In December 1943, two newly constructed corvettes, HMCS TRENTONIAN foreground and HMCS NORSYD are attempting to leave Quebec City in route to Halifax. During a short layover in the Quebec port, the harbour has frozen over. TRENTONIAN has moved only a few feet away from the wall despite repeated attempts by the harbour pilot to use the corvettes hull as an icebreaker, smashing TRENTONIAN’s side into the ice. The pilot calls for an icebreaker only after TRENTONIAN’s skipper Lt. Harrison threatened to throw him over the side, but not before his ship is damaged, popping several rivets and loosening a few hull plates.
Roger Litwiller Collection, Allen E. Singleton, RCNVR photo, courtesy Jack Harold, RCNVR. (RTL-JH080)