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Port aux Basques men part of history

Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Just ran across this article, "Port Aux Basques men part of history" written by John Spencer, Oct. 16, 2017. I am Robyn McKenzie, Stan's daughter, writing to you from Yarmouth. Came across the article as I was searching for a picture of Dad on the St. Roch (even though we do have everything ever published plus tons of original photos). I wanted to say it was the best article I have EVER seen on the topic. My father would have been SO proud and happy to see this tribute in his hometown. THANK YOU.

I have never seen the photo that was published. Did John speak to Stan or Frank at any time or through extensive research? Indeed, Dad always said he was shanghaied!
He passed Apr. 12, 2011 on the eve of his 60th wedding anniversary.

Again ... thank you so much. My brother and I have fought with Ottawa historians so many times over half-baked articles that were written. This is the first one that told it right. Sent it to my brother and it made him choke up because it has been said the way we wanted it to be and the way Dad told it.

There's also a commemorative stone on the Dartmouth waterfront that Dad was annoyed about. One of the things was how they touted the first voyage west to east but barely gave the time of day to the 1944 route, which was the more northerly route. There was a chap at one time claiming to be the last surviving member of the 1944 voyage, and he was just a passenger they had dropped off before entering the Passage. We did get that one sorted out!

Dad went out to Vancouver twice in the 70s to help them reconstruct the St. Roch. That was a very emotional journey when I went to see that! Also, CBC did something a while back; forget now what it was. Dad was still alive and they did not even bother to contact him. Anyway, all under the bridge now. Your article set it all straight!

Robyn McKenzie,

Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

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