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Re: Warning! Warning! Strange ship entering Halifax harbor!
Great story Rick! Thanks for sharing
When I read the caption for this Announcement, I instantly remembered an incident that USS PRINGLE (DD-477) encountered during early January 1943, while serving as a reinforcement escort for battered convoy ON-154 to Halifax. USS PRINGLE and USS BACHE (DD-470) were on shakedown "TRAINING" when tasked to meet the battered convoy and join the convoy escorts whose depth charges were depleted. USS PRINGLE had started evaluation of Float Plane operations in late November 1942, but the CO declared a halt to them as unsafe after only three launch and recovers. The boom crane used was awkward to use and resulted in the float plane being damaged. The plane was repaired and placed back onboard, only to never be used again while she trained out of Cosco Bay, ME. So the float plane was still onboard for this mission. The weather was so bad, they couldn't have launched the plane if they wanted to.
On 9 January 1943, as USS PRINGLE started to enter Halifax harbor, the harbor defenses shot a warning shot across her bow. They were expecting an American Destroyer, but when they saw her float plane, they thought she was a possible German Cruiser!!!
See the attached for the rest of the story. (SS TOWARD was the "Rescue Ship" for convoy ON-154 and she had 162 survivors onboard from sunken ships)
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