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TOPIC: Newfoundland and Labrador USS Truxtun and Pollux Memorial St Lawrence

Newfoundland and Labrador USS Truxtun and Pollux Memorial St Lawrence 11 Jul 2018 20:57 #1

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This link www.mun.ca/mha/polluxtruxtun/gallery/ima...ery_section=2&page=1 . describes the incident in Feb 1942 when three ships went .
aground in a winter storm. Two ships the USS Thruxtun and Pollux were lost. Local people from St Lawrence and Lawn helped rescue 186 men, sadly 203 men were lost.

As a mark of gratitude the US built a hospital for the community after the war. The main employer in St Lawrence was the fluorspar mines in the area. The miners were working in appaling conditions and dust and radon gas would over the years mean that many of the miners would die prematurely, some in the hospital built for the community.

This is Chambers Cove where the USS Thruxtun ran aground.

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