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Courage at Sea

Newfoundland Sailors in the Great War

by (author) Robert C. Parsons

Flanker Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2014
World War I, Military, Canada
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Courage at Sea: Newfoundland Sailors in the Great War is a collection of more than forty World War I stories involving the Newfoundland Royal Naval Reserve and the Newfoundland merchant seamen who delivered goods to Europe in aid of the Allied war effort. Many foreign-going vessels carrying Newfoundlanders were apprehended en route by German U-boats and shelled, torpedoed, or boarded and bombed. Some of the crews were let go, but others were less fortunate.?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />




Some of the stories included are . . .




Newfoundland’s First Decoration: Leander Green’s Story


Men of Burgeo Rendezvous with the Enemy


Torpedoed Three Times in Three Weeks


The Story of Michael Foley, Harbour Grace


Dictator’s Crew as Prisoners of War


A War off Saint Pierre: SS Erik


Great Honours to a Man from Pilley’s Island


The Halifax Explosion: A Reservist Writes Home




. . . plus many more.




Robert C. Parsons is a winner of the Polaris Award and the author of more than twenty-five books on the nautical history of Newfoundland and Labrador. His book Courting Disaster: True Crime and Mischief on Land and Sea was a Globe and Mail bestseller.

About the author

Robert C. Parsons has been called one of the most popular and prolific writers on the subject of Atlantic Canada’s ships and ship disasters. He is the author of more than twenty-five non-fiction books. His work has also appeared in a number of newspapers and magazines such as Downhome, the Telegram, the Newfoundland Quarterly, and Newfoundland Lifestyles.In May 2009, Robert’s nonfiction prose was judged an award winner in the annual Arts and Letters Competition.In December that same year, he was presented with the Polaris Award from the Canadian Coast Guard Alumni Association, Newfoundland and Labrador division, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the preservation and public awareness of the marine heritage and history in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. This award was only given out two previous times in the years of the Alumni Association’s existence.Robert’s book Courting Disaster: True Crime and Mischief on Land and Sea was a Globe and Mail bestseller.A former fish plant worker and educator and a present-day researcher and devotee of all items marine-related, Robert lives in Grand Bank, Newfoundland.

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