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Photographer:Hubert Desgagnés [View profile]Title:AIGLE D'OCEANAdded:Sep 01, 2005
Captured:August 20, 1975IMO:5006085Hits:4,893
Photo Category: Casualties
This small Canadian coaster was terminating an Arctic voyage (season 1975) which was supposed to be also her very last voyage. The AIGLE D'OCÉAN was on ballast with two barges as in the Canadian Arctic there is no wharf and she was in transit from Koartak (Northen Québec) trough the Hudson Strait en route to Québec City. But very near the entrance of the Hudson Strait as she was trying to get a shelter due to bad weather, she develloped a heavy list because a water ingress. Sending a Mayday, the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker NORMAN McLEOD ROGERS rushed to the scene and was able to rescue 5 of her 9 crew members. The icebreaker's helicopter crashed near the shore line during the rescue operation causing the death of both crew members. It happened August 20th 1975. I was 3rd mate on the ROGERS.
The Aigle d'Océan was the former OCEAN EAGLE, ex ST.ARVANS, a "Saint" serie steam tug built in 1919, transformed in the mid 50's as a diesel driven coaster.
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mljosee on Jan 13, 2016 19:55 (9 months ago)
My father was the chief cook on this ship, I remember this event. I have some paper news from this event.

Josée Lortie
Mark on Mar 01, 2006 00:07 (10 years ago)

Dramatic situation!
Interesting shots.
Thank you.

Hubert Desgagnés on Aug 18, 2005 01:54 (11 years ago)
je suis toujours à Québec, pour la Garde côtiere...Mon adresse courriel donne en effet l'impression que je suis en France mais non...toujours au boulot, les deux pieds dans le fleuve ou presque!!
Marc Piché on Aug 10, 2005 10:11 (11 years ago)
A sad day for Desgagnés and for the Canadian maritime community as well. I remember the event very well and your photos are very dramatic. I didnt know however that the ROGERS helo had crashed adding to the death toll.
I also recall another Desgagnés ship,the MAURICE DESGAGNÉS, having a similar fate five years later off Halifax. This time all 21 crew members were saved by H.M.C.S HURON's two helos in very bad weather.
Hubert, are you living in France now?

Marc Piché
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