May 13, 1942

First Time Saint Lawrence Raided
OTTAWA, Canada—Canadian Navy Minister Angus L. MacDonald announced yesterday that a German submarine sunk a freighter in the Saint Lawrence River on Monday. The submarine eluded patrols of aircraft and naval corvettes to enter the river and seek its prey. Forty-one crewmembers were rescued. MacDonald stated that “long-prepared plans” for the protection of river shipping “are in operation.” The river is ninety miles wide at its mouth and navigable for large vessels from the coast to Quebec five hundred miles downstream. This was the first time in history that an enemy submarine has been successful in either the river or the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, although during the Great War some vessels were sunk off the coast of Nova Scotia.

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