For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar

 

O'Brian

 

Able Seaman

 

Died on convoy duty. Buried at sea

 

HMCS TRENTONIAN gained a new crew member in May 1944 in Londonderry when this dog wandered into the corvette and voluntarily stayed aboard. Quickly adopted as the ship’s mascot and named AB O’Brian, RCNVR, respecting his Irish origins, the stray never left. A hammock was made for him and strung between two stanchions in the Communications Mess. At sea he could be found sitting on the ready use ammunition locker on TRENTONIAN's bridge. During operations supporting the Normandy invasion, when the guns started firing, O’Brian would quickly disappear below decks.

 

Sadly, O’Brian did not survive. He died while on convoy duty in the English Channel and was sewn into his hammock and buried at sea by his shipmates.

 

Ships served in:

HMCS TRENTONIAN

 

Able Seaman O'Brian

 

Roger Litwiller Collection, Allen E. Singleton, RCNVR photo, courtesy Bruce Keir, RCNVR. (RTL-BK200)

 


 

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