <' Vehicle Rentals r' SERVING CAPE BRETON FOR OVER 45 YEARS baddeck - gold S silver - Uilhgc 0tft Shop Celtic Jewellery - Clan items Folk Arts ?? Craft Supplies ~ Scottish Jams, Teas ?? Oatcakes ~ Cape Breton Music ~ Souvenirs, too! Chebucto St. Baddeck (902) 295-2881 Leo Fownes Trucking & Contracting this little shark went by. And then I re? member one of the last mornings we were there I heard this tremendous fluttering and about fifty-thousand mackerel, or her? ring, went right over like a cloud right over the top of us. (Over the boat!) Yeah. And then, over here another big noise, and then a whale breaks. So there were fish all around but we had no way of get? ting them. Now, at this point, since I've gone this far, I'm going to brag a little. You probably read (in the newspaper account) that (the mate) couldn't help himself very much and he praised Boudreau for bailing out the boat. Now I don't know--a lot of those New? foundlanders were bigger and stronger B'S Frank yy & Jane MacPhail BELL BUOY (RESTAURANT I Baddeck, N.S. 295-2581 I Serving fine food ' to the finest people ' since 1980 I 'se Cottage GALLERY FOLK ARTS FINE CRAFTS Water St., BADDECK, N.S. BOE IBO Tel. (902) 295-3211 or 295-3405 ( June - October ?? 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM' Hours may vary in June, September & October. If closed, call for appointment. MANAGEMENT SERVICES AVAILABLE FOR WOODLOTS IN VICTORIA COUNTY (under Federal/Provincial C.A.F.D. Agreement) LOGS MILLED ON YOUR OWN WOODLOT SPLIT OR 8-FOOT HARDWOOD FOR SALE Baddeck Valley Woodproducers Co--op Ltd. -'. p. O. Box 512, Baddeck, NS • BOE 1 BO C'A' Tel. (902) 295-3218 ' r>- Fax (902) 295-2766 Baddeck Ambulance Service Dunlop's ?? 24 HOUR SERVICE ?? Serving Baddeck & Surrounding Areas IN BUSINESS FOR OVER 65 YEARS • QUAUFIED ATTENDANTS* 295-2888 • BIG BADDECK FLOAT SERVICES: • Excavator • Loader • Dozer • Backhoe TRUCKING SERVICES: -Sand .Gravel • Fill • Topsoil LANDSCAPING | • Well Digging • Septic Bed installations • Fuel Tank Installation & Disposal • Road Building • Custom Skidding & Hardwood Sales • Demolition Services GENERAL CONTRACTING SERVICES AMBULANCE - 295-2360 Baddeck: The Beginning and End of the Cabot Trail
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