H.M.C.S. QUINTE, partially submerged in St. Peter’s Bay, Cape Breton, after striking Horse Head Shoal on 30 November, 1942.
Franklin Marine re-floated the minesweeper a few days later and towed QUINTE to the wall at St. Peter’s canal to continue salvage operations.
Unexpectedly she then capsized in St. Peters Canal, laying on her beam ends, completely submerged in the canal. Giving QUINTE the dubious distinction of being the only RCN ship to sink twice in ten days.
It took an additional six months to re-float QUINTE the second time, once fully repaired the much needed minesweeper re-commissioned into the RCN and finished the war on active service.
Discover the remarkable story of HMCS QUINTE in Warships of the Bay of Quinte.
Roger Litwiller Collection -Photo Courtesy Walter Gregory. (RTL-WG002)
This photo has been used by Roger Litwiller to create the book, Warships Of The Bay Of Quinte, published by Dundurn Publishing in 2011.